volkswagen tiguan car review

Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen's strong and sleek SUV, ideal for families and packed with space for that next adventure. 

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The Tiguan was Volkswagen’s first compact SUV and is another great car from the German manufacturer. It combines the practicality of an SUV with Volkswagen’s trademark quality and refinement, enabling the brand to provide the likes of the Nissan Qashqai with stiff competition. Indeed, the Tiguan is probably the Japanese car’s main rival, and it’s proved a good seller over the last few years.

It was launched in 2007 and facelifted in 2011, and there’s plenty of choice with several trim options and engines available.

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Exterior

The Tiguan has strong yet sleek styling with that instantly recognisable Volkswagen look. Despite the size of the car it looks fairly compact and manages to avoid the blocky look of some SUVs. The grille and headlights give the car a nice modern look.

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Interior

The smart interior has plenty of room for 5 while the rear seats can slide to favour legroom or boot space. The boot is a good size too, and its simple rectangular shape, without annoying intrusions, makes it very practical. The driving position is low, creating a pleasant hatchback feel despite the size of the car, but still gives you a good view of the road around you. The dashboard is laid out nicely and the materials are high-quality, creating good comfort and a premium feel. 

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Driving

As you’d expect from a VW, the drive is very refined and smooth. It’s a composed cruiser, offering a comfortable, enjoyable ride at high speeds. The handling and steering are safe and accurate too, and with the all-wheel-drive, the grip is good enough to cope well with off-road conditions too.

Practicality

The interior is very spacious and the boot size about what you’d expect from a car of this size. Economy is good for an SUV too, and it’s a decent option if you like caravanning, with a solid towing capacity. 

Lifestyle

If you’re after a good all-round SUV for your family, the Tiguan is a great option. With its power, strong performance both off-road and on the motorway, and large boot space, it’s a very practical and versatile car. As you’d expect from a Volkswagen, it also offers great interior comfort and an enjoyable drive. The quality of the build means it’s also reliable and offers an ownership experience free from too much hassle.

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Engines 

Most Tiguans are diesels and these offer more power – make sure you go for one of these if you’ll be towing. However, petrol options are available too and these also offer decent economy, plus lower servicing costs.

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