New Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line review – a rewarding SUV - Design

VW’s best-selling SUV is competent and refined, but it lacks its own clear personality

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from £23,255
  • Sophisticated feel, base models look classy, satisfying to drive
  • Petrol engine feels more like a diesel, interior isn’t as premium as price tag might suggest

Arguably, it’s the base Tiguans that are the better looking of the range. The neat, sharp and clean lines that are typical of current VW styling aren’t corrupted by flashier grilles, glitzier badges and brighter trim of the higher level cars. 

The top-of-the-range R-Line, with its body-coloured lower half rather than durable-looking black plastic, contradicts VW’s general air of subtly and class. The extra sills and bumpers look stuck-on, like they’ve been added by an aftermarket tuner. With 20-inch wheels, too, it’s looks as though it’s trying very hard to be cool.

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