VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN ALLSPACE DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 TDI 200 4Motion SEL 5dr DSG

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 60 mph-

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2184 g/km

Volkswagen's much improved take on their second generation Tiguan mid-sized SUV delivers a high quality, well priced package that's now smarter and more efficient. All the car you'll ever really need? Many see it as just that.

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This improved version of the second generation Volkswagen Tiguan looks a strong package. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Ten Second Review

Volkswagen's much improved take on their second generation Tiguan mid-sized SUV delivers a high quality, well priced package that's now smarter and more efficient. All the car you'll ever really need? Many see it as just that.

Background

If you're planning to spend somewhere in the £25,000-£40,000 bracket on a mid-sized SUV or Crossover, you'll certainly not be short of choice. But choice can sometimes be a compromising thing - and so it is here. So for the premium badge you'd like on a car of this kind, you have to compromise on equipment. For the practicality you'll need, you have to compromise on trim and build quality. And for the all-wheel drive ability you'll maybe sometimes want, you've to compromise on tarmac driving pleasure. Volkswagen understands this, which is why in 2007, they brought us this car, the Tiguan, a contender in this class that was arguably less compromised than any other. A second generation version launched in 2016 and it's the updated version of that MK2 model we're looking at here. The Tiguan model line has historically been hugely successful for Volkswagen, having accounted for nearly 6 million global sales to date. And the reasons aren't hard to fathom. Here, you've all the class of a Honda CR-V or a Toyota RAV4 at a significant saving in cost, pricing being not too much more than Far Eastern budget brand models in this segment. Let's see how the improved version of this car stacks up.

Driving Experience

As before, the Tiguan range is primarily based around a 1.5-litre TSI petrol unit with either 130 or 150PS. There's also a 2.0 TSI petrol unit offering either 190PS or 245PS, both variants featuring standard 4MOTION 4WD. For black pump devotees, there's a 2.0-litre TDI diesel, which now gets more efficient twin-dosing selective catalytic reduction system and in the mainstream range can be had in either 150PS or 200PS guises. You'll need the diesel option if you want 4MOTION 4WD. You can also now have a new PHEV 'eHybrid' petrol model which uses the same 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and electric motor as the Golf GTE. This, Volkswagen says, will give the plug-in hybrid Tiguan an all-electric driving range of 31 miles and the ability to travel at speeds of up to 81mph in electric-only mode. There's also a high performance Tiguan R variant which gets an up rated 320PS version of the 2.0-litre TSI petrol turbo engine already used in the T-Roc R. Like other R models, the Tiguan R gets 4MOTION four-wheel-drive and benefits from a clever torque vectoring function in the 4x4 system that can vary drive between front and rear axles, as well as between the left and right wheels. The R variant uses a 7-speed DSG auto gearbox and a Dynamic Chassis Control system which lowers the ride height by 10mm. In the mainstream Tiguan range, 4MOTION 4WD is a particularly popular option, many buyers opting to stretch beyond the entry-level front-driven variants. The fifth-generation 4MOTION system provides a faster apportioning of power to all four wheels via a process that provides pre-activation of the rear clutch and improved operation of the electronic differentials. In 4x4 form, the car has 200mm of ground clearance, 11mm more than it would have in 2WD guise.

Design and Build

As before, there are two body shapes on offer. Our focus here is on the standard five-seat body style, but a seven-seat 'Allspace' variant continues to be also offered. Volkswagen claims that the re-designed front end of this updated Tiguan lends the car a significantly more confident appearance. There's a wider, more imposing radiator grille that's separated by full-LED headlights that can be ordered with VW's latest IQ.Light LED Matrix technology. The bumpers have also undergone a makeover. At the rear, Tiguan lettering is now in a prominent central position below the VW badge. Inside, the cabin has been bought into line with some of Volkswagen's newer models, with the latest version of the company's infotainment system and the availability of larger touchscreens. The 10-inch digital instrument binnacle screen has also been updated. There's a re-designed steering wheel featuring touch controls and Volkswagen has also improved the climate control functions by means of touch sliders and touch buttons - like you'll find in the Golf 8. And lots of tiny additional details also feature, like the pair of illuminated USB-C ports on the centre console and new multi-coloured ambient lighting. As before, there's decent passenger space on a rear bench that can slide back and forth. And luggage space is up to 615-litres with the standard 60/40 split folding rear seats in place - or 1,655-litres with the seats lowered.

Market and Model

Expect pricing to sit mainly in the £25,000 to £40,000 bracket and count on having to find a premium of just over £2,000 if you want the 4MOTION 4WD system on the diesel variant. There's a base-trim variant and beyond that, customers choose between 'Life', 'Elegance' and 'R-Line' trim levels. Standard equipment across the range includes a 10-inch centre-dash infotainment screen with an operating interface that responds to the command 'Hey Volkswagen', followed by whatever you want to ask. All models come with alloy wheels, 'Climatic' semi-automatic air conditioning, a trip computer, all-round electric windows, an alarm and power heated door mirrors. Plus there's a 'We Connect Go' app that allows you to interacts with your Tiguan from wjherever you are using your smartphone. Safety kit includes a clever 'Automatic Post-Collision Braking System' that automatically brakes the car down to 6mph after a collision - so if, say, someone hits you and, understandably, you go to pieces, the car will automatically sort itself out. There's also a 'Front Assist' system that at speed, scans the road ahead as you drive for potential accident hazards, warning you if one is detected and automatically braking if necessary. You get that same kind of functionality at urban speeds too, as part of a 'City Emergency Braking' system included as part of the 'Front Assist' package.

Cost of Ownership

Let's look at the WLTP-rated figures. The latest 1.5 TSI 130PS petrol unit achieves a WLTP-certified figure of up to 44.8mpg on the combined cycle, while emitting up to 143g/km CO2. For the 1.5 TSI 150PS variant, the figures are up to 42.8mpg and 151g/km. The 2.0 TSI 190PS engine can deliver up to 34.0mpg on the combined cycle and up to 189g/km of CO2. Go for a 2.0 TDI diesel 150PS DSG model with 4MOTION 4WD and you can expect up to 42.8mpg and a CO2 reading of 173g/km, which is pretty creditable. The eHybrid PHEV model offers a credible alternative to diesels and boasts 31 mile electric only WLTP driving range. In other words, if the vehicle is only used for short commutes and re-charged regularly overnight, it is conceivable that this Tiguan eHybrid could be run almost entirely without fuel. And conceivably (if you get your charging regime right) on off-peak electricity that'll hopefully cost pennies rather than pounds to consume. Expect your BiK tax exposure with a Tiguan eHybrid to be based on a combined cycle fuel economy figure of over 200mpg and emissions of under 40g/km. Powering this Volkswagen PHEV up from a domestic socket would take around five hours, but most owners will want to find an extra few hundred pounds to install a Wallbox charger in their garages. Use such a wallbox - or indeed plug in to one of the many public charging points springing up around the country - and you'll be able to reduce your charging time period from empty to around three hours and thirty minutes.

Summary

It's not hard to see why the Tiguan is such a popular choice in its sector here in the UK. You get pretty much all the quality of premium-badged mid-sized SUV for not much more than the price of a budget brand contender. You get pretty much all the tarmac handling ability of a Qashqai-like Crossover with virtually all the off road ability of something more capable. And it all comes with the enduring appeal of that Volkswagen badge and the enduring residual values that'll go along with it. Such has always been this car's appeal and not much has changed with the updated version of this MK2 model. It's not a car for driving enthusiasts or those who live halfway up Snowdon - but then such people are unlikely to be shopping in this sector anyway. What it does offer in this improved form are running costs from an ever-more efficient range of engines that make the transition to a car like this from an ordinary family hatch less painful than ever. And an extra dash of polish in everything it does that'll make you feel as good when you open the bedroom window as you will when you're at the wheel. A sensible choice then, but one you'll enjoy making.

  • 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
  • Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards approx 65% tinted

  • Front ventilated disc brakes and rear disc brakes
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
  • ESC with EDL, ASR, EDTC and trailer stabilisation function
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Hill hold control
  • Anti-lock Brake System + Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake assist

  • Front + rear carpet mats

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

  • Driver profile selection
  • Drive mode selector
  • Lane assist
  • Front assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitor, city emergency braking + predictive pedestrian protection
  • Driver alert system with fatigue detection
  • Speed limiter
  • Adaptive cruise control

  • Coasting function
  • Start/Stop function
  • Keyless entry/keyless start and full electric tailgate operation

  • 2D/3D map view
  • Low washer fluid warning light
  • Active information display
  • Warning sound and light for doors and tailgate open
  • Car information display
  • Outside temperature display
  • Lights on warning
  • Service interval indicator
  • Instrument cluster

  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming interior mirror
  • Electrically heated and foldable door mirrors, door mirror puddle lights and reverse activated kerb view adjustment on passenger's door mirror

  • Piano black decorative inserts in centre console
  • Dark grey decorative inserts in dash and door panel
  • Chrome door trim inserts
  • Piano black interior trim

  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Battery regeneration during braking
  • Misfuel prevention device for diesel engine

  • Three route options - Fast, Short, Eco
  • Dynamic navigation based on TMC+
  • Aux-in socket
  • SD card slot
  • Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
  • Title and cover art display
  • Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
  • Music playback - MP3, WMA and AAC files
  • SMS functionality - read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display
  • USB connection,USB charging socket and volkswagen media control
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Electric panoramic sunroof with sunblind
  • Chrome trimmed radiator grille
  • Chrome side window surrounds
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Black grained lower door protectors with chrome inserts
  • Left and right chrome effect trapezoid dummy exhaust tailpipe surrounds
  • Front air intake with chrome strip
  • Silver anodised roof rails
  • Chrome side body trim

  • LED headlights with dynamic light assist daytime running lights and cornering front fog lights
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • 3D effect cherry red LED rear tail lights
  • Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
  • Dusk sensor + auto driving lights

  • 3 zone climate control

  • Driver and front passenger under seat drawer
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • Illuminated scuff plates
  • Bag hook in luggage compartment
  • Luggage compartment side storage
  • Front seatback folding tables
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Lockable cooled glovebox
  • Removable luggage cover
  • Storage tray on dashboard
  • Sunglasses storage
  • Rear cupholders
  • 12V socket on rear of front centre armrest
  • 2 cup holders in front
  • Storage compartment in drivers and front passengers door
  • 4 load lashing points
  • Variable boot floor, height adjustable and removable
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Load through provision with 2 cupholders when folded
  • 12V socket in centre console storage area
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment, longitudinal and height adjustable and two rear air vents

  • Instrument lighting white adjustable panel illumination
  • Interior light with delay
  • Luggage compartment lighting

  • Ambient lighting pack - Tiguan Allspace

  • Warning sound and light for front seat belts if unfastened
  • Driver/Passenger whiplash optimised head restraints
  • Active pedestrian safety system
  • Front side airbags
  • Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
  • Two tone horn
  • First aid kit
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Warning triangle
  • Rear side airbags
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Head airbag system
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Pre crash system
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Passenger knee airbag
  • Height adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Active bonnet

  • Foldable front passenger seat backrest
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • Isofix Preparation 2 Rear child seats
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat
  • 2 head restraints in 3rd row
  • 3 head restraints in 2nd row
  • Sliding/reclining rear seats
  • Passenger seat height adjuster
  • 2 individual 3rd row seats
  • 3 single seats foldable in 2nd row
  • Split folding rear bench seat

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

  • Illuminated driver/passenger vanity mirrors

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 234
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 178
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 160
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 189
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 184
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 188
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 184
  • HC: N

  • CC: 1968
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 39.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.2

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: SEL
  • Coin Description: TDI 200 4MT
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 200
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - BHP: 200
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Top Speed: 132
  • Engine Power - KW: 147
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 235/50 R19
  • Wheel Style: VICTORIA
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 2099
  • Height (including roof rails): 1674
  • Length: 4701
  • Width: 1839
  • Wheelbase: 2787

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1752
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2540
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 788
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 700
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.9

  • Sports suspension: £170
  • Dynamic chassis control: £860

  • Side scan blind spot detection: £415
  • Trailer assist steering including park assist with rear view camera: £855
  • Area view with park assist steering and front and rear parking sensors: £870
  • Power assisted speed sensitive steering: Included
  • Progressive power assisted steering: £205
  • Front and rear parking sensors: Included

  • Head up Display: £555
  • Discover navigation system with 8.0" colour screen, radio/CD player, European map data: Included
  • Discover DVD nav pro with 9.2" touch screen, gesture control, radio, European map data, 64GB hard drive, voice control, car-net guide and inform plus: £1,510

  • 4 X 20 watt output: Included

  • Front underbody guard: £285
  • Signature premium paint: £1,040
  • Pearlescent paint: £625
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £625
  • Silver front underbody protection: Included

  • Vienna leather upholstery - 12 way elec adj driver seat with lumbar support + heated front seats + passenger manual lumbar support: £1,610
  • Lounge cloth with Art Velours microfleece upholstery: Included
  • Net partition: £230
  • Leather trimmed three spoke multifunction steering wheel and gear knob with paddle shift: Included
  • 3 spoke heated leather multi-function steering wheel including paddle shift: £195

  • Winter pack with heated outer rear seats - Tiguan Allspace: £425
  • Winter pack with (in conjuction with leather upholstery) heated outer rear seats - Tiguan / Tiguan Allspace: £425
  • Winter pack - Tiguan/Tiguan Allspace: Included
  • Smoking pack - Tiguan: £55
  • Dynaudio Excite soundpack - Tiguan Allspace: £615

  • Metallic - Platinum grey: £625
  • Metallic - Petrol Blue: £625
  • Metallic - Ruby red: £625
  • Metallic - Pyrite Silver: £625
  • Metallic - Blue silk: £625

  • Pearl - Deep black: £625

  • Solid - Pure white: £0

  • Signature premium - Habanero Orange: £1,040

  • Tyre pressure loss indicator: Included
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system: £150
  • Emergency assist driver intervention system: £415

  • 14 way adjustable ergoComfort drivers seat including electric lumbar support with Comfort front passenger seat and massage function: Included

  • Swivelling towbar with 13 pin electrical kit: £740

  • Lounge cloth - Titan black with Art Velours microfleece: £0

  • Vienna leather - Saffrano orange + 12 way elec adj driver seat with lumbar support + heated front seats + passenger manual lumbar support: £1,610
  • Vienna leather - Storm grey + 12 way elec adj driver seat with lumbar support + heated front seats + passenger manual lumbar support: £1,610
  • Vienna leather - Titan black + 12 way elec adj driver seat with lumbar support + heated front seats + passenger manual lumbar support: £1,610

  • 20" Miramar grey metallic alloy wheels with mobility self sealing tyres + anti theft wheel bolts: £870
  • 19" Victoria alloy wheels with mobility self sealing tyres + anti theft wheel bolts: Included

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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