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Why Lease The Tiguan?

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Volkswagen Tiguan Review 2021

First introduced back in 2007, the Volkswagen Tiguan continues to be a great competitor in the mid-sized SUV class. 

Spacious, comfortable and good-to-drive, this popular family car competes with the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mazda CX-5 and the Ford Kuga

Volkswagen Tiguan review covers:

Volkswagen Tiguan Key Features

  • Dynamic design with sharply sculpted lines and clean shapes
  • Generous interior space with 40:20:40 split rear seats
  • 520-litre boot, which expands to 1,655 litres with rear seats down
  • Available in petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid form
  • Four models available, including Life, Active, Elegance and R Line

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

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.

Volkswagen Tiguan exterior

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. 

Interior and Trims

Inside, the Tiguan's cabin may not be as exciting or luxurious as the BMW X3 or Audi Q5 but is intuitively laid out and well built. High-spec models add plush seats and additional technology.  

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. 

Power and Performance

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. 

Volkswagen Tiguan interior

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.

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Volkswagen Tiguan start from £29,860.00 OTR* or to lease from £250.12 per month.

Want to know more about leasing the Volkswagen Tiguan? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts works directly with Volkswagen to offer great lease deals on this fantastic electric SUV. 

All our lease deals include the full manufacturer's warranty (from date of registration), road tax for the contract duration, breakdown cover and free mainland GB delivery to your home or workplace (exclusions apply). 

What's more, with fixed monthly rentals, a low initial outlay and flexible mileage and contract terms, leasing a Volkswagen Tiguan could be cheaper to lease than you think. 

*'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. 

  

Customer Reviews

Volkswagen Tiguan
Average Rating Based on 177 reviews
4.4 out of 5

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John Volkswagen Tiguan 1.5 TSI 150 R-Line DSG *Incl. Options*

So many problems that I wouldn't know where to start. lodged complaint with vw

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4.1 out of 5
Sandra Volkswagen Tiguan 1.5 TSI 150 R-Line DSG Model Year 2023

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4.6 out of 5
Nigel Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TSI 4Motion R-Line DSG Model Year 23

Not a single issue with the car, very please with it.

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4.6 out of 5
George Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TSI 4Motion R-Line DSG Model Year 23

The driving technology sometimes reacts to conditions that are not there ie driving on a road with 70mph speed limit sees the signpost for 40mph on a slip road and automatically applies the brakes, not ideal.

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5.0 out of 5
Nicola Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 4Motion R-Line DSG

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4.4 out of 5
Philip Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TSI 4Motion R-Line DSG MY23

The vehicle is practical, spacious and feels secure on today's busy roads. Consider offering options that may not have been considered when the lease was first applied for I.e. towing hitch or maintenance suport pack etc.

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5.0 out of 5
Ian Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 4Motion R-Line DSG

This is my second Tiguan that I have leased. I was so impressed with my first that it was an easy decision to make when it came to leasing again.

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Nicholas Volkswagen Tiguan 1.5 TSI 150 R-Line DSG Model Year 2023

Like: Ideal for the two grandchildren and room for their booster seats. Dislike: No spare tyre. In the event of a large puncture caused by a pothole the kit provided would not work.

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4.1 out of 5
Calum Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TSI 4Motion R-Line DSG MY23

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John Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TSI 4Motion R-Line DSG MY23

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3.9 out of 5
David Volkswagen Tiguan 1.4 TSI PHEV Life DSG

Like the electric motor very much, with no range anxiety and seamless switch between power sources. But... today range shows 38 miles, in the cold it's down to 16! Don't like having to do an oil change service so often, especially as a lot of journeys are electric only. All the short runs that are so bad for a petrol engine don't apply, so why don't those journeys get ignored by the car computer? Satnav is excellent.

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4.3 out of 5
Rose Volkswagen Tiguan 1.5 TSI 150 R-Line DSG Model Year 2023

Some of the driver assist features can be a bit buggy sometimes and we have had issues with the original order and related customer service which are on file somewhere and now resolved but the car itself is otherwise fine. We haven’t had our first service yet so I’m not able to accurately score servicing and repairs.

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3.1 out of 5
Venkata Volkswagen Tiguan 1.5 TSI 150 Active DSG

it's ok... but need more comfort

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3.4 out of 5
Denis Volkswagen Tiguan 1.5 TSI Active

Not as comfortable as expected. Too much reliance on online settings.

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3.7 out of 5
Russell Volkswagen Tiguan 1.5 TSI Active

The Tiguan is proving to be a really practical car, well thought out in its design for day to day use with all friends and family who've been in it saying how great it is. From a driving perspective it’s easy to drive with more than enough creature comforts but there is one major issue. Since new the gear change from 1st to 2nd is horrendous with it frequently crunching if I do anything other than pull away, dip the clutch, wait for the revs to drop, carefully go into 2nd then lift the clutch. I reported this to VW Kidlington who took the car in and their report states this is 'harmonics in the gearbox' so confirming in 2022 VW cannot built a gearbox that changes gear smoothly when cold. I contacted VW customer services who just put me back in touch with the dealer. In short the cars great but totally ruined by a bad gearchange issue that VW say is acceptable but this experience means I wont be leasing another VW.

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