Volkswagen Tiguan review - Interior, design and technology
Solid design is functional rather than stylish, although the Tiguan is smart enough and includes the latest on-board tech
Exterior changes in the facelift brought the Tiguan into line with the larger Touareg. The nose is taller, with a larger grille feeding into redesigned LED headlights. Tiguans in Elegance trim and above are also fitted with adaptive matrix technology called IQ.Light.
The rear end also benefited from a refresh, with a new rear panel and updated tail lights. A new set of alloy wheel designs was also introduced.
The Volkswagen Tiguan comes in four main specifications. Standard equipment in the entry Life trim includes 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.
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. The more recently introduced Black Edition offers the same standard kit as the R Line, along with exclusive styling tweaks such as black exterior trim.
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 trim and above.
The central infotainment screen was updated as part of the facelift, and includes touch-sensitive buttons, revised menus and display technology and updated voice controls. Sitting below, the heating controls were also 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 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 is smart enough and includes the latest on-board tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceBuyers will appreciate the Volkswagen Tiguan's larger boot and increased passenger space compared to rivals
- 6Reliability and SafetyTiguan safety kit is good, but Driver Power customer feedback could be better