Volkswagen Tiguan review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Larger boot and more passenger space than most rivals will appeal
With the Tiguan using the same VW MQB architecture as the Golf and Passat, the SUV is now much larger than it was before. It’s 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. The boot size has also increased to 520 litres with the rear seats in place and 1,655 litres with them folded.
If that isn't enough, 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.
The Tiguan is longer and wider than the model it replaces, which automatically means there is more space inside than there was before. And, while the car may not look huge, it’s actually one of the largest SUVs in its class; you can thank the neat proportions and chiseled lines which disguise its inflated size.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Because of the increase in size, there is now a lot more room inside for passengers. Being 60mm longer, legroom is now more generous than it was in the old model and it’s also more spacious for rear-seat passengers than the Ford Kuga and Renault Kadjar.
Despite this Tiguan being lower than the previous version, clever packaging means headroom is generous, 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.
The Volkswagen Tiguan has a good range of towing capacities. Dependent on which engine and spec you go for, drivers can pull up to 2,500kg of braked trailer. All Tiguans capable of this maximum towing capacity are four-wheel drive automatics, but there are both petrol and diesel engines to choose from (these range from 148bhp to 237bhp). Should you want a manual, or a two-wheel drive the maximum towing capacity drops to 2,200kg. Drivers looking for a Tiguan to do smaller amounts of towing can opt for the 123bhp 1.4 TSI unit, which is only able to tow up to 1,600kg.
In this review
- 1Volkswagen Tiguan reviewThe VW Tiguan is pricier than some rivals, but it delivers a desirable package of practicality, technology and quality
- 2Engines, performance and driveStrong refinement, with a firm but controlled ride
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsNearly 60mpg for the most efficient Tiguan will tempt family buyers, but no variants are the most frugal in their class
- 4Interior, design and technologyMore onboard tech and solid design inside and out
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingLarger boot and more passenger space than most rivals will appeal
- 6Reliability and SafetySafety is good but VW will be hoping the Tiguan improves reliability reputation