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Volkswagen Tiguan review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

Nearly 60mpg for the most efficient Tiguan will tempt family buyers, but no variants are the most frugal in their class

If you want to keep running costs to a minimum but not sacrifice performance too much we'd opt for the mid-range 148bhp 2.0 TDI – this returns around 38 to 49mpg and emits around 125 to 147g/km of CO2. To help conserve fuel, most models come with stop/start technology.

The 2.0-litre TDI SCR with two-wheel drive and a manual gearbox emits 119g/km in S trim - making it the greenest Tiguan you can buy.

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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 top 237bhp diesel only just breaks 35mpg on average and emits a relatively substantial 162g/km of CO2.

Unsurprisingly, the petrol versions don’t fare so well, due to the heavy weight of the car combined with the reduction in pulling power. The 1.5 TFSI EVO is found right across the wider Volkswagen range, here emitting 132g/km and returning around 40mpg in 148bhp guise; the more powerful 2.0-litre – available only with four-wheel drive – emits up to 175g/km and returns around 30mpg.

Insurance groups 

Insurance groups for the most mainstream models are between 13 to 18 – no great change over the previous model – but be warned: if you're tempted by the most powerful 190 and 240 diesel models, you'll be paying much more to insure them, as they sit in groups 23 and 24. 

Depreciation

The Tiguan has competitive residuals, although its high list prices mean that, in relative terms, it will lose more money than its rivals.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.5 TSi EVO 130 S 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £24,150

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5 TSi EVO 130 S 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £24,150

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 BiTDi 240 4Motion SEL 5dr DSG
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £38,200
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