Volkswagen Tiguan review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
All Tiguans are cost-effective to run, but the eHybrid will save company drivers a packet
If you want to keep running costs to a minimum and can't wait around for the 2021 launch of the Tiguan plug-in hybrid version, then we'd opt for the mid-range 148bhp 2.0 TDI. This returns up to 47.9mpg and emits from 147g/km of CO2 when paired with the seven-speed DSG auto 'box.
As you'd probably expect, if you opt for four-wheel-drive you'll see a significant impact on running costs. The 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI 4Motion variant manages 42.8mpg on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions from 173g/km.
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 TSI is found right across the wider Volkswagen range, here emitting from 151g/km of CO2 and returning around 42mpg in 148bhp guise. However, all petrol cars get cylinder deactivation that shuts off two cylinders and helps to save fuel.
If you are waiting for the eHybrid, then you can look forward to an average economy of up to 165mpg, with an electric-only range of 31 miles. As well as big fuel savings, eHybrids used as company cars will attract super-low Benefit-in-Kind rates of just 11 per cent thanks to a 40g/km CO2 figure. A Tiguan R is not nearly such an attractive proposition from a business user’s perspective, due to its 28.2mpg fuel economy and 226g/km CO2 emissions.
Insurance premiums for the Tiguan shouldn't be too expensive, with petrol cars ranging from groups 15 to 20. Diesel-powered versions start in group 20, for the six-speed manual 2.0-litre TDI in Life trim, while the top-of-the-range 197bhp oil-burner in R-Line spec is in group 28.
The previous Tiguan model had competitive residuals, with an average across the range of 43% over 3 years and 36,000 miles. The facelifted version should offer even better value, with data suggesting it will hold onto nearer 48% after the same period of ownership.
In this review
- 1Volkswagen Tiguan reviewPerfectly developed for family life, the Volkswagen Tiguan is well-built and delivers useful practicality, but it lacks a sense of style
- 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 Costs - currently readingAll Tiguans are cost-effective to run, but the eHybrid will save company drivers a packet
- 4Interior, design and technologySolid 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