Used Volkswagen Tiguan (Mk1, 2008-2016) – How much will it cost?
Strong residual values mean the Tiguan is more expensive than many rival SUVs
Thanks to strong residual values, you’ll have to pay more for a Tiguan than some rival SUVs with a less polished badge. That said, with some of the earliest examples now approaching pensionable age, you won't have to dig too deep. It’s also worth remembering that you’re likely to get more for a used Tiguan when you decide to move it on.
Even the earliest Tiguans have only just dipped below the £3,000 mark. That’s for a 2008 model with 150,000+ miles on the clock and more than a few battle scars on the body. You’ll need to find at least £5,000 for a post-facelift Tiguan, but these still look relatively modern today. Don’t attempt to save money by buying an entry-level S model; opting for an SE or Match is more sensible.
Escape models are few and far between, so budget for at least £5,000 for one of these off-road specials. Buyers are prepared to pay a premium for the sporty R-Line, but don’t be afraid to be picky; there are plenty to choose from.
Economy and CO2 emissions
We'd definitely opt for the middling 2.0-litre TDI BlueMotion model; this produces 148bhp, returns 53mpg and emits just 140g/km of CO2, meaning road tax payments will be minimal. Meanwhile, the BlueMotion Technology pack adds stop-start and regenerative braking.
As you'd probably expect, if you opt for four-wheel drive or an automatic gearbox you'll see a significant impact on running costs.
The Tiguan offers fixed (12 months/10,000 miles) or variable (up to two years/20,000 miles) service intervals. Costs for the latter vary, but expect to pay £164 for a minor check-up on the fixed-rate plan and £329 for a major one.
A new cambelt is needed on all diesels every five years or 130,000 miles, for £434; petrol engines are chain-driven. Fresh brake fluid is needed after three years then every two years, at £64, while coolant is checked every service and topped up as necessary; there’s no schedule for replacement. A biennial air-con service costs £80.
In this review
- 1Used Volkswagen Tiguan (Mk1, 2008-2016) reviewThe VW Tiguan is a popular alternative to the Skoda Yeti, with smart styling and a wide range of engines
- 2How much will it cost? - currently readingStrong residual values mean the Tiguan is more expensive than many rival SUVs
- 3How practical is it?Few SUV rivals can match the Tiguan’s practicality, with room for five people and a big boot
- 4What’s it like to drive?It’s a little less comfortable than some rival SUVs, but it’s also better to drive. The diesel engines deliver excellent fuel economy
- 5What should you look for?Don’t let the premium badge fool you, because the Tiguan has its fair share of problems
- 6What do owners think?Owners complain of reliability issues and high running costs, but the Mk1 Tiguan shares plenty of parts with the dependable Golf