Volkswagen Tiguan review - Interior, design and technology
Solid design is functional rather than stylish, although the Tiguan now features a smart new look and the latest on-board tech.
Exterior changes in the 202 facelift brought the Tiguan into line with the larger Touareg. The nose is taller, with a larger grille feeding into redesigned LED headlights with a new adaptive matrix technology called IQ.Light - standard on Elegance cars.
The rear end also benefited from a refresh, with a new rear panel and updated tail-lights, while there are also new alloy wheel designs to choose from.
The Volkswagen Tiguan comes in four main specifications. Equipment levels in the entry Life models include 18-inch alloys, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, automatic lights and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. You also get rear privacy glass, sat-nav, front and rear parking sensors, and three-zone climate control.
Active adds keyless entry and an electric tailgate, plus power-folding mirrors, Driving Profile Selection, ECO function and heated front seats.
Elegance spec adds an extra inch to the wheel size, chrome exterior trim, upgraded upholstery, a rear view camera and a panoramic sunroof. Opting for the top R Line version means even bigger 20-inch alloys, a sporty body kit and sports seats. On top of the R Line trim, the high-performance Tiguan R gets Matrix LED headlights and special 21-inch wheels, plus sports seats embroidered with R logos.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The dashboard in the Tiguan is more sensible than stylish, but everything is very logically laid out and simple to get along with.
There's a new steering wheel with touch-sensitive buttons featuring haptic feedback, and Volkswagen's 10-inch Digital Cockpit Pro set-up - standard on Elegance and R-Line cars.
The central infotainment screen has been updated and includes new touch-sensitive buttons, revised menus and display technology, updated voice controls and screen sizes of up to 9.2 inches. Sitting below, the heating controls have also been upgraded with more modern touch-sensitive switches.
In this review
- 1Volkswagen Tiguan reviewPerfectly honed for family life, the Volkswagen Tiguan is well-built and practical but lacks any real sparkle
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Tiguan is a capable cruiser, while new R and eHybrid models add extra strings to its bow
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsAll Tiguans are cost-effective to run, but the eHybrid will save company drivers a packet
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingSolid design is functional rather than stylish, although the Tiguan now features a smart new look and the latest on-board tech.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceBuyers will appreciate the Tiguan's larger boot and increased passenger space compared to rivals
- 6Reliability and SafetySafety is good, but VW will be hoping the Tiguan reliability reputation improves