Volkswagen Tiguan review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:hybrid, petrol, diesel
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Introduction

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Moving up a league doesn’t always bring success; the rewards may be greater, but the competition will be tougher. With the Volkswagen Tiguan, that was a risk that VW thought worth taking back in 2016.

Yes, in that year, the one-time Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage rival was reinvented as a ‘premium SUV’, and it was a gamble that soon paid off. Sales hit record highs, with a rapid rise in the Tiguan’s reputation as a sensible, practical family SUV that could hold its own against premium rivals such as the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. Even the arrival of new rivals, such as the Volvo XC40 and Range Rover Evoque, didn’t stop the Tiguan from going on to become the best selling SUV in the whole of Europe. 

It’s understandable, then, that when it came time for an update in 2020, the Tiguan needed more of a nip and tuck than it did major surgery – after all, if it ain’t broke, why fix it? So externally it received a sharper looking front bumper, LED lights front and rear as standard (with adaptive LED headlights optional), the adoption of VW’s new minimalist badging and a selection of new wheels. 

Bigger news, however, was that an all-new plug-in hybrid variant was added to the line-up along with a more performance oriented Tiguan R model. Meanwhile the existing engine range was tweaked: you can now get a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with either 128bhp (badged 1.5 TSI 130) or 148bhp, or a 2.0-litre turbo diesel with 148bhp or 197bhp. The petrol models get cylinder deactivation, which can shut off two of the engine’s four cylinders to save fuel, while TDI diesels benefit from clever technology to reduce emissions.

The Tiguan is designed more for the road than for challenging terrain, but Volkswagen’s 4Motion four-wheel-drive system is available with certain engines, and also brings adjustable drive modes that help tackle challenging conditions.

So, is the latest Tiguan still a car that’s at the top of its game? Read on over the next few pages to find out. And, should this be the right car for you, don't forget that you could save hundreds on a Tiguan if you use our New Car Buying service, and all without the hassle of haggling.

At a glance

Number of trims9 see more
Available fuel typeshybrid, petrol, diesel
MPG range across all versions30.1 - 50.4
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles

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