More practical and efficient Tiguan will go on sale in the UK next spring, with a plug-in hybrid version on the way
11 December 2015

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan made its debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September, and will go on sale in the UK next spring. It's shown here in R-Line form in our exclusive studio pictures.

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Volkswagen is claiming the new Tiguan comes with much-improved interior space and fuel efficiency gains of up to 25%. The new model is 60mm longer, 30mm wider and 33mm lower than its predecessor - and its wheelbase is up by 77mm, to 2681mm.

VW claims rear-seat kneeroom is up by 29mm, thanks to a redesigned split-fold rear seat that offers up 180mm of longitudinal adjustment. The boot capacity is up, too - by 145 litres to 615 litres with the rear seats in place or 1655 litres with them folded down.

Read our full review of our first generation Volkswagen Tiguan

The core of the Tiguan’s engine line-up will be EU6-compliant diesel engines. There’s a 114bhp 1.6 and a trio of 2.0-litre units offering 148bhp, 178bhp and 217bhp. Certain markets will get a variety of 1.4-litre and 2.0-litre turbocharged petrols too, but the UK is unlikely to see more than a couple of these at most.

The lower-powered engines get front-wheel drive, while the more potent units have a four-wheel-drive system offering four driving modes. Gearbox choices include a standard six-speed manual and an optional six- or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

All four-wheel drive variants now have 200mm of ground clearance - an additional 11mm over the front-drive models. There’s also an optional Off-Road package that brings a reworked front bumper to increase the approach angle from 18.3 degrees to 25.6 degrees. Depending on the engine, the towing capacity extends to 2500kg.   

VW also previewed a Tiguan GTE plug-in petrol-electric hybrid at the Frankfurt show. It uses the same basic powertrain as the recently introduced Passat GTE, mixing a 154bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined output of 215bhp. It has a range of 575 miles.

Together, they provide the most economical of the new Tiguan models with combined consumption of 149mpg and CO2 emissions of 42g/km - and it can also travel for more than 30 miles in pure electric mode.

More details on the Tiguan's pricing and specification in the UK will be released closer to its market launch in the spring. Close rivals include the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. The current Tiguan is priced from £22,975 in the UK.

Our Verdict

Volkswagen Tiguan
The Tiguan is based on the Golf platform

Does the Volkswagen Tiguan blend a hint of SUV bad-weather confidence with decent on-road dynamics?

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14 September 2015
Oddly I've got a sudden hankering for a Tiguan R using the Golf R's oily bits. I need to splash my face with cold water until I want a Golf R estate again.....

14 September 2015
Did someone pop into to Munich on the way to the design studio. Side profile is pure X5. I agree with Mr Pushrod, I want the oily bits from my Golf R in one of those - that'll be a hoot.

16 September 2015
I agree, it does have shades of BMW not just in profile but also rear 3/4 view. Not necessarily a good thing based on BMW's post Bangle, but in this case case, looks good. Personally not a fan of SUV's, though an R version could be interesting. Bit disappointed though, five comments in and nothing from normal VAG haters. They need to lift their game.

14 September 2015
Entirely predictable, but I rather like it. Looks more interesting than the outgoing car. Quite like the square stance of the front. Interior is typically VW though, dull.

14 September 2015
Particularly like the front grille and headlamp treatment. Certainly an improvement on the outgoing model, but that wouldn't be difficult. Always thought it looked quaintly Japanese but not in a good way.

16 September 2015
Contrary to everyone else, I'm not a fan of the way the bonnet curves down onto the grille on the Golf, Passat, and now this. It makes them look a bit weak from the front. And I'm surprised they've made the rear look so much like the Golf. Interior looks nice though.

17 September 2015
Dull as dishwater like its predecessor. Memo to VW 'angular' went out after the 70's - time to move on guys!

17 September 2015
with FWD will give plenty of oomph. Probably faster too than its AWD sibling cause it'll be lighter.

17 September 2015
Is it just me or does it look rather like a Tonka toy version of a Golf? I guess it is hard to successfully style an SUV to make it appear more car like. No matter, it will sell by the bucket load, as it would appear to quite an improvement on the original, which drove okay for what it was.

17 September 2015
The Touareg only has a 580 Litre boot... so how's this going to pan out then, is the Treg going to get bigger I wonder. Nice looking car though.


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