Our 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

By Libby Foster
Our 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Review
The best-selling vehicle for the German manufacturer globally is the Tiguan family SUV, which is also well-liked in Britain. It's easy to see why, since the Volkswagen Tiguan combines family-friendly functionality with an upscale appearance. Importantly, it is also less expensive than premium-badged competitors like the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40 (particularly if you can score a decent deal, which isn't too tough).

Wanting to lease a Volkswagen Tiguan?

Should you, therefore, stop reading right now and simply lease one? Before you do, you should be aware of a few important factors before making the decision and commitment.

Volkswagen Tiguan Drive

The majority of drivers choose the 148 horsepower 1.5-litre petrol engine (badged 1.5 TSI 150) in the Volkswagen Tiguan. Even at low revs, there is a sufficient pull to get the best performance out of it. The 2.0 TDI diesel also works well with the car and has more low-rev urgency, but unless you require the optional four-wheel drive (4Motion), we wouldn't recommend spending the extra money on it.

The plug-in hybrid (eHybrid) is the best option if efficiency is important to you. It has a 1.4-litre petrol engine and an electric motor that together create 241 horsepower, which is more than enough power to quickly reach motorway speeds and accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 7.5 seconds. Around town, it's powerful enough to keep up with traffic when you run on the electric motor alone, but performance soon drops off at greater speeds. Although the electric range is officially 30 miles, in practice it is probably closer to 25 miles.

Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan Interior 

The Volkswagen Tiguan's ample seat and steering wheel adjustment, convenient clutch footrest, and well-placed pedals make it simple to get comfortable. Even if you're not quite as high up as you are in the Volvo XC40, you still have the impression that you're driving a true SUV rather than just a hacked-up family hatchback. Except for the base Tiguan model, adjustable lumbar support for the front seats is a standard feature.

You'll quickly get used to the Tiguan's dashboard if you've driven any other Volkswagen vehicles. Regrettably, the interior of the Tiguan has nearly no buttons, as the designers have done with various other models.

Even changing the temperature setting while moving has become more irritating because of the thin, touch-sensitive pads that have taken the place of conventional controls. R Line versions go one step further by removing the steering's physical buttons in favour of touch controls that are excruciatingly simple to operate with the swipe of a thumb. The 10.25in digital instrument screen, which takes the place of the traditional dials on Elegance and R Line models, is thankfully clear and simple to use.

Volkswagen Tiguan Space 

Even the tallest passengers can fit in the front with plenty of room, and the storage is impressive. A pretty large bottle may fit in each of the front door pockets, and there is also a cooled glovebox, a pair of cupholders, and a cubby below the centre armrest. Leg room will only be an issue if you are exceptionally tall. If you try to fit three adults into the rear of the Tiguan, the person in the middle is likely to feel a little squeezed. However, the panoramic roof, which is standard on Elegance models but available on other trims, does take up some headroom.

By class standards, the Tiguan boasts a seriously large boot. More people can fit in it than in the BMW X1 or Nissan Qashqai (which can swallow seven carry-on-sized suitcases). When the conventional height-adjustable floor is raised to its highest setting, there is just a very small lip to carry bags over. Although the plug-in hybrid has 139 fewer litres of room than the standard models, there is still useful space.


The Volkswagen Tiguan provides a large boot and adequate space for its passengers. But it's much more than simply a large box on wheels; it drives well and is a pleasure to drive. However, the nearly related Skoda Karoq offers superior value while the Volvo XC40's cabin is more upscale.

You can choose from a range of Volkswagen Tiguan car leasing options at MWVC. Therefore, our knowledgeable sales team can help you find the best deal whether you're looking to lease a car for personal or business purposes. Still not certain if a car lease is the best choice for you? Call 0116 259 9548, and one of our representatives will be happy to help you.

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*All pricing is correct at the time of publishing