No matter how far you slide back the driver’s seat, there’s still room in the back of a Volkswagen Tiguan for tall passengers to get comfy – but three adults side by side will feel squashed…
The Volkswagen Tiguan’s roomy cabin has plenty of space for tall passengers. The front seats come with lots of adjustment as standard and you can tweak the steering wheel for height and reach to find your ideal driving position – even if you’re very tall. SE L models come with electrical adjustment for the front seats and even a massage function – although the latter feels more like being pawed at by an anxious cat than a genuine massage.
Space in the back is very nearly as generous as in the front. There’s enough leg room for a six-foot-tall passenger to sit behind an equally tall driver and there’s space to tuck your feet under the front seats.
The seats themselves are soft and supportive and even very tall adults won’t be left wanting for headroom. You can even slide the rear seats forward and backwards slightly and recline the back rests to give your back-seat passengers a little more space to stretch out – at the expense of a little boot space.
The central rear seat isn’t quite as soft as the outer two and there’s a sizeable lump in the floor but there’s still enough space for three adults to sit side-by-side without fighting over foot space. There isn’t quite as much shoulder or elbow room as you get in the wider Honda CR-V, however.
All but entry-level S cars come with three-zone climate control so your passengers in the back can tweak the temperature themselves – or you can warm things up to send kids off to sleep on a long drive.
It’s a doddle to fit a bulky child seat, too. The Tiguan’s rear doors open nice and wide and the Isofix anchor points are clearly marked. Its raised ride height means you don’t have to stoop down to strap in a child – even if you’re very tall.
The Volkswagen Tiguan comes with absolutely loads of handy storage bins and cubby holes to help keep its cabin looking neat and tidy. All four door bins and the glovebox are easily big enough to hold a one-litre bottle each and there’s space under the front armrest to keep a few valuables hidden safely out of sight.
You get a 12V socket for charging your phone as standard but you can get a wireless charging pad for an extra £335 if you’d rather not have any messy cables lying around. There’s even a storage tray under the front passenger seat that’s big enough for an iPad and you can tuck a few pairs of sunglasses in the extra cubbies under the dashboard.
Your back-seat passengers also get a pair of fold-down tables with some handy cupholders. Their neat ratchet system means they’ll easily support a few heavy drinks bottles without collapsing, too.
You get some sturdy folding tables for the Tiguan’s back seats that won’t collapse and douse your passengers’ knees in hot coffee at the mere sniff of a speed hump
The Volkswagen Tiguan’s 620-litre boot is one of the biggest of all small family SUVs. It’s much more spacious than the 430-litre Nissan Qashqai, the 491-litre Kia Sportage and the 503-litre Mazda CX-5 and there’s more than enough room for a large baby buggy or four suitcases.
You also get an adjustable boot floor too to eliminate the awkward load lip and help make it easy to slide in very heavy luggage. There’s even a 12V socket so you can plug in a portable hoover and some handy tie-down hooks to hold smaller items securely.
If you need to carry even more, you can flip the back seats down in a three-way (40:20:40) split using some easy-to-reach levers in the boot rather than awkward catches beside the headrests. Flip just the middle section down and you can carry up to two rear-seat passengers and some very long luggage at once or fold all three seats out of the way and you’ll open up a 1,655-litre load bay.
With all three seats folded, there’s enough space to carry a bike with its wheels attached. There’s no annoying step in the floor behind the back seats either, so it’s easy to slide heavy boxes right up behind the front seats.