Volkswagen Tiguan Review from Australia and New Zealand

2008 Volkswagen Tiguan TDi 2.0 turbo diesel

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.6 / 10
Distance when acquired200 kilometres
Most recent distance110000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

No longer trust VW

Faults:

Throttle body seal (there is none) leaked oil into the electronics and caused many weeks of insufferable driving.

Poor visibility to B pillar has resulted in many near collisions.

Components, mainly plastic clips etc in the engine bay have failed, resulting in rattles and loose parts.

Seat components fell off.

General Comments:

The car is not 'good design'; the driving position is cramped, the controls are messy and poorly laid out, the seats cannot be located in a comfortable position, doors are heavy, boot storage is totally insufficient, headlights are inadequate, front body clearance is pathetic, engine is gutless, gear change is rubbery, visibility is hopeless.

I thought much of what is incorporated into cars these days was the result of many years of design effort and reliability testing. NOT SO THIS CAR!

If you're thinking of buying one of these, good luck!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th October, 2012

17th Oct 2012, 12:04

Did you not test drive this car first? Most of what you said would have been discovered by taking a test drive first!

24th Mar 2014, 15:35

If the car indeed was so poorly designed, how on earth did you not notice it when you were looking at it to buy?

If you had a leaky valve that caused 'weeks of insufferable driving', why didn't you take the car in and get it fixed right away and save yourself some anguish?

Plastic clips? How difficult could that be to fix.

Pretty fishy review...

Average review marks: 2.6 / 10, based on 1 review