If you’re looking for a family car that can tackle light off-roading or tow a trailer and look smart doing it, the Volkswagen Tiguan makes a good case for itself. It offers the practicality of a hatchback, but ups the game with a commanding driving position and a well-built, high-quality interior that we’ve come to expect of Volkswagen.
This is all well and good, but will the Tiguan fit into your garage, or will it struggle to squeeze between the gateposts on your driveway? It’s easy to overlook details like this on a test drive, so we’ve pulled out a tape measure and sized up Volkswagen’s baby 4×4.
Like most crossovers, such as the Skoda Yeti (which shares the Tiguan’s chassis and engine range), the Tiguan strikes a good compromise between overall exterior size and interior space. It’s 4,426mm long – the Ford Kuga is a little longer at 4,524mm and the Yeti’s shorter at 4,222mm.
The Tiguan’s width of 1,809mm and height of 1,703mm puts it slap bang in between the Yeti and Kuga.
Overall length – 4,426 mm
Overall width (excluding door mirrors) – 1,809 mm
Overall width (including door mirrors) – 2,041 mm
Height – 1,703 mm
The extra height gives the Volkswagen Tiguan a bigger interior space than a regular hatchback. Also, the loftier driving seating position and high roofline make the cabin airy, making it less claustrophobic than hatchbacks. Headroom up front is 992mm, and 991mm in the back. Add a sunroof to your Tiguan and those figures will increase to 1,007mm and 963mm respectively. Leg space isn’t too bad either, with maximum front legroom of 1,018mm and rear legroom of 910mm.
In comparison, the Ford Kuga offers slightly more front headroom (1,013mm) and an identical headroom figure for the rear row of seats. The Skoda Yeti offers a generous headroom (with sunroof) of 1,088mm for the front row passengers and 1,027mm for second-row occupants.
Front headroom – 992 mm
Rear headroom – 991 mm
The Tiguan should be able to gulp in a weekend’s luggage (up to 470 litres) in the boot. If you need to cart serious amounts of luggage about, just fold the rear seats flat to give a useful 1,510 litres of space. The Skoda Yeti can fit 416 litres of stuff in the boot with the rear seats up, but then has an impressive 1,760 litres of space with the seats flat.
Boot space (with rear seats up) – 470 litres
Boot space (with rear seats folded) – 1,510 litres
Turning circle and fuel capacity
The Tiguan has a turning circle diameter of 12m, which is about the class average and means it won’t be a nightmare in city driving, where tight parking spots and U-turns can be as frequent as driving in stop-start traffic.
A 64-litre fuel tank, in conjunction with Volkswagen’s frugal engine range (especially the diesels), means you won’t have to nip to the petrol station very often.
Turning circle – 12m
The Tiguan’s kerb (unladen) weight is between 1,525kg (the lightest petrol engine) and 1,678kg (heaviest diesel). Since the engines are powerful enough, the weight of the vehicle won’t be a concern anyway.
Tiguan take your fancy?
Read more about the car in our full Volkswagen Tiguan review section, which includes summaries of critics’ reviews, more photos, engine reviews and much more. We’ve also compared it to the competition: see how the Tiguan compares to the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.