Volkswagen SUVs Discover the Volkswagen SUV range and compare new, used and leasing deals

It may be more commonly known for its ubiquitous hatchbacks such as the Golf and the Polo, but Volkswagen also offers a huge range of SUV models. So many, in fact, that many of the smaller ones tread on each others’ toes in terms of size, pricing and appeal. However, there’s little doubt that whatever your needs for an SUV, VW will have something that suits you. Here’s our guide to the German company’s extensive SUV range.

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Volkswagen SUV models: current range

Not many car manufacturers offer more SUV models than Volkswagen.

Volkswagen T-Cross

Volkswagen’s frankly enormous range of SUVs starts with the T-Cross, and this chic little crossover competes with popular rivals such as the Nissan Juke and SEAT Arona. It’s based on the same platform as the Volkswagen Polo, and shares plenty with it as a result, such as its interior quality and technology, not to mention its easy, comfortable and relaxed driving experience. What it adds is style - thanks to its chunkier stance - and practicality, thanks to a taller roof and bigger boot.

Volkswagen Taigo

There’s nothing new about an SUV with a sloping coupe-like roofline, but these desirably styled derivatives usually sit toward the top of a company’s model range, rather than towards the bottom. The Volkswagen Taigo is, essentially, a T-Cross with a sleeker silhouette, so much of what we’ve said above still applies. However, some practicality is sacrificed at the altar of style. The lower roofline means rear headroom isn’t quite as plentiful, and the boot isn’t quite as big, although the fact it’s only 15 litres behind at 440 litres is impressive in itself.

Volkswagen T-Roc

The Volkswagen T-Roc is only marginally bigger than the T-Cross and Taigo, and so it offers a similar amount of interior space and a similar boot (it actually splits the two in this regard). So, what else are you getting for your extra cash? Well, it’s based on a more sophisticated platform (the one from the last Golf), so it’s a bit more polished to drive, with ride comfort being a particular high point, plus improved refinement. It also has a posher interior finish for a more premium feel, and a good amount of standard equipment.

Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet

SUVs and convertibles make very strange bedfellows, and they’re rarely brought together as a result. Indeed, aside from Volkswagen’s T-Roc Cabriolet, the only other one we can think of was the woeful Range Rover Evoque Convertible, which didn’t last long before it disappeared from sale. The T-Roc is nowhere near that bad, but there are a few things you lose out on compared with the regular T-Roc. The heavier, less rigid body means it’s not as good to drive, you don’t get any rear doors, you only get two rear seats rather than three and the hatchback tailgate is replaced by a saloon-style bootlid. Still, if those are sacrifices you’re prepared to make in pursuit of open-air fun, then fill your boots.

Volkswagen T-Roc R

While the T-Roc Cabrio majors on open-air thrills, the Volkswagen T-Roc R delivers thrills in other ways. With this high-performance variant, you get your jollies from a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine delivering a whopping 300hp to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Predictably, performance is off-the-scale for a family SUV, putting many sports cars to shame. And while this same drivetrain is used in VW Group stablemates such as the Audi SQ2, Cupra Ateca and Cupra Formentor (which gets slightly more power still), The T-Roc is even more thrilling in the corners thanks to sharper body control, stronger grip and sharper steering.

Volkswagen Tiguan

While all of Volkswagen's smaller SUVs are very similar in size, there’s a considerable step up in that regard once you get to the Tiguan. In its more basic forms, this big, roomy five-seat SUV is an alternative to cars like the Nissan Qashqai and SEAT Ateca, while posher variants could be seen alongside the BMW X1 or Volvo XC40. Those posher variants are definitely worth considering as they feel classier inside, but all Tiguans deliver a driving experience that’s comfortable, quiet and capable.

Volkswagen Tigaun Allspace

No prizes for guessing that the Allspace is very similar to the regular Tiguan, so most of what we’ve said about that car could be copied and pasted here. So what’s the difference? Well, the Tiguan Allspace has a slightly longer body, along with an additional two seats that pop up from the boot floor. That makes it an alternative to the Skoda Kodiaq and SEAT Tarraco, with which - unsurprisingly given the VW Group connection - the Allspace shares much of its mechanicals and technology. The big VW can’t quite match its stablemates for outright space, but it does deliver an appreciable upgrade in cabin quality.

Volkswagen Touareg

Introduced way back in 2003, the original Touareg was the first SUV to be offered by Volkswagen in the UK. Now in its third iteration and with a recent facelift under its belt, this large five-seat SUV (there’s no seven-seater available) aims to tempt buyers away from cars like the BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE. It’s built on the same platform as the Porsche Cayenne, Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga, but don’t expect a sports car experience from the big VW. Instead, expect comfort, refinement and oodles of tech and luxury equipment.

Volkswagen ID4

So far we’ve talked about VW’s combustion-engined SUV offerings, but we’re taking a few steps back on the size scale to talk about the ID4, which is the smallest of VW’s all-electric SUVs. This slightly bigger and more upright version of the ID3 hatchback uses the same underpinnings as almost every other electric car in the VW Group stable with power output ranging from 146hp to 295hp, while official driving range stands at between 213 and 328 miles. There’s generous space inside and a big boot, but the infotainment system can be annoying and some of the cabin materials are disappointingly basic.

Volkswagen ID5

Remember way back at the start of this page when we talked about the relationship between the T-Cross and the Taigo? Well, it’s pretty much the same story here. Think of the ID5 as almost identical to the ID4 in most ways, only with a sleeker, more coupe-like roofline. As you’d expect, that means the two cars share many of the same pros and cons, but there are a few key differences. That sloping roofline means there’s a smidge less rear headroom, but surprisingly, the ID5’s boot is actually a shade bigger than the ID4’s. Another difference is that the ID5 comes exclusively with the larger of the two battery packs offered in the ID4.

Volkswagen ID.Buzz

Not an SUV in its purest sense, perhaps, but we’ll never pass up an excuse to talk about this effortlessly cool all-electric reimagining of the 1950s Volkswagen camper. With sleek features and a boxy shape that evokes all the nostalgia of the original, we reckon this is one of the most recognisable cars on the road. Perhaps surprisingly given its size and shape, it’s only available as a five-seater initially, but a seven-seater version is close. The cabin is as roomy as you expect, and it’s just as cool inside as outside, while the ID.Buzz is also a surprisingly enjoyable car to drive.

Volkswagen SUVs FAQs

The cheapest of Volkswagen's SUVs is the T-Cross, which starts a shade cheaper than the Taigo at just over £23,000. The most expensive combustion-engined VW SUV is the Touareg at around £60,000, but go for a high-spec ID.Buzz, and you’ll be paying upwards of £63,000.
The Volkswagen Tiguan is offered in eHybrid form, which is a plug-in hybrid that teams an electric motor with a petrol engine to deliver 245hp and an all-electric range of 28 miles. Official WLTP figures put CO2 emissions at 36g/km and fuel economy at 178 mpg.
Whether you see it as an SUV or not is another matter entirely, but the all-electric ID.Buzz is the biggest and bulkiest of Volkswagen’s SUV offerings. The Touareg is marginally longer, but the Buzz is taller and wider.
If you’re after something compact, then you won’t go far wrong with a T-Roc, but if you’re looking for a bigger car, then the Tiguan is a cracking all-round. For ultimate wow-factor and retro chic, it has to be the electric ID.Buzz, although it’s massively expensive.