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Volkswagen Tiguan review

2016 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 54.4
” Sets the standard for mid-sized SUVs – but at a price “

At a glance

Price new £30,995 - £45,940
Used prices £8,835 - £40,810
Road tax cost £150 - £570
Insurance group 11 - 35
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Fuel economy 29.4 - 55.4 mpg
Range 475 - 792 miles
Miles per pound 4.3 - 7.1
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Available fuel types




Pros & cons

  • Excellent interior space
  • High quality interior
  • Lots of engine options      
  • Very comfortable
  • Expensive compared with rivals
  • Touch-sensitive buttons a pain
  • Many rivals better value
  • Not much fun to drive

Written by Murray Scullion Published: 27 May 2021 Updated: 26 May 2022


If there’s something the Volkswagen Tiguan certainly offers, it’s choice. With a wide range of petrol and diesels engines, a plug-in hybrid, front or four-wheel drive plus R-badged performance and even seven-seat versions, there really is something in the range for almost everyone.

What you won’t find is a Billy basic version with a dinky engine and a barren equipment list, something that does make the Tiguan one of the pricier choices in the class. That said, Volkswagen has long hovered between mainstream and premium rivals.

It also comes with practical features that are either optional or not available at all on rivals. This includes a clever rear bench seat that you can slide fore and aft, either giving you more legroom or a bigger boot. Not only that, the rear seat backrest has a useful 40/20/40 split to make carrying long loads easier, especially if you’ve got passengers in the back.

Rivals have sprung up thick and fast since the Tiguan was first introduced back in 2008. Some like the Nissan Qashqai have been there from the start, but there’s also competition within the VW group from the Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq and virtually every other mainstream manufacturer out there.

And let’s not forget those premium rivals, the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes GLA and GLB, Lexus NX and Land Rover Discovery Sport. In many cases the price difference isn’t as much as you might think, although Volkswagen are known to do good finance deals should you be thinking about a monthly PCP deal.

To find out exactly how good the Tiguan is and whether we’d recommend it over rivals, keep reading our typically thorough review. We’ll let you know what it’s like on the road, how comfortable it is, what toys are included and what it’ll cost you.