Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 6.3 - 9.6 mpp
Diesel engines 7.0 - 10.2 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 29.7 - 44.8 mpg
Diesel engines 34.9 - 50.4 mpg
  • Good claimed fuel economy across the range
  • Petrol engines need working hard though
  • Diesels are the economy heroes of the line-up

Turbocharging across the board for the Volkswagen Tiguan ensures power and efficiency from its range of petrol and diesel engines, delivering low running costs.

The best blend of performance and fuel economy comes from the 150hp 2.0-litre diesel. It returns a claimed 58.9mpg on the combined cycle - on long runs, this could potentially top 60mpg. DSG models, with their longer top gear ratios, will be better cruisers, but there's very little difference in overall economy between automatic and manual models.

Those looking for good economy need not discount the petrol versions of the VW Tiguan, though. Our preferred 1.5 TSI EVO model with 150hp returns a claimed 44.8mpg, which is a really good figure for a heavy petrol SUV.

Opting for four-wheel drive models will see fuel economy reduce somewhat, though the Tiguan disconnects the rear wheels from the drivetrain under light loads so the impact isn't as hefty as it would be on vehicles with a full-time 4WD system.

Moving up the tree in terms of power outputs will also see fuel economy plummet, with the top 240hp diesel and 230hp petrol returning 45.6mpg and 36.7mpg respectively.

CO2 emissions

Carbon dioxide emissions for the Tiguan basically mirror the fuel economy, increasing with the engine's power. Our preferred 150hp diesel emits 126g/km, while 190hp and 240hp models produce 147g/km and 162g/km. 

Petrol models emit more, ranging from 141g/km for the 150hp unit right up to 175g/km for the 230hp model.

Reliability

  • Uses tried-and-tested VW components
  • There shouldn’t be much to worry about
  • VW’s three-year warranty will cover you

VW has a strong reputation for reliability and there’s no reason to expect the second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan will sully that reputation.

While the car itself was new at launch, its modular architecture is a revised version of the underpinnings from a vast array of VW Group models from the past few years. Similarly, the engines and gearboxes all see regular service in a host of other cars with few significant defects reported.

It’s true the revised 4Motion system with Active Control is different from the previous car’s system, but the new one is also seeing service in the SEAT Ateca and Skoda Kodiaq.

Reliability is never a given but there’s little about the Tiguan that’s causing us concern so far in its life-cycle.

Volkswagen’s touchscreen infotainment system can be a little laggy at times, too. We’ve tried several versions across VW, SEAT and Skoda models and it can sometimes be slow to respond, the sat-nav can be a little defiant and sometimes Apple CarPlay will connect and disconnect intermittently. Check that any software updates have been carried out by the dealer under the car’s warranty.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £125 - £475
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 11 - 27
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