Volkswagen Tiguan review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Buyers will appreciate the Volkswagen Tiguan's larger boot and increased passenger space compared to rivals
The Tiguan is still relatively compact by 4x4 standards, but there is a lot more passenger space inside than you’ll find in a Nissan Qashqai.
The Mk2 Tiguan is 60mm longer and 30mm wider than the old car. That doesn’t sound like much, but you can comfortably fit three adults in the back, and the rear seats slide up to 170mm and recline, allowing more space for extra luggage or passenger legroom as required.
Inside, there's plenty of room for five adults to sit in comfort, with generous headroom and legroom throughout. There’s also plenty of handy storage cubbies, with a big glovebox, large door bins and a deep central storage area under the armrest.
While the Tiguan may not look huge, it’s actually one of the largest SUVs in its class; you can thank the neat proportions and chiselled lines which disguise its inflated size. It measures 4,509mm long, 1,839mm wide (excluding door mirrors) and stands 1,675mm tall. In comparison, the Nissan Qashqai is 4,394mm in length and 2,070mm wide.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Being 60mm longer than the first generation model, legroom is now more generous, while it’s also more spacious for rear-seat passengers than the Ford Kuga and Renault Kadjar. Clever packaging means headroom is good, with even the tallest of adults being comfortable in the back.
In its standard form, the boot measures in at 520 litres. If you need more space, you can slide the rear seats forward to increase carrying capacity to 615 litres; folding the rear seats down ups space to a maximum of 1,655 litres.
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 technologySolid design is functional rather than stylish, although the Tiguan is smart enough and includes the latest on-board tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingBuyers 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