VW Tiguan used car check: prices, information, strengths, weaknesses

The second generation of the VW Tiguan is very solid. Also the Tiguan I hardly have any weaknesses, but far too often sees the red card for his chassis. The most important information for used car buyers from the AUTO BILD TÜV report!

VW Tiguan with warranty in the AUTO BILD used car market

VW Tiguan (2nd generation)

Construction time: since 2016
Engines: 115 PS (2.0 TDI) to 240 PS (2.0 TDI)
Price: from 16,000 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2016): 5 Stars

VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI

The Tiguan II came onto the market in 2016 – with more space in the interior and in the trunk.

That’s him: Eight centimeters more wheelbase and six centimeters longer: This creates even more space in the interior and trunk than in the predecessor. If that’s not enough, you can take the 20 centimeter longer one Tiguan Allspace. Otherwise VW stuck to the successful concept of the Tiguan I stuck. Including a trailer load of up to 2500 kilos (class leader) and optionally available front apron with an angle of slope improved for off-road use. A facelift came in autumn 2020 with a new look and modern infotainment.
That causes trouble: Early models occasionally suffer from software updates after the VW-Diesel scandal. Consequence: increased consumption or less pulling power. The popular DSG automatic acknowledges delayed maintenance (important: clean oil) with more jerking when starting and maneuvering. Recalls, for example because of defective towing devices and detaching roof spoilers.

VW Tiguan (1st generation)

Construction time: 2007 to 2016
Engines: 110 PS (2.0 TDI) to 210 PS (TSI)
Price: from 5,000 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2007): 5 Stars

VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI 4Motion BMT

In July 2011 the Tiguan I got a facelift, with optical retouching, new engines and the additional equipment variant “Track & Style”.

That’s him: It owes its name Tiguana mix of tiger and iguana – an AUTO BILD reader survey. Initially three equipment lines: “Trend & Fun”, “Sport & Style” and “Track & Field” for easy terrain. The latter offers a larger angle of approach and departure, so it doesn’t bump your nose so quickly. Six airbags and ESP ensure safety.
He can do that: Provide easy access, which makes it particularly popular with older students. It gets really comfortable with the adaptive DCC chassis. But it also springs with conventional damping VW well, lies emphatically quiet on the street. Under the hood: the usual, quite economical TDI and TSI engines. The facelift (July 2011) brought optical retouching, new engines and a fourth equipment variant (“Track & Style”).

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That causes trouble: The ADAC reports defective boost pressure controls. Hook ignition locks. Jumped or torn timing chains cause engine damage (1.4 TSI). In younger TDIs, the V-belt whines (conversion kit available), air conditioning condensers break due to falling rocks. Recall: update of the airbag control unit (2019).

TÜV judgment

landing gear
Flawless: the Tiguan II. Its predecessor lies, however fully in the red. The axle suspensions are criticized up to seven times more often than on average, and spring breaks are also common. In return, the steering and steering joints, drive shafts and rust resistance are excellent.

the Tiguan shines reliably. That is in almost all categories VW-SUV below the average defect. Only at the third TÜV appointment can the blinkers of the Tiguan the first generation to be objected to.

The examiners were hardly able to detect any deficiencies in the function of the foot and parking brakes. The brake lines and hoses are even better: they play completely in the Zero Defect League. However, there are shouts Rust deposits and wear and tear on the brake discs in all years far too often a reason for complaint.

Oil loss occurs when Tiguan comparatively rarely. The emissions test is usually not a problem, only on the third TÜV visit are the defects slightly above average. And the Exhaust systems shine with exemplary durability.

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