The VW Tiguan is an excellent choice for a small-sized family SUV. It offers a more premium ownership experience than some cars in its class but still features optional four-wheel drive, a vast cabin and a high driving position modern family buyers look for. You can get great deals on new models but used versions can represent a potentially large saving.
What is it?
The Tiguan is comfortable on the move, features rock-solid build quality and massive practicality. This second generation version has a range of powerful yet frugal engines to choose from with low running costs, making it easy on your wallet. It boasts a huge 615-litre boot, an optional digital screen in place of the traditional dials and smart looks.
What engine should I get?
Petrol engines range from a 1.4-litre with either 125 or 150hp and a strong 2.0-litre version with 180hp. The smooth and quiet 1.4-litre with 150hp will suit most buyers – it’s powerful enough for most situations, is quieter than the diesel options and claims an impressive 49mpg average. Buyers after an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive with a petrol can only choose the 2.0-litre version.
Diesels come in the form of 2.0-litre unit with 115, 150, 190 or 240hp. The 150hp unit is the best choice for most buyers with plenty of pulling power while returning a claimed 59mpg while those picking the more powerful 190 or 240hp versions get an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive as standard.
Used VW Tiguan running costs and insurance
Tiguans are relatively inexpensive to tax – the 150hp 2.0-litre diesel engine emits 123g/km of CO2, while the cheaper petrols fall into a slightly higher band thanks to higher CO2 emissions. The Tiguan should be relatively affordable to insure with entry-level models falling into group 11, while mid-range diesels fall in groups 15-17. Range-topping 2.0-litre models top out at insurance group 27.
Should I pick a used or new VW Tiguan?
Buying a used Tiguan has its benefits – it’s generally cheaper than buying a new model and, because dealers have stock cars readily available, you can drive away on the same day. There are benefits to picking a new model, however, such as the fact that new cars tend to be offered with better finance packages and you can pick your exact colour, trim and spec before buying. For more information, check out our explainer of the pros and cons of new vs used cars.
Can I get a pre-reg used VW Tiguan?
Dealers will have a range of VW Tiguans pre-registered and ready-to-go on their forecourts. Models that are pre-registered will have first been registered by the dealer to help them meet their targets – they are essentially new cars but you’ll technically be the second owner if you purchase one.
Used VW Tiguan problems and what to look out for
So far, no real issues have been reported. VW has a decent record for reliability and the car itself is built on the proven underpinnings used in many VW Group models. The engines and gearboxes have been tried and tested in other models with few faults.
Used VW Tiguan warranty and servicing
VW’s three-year/60,000-mile warranty begins once the car was first registered and, crucially, is transferrable between owners so nearly new examples will still have lots of warranty left. Servicing intervals for the Tiguan are every 12 months or 20,000 miles, whichever comes sooner.
What options should I look out for?
When shopping for a used Tiguan, here are a few packages and optional extras to look out for:
- Winter Pack – this pack adds heated front seats and heated windscreen washer jets – you can also add heated rear seats for a little extra
- Discover Pro with gesture control – a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, phone connectivity and an internal hard drive, along with voice control and gesture control – allowing drivers to control infotainment functions by merely waving their hand in the air
- Head-up Display – driving information including current speed is projected onto a retractable screen behind the steering wheel
- Trailer Assist with park assist and rear-view camera (when equipped with towbar) – this system makes it easy to manoeuvre when towing a trailer
- Dynaudio ‘Excite’ soundpack – a 400-watt eight-speaker sound system plus subwoofer
- Area view with park assist – cameras that provide a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the car on the car’s infotainment screen and a system that controls the steering to assist with parking
VW Tiguan model history
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