Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid performance, engine & drive
Performance is strong in the plug-in hybrid Tiguan, although the driving experience is let down by a gearbox that’s slow to respond
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Although the Tiguan eHybrid shares its powertrain with Golf GTE and Passat GTE – which means a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine and electric motor, fed by a 13kWh battery – the plug-in family SUV doesn’t have the same focus on performance as those models.
Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
Accelerating from 0-62mph in the Tiguan takes a respectable 7.5 seconds, which is over a second faster than its rivals from Ford or Hyundai can manage. The outright pace of the Tiguan eHybrid isn’t the issue however; rather, it’s the lethargic automatic gearbox. This can take an age to kick down when overtaking, or to engage when pulling away. Normally, the instant power from an electric motor disguises a turbocharged engine’s flat spots, but this hesitancy can make the VW feel quite ponderous. Adopt a more careful approach with the throttle and it takes on a much more amenable character, more in keeping with its efficiency-focused approach.
Gentle driving is the name of the game here, which is a pity, because the Tiguan handles relatively well. True, a Ford Kuga is more fun, but the VW’s steering is direct and body control is good. There’s a 'B' mode for the gearbox, which gently feeds energy back into the battery through regenerative braking when you lift off the throttle. The ride is a little harsh on the R-Line's 20-inch wheels, but we expect the smaller rims on the entry-level Life will improve things. Even on big wheels, though, refinement is impressive for a car in this class.
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 & drive - currently readingPerformance 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 & comfortThe 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