VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN ALLSPACE DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 TDI 200 4Motion R Line Tech 5dr DSG

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 60 mph-

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2176 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 a 30 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 low (as low as 11%), based on a combined cycle fuel economy figure of up to 176.6mpg and emissions of up to 38g/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

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

  • Lane assist
  • Speed limiter
  • Drive mode selector
  • Area view with park assist steering and front and rear parking sensors
  • Driver profile selection
  • Front assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitor, city emergency braking + predictive pedestrian protection
  • Driver alert system with fatigue detection
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Progressive power assisted steering

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

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

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

  • Piano black interior trim
  • Chrome door trim inserts

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

  • Aux-in socket
  • SD card slot
  • Three route options - Fast, Short, Eco
  • Dynamic navigation based on TMC+
  • 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

  • Chrome side window surrounds
  • Body colour roof spoiler
  • Body colour door handles
  • Solid paint
  • Piano black front air intake and rear diffuser
  • Unique R Line badging
  • Aluminium decorative inserts in dash and door panels
  • Silver anodised roof rails
  • Left and right chrome effect trapezoid dummy exhaust tailpipe surrounds
  • Chrome trimmed radiator grille
  • Electric panoramic sunroof with sunblind

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

  • 3 zone climate control

  • Variable boot floor, height adjustable and removable
  • Load through provision with 2 cupholders when folded
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • 4 load lashing points
  • Leather trimmed three spoke multifunction steering wheel with aluminium inserts and paddle shift
  • Unique R Line door sill protectors
  • 12V socket in centre console storage area
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment, longitudinal and height adjustable and two rear air vents
  • 12V socket on rear of front centre armrest
  • 2 cup holders in front
  • Storage compartment in drivers and front passengers door
  • Luggage compartment side storage
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • Bag hook in luggage compartment
  • Front seatback folding tables
  • Illuminated scuff plates
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • Black headlining
  • Leather gear knob
  • Lockable cooled glovebox
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Net partition
  • Removable luggage cover
  • Storage tray on dashboard
  • Sunglasses storage
  • Rear cupholders

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

  • Ambient lighting pack - Tiguan Allspace
  • R Line styling pack - Tiguan Allspace

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

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

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

  • Illuminated driver/passenger vanity mirrors

  • 20" Suzuka alloy wheels with mobility self sealing tyres + anti theft wheel bolts

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 231
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 155
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 184
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 179
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 188
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 176

  • 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: 32.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 39.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.8
  • 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
  • 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
  • Coin Series: R Line Tech
  • Coin Description: TDI 200 4MT

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

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

  • Tyre Size Front: 255/40 R20
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: SUZUKA
  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY

  • Height (including roof rails): 1674
  • Length: 4705
  • Width: 1839
  • Wheelbase: 2787

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1752
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2540
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 58
  • 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: Included
  • Dynamic chassis control: £860

  • Side scan blind spot detection: £415

  • 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
  • Silver front underbody protection: Included

  • Vienna leather upholstery + sport seats, 12 way elec adj driver seat with lumbar, memory function, heated front seats, passenger manual lumbar support: £1,610
  • Race cloth with San Remo microfibre upholstery: Included

  • 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
  • Dynaudio Excite soundpack - Tiguan Allspace: £615
  • Winter pack - Tiguan/Tiguan Allspace: Included
  • Smoking pack - Tiguan: £55

  • Solid - Pure white: £0

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

  • Driver + front passenger lumbar support: Included

  • Swivelling towbar with 13 pin electrical kit: £740

  • Race cloth - Grey with San Remo microfibre: £0

  • Vienna leather - Black/crystal grey + sport seat, 12 way elec adj driver seat with lumbar, memory, heated front seats, passenger manual lumbar support: £1,610

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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