0 - 62 mph4.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2226 g/km

The Tiguan R enters uncharted waters for this previously conservative mid-sized family SUV. Are there really people who might want to get to 62mph in 4.9s in a Tiguan? If there are, then they'll very much like this pricey high performance version. But the competition at this kind of price and performance level is extremely tough.


Few need a really fast Volkswagen Tiguan but those who do will love this fast R model, thinks Jonathan Crouch

Ten Second Review

The Tiguan R enters uncharted waters for this previously conservative mid-sized family SUV. Are there really people who might want to get to 62mph in 4.9s in a Tiguan? If there are, then they'll very much like this pricey high performance version. But the competition at this kind of price and performance level is extremely tough.


So here's the deal. You've always promised yourself a Volkswagen Golf R (or perhaps any uber-fast hot hatch) but for various very understandable reasons, time has passed and it hasn't happened. And now a growing family's come along - one for whom a compact hatch just isn't big enough - so it's too late. Or is it? Volkswagen says not. All the good bits of a Golf R have been shoehorned into this car, the brand's Tiguan R, a family SUV on steroids. Volkswagen has brought us steroidal fast SUVs before - we had a particular affection for the 5.0-litre twin turbo diesel-powered R50 Touareg model of 2008 - but this extremely cross crossover is a good deal more accessible. Or at least it would be if it wasn't for an asking fee that demands the best part of £50,000 from you. Still, that's a good deal less than the cost of a Porsche Macan Turbo, the performance of which Volkswagen says this Tiguan can match.

Driving Experience

Part of the reason it's taken so long for Volkswagen to bring us an 'R' version of this Tiguan is because there was never really much of a demand for a high performance version of this model. Arguably, there still isn't but there's enough demand for Volkswagen to offer two lower-powered versions of its 2.0 TSI engine in this family SUV (with 190 and 245PS), so the brand clearly thinks there'll be some folk who'll perhaps want to go a step further. Like a Golf R or T-ROC R, this car uses Volkswagen's EA888-series 2.0-litre TSI engine in the 320PS level of tune that features in just about every other high performance mid-sized Volkswagen Group model you can think of. In this installation, it won't feel quite as rapid as it does when fitted to a Golf R - you can thank this top Tiguan's rather portly 1,746kg kerb weight figure for that - but satisfyingly rapid point to point times are still very possible. Press the blue 'Race' mode button on the Tiguan R's steering wheel and 62mph can be dispatched in just 4.9s en route to a maximum which has to be artificially limited to 155mph. 4MOTION 4WD is standard.

Design and Build

Volkswagen has done its best to give this Tiguan flagship model a meaner look. Well, as much as a Tiguan ever can look mean anyway. As befits the fastest ever Tiguan, it looks the part, with huge 21-inch 'Estoril' wheels and an 'R' styling pack that brings unique shaping for the front and rear bumpers and rear roof spoiler. You also get matt chrome-effect door mirrors, a black rear diffuser with twin chromed exhausts, a performance braking system with 'R'-branded calipers and darkened rear LED tail lights. Inside, you get a bespoke blue-stitched three-spoke steering wheel and more heavily side-bolstered sports seats part-trimmed in 'Sardegna' cloth with 'Art Velours' microfleece. Plus 'R' branded graphics for the 8-inch 'Digital Cockpit Pro' instrument screen, the illuminated door sill plates, the puddle lights and the carpet mats. This R model is of course as practical as any other Tiguan. There's the usual sliding rear bench. And the powered hatch rises to reveal a spacious 520-litre boot, which with the seat pushed right back is 520-litres in size. Push that rear bench forward and you'll improve this figure to 620-litres, a figure that few other rivals in this segment can match.

Market and Model

The top Tiguan R performance model commands a premium price tag - think around £46,000. does of course have its own bespoke specification. We've covered all the exterior and cabin adornment in our ;Design & Build' section. As well as that, you get a double dose of Volkswagen's latest technology - things like the 'DCC' 'Dynamic Chassis Control' adaptive damping system. And IQ. Matrix headlight system with its 24 twinkling LEDs per headlamp. There's also a 'Park Assist' system to steer you into spaces, a rear view camera and a whole portfolio of cutting edge camera safety kit. Plus there's a 'Driver Profile Selection' driving modes system with 'Eco', 'Normal', 'Sport' and 'Track' settings. And a gesture-controlled powered tailgate, along with a 30-colour ambient lighting system for the cabin. We should also mention the brand's clever 'Travel Assist' autonomous driving technology. This is a camera and radar sensor-controlled assistance system that will autonomously accelerate, brake and steer your Tiguan while maintaining a safe distance to vehicles ahead. Also standard is 'Emergency Assist', which can take over driving duties completely should you become incapacitated, steering the car to the side of the road and bringing it to a safe and gradual stop.

Cost of Ownership

You won't have chosen a Tiguan R in search of ultimate economy but by the standards of super-family mid-sized performance SUVs, it doesn't do too badly. You're looking at up to 28.2mpg and up to 226g/km. To give you some perspective on that, we'll tell you that the 2.0 TSI 190PS model manages up to 33.2mpg and up to 194g/km. For the 2.0 TSI 245PS variant, the readings are up to 32.1mpg and up to 200g/km. The usual efficiency tweaks contribute to these figures. There's an 'Energy Recovery' set-up to reclaim energy that would otherwise be lost under braking or during cruising. And the usual Start/stop system to cut the engine when you don't need it, stuck at the lights or waiting in traffic. Insurance is a group 36E rating. As for servicing, well as usual with Volkswagen models, there's a choice of either 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' maintenance packages. You'll choose the 'Fixed' approach if you cover less than 10,000 miles a year and with this, the car will typically be looked at every twelve months. If your daily commute is more than 25 miles and your Tiguan will regularly be driven on longer distance journeys, you'll be able to work with a 'Flexible' regime that can see you travelling up to 18,000 miles between garage visits - or every two years, whichever is sooner.


There are quite a few dynamic compromises involved in the translation from Golf R to Tiguan R. You'll be expecting that. There isn't quite the involving handling sharpness of a rival (but far pricier) Porsche Macan Turbo either. You'll probably be expecting that too. If you can allow for these two caveats and somehow justify the asking price here, there's otherwise lots to like. It's a more complete performance confection, in our estimation, than some of the other VW Group compact SUVs that use the same performance engineering formula - the Audi SQ2, the CUPRA Ateca and Volkswagen's own T-ROC R all spring to mind. Personally, we think that a CUPRA Formentor with the same drivetrain is a slightly more complete package than this Tiguan R, but this Volkswagen runs it close and is cheaper. It'll be a rare sight on our roads. But for its owners, a surprisingly satisfying experience awaits.

  • 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)
  • Front disc brakes
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Hill hold control

  • Floor mats with R-Logo and stictching

  • ACC - Adaptive chassis control

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

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

  • Start/stop system with regenerative braking
  • Keyless entry with full electric tailgate operation
  • Tailgate/trunk lid unlocking from outside

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

  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Power adjustable, folding and heated door mirrors with surround lighting, front passenger exterior mirror lowering function
  • Chrome matt mirror covers

  • Battery regeneration during braking

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

  • Chrome moldings on the side windows
  • R-Logo on radiator grille with side panels and rear
  • R-Specific front and rear bumpers
  • R-Logo light projection
  • R-specific diffuser, painted black with cut out for trailer hitch
  • License plate carrier in front and rear
  • Rear spoiler in R style
  • Body colour door handles
  • Silver anodised roof rails

  • High level 3rd brake light
  • Dynamic headlight range control
  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Automatic headlight control system
  • Poor weather light and cornering light
  • 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

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

  • R-specific sport skin with R Logo in active Info dsiplay
  • R-taster (direct selection of race mode/ flap control)
  • R Performance steering wheel with R button, larger paddle shifters, blue stiching and blue steering wheel clip
  • Pedals and footrest in stainless steel
  • Lighting door sill trim at front with R Logo
  • R Specific key caps
  • 12V outlet in center console rear and in luggage compartment
  • Door and side trim panel in foam film, insert in leatherette
  • Lockable cooled glovebox
  • Leather gear knob
  • Black headlining
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Storage tray on dashboard
  • Removable luggage cover
  • Tool kit
  • 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
  • Storage compartments in luggage area left and right
  • 2 cup holders in front

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

  • Ambience pack - Tiguan
  • Driver assistance pack plus - Tiguan
  • Easy open and close pack with safelock - Tiguan

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

  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Isofix Preparation 2 Rear child seats
  • Sliding/reclining rear seats
  • 3 rear headrests
  • Height adjustable front seats
  • Top sports seats integrated headrest, blue R-Logo in front seats, seat centre panels and outer rear seats in fabric inner side bolster art Velors
  • 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
  • Central locking system with safelock radio remote control and 2 remote control folding keys
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Anti theft wheel bolts

  • Trailer Stability Programme

  • XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling

  • Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 21" Estorial black with diamond turned surface superlight alloy wheels with Airstop tyres

  • Tyre mobility kit Includes 12V compressor and tyre sealant

  • CO2 (g/km): 186
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 226
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 229
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 226

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.8
  • CC: 1984
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Engine Code: DNFG

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 13.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 9.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 9.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 10
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 13.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 14.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 9.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 10
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 9.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 10
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 10
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 10.1
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 20.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 28.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 28.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 28.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 20.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 20
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 28.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 28.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 28.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 28.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 28.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 28

  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 36E
  • Coin Series: R
  • Coin Description: TSI 320
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • 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: 320
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Power - KW: 235
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 310
  • Engine Torque - NM: 420
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2100
  • Engine Power - BHP: 320
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.9
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 42.8

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

  • Tyre Size Front: 255/35 R21
  • Wheel Style: ESTORIL
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/35 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 21" ALLOY

  • Length: 4514
  • Width: 1859
  • Wheelbase: 2678
  • Height (including roof rails): 1668

  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.5
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1671
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2260
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 58
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 589

  • Heated windshield: £310

  • Voice control system: £200
  • Mobile phone interface comfort with inductive charging feature: £420

  • Area view camera: £720
  • Trailer maneuvering system trailer assist: £160
  • Rear view camera: Included

  • Head up Display: £510
  • 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: £600

  • 8 speakers: Included
  • Harman Kardon sound system: £775
  • 4 X 20 watt output: Included

  • Front underbody guard: £240
  • Metallic paint: £625
  • Pearlescent paint: £625
  • Special metallic paint: £755
  • Signature premium paint: £1,040
  • Special solid paint: Included
  • Tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof with rear panoramic sunroof: £945
  • Akrapvic performance titan exhaust: £3,100
  • R specific four chamber rear exhaust tailpipe: Included

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

  • Smoking pack - Tiguan: £55
  • Nappa leather pack - Tiguan R: £1,575
  • Winter pack - Tiguan R: Included
  • Winter pack with heated front and rear seats - Tiguan: £55

  • Metallic - Dolphin grey: £625
  • Metallic - Reflex silver: £625

  • Pearl - Deep black: £625

  • Special solid - Pure white: £0
  • Special metallic - Lapiz blue: £755
  • Signature premium - Oryx white pearl: £1,040

  • Tyre pressure loss indicator: Included
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system: £160
  • First aid kit: £20

  • Driver + front passenger lumbar support: Included

  • Sports cloth - Blue/Flint Grey/Titanium Black: £0

  • Nappa leather pack R - Titanium black/Blue: £1,575

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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