2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

Introduction

On paper, the Volkswagen Tiguan doesn’t seem to have much changed from its predecessor. It retains the same name, it’s still a mid-size SUV or crossover, and it still comes with a familiar line-up of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. The reality, though, is that it’s entirely different to the older, smaller and cheaper-feeling Tiguan. It’s practically a premium product now with a smart new look and an interior that’s roomier than before, and it gives almost nothing away to Audi in its perceived quality.

 

Body Style: SUV Seats: 5     MRP from £23,140 - £39,270 

    

Did you know? You can get a Tiguan with four-wheel drive and terrain-response systems, but really it’s still for the road, not the mud.

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8.3/10)

Big, classy, beautifully made, and soothing to drive, the Tiguan should be almost a default choice when it comes to picking a medium SUV. It’s good enough to give more prestigious rivals such as the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 a good kicking, and even to make you wonder at the wisdom of upgrading to the likes of a Q5. The cabin is understatedly gorgeous, the driving experience solidly competent (albeit not huge fun), and the petrol versions provide a serious alternative to the default diesel. The Tiguan’s only real weakness is that both the closely-related Seat Ateca and Skoda Kodiaq are equally as good, but more affordable.

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