Donna Kelly has over 14 years of experience in the motoring industry, writing, test driving and tweeting about cars. Her weekends are spent trackside, covering racing events.
First introduced back in 2007, the Volkswagen Tiguan continues to be a great competitor in the mid-sized SUV class.
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Recently refreshed in 2020, the Tiguan's design is elegant and dynamic throughout. Its clean shapes, sharply sculpted lines, and large grille feed into VW's redesigned LED headlights and updated taillights.
Inside, the Tiguan is just as impressive, with plenty of room in the front and back seats and lots of technology offered as standard, including an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and automatic lights.
At the rear, the Tiguan's boot can hold up to 520 litres, increasing to 615 litres when you slide the rear seats forward, making for more than enough room for the weekly family shop. The 40:20:40 split rear seats also fold down flat to increase the load capacity to 1,655 litres for extra space when required.
Four models are available, including the Life, Active, Elegance and R Line. The entry-level Life trim includes a sat-nav system, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, three-zone climate control system, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Active trim adds keyless entry, heated power-folding exterior mirrors, electric tailgate and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The Elegance trim consists of LED Matrix headlights, adaptive and predictive cruise control, heated front seats and steering wheel, a 10.25-inch digital driver's display and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The top-spec R Line comes with sporty bumpers, lowered suspension, sporty pedals, a 12.3-inch Active Info display, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, auto lights and wipers, a large panoramic sunroof and 20-inch alloy wheels.
The Tiguan is available in petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid form. The cheapest option is the 1.5 TSi EVO with manual transmission, which is smooth to drive and reasonably economical. If performance is at the top of your list, the 2.0 TSI 4Motion R with semi-automatic transmission is worth a look, while the 1.4 TSI eHybrid Life DSG with semi-automatic transmission is best in terms of efficiency and economy.
Out on the road, the Tiguan offers a comfortable ride thanks to its adaptive dampers, which soaks up bumps with a soft-edged plushness and improves the overall ride quality. The Tiguan is also a decent motorway cruiser, with its steering assistance and adaptive cruise control keeping the car in lane and accelerating and braking as required.
Prices for the new Volkswagen Tiguan start from £29,860.00 OTR* or to lease from £250.12 per month.
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*'On the road' price correct at time of publication and typically includes one year’s road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Always check with the manufacturer.