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The Volkswagen Tiguan is a little old now, but it’s still a very desirable model in the increasingly crowded SUV class thanks to a wide range, economical engines and a comfortable ride."
Volkswagen Tiguan SUV
The Volkswagen Tiguan is the German carmaker's answer to compact SUVs such as the Nissan Qashqai. It's a premium alternative – a status it shares with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. However, it's also one of the older SUVs out there, so you might find newer, more stylish and more efficient models such as the Qashqai more appealing. However, there's no questioning the Tiguan's classy feel and timeless good looks – qualities that last long after that new-car shine has faded.
Two and four-wheel drive (called 4MOTION) are available and the Tiguan is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine that comes in a range of power outputs (there's no petrol option). All are smooth and punchy, and because they use VW's BlueMotion technology to save fuel and cutting emissions, they’re all fairly efficient.
Our favourite is the two-wheel-drive TDI 150 model, which can do 56.5mpg, costs £110 a year to tax and goes from 0-62mph in a reasonably nippy 9.8 seconds. If you must have four-wheel drive (which in this case improves the car's on-road traction rather than turning it into a full-blown off-roader), you should still see a decent 53.3mpg and pay just £20 more a year in road tax. However, it costs roughly £1,600 more to buy.
The VW Tiguan is pleasant to drive and grips the road well, even with two-wheel drive. Thanks to its firm suspension there's little body lean in corners. However, newer and lighter rivals such as the Mazda CX-5 feel more car-like.
There are four trim levels, spanning well-equipped S to top-of-the-range Escape, a version with slightly stronger off-road credentials than the standard model. Our favourite is the Match, which sits somewhere in the middle. Features include alloy wheels, a 6.5-inch colour touchscreen with sat nav, DAB digital radio, climate control and parking sensors.
For all its premium look and feel, the Tiguan's comfort and reliability haven’t impressed owners. But the model shares many components with the Golf, itself a generally reliable car. On the safety front there should be fewer concerns, as the Tiguan was awarded the maximum five stars by Euro NCAP and bristles with safety equipment, including six airbags, electronic stability control and ISOFIX child-seat mounts.
MPG, running costs & CO2
You'd need to be a low to average-mileage driver for a petrol-powered Tiguan to make financial sense
Engines, drive & performance
For its price, power and economy, the two-wheel-drive Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0-litre TDI 140 is the best-balanced model in the range
Interior & comfort
The trim and fittings in the Volkswagen Tiguan feel expensive and look to be more than capable of withstanding years of family wear and tear
Practicality & boot space
Rivals may look more inviting, but few can match the Volkswagen Tiguan’s practicality
Reliability & safety
The VW Tiguan looks and feels well built