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EC Combined46.3 mpg


By Jonathan Crouch


In its second generation 'AD/BW'-series form launched in 2016, Volkswagen's Tiguan mid-sized SUV proved to be a much more sophisticated thing - as it needed to be to take on a wide array of Crossover and full-SUV-orientated rivals. Sharp looks are matched by sharp dynamics and a more sophisticated 4WD system that makes this car a more credible tool when the going gets rough. There's a classy cabin too and as a result, this car feels just that bit more complete than many key rivals.


5dr SUV (1.4 TSI, 1.5 TSI, 2.0 TSI, 1.6 TDI, 2.0 TDI)


It's easy to forget now that for quite a time, the Tiguan was the only SUV that Volkswagen offered. That's one reason why the first generation '5N'-series Tiguan model sold and sold well, shifting over 2.8-million units in a production cycle that ran between 2007 and 2015. By the time this second generation 'AD/BW'-series model was launched in 2016 though, Volkswagen was getting with the programme, widening its SUV line-up and making the MK2 Tiguan available in standard and long wheelbase 'Allspace' forms. This provided for a range of derivatives that aimed to offer a variant for almost everybody, both for customers merely wanting something that looked like an SUV, or for the kind of customer who regularly needed to go off road. It was a wide-ranging brief this MK2 Tiguan delivered on pretty well. Here, we'll be looking from a used buying perspective at the original pre-facelift versions of this 'AD/BW'-series second generation car - in its standard body shape. This sold until mid-2020, when it was facelifted and significantly updated.

What You Get

Volkswagen's Head of Design Klaus Bischoff describes the look of this second generation Tiguan model as 'highly passionate'. Perhaps it is - in a very German sort of way. It's certainly an intricately fashioned thing, cut like a diamond with super-sharp slashes and creases. And in MK2 form, this car was bigger than before, 60mm longer and 30mm wider, though the height was reduced by 33mm to create a lower, leaner stance. More important though of course, is the stuff you can't see, specifically the stiffer, more sophisticated Golf-style MQB platform underpinnings that lie beneath the precise, carefully contoured lines. This hi-tech chassis was fundamental in the creation of this slightly bigger, significantly lighter and more sophisticated car that, as we'll see, also uses its interior space more efficiently than its predecessor. You certainly appreciate this from behind the wheel, but what's even more evident from the moment you slide into the hip-height seats is that this Tiguan has broken rank with the Qashqai-class models it used to compete with and can now offer properly premium class quality. What you'll also notice is the huge step forward in media connectivity that this second generation model delivered over the MK1 Tiguan - the whole 'cool, calm and connected' thing from the ads. An 8-inch infotainment screen dominates the centre stack on all models - on some cars, you'll find this upgraded to the 'Discover Navigation' system that was fitted as standard to plusher variants and was optional lower down the range. Whatever display you find fitted, the touchscreen effectively deals with the usual DAB stereo, Bluetooth 'phone and car informational functions and with virtually all trim levels is embellished with Volkswagen's clever 'App-Connect' set-up. This is the starting point for the brand's 'Car-Net' connectivity system and the key tool for bringing the best functions of your smartphone into your Tiguan via the 'Apple CarPlay', 'Android Auto' and MirrorLink systems. What's even cleverer is the potential that Volkswagen's designers created for much of this information to be brought directly into your line of sight courtesy of an option many original owners had fitted - the 'Active Info Display'. We're getting used to this kind of thing from various brands now, a 12.3-inch TFT screen that completely replaces the conventional instrument binnacle dials with an almost infinitely customisable layout of crystal clear virtual graphics The back seat is the area of the car where you most appreciate the benefits of this MK2 model's extra 26mm of interior length - there's 29mm more knee room on offer than with the previous model and the flexibility to further improve things by using a sliding rear bench. And the boot? Well because the load sill was lowered with this MK2 design, it's slightly easier to get bulky loads in and out. The hatch rises to reveal a spacious 520-litre boot.

What You Pay

Prices start at around £12,100, which gets you a 1.4 TSI petrol variant with base 'S' trim on a '16-plate, with values rising to around £20,000 for a '20-plate car. Budget around £1,600 more for mid-range 'SE Nav' trim - or £5,500 more for top 'E Line'-spec. We'd try for one of the later 1.5 TSI models with value 'Match' trim, which price from around £18,900 on an '18-plate, with values rising to around £23,500 on a '20-plate. The fastest petrol model, the 2.0 TSI, comes with 4MOTION 4WD and can be quite pricey; a later 2.0 TSI 4 MOTION variant with plush 'SEL' trim on a '19-plate values at around £25,200, with values rising to around £29,800 for the last of the pre-facelift '20-plate cars. If you'd like a diesel, then the volume 115PS 2.0 TDI front-driven model starts at around £12,500 for a base 'S' variant on a '16-plate, with values rising to around £21,000 for a '20-plate car. If you'd like 4MOTION 4WD with a 2.0 TDI Tiguan, you'll need to upgrade to the 150PS version of this engine, which will require a premium of around £1,600 over the prices just given.

What to Look For

Most Tiguan MK2 owners we surveyed were very happy with their cars, but inevitably, there have been those who have had problems you'll want to look out for. We came across a few issues with the DSG auto gearbox. Another owner reported faulty electric and various faulty sensors, plus problems with the GPS system. Apart from that, check for the usual things - interior child damage, scratched alloys etc. It's unlikely that any Tiguans will have been serious used off road but check the underside of 4MOTION variants just in case. And of course insist on a fully stamped-up service history. There were quite a few product recalls during this original MK2 model's lifespan too, so check that the car you're looking at has had the appropriate dealer visit for rectification. Recalls were issued for models made between August and November 2016 (an issue with the front seat backrest frame); for Tiguans made between October 2018 and May 2019 (problems with low speed engine torque); for Tiguans made in February 2019 (cracks in the front left seat frame); for cars made between May and October 2016 (problems with airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners); for cars made between May 2016 and November 2018 (issues with the tow bar locking mechanism); for cars made in January 2018 (front brake disc cracking); for Tiguans made in October 2019 (fuel tank wall thickness issue); and models made between May 2016 and June 2019 (a roof spoiler issue)

Replacement Parts

[based on a 2017 model 2.0 TDI 115PS diesel] An air filter will be priced in the £7 to £20 bracket, an oil filter will sit in the £5 to £8 bracket and a fuel filter will cost in the £9 to £22 bracket, though a pricier brand could cost you up to £28. A water spump will likely cost between £102 and £175. The brake discs we came across sat in the £65 to £140 bracket, with pricier-branded discs costing between £223 and £257. Rear discs are in the £60-£167 bracket. Front brake pads are in the £25 to £68 bracket for a set but for pricier brands, you could pay up to nearly £112. Rear pads are in the £23-£40 bracket. An alternator is around £162, a starter motor is in the £110-£158 bracket; a thermostat is £13-£13; a wiper blade is £13-£26; a headlight is around £168; a tail lamp is around £127.

On the Road

The dynamics of this Tiguan were usefully improved for this MK2 model thanks to the installation of a lighter, stiffer hi-tech MQB platform that allowed the engineers to reduce body roll without the need for an unpleasant, over-firm ride. Buyers in this country have a preference for ordering this car with 4MOTION 4WD, so Volkswagen enhanced that system and added in a '4MOTION Active Control' set-up that allows you to tailor the working of the all-wheel drive system to more specifically suit conditions both on and off the beaten track. It's one of the things that makes this car surprisingly good off road. Under the bonnet, the range is primarily based around 2.0-litre TDI engines, with buyers offered a choice of 115, 150, 190 or 240PS outputs. Most customers opt for the 150PS mid-range variant which from new could be had with or without the 4MOTION system or the DSG automatic gearbox. Obviously going without both elements and sticking with 2WD and manual transmission will give you the best efficiency figures, which in the case of the 2.0 TDI 150PS variant are 57.6mpg on the combined cycle and 125g/km of CO2 (both NEDC figures). If you must have a petrol model, there are a couple of 1.4-litre TSI options, plus a 2.0-litre TSI unit with 180PS.


It's not hard to see why the Tiguan is such a popular choice in its sector. There's the potential to get all the quality of a premium-badged mid-sized SUV, for the price of a budget brand contender. You get the tarmac handling ability of a Qashqai-like Crossover, yet at the same time, get the option of virtually all the off road ability of something more capable. And the whole package comes with the enduring appeal of that Volkswagen badge - and the enduring residual values that'll go along with it. In summary, what ultimately matters is that this product is good enough to meet its wide-ranging and very difficult brief. It says much that there really is something in Volkswagen's claim that, to some extent at least, this MK2 Tiguan model subtly re-defined what a car of this kind should be. We can't pay it any greater compliment than that.

  • Heated rear window
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay
  • Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
  • Tinted windows (B pillar backwards)

  • Electronic stabilisation programme with electronic differential lock + traction control
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Hill hold control
  • Anti-lock Brake System + Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake assist
  • DTC - Drag torque control
  • Front assist including city emergency braking

  • Front + rear carpet mats

  • Bluetooth phone integration system
  • Car-Net App-Connect

  • Distance control assist
  • Lane assist
  • Speed limiter
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Speed sensitive power steering

  • Service interval indicator
  • Warning lights
  • Instrument cluster
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low washer fluid warning light
  • Fatigue detection system

  • Automatic dimming interior mirror
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Electric heated + adjustable door mirrors
  • Electric folding door mirrors

  • Chrome door trim inserts
  • Titan silver decorative inserts

  • SD card slot
  • Aux-in socket
  • 2 x USB sockets in front
  • DAB Digital radio
  • MP3 compatible single CD player

  • Chrome side window surrounds
  • Chrome trimmed radiator grille
  • Silver roof rails
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Black door protector with chrome inserts

  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
  • Dusk sensor + auto driving lights

  • 3 zone climate control

  • Storage compartment in driver's door
  • Storage compartment in passenger's door
  • Illuminated scuff plates
  • Front centre armrest with storage + rear 2 air vents + cupholders
  • Front seatback folding tables
  • Luggage compartment side storage
  • Variable boot floor
  • Leather gear knob
  • Rear cupholders
  • Storage tray on dashboard
  • Sunglasses storage
  • Map pockets on front seats
  • Lockable cooled glovebox
  • Removable luggage cover
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • 12V socket in centre console
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Load through provision with 2 cupholders when folded
  • Passenger underseat drawer
  • Front centre armrest with 12v socket
  • 4 load lashing points

  • Interior light with delay
  • Luggage compartment lighting

  • Front side airbags
  • Two tone horn
  • Warning triangle
  • Rear side airbags
  • First aid kit
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Height adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Head airbag system
  • Pre crash system
  • Active bonnet
  • Driver/Passenger whiplash optimised head restraints
  • Active pedestrian safety system

  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Isofix Preparation 2 Rear child seats
  • Foldable passenger seatback
  • 3 rear headrests
  • Sliding/reclining rear seats
  • Passenger seat height adjuster
  • Driver + front passenger lumbar support

  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
  • Alarm with interior protection

  • XDS electronic differential lock

  • Illuminated driver/passenger vanity mirrors

  • Steel space saver spare wheel

  • CO2 (g/km): 137
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 73
  • HC+NOx: N

  • CC: 1395
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 37.7
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 53.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 46.3

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: SE Nav
  • Coin Description: TSI 125
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 11E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 84
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 72
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 68
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 125
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.4
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 20.4
  • Engine Power - BHP: 125
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.5
  • Top Speed: 118
  • Engine Power - KW: 92
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 148
  • Engine Torque - NM: 200
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1400

  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/55 R18
  • Wheel Style: PATAGONIA
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True

  • Width (including mirrors): 2099
  • Height (including roof rails): 1654
  • Length: 4486
  • Width: 1839
  • Wheelbase: 2677

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1415
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2120
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 58
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 740
  • Max. Loading Weight: 705
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 615
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1655
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.5

  • Sports suspension: £165
  • Dynamic chassis control: £810

  • Voice control system: £185

  • Side scan blind spot detection: £395
  • Trailer assist steering including park assist with rear view camera: £810
  • Front and rear parking sensors: Included
  • Park assist with rear view camera: £550
  • Area view with park assist steering and front and rear parking sensors: £825

  • Fully electric tailgate + keyless entry and start: £660
  • Remote tailgate release: Included
  • Power tailgate: £355

  • Multi function display: Included
  • Head up Display: £500
  • Discover DVD nav pro with 9.2" colour touch screen, radio/CD player, European map data, 64GB hard drive, voice control, car-net guide and inform plus: £1,390
  • Discover navigation system with 8.0" colour screen, radio/CD player, European map data: Included
  • Active information display: £590

  • 8 speakers: Included

  • Metallic paint: £580
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Special solid paint: £290
  • Pearlescent paint: £580
  • Electric panoramic sunroof with sunblind: £1,105
  • Signature premium paint: £1,000

  • LED headlights with dynamic light assist daytime running lights and cornering front fog lights: £1,375
  • High beam assist: Included
  • LED rear lights: £390
  • Cornering front fog lights: Included
  • Headlight washers: £175

  • Leather heated multifunction steering wheel: £110
  • Leather multifunction steering wheel: Included
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment: Included
  • Drivers underseat storage: Included
  • Storage compartment in roof console: £125
  • Luggage net: £215
  • Vienna leather upholstery + 12 way elec adj driver seat + heated front seats + memory function: £1,785
  • 230v socket in boot with luggage light: £140
  • Rhombus cloth upholstery: Included

  • Front footwell illumination: Included
  • Front reading lights: Included

  • Winter pack - Tiguan/Tiguan Allspace: £280
  • Smoking pack - Tiguan: £20
  • Ambient lighting pack - Tiguan: £265
  • Dynaudio Excite soundpack - Tiguan: £560
  • Winter pack with heated outer rear seats - Tiguan: £495

  • Metallic - Tungsten silver: £580
  • Metallic - Titanium beige: £580
  • Metallic - Indium grey: £580
  • Metallic - Atlantic blue: £580
  • Metallic - Caribbean blue: £580
  • Metallic - Reflex silver: £580
  • Metallic - Ruby red: £580

  • Pearl - Deep black: £580

  • Solid - Urano grey: £0

  • Special solid - Pure white: £290
  • Signature premium - Oryx white pearl: £1,000
  • Signature premium - Crimson red: £1,000

  • Tyre pressure loss indicator: Included
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system: £130

  • Heated outer rear seats: £215
  • Front comfort seats: Included
  • Driver seat height adjustment: Included
  • 14 way elec adj driver ergoComfort seat with massage function + electric lumbar support: £560

  • Keyless entry: £380

  • Trailer Stability Programme: Included
  • Swivelling towbar with 13 pin electrical kit: £730

  • Rhombus cloth - Storm grey: £0
  • Rhombus cloth - Titan black: £0

  • Vienna leather - Titan black + 12 way elec adj driver seat + heated front seats + memory function: £1,785
  • Vienna leather - Saffrano orange + 12 way elec adj driver seat + heated front seats + memory function: £1,785
  • Vienna leather - Storm grey + 12 way elec adj driver seat + heated front seats + memory function: £1,785

  • 18" Patagonia alloy wheels + anti theft wheel bolts: Included
  • 18" Kingston alloy wheels + anti theft wheel bolts: £150

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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