Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Should you buy a Volkswagen Tiguan?

With such a huge amount of competition from all angles, the VW Tiguan asserts itself with a mature driving experience, a high-quality, practical interior and plenty of badge appeal. We think it's a sound buy.

It’s not the most exciting car to look at, sit in or drive, but it’s such a well-rounded family SUV that it has to be on your shopping list if it doesn’t go out of your budget. It’s more expensive than many similar-sized rivals - such as the SEAT Ateca, Ford Kuga and Skoda Karoq - but it should be a trouble-free car to own that deals with family life very well indeed.

As we mentioned, our preferred choice of powertrain would be either of the 150hp units - the petrol or the diesel. Both are smooth, punchy, refined and economical, and though it's possible to specify a Tiguan with far more powerful engines we don't think it's at all necessary.

There's certainly nothing wrong with a two-wheel drive Tiguan, or a manual gearbox, but many will opt for all-wheel drive and a DSG automatic. That's no bad thing, though - neither of these impacts fuel economy too heavily, and they're both well-proven mechanically. Volkswagen's dual-clutch gearbox isn't our favourite automatic on the market, but it works reasonably well in the Tiguan, offering quick changes when requested and smooth ones when driving in a more relaxed fashion. 

As for specification, every Tiguan comes with the essential equipment you'd want in a family car, but it can prove quite good value to move up the range. Many Tiguans are sold in swish R-Line Tech trim, which brings with it a sporty-looking makeover that really helps the Tiguan to stand out. As usual, though, if you want the very latest technology, you'll have to pay for it, and top-spec Tiguans bring truly premium rivals such as the BMW X1 or Audi Q3 into their sights.

The Tiguan isn't the biggest, best-value or best-driving SUV on the market, but as a jack-of-all-trades it's very difficult to match. We think it's a really good SUV.

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