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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan was new.


Interior: 7.7

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan impresses automotive writers with its refined interior full of top-quality materials. Some complain about the infotainment touch screen's small size and low-quality graphics. Many critics say the cabin is well-insulated from wind and road noise, though not all agree. They like the supportive front seats, although they note that the rear seats are somewhat cramped if taller people ride up front. Many class rivals have better cargo capacity than the Tiguan.

  • "The Volkswagen Tiguan has been around in its current form for several years, yet it still looks fresh and handsome thanks to its Euro style. The minimalist design is obviously Volkswagen even without the 'VW' logo on the nose, and the same is true for the comfortable and upscale-feeling interior." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • You also sit pleasingly high and upright in the firm, supportive front seats, which should satisfy those searching for that tall, commanding view of the road ahead." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin of the Tiguan was designed before VW decided to attack the heart of the American automotive market by making their cars more accessible (read: cheaper), meaning the materials are high-quality for the price point." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The Tiguan has a well-designed interior with high-quality materials, including brushed-metal-style trim around the gear selector and air vents." -- Cars.com (2013)


The VW Tiguan seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and heated front seats. Leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are available. Reviewers say that the front seats are supportive and most think the cabin is quiet. They find ample headroom in the rear seats, but they say legroom becomes tight when taller passengers are up front.

  • "Legroom in the rear seats can feel a little pinched with taller folks up front, but most occupants will find plenty of headroom, and the reclining seatbacks and 6 inches of fore-aft seat travel help maximize the space." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The smooth ride gets offset by a somewhat noisy cabin, and some found the intrusive head restraints an uncomfortable coda to the otherwise supportive seats." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The Tiguan is a lovely car on the highway, suppressing road and wind noise so thoroughly that it might as well have an Audi badge on the steering wheel." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "On milder runs at highway speeds, the cabin is quiet and composed, and the staccato flow of urban drive is like being in a VW sedan with a booster seat." -- Autoblog (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Tiguan include Bluetooth, a USB port, push-button start, an eight-speaker audio system, a rearview camera and an infotainment system with a 5-inch touch screen. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, HD Radio, a Fender eight-speaker audio system and an upgraded infotainment system with navigation, a 6.3-inch touch screen and VW’s Car-Net, which includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.

Test drivers complain about the infotainment screen, which they say has poor graphics and is undersized compared to rival systems. They appreciate that the controls are easily reachable and note that the climate system is especially easy to use.

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  • "The VW Tiguan's interior offers straightforward controls, with the tight fit and finish we expect from Volkswagen." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Tiguan has yet to get on the big-screen bandwagon, however, as the humble 5-inch screen looks undersized by today's standards. Its rudimentary graphics don't exactly give off a contemporary vibe, either." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The gauges are clear and well marked. The controls are easy to reach and use. The standard climate control system is refreshingly simple with only three knobs and two buttons." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The VW Tiguan provides 23.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 56.1 cubic feet with them folded down. Both numbers are below average for the class. A fold-flat front passenger seat is standard. Automotive writers praise the flexibility afforded by the Tiguan's folding seats, but some still find the cargo space insufficient.

  • "Interior flexibility is maximized thanks to 60-40 split folding rear seats." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • While the Tiguan's cargo area isn't as big as some of its competitors, it makes the most of it with a rear seat that folds in a 3-way 40/20/40 fashion, allowing long items like skis to fit between two passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "With the rear seats upright but slid fully forward, the Tiguan's cargo area can hold 23.8 cubic feet, while folding down the rear seatbacks makes for a 56.1-cubic-foot cargo space. That's well short of what most rivals offer, such as the 70-plus cubic feet of the CR-V and Toyota RAV4 and even the 65 cubic feet of the CX-5." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "[W]ith the seats up the cargo area is just 23.8 cu-ft -- barely enough cubes to squeeze in a single hockey bag. Though there are no fewer than 11 cubbies spread throughout the cabin, they don't do much to make up for the lack of space." -- Motor Trend (2012)

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