Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • High-quality cabin ambience a VW trait
  • Switchgear and touchscreen intuitive to use
  • Finding an ideal driving position proves easy

Over the past two decades, VW has honed its reputation for producing high-quality cabins and the one installed in the Volkswagen Tiguan is no exception. Not only is there a satisfying degree of squidginess from the upper dashboard plastics, but this time around the Tiguan’s treated to a unique interior, rather than one shared with the Volkswagen Golf SV.

It’s a quiet cabin with an upmarket tactility and precise, well-damped actions for the switchgear, the whole thing feeling as though it’s built to stand the test of time.

Infotainment touchscreens are found in most new cars these days and the Tiguan is no different, with an 8.0-inch example sited in the angled central area of the dash. The graphics are classy, sharp and easy to understand and the screen itself responds well to the touch – you won't have to repeatedly prod it. Our only niggle is that the glass-fronted unit is prone to showing up fingerprints very easily. Combine this with bright sunlight and it can be very difficult to see what’s actually on the screen.

Choose an SE L and the Tiguan comes with a digital instrument display – VW calls it Active Info Display – which is customisable, allowing you to make the dials smaller and the sat-nav display larger (among other combinations). It’s slickly designed, but debatable as to whether it’s worth paying a premium for on models lower down the line-up.

As with other SUVs you’re sat high in the Tiguan, with a commanding view of the road ahead. Finding a comfortable driving positon is no problem, especially with the ergoComfort seat on high-end models offering 14 different kinds of adjustment.

Comfort

  • Spacious passenger compartment front and rear
  • Little exterior noise enters the cabin
  • Adaptive suspension option improves ride quality

Despite taking up a similar amount of road space as a Golf Estate, the latest Volkswagen Tiguan feels like a much more roomy car. Four adults will easily get comfortable in the Tiguan with enough space in the back for a 6ft passenger to sit behind a driver of the same stature and not have their knees against the back of the front seat.

Fitting three children on the back seat shouldn’t prove difficult, although Isofix points are only fitted to the outer two seats. Up front the seats are comfortable and supportive, especially the ergoComfort driver’s seat with additional adjustment including a tilt function and electrically controlled lumbar support.

Volkswagen has worked hard to make sure the Tiguan’s cabin remains quiet with little engine, road or wind noise permeating into the cabin. Larger alloy wheels add a degree of sharpness to the otherwise fine ride quality but we’d recommend spending the extra on Dynamic Chassis Control with its excellent adaptive suspension damping. It’s not the cheapest option, but one well worth ticking.