Tiguan eHybrid pricing started at just over £36,000 at the time of this test in early 2022 - about £2,500 more than the price of an equivalent 2.0 TDI diesel variant. That's premium territory for a mid-sized SUV, but you do at least get decent equipment levels for that. There's a choice of three trim levels - 'Life', 'Elegance' and 'R-Line'. All versions get Adaptive Cruise Control, all-round parking sensors, navigation and 3-Zone Climate Control. Volkswagen's Digital Cockpit Pro' 10.25-inch high resolution TFT dash display screen also features as standard.
Mid-range 'Elegance' trim gets you Volkswagen's 'IQ.Light' LED matrix headlight system. And a heated steering wheel, plus a 30-colour ambient lighting cabin set-up. A suite of systems to assist the driver are also standard-fit on the 'Elegance' model, including a rear-view camera, Side Assist, rear traffic alert, and Predictive Cruise Control, which uses road sign recognition and navigation data to automatically alter the preset speed to the legal limit, as well as safely, pre-emptively slowing for bends, roundabouts and junctions.
Top 'R-Line' trim brings a sportier focus for the Tiguan, and adds styling features to reflect this across the exterior and interior, including a roof spoiler, exclusive front and rear bumpers and wheel arch extensions housing 20-inch 'Misano Black' alloy wheels. For the inside, there's black roof lining and R-Line badging across the cabin.