The Volkswagen Tiguan is spacious, comfortable and good to drive, while its raised driving position gives you a great view out. However, it’s a little bit more expensive than alternatives
If you’re looking for family transport but want more style and a higher driving position than a traditional hatchback, saloon or estate car, the Volkswagen Tiguan should be on your shortlist.
Okay, so the design may not quite have the flair of the slightly cheaper Peugeot 3008, but it’s neat and inoffensive, and in the top-of-the-range R-Line specification looks as posh as a BMW X1 or Land Rover Discovery Sport.
Whichever model of Tiguan you go for though, the interior design is a little dull. However, it’s well thought out, the materials in the front are plush and everything is very easy to use. The infotainment system is among the best there is, but it’s a shame that satellite navigation isn’t standard on the lower trim levels.
The Tiguan is a great car, but steer clear of the cheaper models, because they’re so boring to look at they make a feast of bread and water look lip-smacking
The Tiguan has a comfortable driving position while great all-round visibility means it’s not that difficult to manoeuvre or park despite being a big SUV.
Yet make no mistake, this is indeed a large, practical car. There are numerous useful storage areas throughout the cabin and the roomy back seats can be reclined for more comfort, or slid forwards to increase the boot capacity… not that you really need to.
A Skoda Kodiaq is even more cavernous, but unless you’re running a removals firm, the Tiguan is going to be practical enough for most family duties.
You’ll be impressed with how this Volkswagen drives too. Admittedly it’s not very exciting, but who cares? It’s an SUV… what matters is that it’s comfy, quiet and feels planted at speed. The Tiguan is also sufficiently agile to nip through town traffic or zip along a twisty road with little fuss. And you can relax knowing you and your family are protected by VW’s latest safety systems.
If you don’t do many long journeys then go for the excellent 1.4-litre 150hp petrol engine – it gives a good blend of price, performance and economy. For higher miles or towing, you’ll want one of the punchy 2.0-litre diesels. An automatic gearbox is available on two- and four-wheel-drive models, though if you want a serious off-roader you would be better off with a Land Rover Discovery Sport.
But if you don’t need that extra capability, the Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the very best all-round family cars you can buy. It pretty much does it all.
Watch our SUV group test video to see how the Tiguan compares to the Toyota Rav4 and Honda CR-V, and for more detailed and in-depth analysis of the Volkswagen Tiguan read our following interior, driving and specifications review sections.