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Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid running costs & insurance

This 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

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

4.0 out of 5

Insurance groupWarrantyService intervalAnnual CC cost (20%/40%)
27-283yrs / 60,000 miles1yrs / 9,000 milesFrom £890 / £1,780

While it doesn't attract the same rock-bottom 1% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax rate as electric cars like the Volkswagen ID.4, the plug-in hybrid Tiguan will be cheaper to run than any petrol or diesel version. The eHybrid’s 41g/km claimed CO2 emissions mean it attracts an 12% BiK rate, so 20% taxpayers will only fork out £890 a year for the entry-level model, while 40% earners will pay just £1,780 to run one. 

Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid insurance group

Sitting in either insurance group 27 or 28 depending on trim level, the Tiguan eHybrid significantly undercuts the Toyota RAV4 PHEV ((groups 34-35). However, the Hyundai Tucson Plug-In is likely to be even cheaper to insure, thanks to a group rating of 21.

Warranty

Like all new Volkswagens, the Tiguan eHybrid comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is more or less the standard for the market at this point. It is, however, beaten by the coverage Hyundai (five years/unlimited miles) and Kia (seven years/100,000 miles) provide. The plug-in Tiguan’s battery is covered for eight years or exactly 99,360 miles (160,000 kilometres) against any and all material or manufacturing defects.

Servicing

Volkswagen offers a fairly flexible approach to servicing, with two options offered for cars under a year old. The standard Service Plan covers the first two services, with an option to pay up front or spread the payments over 24 months. Fixed Cost Maintenance also rolls general maintenance work and tyre cover into one plan.

Road tax

As it's an 'alternative-fuel vehicle' in the eyes of the Treasury, the Tiguan eHybrid costs £10 a year less to tax than an equivalent non-electrified model, for a yearly bill of £145. But, push the price tag over £40,000 with a few options and there's a £335 surcharge in years two to six of ownership, bringing the total yearly bill during that period to £480.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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