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.

You can check out the latest used prices for the Volkswagen Tiguan on our sister site BuyaCar or value a specific model using our valuation tool.

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.

Rivals such as the Mazda CX-5 and Skoda Yeti definitely offer more in terms of efficiency and economy, but Volkswagen does provide a range of fixed-price servicing deals.

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.

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