Volkswagen Tiguan review - the best car you can buy for less than £25k?
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When it comes to family cars, they don’t come much more recognisable than the Volkswagen Tiguan.
Now, you might not believe it when you first lay eyes on it, but the Tiguan’s been updated! Sure, it looks pretty damn similar to the old model, but we can assure you there are differences both inside and out.
As for under the engine, well there’s a choice of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrids, including a range-topping 2-litre turbo petrol that’ll deliver 320hp… Although you’re going to have to upgrade to the Tiguan R for that! If you're not willing to step up to the R, you could always go for the R Line (like we have in this video), which has a 1.5-litre petrol that can produce 150hp.
So what do you think - is the Tiguan still the must-have family SUV? Or are the XC40 or Skoda Kodiaq still ahead of the game? Stick with Mat to find out!
00:00 Intro
00:50 Exterior Design
01:53 Interior & Infotainment
04:22 Practicality
04:52 Back Seats
07:08 Boot
08:34 Five Annoying Features
09:50 Five Cool Features
10:52 Engines
12:04 Town Driving
13:41 Motorway Driving
15:03 Twisty Road Driving
16:29 Verdict
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  • carwow

    Come on then! Can you name a better SUV for less than £25k? We'll wait...

    • Dragos Pahontu
      Dragos Pahontu

      @andrei olaru only the real Lexus' or BMW's etc... Have nicer interiors but a Mercedes A Class has a worst interior than a Mazda 3 or a Peugeot 208.

    • andrei olaru
      andrei olaru

      @Dragos Pahontu i noticed the trend in car industry... i tested new lexus and i was disapointed by imthe interior quality🤷🏻‍♂️

    • Shivesh Shrestha
      Shivesh Shrestha

      not under 25k but 2021 Kia Sorento is on point!

    • Rob Sillygoose
      Rob Sillygoose

      2021 Tucson will make this look like the wheezy old man car it is. Better quality, better refinement, better drive, better value.

    • Mesanda Lakvindu
      Mesanda Lakvindu


  • Davor Vrki
    Davor Vrki

    VW 🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮

  • Robert Paulson
    Robert Paulson

    Great review as usual! Is this updated Tiguan bigger than the previous model or is it exactly the same car, just updated panels etc? Thanks

  • UgoNice

    12:29 really nice suzuki swift sport


    At 14:45 it has a siluet of golf 7. Poor

  • Mister B
    Mister B

    Full rear red reflector strip ,just like Skoda vRS models.Easy to see at night by following vehicles!

  • Justin Tackett
    Justin Tackett

    Me love the new Tiggy

  • Manniac

    eww 1.5 lol

  • Sir Dunster
    Sir Dunster

    The parcel shelf does fit under the adjustable floor, you just have to read the instructions.

  • Dizzey

  • Attila Went
    Attila Went

    Good review! But have you filmed the driving scene with the built in rear-view camera? OMG, what kind of 2001 quality is that?

  • Younes Ten
    Younes Ten

    Driving this legendary car in the desert is the most beautiful thing in the world💛😍👍👍

  • sujajajjaakakajjs

    touch screen buttons on steeting wheel and climat control? no way I am buying a car like that

  • Samantha Fraser
    Samantha Fraser

    Ababa xc40

  • Samantha Fraser
    Samantha Fraser

    1:48 Ya basic lol

  • Samantha Fraser
    Samantha Fraser

    1:38 let the wires come out

  • R.Stasica Stašica
    R.Stasica Stašica

    Anyone know what colour this is ?

  • A.k.

    SEAT Ateca is a better car than the SKODA Kodiaq

  • unknown 123
    unknown 123

    Since when VW has become a reliable car?

  • UteZ

    The grill and headlights looks much better than the previous model. I chose a Kodiaq over the previous Tiguan for this reason among other things.

  • pablo rages
    pablo rages

    it doesn't have the automatic reverse parking?

  • Scooper MG
    Scooper MG

    VW rent boy

  • Abz

    Review the new GTD please

  • yeet y?
    yeet y?

    The tail lights look like the forza logo

  • Nimrod Szakacs
    Nimrod Szakacs

    Recognized highstreet Egham instantly! Just down the road from the Mranello garage! I miss Royal Holloway...

  • Ben Jammin
    Ben Jammin

    looked at one today, feels and looks really cheaply made, seats look awful and the front fogs are missing...gonna keep my much better looking mk2 r line for a while

  • Jonathan Losito
    Jonathan Losito

    Best car?? It’s another boring crossover...

  • Reece Pijoos
    Reece Pijoos

    Hey Matt. Can you possibly do a demonstration on the interior controls functionality for people with sweaty hands?


    سيارات فولكسفاغن مملة جدا ومتشابها للغاية شركة تبيع شعارها فقط لانها المانية لا استطيع مقرنتها حتى معا الصينية

  • Asa Myers
    Asa Myers

    14:45 Is that a Golf in the instrument cluster? How hard can it be to make it a Tiguan?

  • Bhuiyan Khalid
    Bhuiyan Khalid

    Soon, there will be ‘R’ versions of every Volkswagen...

    • Mikołaj

      And thats bad because...?

  • Tom Quimby
    Tom Quimby

    So what happened to the in car audio on this video, did you sack your sound man due to covid staff layoffs?

  • IsDitGerben

    Suggestion for a new Top Gear top trio: Mat Watson from Carwow, Alex Kersten from Car Throttle and Rory Reid from Autotrader. *mic drop*

  • StatheJel Cars
    StatheJel Cars

    Bmw 6-series review?

  • PanZ3r69

    if i had 25k for a car id get a 2018 Discovery Sport HSE with 10k on it, pan roof and ivory leather :)

  • PanZ3r69

    why does the sound and video quality go shit soon as driving the car?

  • nervsouly

    Getting a Volkswagen for less than X amount of money is an illusion. Almost everything you'd want in it is part of the extras list.

  • Rid1_ridz YT
    Rid1_ridz YT

    Do the new Volkswagen share. Pls it’s my 20000th time of asking

  • Tom Stilwell
    Tom Stilwell

    People, if you want a either a Tiguan or a golf, Look at the Current 2019/20 version of this Tiquan or the MK 7.5. That interior is really bad with the touch controls and you are not gonna like using it at all when you're in the car. I currently own the current version of the Tiguan base model & a gold Mk 7 and it does everything you could possibly want, even with proper clicky Buttons!!

  • Sergiu Alexandru Ungureanu
    Sergiu Alexandru Ungureanu

    The old Tiguan looks better.

  • Berke Yasar
    Berke Yasar

    @carwow 2021 xc90 t6 inscription review please 🙏


    It’s silly enough to have touch controls in cars but how silly is it to have it..... on the steering???

  • Dontmesswiththis770

    What about the Audi Q5 (sq5) ???

  • Παναγιώτης παπας
    Παναγιώτης παπας

    Crazy feature for back sit!

  • Brand on Demand
    Brand on Demand


  • Sergiu M.
    Sergiu M.

    why compare it with XC40 (smaller) and Skoda Kodiak (bigger) in Intro ?

  • Milos Jovanovic
    Milos Jovanovic

    Come on then! Can you name a better SUV for less than £25k? We'll wait...

  • Dennis Metz
    Dennis Metz

    At 1:37 Matt is pointing the grill below and behind the camera sticking on the grill you see the red electric wires! Sorry Volkswagen, that is real messy work...

  • Cedric Pieterse
    Cedric Pieterse

    Not only is youtube content degraded to an irritating experience by all the fucking ads destroying the experience and robbing me of my precious free time, but now you waste time by plugging your business as well. I am getting tired of bieng force fed bullshit ads that I have no choice in getting rid of apart from paying randsom money to SLtoos.

  • A1_activ9

    11:17 i don’t think so matt in a few months or maybe years they’ll take out diesel & petrol cars to save the world so its a loss of money if you buy it now i Don’t think anyone will buy one after the government takes out diesel & petrol cars


    it’s the same car

  • Alex Joynes
    Alex Joynes

    Mat, I love the videos but please do something about those trainers..

  • can kurt
    can kurt

    Dont get me wrong but that video is dumb comparein with old standard entry option tiguan, 90%percent same with old one and old R line looks MUCH MUCH BETTER

  • Curiosidades J P
    Curiosidades J P

    Her is 150 mil 🇧🇷

  • mrgreatauk

    I think the 17" wheels looked fine tbh... And a much more practical option.

  • JakeyBabes

    Thats the standard nav unit lads, the 9" upgraded navigation pro screen doesn't have any buttons :)

  • Benjamin Pedersen
    Benjamin Pedersen

    Its crazy to see such cheap cars when u live in Denmark you Can double the Price for the lowest model

    • SlonopotamIII

      Socialist overlords know better what's good for you.

  • TDor

    *lets go onto faster roads* 50mph....

  • Srinivasan Ramamoorthy
    Srinivasan Ramamoorthy

    Tiguan can have a tagline of "the most boring SUV money can buy". VW designers please learn a thing or two from Nissan designers who made the Magnite. What a sexy and amazing looking mini SUV

  • Pulasthi Marawanagoda
    Pulasthi Marawanagoda

    Do you think my 2019 can fit this grill and head lights 🥺

    • Evil_Jew

      Fenders and hood have to be also replaced. And a front bumper.

  • أ ب عربيات ABCarZ
    أ ب عربيات ABCarZ

    Why did they remove the front seat tables? They were a Tiguan trademark!

  • Sergey Starkov
    Sergey Starkov

    когда будет на русском

  • Mihhail Popov
    Mihhail Popov

    m5 e60 vs s8 d3 - v10 saloon battle

  • Ben Harris
    Ben Harris


  • Soham Dhamnaskar
    Soham Dhamnaskar

    6:08 what's that weird blurred line going from right to left on the entire video frame??? !!!

  • Dave NEScot
    Dave NEScot

    My 2019 model is the most dangerous car I’ve ever owned, it’s known issues with stalling as put me in a few nerve racking situations, I bought it new from hawco in Elgin, moray last year and it’s now stalled 6 times when pulling out from a junction leaving me stranded in the lane with traffic heading for me, I wish I’d never sold my Kia Sportage 🤨

  • Xim DL
    Xim DL

    I like fake exhausts because they keep the rear bumper clean from soot. I know Matt hates them, so I'm just gonna rub it in by saying I l-l-love them. 😁

  • Stephen Doherty
    Stephen Doherty

    So matt is saying £25k gets you the drab small wheeled version.

  • Jordon Aaron
    Jordon Aaron

    Who shot this, when you're driving the sound and visual quality is so bad, I had to stop it.

  • Robbert Lambrechts
    Robbert Lambrechts

    I like the fact that you are adding pictures of the basic versions. Usually car reviewers get the biggest trim level and when you are in the garage, you're usually not gonna spend a few grands on all the bits and plastic. Do the new Q5 next!

  • Craig Gordon
    Craig Gordon

    Parcel shelf fits underneath if flipped upside down.

  • David Kay
    David Kay

    Did Matt forget his lav mic or something? In car audio sounds TERRIBLE

  • Siniša Jakus
    Siniša Jakus

    Zaboravija si spomenut da imaš curu

  • Swannie

    Why did they put a Golf picture in the travel assist screen!? 14:45. Come on VW are you too lazy to update.

  • Eslam Hafez
    Eslam Hafez

    Why is the road test camera rubbish ?

  • Ty Mac
    Ty Mac

    Ok "puerile",..never heard the term, so I learned something new today,...childish

  • Ty Mac
    Ty Mac

    Um drivin in me mums caaa...Wow Wow...git oout me caa

  • Shannon Jeet Singh
    Shannon Jeet Singh



    Really wanting to get this new model over here in the states. This new facelift model has got my heart set on it, no doubt!

    • Arthur Morgan
      Arthur Morgan

      We are receiving it

  • Sanu Miah
    Sanu Miah

    Were all waiting for the Tigaun R review Matt!!

  • Sherif Ghoneim
    Sherif Ghoneim

    I like this new review style in which you show old vs new models and also different trim levels.... Thank you And this is actually a very very good car...

  • 3mariusx

    wtf no paint on the bakc of the hood- R line - omg how much cost reduction was put in this car =))

  • 3mariusx

    the fake exausts are nice

  • costafilh0

    I like the old model better! Specially with Stage 2 Tuning! That 2.0L Turbo with that nice dual clutch gear box and 4wd make it goes nicely with 300hp easily!

  • Sween Bean
    Sween Bean

    Audio is pretty terrible for the driving review

  • sd fd
    sd fd

    I miss the days when 3 people would sit in the back to show the space 😭😭😭😭

  • Jabber 1974
    Jabber 1974

    Have they improved the interior at all or is it the usual nasty plastics?

  • Mounteder Abdulrazag
    Mounteder Abdulrazag

    An XC40 is def not cooler

  • Nume Nuworld
    Nume Nuworld

    To many ads to long ads jeeze I’m gonna click don’t recommend channel .

  • Eric Hommeric
    Eric Hommeric

    Looks good

  • Ivan Kymdell
    Ivan Kymdell

    May you do a BMW X5 X-Drive 40d vs Volvo xc-90

  • Valentin Chichelus
    Valentin Chichelus

    Yeees! Excellent car.. Continue to buy the badge of what volkswagen used to be 10-20 years ago and settle for a rubbish car assembled in a hurry. Check the beautiful sensor wires at 1:37. Even my mother in law could have fitted those better. And that is in plain sight. Imagine the quality of hidden works and parts... So disappointing...

  • A K
    A K

    What's it with mat and water bottles?? 😂😂

  • crazycrazysnakeman

    The branch of truth 😆

  • yunghazy

    I wish it was that cheap in my country

  • richierich


  • Sahdan Mamat
    Sahdan Mamat

    Volkswagen the best car

  • JackOfAllSales

    8:19..they would just go down with the weight of the things your putting in

  • Daunte Crawford
    Daunte Crawford

    I think the r line version is available? It’s the Tiguan r that isn’t until 2021?

  • not funny
    not funny

    it aint the best car for less than 25k because you reviewed a way more expensve version of that car.