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Volkswagen Tiguan R Review

The Volkswagen Tiguan R has the engine of a hot hatch with the space and practicality of a family SUV. 

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Is the Volkswagen Tiguan R a good car?

The Volkswagen Tiguan name is a blend of the words German words for tiger ‘tiger’ and iguana ‘leguan’, and at the same time the new VW Tiguan R is a blend of SUV practicality and hot hatch powertrain.

The Tiguan R is easy to spot thanks to its pumped-up body kit and 21-inch alloy wheels. It also has bigger brakes than a normal Tiguan and four tailpipes for the exhaust.

The Tiguan R uses a 2.0-litre 320hp turbocharged petrol engine, which is the same engine you’ll find in the outgoing VW Golf R and the Cupra Ateca SUV.  It’s a fantastic engine, and should help the Tiguan R accelerate from 0-60mph in roughly five seconds, but it doesn’t exactly sound all that exciting. Good thing you can upgrade to a titanium Akrapovič exhaust system if you prefer.

The VW Tiguan is very popular. The VW Golf R is very popular. Y'know what? I think this Tiguan R will be popular.

Mat Watson
carwow expert

A seven-speed automatic gearbox comes as standard and the Tiguan R gets four-wheel drive and torque vectoring. The latter is an electronic system that helps shift power to the wheels where it’s needed most to maximise grip in tight corners.

The Volkswagen Tiguan R also has Adaptive Chassis Control – a fancy name for adjustable suspension that lets you to change how sporty the car feels depending on what kind of road you’re on. It has Comfort, Sport, Race, Individual, Offroad, Snow and Individual settings. Race mode can be turned on quickly using a button on the Tiguan R’s steering wheel.

The new Volkswagen Tiguan R’s cabin has also received a sporty makeover. Inside, you’ll spot an R-branded sports steering wheel, more supportive sports seats and some new graphics on the digital driver’s display.

First drives of the new Volkswagen Tiguan R are just around the corner, so check back regularly to find out what we think of it.