The Volkswagen Tiguan is more popular than the Golf in Ireland

Volkswagen Tiguan Powers On In 2020!

The Volkswagen Tiguan is more popular than the Golf in Ireland
The Volkswagen Tiguan is more popular than the Golf in Ireland

The Volkswagen Tiguan has become even more popular than the iconic Volkswagen Golf in Ireland. And it's not just Ireland where the Tiguan is making waves.  We've news just in that this global bestseller set another new record in spring 2020 by passing six million units produced.

To dig into the figures a little, Volkswagen says a total of 910,926 units of the mid-size SUV were manufactured in 2019 alone. This makes the Tiguan the bestselling car in the Volkswagen brand and Group. Another interesting fact is the Tiguan's versatility. It's available to buy in 80% of all countries on earth. Volkswagen produces the top-selling model in four time zones across three continents.

Volkswagen Tiguan in Ireland

Here in Ireland, the Tiguan was the 4th most popular model in Ireland in 2019, with 2.73 per cent market share. According to Volkswagen Ireland it made up 23.7 per cent of the brand's sales in Ireland. It was the first time the Golf hasn't been the brand's top seller for many years. It's a consistent top 10 bestseller in Ireland and is currently the third bestselling car in 2020! SUVs are the major growth area in the Irish market and the Tiguan is proving popular in its class.

At Changing Lanes, we reviewed the Tiguan soon after it launched in Ireland in 2016 and our most recent review is the Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI Comfortline.

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The Tiguan complements Volkswagen's SUV range in Europe that includes the more compact T-Cross and T-Roc, the seven seater Tiguan Allspace and the Touraeg.

The Volkswagen Tiguan debuted for the first time in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show as the SUV trend was just starting to take off. In 2008, Volkswagen manufactured more than 150,000 units of the Tiguan, which was available with all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. A significantly updated version was unveiled in 2011. It was a resounding success and broke the 500,000 units per year barrier for the first time. The second generation of the Tiguan arrived in 2016 on a new platform. The Tiguan Allspace was later launched as a seven seat SUV spin off with a longer wheelbase.

We can expect to see a major update for the Volkswagen Tiguan later in 2020, with a source stating it will be technical and visual. One of the highlights will be a new Tiguan PHEV (plug-in hybrid) for Europe.

Volkswagen planning significant updates to the Tiguan in 2020
Volkswagen planning significant updates to the Tiguan in 2020

The Volkswagen Tiguan is now more popular in Ireland than the iconic Golf hatchback!

Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0-litre 115hp Review

Volkswagen is known for expertise in making hatchbacks with one particular model that begins with G and ends with F being a benchmark for all that a hatchback can and should be. But hatchbacks are not always the family car of choice anymore, so there is a lot riding on the shoulders of the new Volkswagen Tiguan, generation 2 of the brand’s compact SUV.

Based on the Golf’s MQB platform but with taller ‘legs’, the Volkswagen Tiguan should bring a lot of the Golf’s good qualities to the SUV segment.

With pricing starting in Ireland at €29,085 for petrol models, and now €30,895 for diesels (thanks to the introduction of a lower powered 2.0-litre model), the Volkswagen Tiguan is at the more premium end of the compact SUV market that includes rivals such as the SEAT Ateca, Kia Sportage and Nissan Qashqai.

Styling is classic Volkswagen – it’s simple with sharp lines, while tasteful chrome adds a premium finish. Inside, the dashboard layout is almost the same as the Volkswagen Golf, so it’s easy to use and interact with, while the quality is also excellent. Infotainment is provided via a touchscreen (5” or 8” depending on model) and an impressive digital instrument panel is standard on Highline models (from €36,870).

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The interior of the Volkswagen Tiguan Comfortline

Standard equipment includes air con, 17” alloys, lane departure warning and lane assist, while Comfortline models (from €32,960) like the one tested add high beam assist, silver roof rails, front fog lights, rear privacy glass, parking sensors and adaptive cruise control. Highline models add the digital instrument panel, 18” alloys, automatic parking, rear parking camera, LED lights, heated seats and updated styling.

As a family car, the Tiguan performs well with a comfortable cabin for five. Headroom is excellent all round and the footwells in the rear are large. The middle seat is comfortable enough for a child but legroom is restricted by the transmission tunnel. The boot is square and easy to access, with a spacious 615 litres available.

Volkswagen has now expanded the Tiguan range in Ireland to include a 2.0-litre diesel with 115hp power output. This model joins the 125hp 1.4-litre TSI petrol and the 150hp, 190hp and 240hp variants of the 2.0-litre TDI diesel.

The Tiguan is very good to drive for a tall SUV with predictable handling and nicely-judged steering . There is lean in the corners but it’s all well-contained and it’s easy to cover ground in the Tiguan quickly and safely. The Tiguan has inherited good comfort and refinement genes and overall it’s a relaxed and easy drive.

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The Volkswagen Tiguan is comfortable and refined

For buyers looking for a diesel Tiguan the new 115hp 2.0-litre TDI knocks nearly €2000 off the price of the higher powered 150hp version. On paper, there is not much between these engines: same torque (340Nm) and less than 2 seconds between them in a sprint to 100kmh. They both fall into the same emissions class and claimed fuel economy is the same too.

However on the road the difference is apparent and you notice the power that is missing. It’s adequate but overtaking manoeuvres need to be planned a little more as you just do not get the same burst of speed. There is also less flexibility so you will be grappling with the gearbox to get any urgent sense of acceleration.

Yet it does just about enough to make the Tiguan worth a stretch in budget.

The compact SUV segment has been dominated in recent years by Japanese and Korean rivals who beat the Tiguan on price and standard equipment, yet the Volkswagen bounces back with a high quality feel, sophisticated design, smart cabin, and a faultless drive.

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The Volkswagen Tiguan is more expensive than key Japanese and Korean rivals but is more polished with a premium feel

Model tested: Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0-litre 115hp Comfortline
€32,960 (Range starts at €29,085)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel
Torque: 340Nm
10.9 seconds
Top speed: 185km/h
CO2 emissions:  
Motor tax:
€270 per year

Caroline Kidd

If you are looking for a compact SUV, you might also like this review of the Kia Sportage.

Volkswagen Tiguan

New Engine For Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen has expanded the Tiguan range with a new lower power output version of the 2.0-litre TDI engine. With the addition of the 115bhp version to the range, it is now cheaper to buy a diesel Tiguan.

This new engine has a starting price of €30,985 excluding delivery and related charges (or €29,985 if customers order on PCP before December 31st).

The Tiguan range starts with the 1.4-litre TSI petrol with 125bhp from €29,085. The 2.0-litre diesel (150bhp) starts at €34,710. 2.0-litre diesel engines with 190 and 240bhp are also available.

There are three trim levels for the new Tiguan: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. On the Comfortline and Highline grades, there is the option of choosing an R-Line styling package, which is half price until December 31st. This pack normally retails for €2,860 on Comfortline models but is currently available for €1,430.

Volkswagen has also announced details of their 171 Premium Upgrade Packs for the Tiguan. If buyers avail of these on a Comfortline model for example, they will receive extra equipment including the Mirror Package, Keyless Access, Panoramic Sunroof, Discover Media Satellite Navigation, Voice Control and App Connect. This pack is valued at €3,189 but is available for €999.

Tiguan offers are available right across the range and for all retail customers who order before December 31st.

Caroline Kidd