2008 Volkswagen Tiguan TDi 2.0 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand


No longer trust VW


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...

2010 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 turbo from North America



General Comments:

This was a rental that lasted a month. I rent cars all the time, and Tiguan was not on my list when I went to pick up the car. Actually I fought tooth and nail not to take Tiguan. However, it was either that or nothing, so finally I was forced to take it.

Very quickly it became apparent how stupid I was...

The first impression about Tiguan, and its interior, was that this was one nice car (or compact SUV if you want). The interior is classy, with high quality materials throughout, but most importantly - all controls and their functionality are absolutely impeccable. From wonderfully reliable and perfect Bluetooth, which includes voice commands and a pleasant female voice, which I did send to hell once or twice when she did not do as I wanted (because I talked over her), to a great computer display in the middle and excellent radio and buttons, everything was just perfect. Obviously, a lot of planning and good design decisions went into this car.

On the outside, the car seems relatively small, but inside it is quite spacious. I wish there was more leg room for the driver, not lengthwise, but more to the sides, as it felt like the doors and center console were intruding on me somewhat. This was not a long-lasting impression; only when I sat in it for the first time.

Now, the reasons why I felt so stupid after I fought not to take this car:

- The car is a pocket rocket. I mean, its acceleration is out of this world. This shows especially when one is on the highway and trying to pass someone who is intentionally being difficult - from 65mph to 100mph in an instant. Crazy but true, and quite welcome when really needed.

- The brakes are equally impressive. Almost too good.

- The automatic transmission works like a charm. I am not an A/T type, and only like standard transmission, but VW is converting me to the dark side with their silky smooth and intelligent A/T. Haven't tried the DSG transmission yet, but this one was quite perfect.

- MPG was OK for a car that fast and big.

- Every little thing on this car works as one would expect: From radio to Bluetooth, to remote, to doors and so on... it is one smart car. I cannot stress this enough.

- The car handles quite well, although I am the type who likes aggressive driving, so I am still not sold on the idea of an SUV that handles well (one of my previous cars was an Integra, a car which very few cars can beat in handling department). I am very picky when it comes to handling, but Tiguan helped me get more confident with SUVs in that respect.

- With seats that fold flat, and intelligent design all over (e.g. it takes a split second to lower rear seats, with zero effort too!), lugging large items is a breeze.

Add to that its superior crash ratings, great visibility, great engine and transmission, and there is very little reason left why one should not buy this car.

As I said earlier in my review, I rented this car against my will - I was forced into it by the rental agency due to a lack of other cars.

Now, I am seriously considering buying it! That's how thoroughly impressed I am with Tiguan.

P.s. I hear that the new 2012 Tiguan is not much different from the older model, which is a good thing. Some complain about new model's transmission mapping (shifting to higher gear too soon), but I am sure that can be corrected through a new chip or at the dealer, or at least by switching to Sport mode.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2012