VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN ESTATE 1.4 TSI PHEV R Line 5dr DSG

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.5s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

Volkswagen's Tiguan eHybrid uses the established VW Group PHEV powertrain to deliver a 28 mile all-electric driving range and lots of e-drive options. It's the same sort of thing obvious volume brand mid-sized SUV plug-in competitors offer, but here, the technology's delivered with a bit more polish. In short, there's lots to like if you don't mind the premium pricing.

TIG PLUG & GO

Volkswagen's Tiguan eHybrid offers a proven PHEV package, thinks Jonathan Crouch

Ten Second Review

Volkswagen's Tiguan eHybrid uses the established VW Group PHEV powertrain to deliver a 28 mile all-electric driving range and lots of e-drive options. It's the same sort of thing obvious volume brand mid-sized SUV plug-in competitors offer, but here, the technology's delivered with a bit more polish. In short, there's lots to like if you don't mind the premium pricing.

Background

The Tiguan eHybrid has been a long time in coming. Volkswagen was talking about a PHEV plug-in version of its mid-sized SUV even before the current second generation Tiguan was first launched in 2016 and showed a Tiguan GTE prototype to gauge public reaction. This concept car had a clever roof-mounted solar module that potentially could add around 300 further miles to the all-electric range figure - which we were eager to see. Sadly, that technology hasn't (yet) made it through to production. And probably wouldn't be much use in drizzly Blighty anyway. What we do have though in this finished Tiguan eHybrid model is plenty of cutting-edge technology, even though the powertrain used here isn't that much different from the one first introduced in a Golf GTE back in 2014. Can it propel this PHEV crossover to the top of the class? Let's see.

Driving Experience

This plug-in petrol/electric engine is the same one that features in GTE versions of the Golf and the Passat, which means that despite all the new-tech fanfare, it's based around mechanicals that the brand has no longer uses in its conventional models - a 1.4 TSI petrol engine and a DSG auto gearbox with only 6-speeds. The engineers have in recent times though, given this plug-in package a bigger 10.4kWh battery which powers an 85kW electric motor, which is why this Tiguan eHybrid's full-electric driving range when fully charged is rated at a class-competitive 28 miles. Which you won't get anywhere near if you ever approach the eHybrid model's theoretical all-electric top speed of 80mph. This VW Group PHEV powertrain does as usual have to be paired with front wheel drive. And, as ever, various selectable settings govern the way you can use it. The car always starts off in fully-electrified 'E-Mode', before switching to a 'Hybrid' mode that sees the electric motor and the combustion engine combining together. As part of this setting, you've also a 'Battery Hold' option that will save battery charge until later in your trip; and a 'Battery Charge' setting (in which the battery will be charged as you drive by the TSI engine). There's also a press-on engine-only 'GTE' mode (even though this car isn't badged 'GTE'), this setting enabling a potential 62mph sprint time of 7.5s en route to 127mph. These sprightly figures reflect a total combined system output of 245PS, more than enough to offset the PHEV battery's 135kg weight penalty.

Design and Build

Unless you spot the extra charging flap or the distinct badging, you're unlikely to notice that this eHybrid variant is different from any other Tiguan. This PHEV variant only comes with the conventional five-seat body style and of course features all the most recent Tiguan visual updates. Which means you get a wide grille with an extra lower chrome strip that forges a visual link between the Tiguan and pricier Volkswagen SUVs such as the larger Touareg and the huge Atlas Cross Sport model sold in North America. The standard full-LED headlights which flank this appendage can feature the company's latest IQ.Light matrix technology, which gives you 24 LEDs in each module. At the wheel, there's a premium-style feel that you just don't get from most competing volume brand mid-sized PHEV crossovers. You sit quite commandingly and the build quality and general ergonomics are difficult to fault. There's a 10.25-inch instrument display screen and a central 'Discover' infotainment display that is 8-inches in size as standard, but which can be upgraded to 9.2-inches on request. Both the instrument binnacle screen and the central monitor have various E-specific read-outs. Two people can sit comfortably in the rear - but three would be tight. Out back, boot space falls by 137-litres because of the need to place the PHEV system's battery beneath the cargo area floor. That means a 437-litre boot capacity - though you can extend that via a standard ski hatch - or of course by folding the 40:20:40-split-rear bench.

Market and Model

Tiguan eHybrid pricing started at just over £36,000 at the time of this test in early 2022 - about £2,500 more than the price of an equivalent 2.0 TDI diesel variant. That's premium territory for a mid-sized SUV, but you do at least get decent equipment levels for that. There's a choice of three trim levels - 'Life', 'Elegance' and 'R-Line'. All versions get Adaptive Cruise Control, all-round parking sensors, navigation and 3-Zone Climate Control. Volkswagen's Digital Cockpit Pro' 10.25-inch high resolution TFT dash display screen also features as standard. Mid-range 'Elegance' trim gets you Volkswagen's 'IQ.Light' LED matrix headlight system. And a heated steering wheel, plus a 30-colour ambient lighting cabin set-up. A suite of systems to assist the driver are also standard-fit on the 'Elegance' model, including a rear-view camera, Side Assist, rear traffic alert, and Predictive Cruise Control, which uses road sign recognition and navigation data to automatically alter the preset speed to the legal limit, as well as safely, pre-emptively slowing for bends, roundabouts and junctions. Top 'R-Line' trim brings a sportier focus for the Tiguan, and adds styling features to reflect this across the exterior and interior, including a roof spoiler, exclusive front and rear bumpers and wheel arch extensions housing 20-inch 'Misano Black' alloy wheels. For the inside, there's black roof lining and R-Line badging across the cabin.

Cost of Ownership

The 28 mile all-electric range served up here could mean that with a typical commute, a Tiguan eHybrid owner might only need to actually visit a fuel station every month or two. Depending on the power source, charging takes place with 2.3 or 3.6 kW alternating current (AC). When supplied with 230 volts at 2.3 kW via the normal domestic grid, the battery can be fully charged in five hours from empty. This is reduced to three hours and 40 minutes using a 3.6 kW wall box or public charger. As for the WLTP-rated efficiency figures, well the base 'Life'-spec variant manages 178.4mpg on the combined cycle and 36g/km of CO2 - which means a BiK rating of just 11%. For this 'Elegance' version, it's 151.1mpg, 42g/km and 13%; and for top 'R-Line'-spec, it's 165.1mpg, 39g/km and 11%. For reference, a comparable 2.0 TDI 150PS Tiguan model is rated at 37%. Of course, in the real world, a Tiguan eHybrid won't deliver readings anything like these; expect around 55mpg in regular use, which by our calculations would be slightly better than you'd get from the TDI unit. A slight downside with the eHybrid variant lies with the fact that the battery's positioning under the boot floor necessitates a reduction in fuel tank size, but even so, with a fully-charged battery and a full tank of fuel, a range of over 620 miles ought to be possible - so, for example, you could travel from London to Paris and back without refuelling. Which sounds promising.

Summary

It's puzzling why it took Volkswagen so long to bring us a PHEV version of this Tiguan, given that the technology it uses has been around in a Golf for well over half a decade. This powertrain will, after all make so much sense to the sensible conservative folk who tend to like this uber-sensible Wolfsburg mid-sized SUV. A Tiguan eHybrid can't offer you the longest all-electric driving range in the segment, but it does feel classier inside than rival PHEV versions of direct competitors like the Ford Kuga, the Peugeot 3008, the Citroen C5 Aircross and the Vauxhall Grandland. Yes, you could get an even smarter cabin feel by opting for a mechanically very similar Audi Q3 45 TFSIe, but that would cost a great deal more. For quite a few crossover customers tempted by the PHEV concept, what's served up here will be more than sufficient for their needs. It's a very complete package.

  • 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
  • Side and rear windows in heat insulating glass
  • Laminated safety glass windshield heat and sound insulating
  • Privacy glass for rear side windows and rear window

  • Electronic Stability Control with driver steering recommendation, ABS, ASR, EDL, EDTC and trailer stabilization
  • Front assist with autonomous emergency braking (for Adaptive Cruise Control ACC up to 130 mph)
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Hill hold control
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Front disc brakes

  • Carpet mats in front and rear with decorative stitching in Gray

  • App-Connect incl. App-Connect Wireless for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth phone integration system

  • Distance control assist
  • Driver profile selection
  • Driver alert system
  • Adaptive cruise control ACC stop and go including speed limiter
  • Multifunction front facing camera
  • Electromechanical speed sensitive power steering
  • Lane keeping system Lane Assist
  • Dynamic road sign display

  • Revision / skills operating concept travel assistant
  • Start/stop system with regenerative braking

  • Premium multifunction display with multi colour display
  • Lights on warning
  • Service interval indicator
  • Outside temperature display
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Digital Cockpit Pro - Active info display
  • Warning sound and light for doors and tailgate open

  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Body colour door mirrors

  • Battery regeneration during braking

  • SMS functionality - read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display
  • Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
  • Title and cover art display
  • Diversity antenna for FM reception
  • Radio
  • 2 USB-C ports in the front, 1 USB-C charging socket on the center console in the rear
  • SD card slot

  • R Line body kit
  • Rear exhaust tailpipe
  • License plate carrier in front and rear
  • Body coloured bumpers in R Line style
  • Rear spoiler in R style
  • Black roof rails
  • Body colour door handles
  • Unique R Line badging
  • R Line side sills
  • Chrome moldings on the side windows

  • IQ light-Adv high beam,Dynamic light assist for LED matrix headlamp+LED separate DRL+ DCL, dark red rear LED tech, Poor weather light+ cornering light
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • Dynamic headlight range control
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Automatic headlight control system
  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • LED rear number plate lights

  • Air Care Climatronic 3 zone automatic climate control with enhanced air filter and controls in the rear
  • Climate control unit rear with touch function

  • 12V outlet in center console rear and in luggage compartment
  • Door and side trim panel in foam film, insert in leatherette
  • Storage compartments in luggage area left and right
  • 2 cup holders in front
  • Brushed stainless steel pedals and footrest
  • 4 load lashing points
  • Variable boot floor, height adjustable and removable
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Storage compartment in driver's door
  • Storage compartment in passenger's door
  • Lockable cooled glovebox
  • Leather gear knob
  • Black headlining
  • Tool kit
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Removable luggage cover
  • Storage tray on dashboard

  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Interior light with delay
  • Front footwell illumination
  • Instrument lighting white adjustable panel illumination
  • 2 LED front reading lights
  • 2 LED rear reading lights

  • Ambience pack - Tiguan R Line
  • Driver assistance pack plus - Tiguan

  • 3 point seat belt for centre rear seats
  • Warning sound and light for front seat belts if unfastened
  • Curtain airbags for front and rear passengers
  • 3 point seat belts with seat belt pretensioners for the outer rear seats
  • Pedestrian monitoring system
  • Proactive passenger protection system in combination with front assist
  • Active bonnet
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Height adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Front side airbags
  • Two tone horn
  • Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones

  • Height adjustable front seats
  • Isofix Preparation 2 Rear child seats
  • Sliding/reclining rear seats
  • 3 rear headrests
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Rear bench seat asymetrically split folding, longitudinally movable and folding with load-through hatch and center armrest
  • Safety optimised front head restraints
  • Front seats head restraints (x-adjustment)
  • Standard rear seat release
  • Backrest release for left front seat
  • Remote unlocking for rear seat backrest
  • Top front comfort seats

  • Anti theft alarm system with interior monitoring, backup horn and towing protection
  • Anti theft wheel bolts
  • Electronic engine immobiliser

  • Trailer Stability Programme

  • XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling

  • Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 20" Misano black with diamond turned surface alloy wheels with Airstop tyres

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 300
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 2.3
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 220
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 3.6
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 10.4
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 16.8
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 47
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 29.2

  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 41

  • Engine Code: DGEA
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 74.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 80
  • CC: 1395
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb: 40.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb: 7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 1.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 156.9

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: R Line
  • Coin Description: TSI eHybrid
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18600
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 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: N
  • Badge Power: 245
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.4
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25.5
  • Engine Power - KW: 180
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque - NM: 250
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1550
  • Engine Power - BHP: 245
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.5
  • Top Speed: 127

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

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

  • Length: 4511
  • Width: 1859
  • Wheelbase: 2680
  • Height (including roof rails): 1681

  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.5
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1744
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2350
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 45
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 606

  • Heated windshield: £315

  • ACC - Adaptive chassis control: £555
  • Sports suspension: Included

  • Voice control system: £205
  • Mobile phone interface comfort with inductive charging feature: £425

  • Trailer maneuvering system trailer assist: £165
  • Rear view camera: £375
  • Area view camera: £735

  • Tailgate/trunk lid unlocking from outside: Included

  • Head up Display: £520
  • Discover media nav inc streaming and internet with 8" colour touchscreen, dyn road sign display, bluetooth, we connect+, DAB+ and gesture control: Included
  • Discover nav pro inc streaming and internet with 9.2" colour touchscreen, dyn road sign display, bluetooth, we connect+, voice and gesture control: £610

  • Power adjustable, folding and heated door mirrors with surround lighting, front passenger exterior mirror lowering function: Included

  • 4 X 20 watt output: Included
  • 8 speakers: Included
  • Harman Kardon sound system: £790

  • Special solid paint: Included
  • Pearlescent paint: £635
  • Metallic paint: £635
  • Front underbody guard: £245
  • Signature premium paint: £1,060
  • Tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof with rear panoramic sunroof: £960

  • 12V outlet in front and tray: Included
  • Greyson sports cloth upholstery: Included

  • Easy open and close pack with safelock - Tiguan: £325
  • Winter pack - Tiguan R Line: Included
  • Winter pack with heated front and rear seats - Tiguan: £235
  • Vienna leather pack [WL4] - Tiguan R-Line: £1,555
  • Smoking pack - Tiguan: £55

  • Metallic - Nightshade blue: £635
  • Metallic - Reflex silver: £635
  • Metallic - Dolphin grey: £635

  • Pearl - Deep black: £635

  • Special solid - Pure white: £0
  • Signature premium - Oryx white pearl: £1,060

  • Tyre pressure loss indicator: Included
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system: £165
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit: £20

  • Driver + front passenger lumbar support: Included

  • Keyless locking and starting system keyless access with safelock: Included

  • Swivelling towbar with 13 pin electrical kit: £805

  • Greyson sports cloth - Grey /Titanium Black/Flint Grey: £0

  • Vienna leather pack R-Line - Titanium black: £1,555

  • Tyre mobility kit Includes 12V compressor and tyre sealant: Included
  • Full size spare wheel: £220
  • Space saver spare wheel: £220

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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