Volkswagen SUVs Tiguan vs Touareg

Volkswagen’s cars are synonymous with superb standards of build quality, economical engines and innovative interiors, while SUV is one of the most popular body-styles in today’s car market. What are the differences between VW’s tried and tested Tiguan and Touareg SUVs?

On the outside

VW’s immensely popular and desirable Tiguan mid-size SUV is in its second generation and now, two years after its launch, is also available in 7-seater Allspace guise. Whether you choose this or the 5-seat model, sophistication is guaranteed from its timeless styling and discretely confident aesthetics including upright grille and headlamps and elevated waistline. Its relatively square proportions bestow the latest Tiguan with strong road presence and translate into a spacious interior. The entry-level S trim comes with 17-inch alloys, while for maximum kudos the R-Line is perfect, complete with a body-coloured spoiler, 20-inch alloys and a styling pack. The 7-seat Allspace variant is simply longer but otherwise looks the same.

The Touareg is 10cm longer, 10cm wider and 5cm taller than the Tiguan Allspace. The current Touareg is somewhat curvier than the Tiguan and exudes reserved ruggedness, hinting at the car’s genuine prowess as a 4x4 SUV. Its bold grille, advanced headlights, muscular side profile and chunky rear radiate dynamism. 

An all-new Touareg is on the way, having been unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show earlier in 2018. The new model will boast a front end inspired by the Arteon, with headlamps blended seamlessly into the grille in a contoured fashion, while the side and rear convey an even stronger aura of luxury along with edgier lines, giving it a thoroughly contemporary look. It’s slightly wider and longer than the current Touareg and evolves the model brilliantly.
Conclusion: The Tiguan Allspace is a smart-looking all-rounder with dimensions well suited to everyday life

Interiors compared

The Tiguan’s cabin is comfortable, refined, practical and solidly constructed, echoing many of Volkswagen’s core values. The 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, circular climate controls, tactile steering wheel and all of the car’s other features exude discrete sophistication, while the optional Active Info Display and Head-up Display bring the interior to life even more fully. From the cloth upholstery of entry-level ‘S’ trim models to the sumptuous ‘Vienna’ leather optional on SEL and R-Line variants, the Tiguan makes light work of long journeys, with plenty of space for five occupants, the ability to carry an extra two people on shorter trips and, of course, the coveted driving position of an SUV. In 5-seater models, the second row of seats slides to enable boot capacity to be maximised to 615 litres when required or expanded all the way to 1,655 litres with the seats folded. The Tiguan Allspace’s increased dimensions translate to 700/1,775 litres of boot space for added practicality. With a raft of leading safety equipment, the Tiguan is a great choice for families.

Volkswagen’s larger albeit 5-seater Touareg, meanwhile, feels even higher up to sit in and comes with 4MOTION as standard, equipping it to genuinely venture off road. The 60GB hard drive connected to the infotainment system contains European mapping, all trim versions are fitted with 2Zone electronic air conditioning, leather upholstery is standard and storage is in abundance, including a large central buddy between the front seats. Two-tone Nappa leather is offered as an upgrade, different wood and metal inserts can be chosen to personalise the cabin, and an array of technology is available from the amazing Dynaudio sound pack to an around view monitor making parking easier. The current Touareg’s rear seats individually slide and fold, while boot capacity ranges from 580 litres to 1,642 litres.

The new Touareg arriving later this year features an amazing 15-inch Innovision glass display seamlessly incorporated into the driver-focussed and truly contemporary dashboard. Drivers can control many of the car’s features by gesture, a new night-vision system will be available, all-wheel steering will ensure even greater manoeuvrability, and every facet from luxury and practicality to safety has been moved up another level.
 
Conclusion: The current Touareg provides a truly commanding ride on board a stunning cabin

Engines assessed

In typical Volkswagen fashion, the Tiguan is available with an engine to suit most tastes and requirements. 
Drivers who don’t cover large annual mileages will love the smoothness of the 125PS 1.4-litre 2WD petrol variant while the 2-litre 4MOTION model combining 180PS and the silky 7-speed DSG gearbox enhances the Tiguan experience nicely. 
Those requiring diesel can choose from the base 115PS 2.0 TDI, 150PS and 190PS variants right up to the range-topping 240PS 2.0 BiTDI 4MOTION for maximum power, grip and efficiency. 
For the 5-seater Tiguan, CO2 emissions range from 123 to 170g/km while fuel economy spans 38.2 to 60.1mpg. 
The Tiguan Allspace’s engine lineup begins with a 150PS version of the 1.4-litre TSI petrol unit, the others matching its stablemate, and fuel consumption ranges from 43.5 to 56.5mpg depending on the engine and gearbox chosen.

The current Touareg is offered with one engine in two different states of tune. It’s a potent yet efficient six-cylinder, 3-litre V6 powerplant mated in each case to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. 
The choice is between 204PS and 262PS power variants outputting 450Nm and 580Nm torque respectively, which is important for people with caravans, trailers and horse boxes to consider. 
Both Touareg variants can tow up to 3,500kg braked and although their 128 and 140mph top speeds mean little, buyers may prefer the more powerful version’s 62mph time of 7.3 seconds compared to 8.7. 
Current Touareg fuel economy ranges from 42.6 to 41.5mpg and CO2 emissions are cited as 176 and 180g/km, meaning little difference between the two variants.
 
Conclusion: The 190PS 2.0 TDI 4MOTION Tiguan is a fantastic all-round choice

In numbers…

 

Tiguan

Touareg

Min

Max

Min

Max

Power (HP)

115

240

204

262

Fuel (comb MPG)

38.2

60.1

41.5

42.2

Emissions (CO2, g/km)

123

170

176

180

Top Speed (mph)

125

142.3

128

140

0 – 60mph in…. (seconds)

6.5

10.5

7.3

8.7

Price

£22,395

£38,355

£45,970

£50,635

 
Volkswagen’s Tiguan and Touareg SUVs are more desirable than ever and make formidable choices for families and business drivers alike. While the Tiguan and in particular the Allspace excels when it comes to practicality, the Touareg is the master off-road. Test-drive each at Inchcape Volkswagen to sample their delights for yourself.