Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid interior, dashboard & comfort
The Tiguan’s cabin is solid and functional, lacking the stylishness some of its newer rivals can boast
The Tiguan was last facelifted in 2020, but the changes were mostly confined to the exterior styling and some new alloy-wheel choices. That means more up-to-date rivals like the latest Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage have much bolder cabin designs – but the Tiguan’s still feels solid and is full of technology.
Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid dashboard
The Tiguan’s dashboard design is more sensible than stylish – frankly, it's quite dull – but everything is very logically laid out and simple to get along with. You get a central infotainment touchscreen, below which are the touch-sensitive switches for the climate controls. There’s also a digital driver’s display behind the steering wheel, which, like the latest Golf’s, features touch-sensitive buttons with haptic feedback.
Equipment, options & accessories
Volkswagen offers the Tiguan eHybrid in three trim levels: Life, Elegance and R-Line, with even the entry-level version starting at over £37,000. Standard kit is pretty generous; the Life has LED lights, digital dials and an eight-inch central touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.
There’s not much to separate the Elegance and R-Line in terms of price (both start from close to £40,000; deciding between them depends on whether you prefer subdued or sportier styling for your SUV. Both get heated seats, 30-colour ambient lighting and keyless entry, but the R-Line swaps the Elegance’s chrome trim for body-coloured cladding.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
All versions of the Tiguan eHybrid get the same eight-inch central touchscreen with navigation, and both wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Upgrading to the pricier Elegance or R-Line trim does, however, get you Volkswagen’s enhanced 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro setup.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe plug-in hybrid VW Tiguan is comfortable and great to drive, while its efficiency numbers will appeal to business users
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingWhile more efficient than its petrol and diesel-powered counterparts, the plug-in Tiguan lags behind the best plug-in hybrids
- 3Running costs & insuranceThis is a sensible choice for company-car drivers not ready to switch to electric, with a low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rate and fuel economy that easily outperforms diesel rivals
- 4Performance, engine & drivePerformance is strong in the plug-in hybrid Tiguan, although the driving experience is let down by a gearbox that’s slow to respond
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingThe Tiguan’s cabin is solid and functional, lacking the stylishness some of its newer rivals can boast
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityYou lose some boot space to the hybrid system’s battery, but the plug-in Tiguan is still a pretty practical family SUV
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Tiguan eHybrid’s tried-and-tested plug-in hybrid powertrain, combined with strong safety rating, should reassure potential buyers