Once inside the Tiguan, you might question the premium pricing as you see familiar bits from VW’s parts bin, many of which are also used on their affordable Polo hatch. But even in a car at this price point, none of the bits look out of place and it's a really nice place to be in. The dash design is simple, yet the chrome highlights and different textures help lift the ambiance.
Stepping in and out of the Tiguan’s cabin is a breeze thanks to the wide opening doors and ideal seat height. Getting comfortable in the snug driver seat is easy too, thanks to it being electrically powered with eight way adjustment. No such luck for the front passenger though, who gets manual adjust. Driving position in the Tiguan is well judged and thanks to the thin A-pillars and low window-line, you get an unobstructed panoramic view. Moving to the rear, the Tiguan is surprisingly spacious, with great under thigh and lateral support. The reclining backrest and plentiful headroom further add to the backseat experience. Despite being predominantly black cabin, the Tiguan feels quite airy and throughout the drive we never felt helmed-in or claustrophobic.
The boot at 615 litres is more than adequate and the well-shaped bay makes placing large bags easy too. You also get a 40:20:40 split folding rear seat which just adds to the car’s practical nature.
We had the top-of-the-line Highline trim on test and it came well loaded. It gets a large touchscreen system which features mobile mirroring, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The touchscreen itself works well and the graphics are modern too. You also get things like heated front seats, panoramic sunroof, powered tail gate, cruise control, three-zone climate control, ambient lighting, front and rear parking sensors with reverse camera and keyless go. As far as safety is concerned it comes with six airbags, pedestrian reactive hood (the bonnet raises by 3 inches to soften the blow) self-sealing tyres (takes care of small punctures) ESP and Airbags.