The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Well thought out for busy family life

Starting price: £24,545

Pros

Good space in the rear seats

Great sized boot for family life

Practical

Well thought out for busy family life

Cons

Slightly pricey compared to competition

Intro

Great practicality and style to compliment busy family life and VW’s best selling model worldwide.

The Tiguan is on par with the size of the BMX X1, Volvo XC40 and the Skoda Karoq and yet looks closer to an X5 or Audi Q5.  With the extra trims it looks quite sporty and a fab car to bundle everybody in and go off for an adventure.  There is choice of 8 colours with white and urano grey at no additional cost.

The range includes has 4 lines with ‘Life’ being the standard entry.  Entry level is pretty good and includes 3 zone climate control, power and heated adjustable exterior mirrors, front and rear parking sensors through to privacy glass in the rear windows.

From the cockpit there is good visibility from all angles and it was relaxing and comfortable to drive. The drivers seated position was faultless with plenty of adjustment available on both the seat and steering wheel.. We found the car was easy to park and the sensors can be muted which would prevent waking up any small passengers.  However, it’s a shame that the parking camera does not feature on the entry level models.  All in all good sized car for in or out of town.

Interior

The smart cockpit was simple to navigate good functionality on the steering wheel, however the onboard 8 inch computer is now a touchscreen (upgrade available to 9.2 inch).  Kate still prefers the feel and ease of a rotary control where you can still keep your eyes very much on the road, but it is a case of just getting use to it!  The screen position would be better slightly higher up. However, a big tick is for the built in satnav, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto equivalent and the graphics are good.

If you prefer a driver’s digital display (the Tiguan’s is very clear) you will need to do an upgrade from the standard dials.

The climate control was brilliant and we know from long drives, that we generally get hot in the front whilst the children tend to get chilly, so it’s great to have the ability to warm / cool different zones. 

Seats & Passenger Space

We particularly liked the design of the front passenger seat which can easily be pulled forward and laid flat. This gives you easy access to the rear to assist with strapping in a child or just having better space to get your tribe in / out of the vehicle.

The front seats as standard have good lumbar support and you will need to upgrade for the Vienna leather upholstery.

The back seats can also all be shifted forward to give more boot space if needed. 

The rear seats had good leg and head room to accommodate adults or teenagers.  We spotted that the windows were quite low which would be great for smaller children wanting to have a good view rather than staring at half a door panel. 

There was a small transmission tunnel so you can’t put your feet flat on the floor and need to straddle this hump!  Not much fun on longer trips.

There are two isofix points on the 2 outer seats.  At a push, depending on car seat make /width, 3 child seats can fit into the rear.  

Cups & Cubby

The Tiguan has stacks of cubby holes and storage. A place to put everything from bottles to wipes. There is a small box in the central console and two adjustable cup holders to look after that vital morning coffee.  

Touch press storage cubby holes can be found on the dashboard and ceiling. We would imagine aimed for holding sunglasses. There is also a secret pull out drawer underneath the passenger seat.  Super useful for hiding any valuables when perhaps you are out for a walk or maybe, in the summer, heading to the beach. Plus 2 USB ports.

The back passengers also have access to a cup holder and pockets in the back of the seat. There is a pull down middle arm which also has water bottle / cup holders. Plus a USB charging socket in the rear console.

Boot Space

The boot size is impressive, 520 litres, and certainly one of the largest in its class with a tiny load lip.  Plenty of space for a buggy, scooter and dog!  With having to load and unload my car on a daily basis, a good size, easily accessible boot is a must have and even better if there is no lip like on this Tiguan. Our only gripe is that a roll / pull out parcel shelf is more practical than the hard plastic load covers.

Summary

This is a great family car and would definitely suit all the paraphernalia which comes with day to day life.

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

520 litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4486 (L)1839 (W)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

42

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 10.9 secs (entry level)