We have the brand new 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Comfortline to test with our family! This is a very popular five-seat SUV for families so let's see how the new Tiguan Comfortline model stacks up in our BabyDrive testing…
The Volkswagen Tiguan is a good five-seat all-rounder as a BabyDrive! For a family of four, this would be a very comfortable and practical family car. In the rear seats, there are ISOFix points in the two outer seats and top tether anchorages on the back of all three rear seats. I am able to fit three Infasecure child seats across the rear row. I installed the Infasecure Attain More and two Infasecure Achieve More child seats.
The rear seat base is narrow due to the seats stopping well before the rear doors so although you can fit these three Infasecure child seats across the back seats, it is a tight fit and you would need to double-check any other seat combinations will fit.
With just the two outer Infasecure child seats installed in the back seats, I could sit between them and I'm 162cm tall.
We found legroom is good in the VW Tiguan and a 180cm driver could fit in front of a rear-facing Infasecure Achieve More child seat.
Things in this new Volkswagen Tiguan are a little different from the previous model we tested. When it comes to storage in the cabin, this one has a full-length glass sunroof fitted which means it misses out on the enormous glasses case in the ceiling we loved so much about the Tiguan!
Instead there is a lidded case on the dashboard but in some models this is also replaced by an extra speaker for the stereo.
There is a chilled glovebox, as well as plenty of cup holders and phone storage in the front.
Really good-sized door bins for large water bottles are in the front and back and they're all lined so they don't rattle the contents while you are driving.
In the back, the tray tables we loved about the 2018 model are gone too.
However, they are replaced by multiple map pockets that are great for holding all the little things kids require or books, iPads and phones for adults and older kids.
The great storage continues to the boot where I found the boot floor drops down about 10cm which is great for giving extra depth to allow strollers and modular double prams to fit in the boot more easily.
The Volkswagen Tiguan has really boot space for a mid-size SUV, holding 12 shopping bags when empty at its smallest size with the second row slid back for maximum legroom. This is comparable to the Honda CR-V which will also hold 12 shopping bags. The Mazda CX-5 will hold 13, the Hyundai Tucson 14 and the Mitsubishi Outlander will hold 15 shopping bags.
Or you could transport your medium size pet dog in the boot.
The rear seats slide to adjust so you can redistribute extra room from the cab to the boot when needed or vice versa and you can fold the central seat back down, which is super helpful with two kids in the back and an Ikea run! Legroom is also fantastic in the Tiguan for both tall and short passengers.
The media system is fantastic in the Volkswagen Tiguan, the touch screen is easy to navigate and use.
There are some great features within the media system like controlling the rear aircon…
…and drag and drop screen to move sound to different speakers. Great for quickly moving kids' music to the rear speakers and saving you from Wiggles-induced trauma! Equally good is the inbuilt sat-nav, with mutable announcements.
The Volkswagen Tiguan has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too.
The reversing camera images fills the whole screen and is very clear, there is a button in the centre console to turn the sensors on and off too.
Volkswagen has done a great job with the Tiguan, it's a real box-ticking, all-rounder family car. The road and wind noise made long motorway drives a little more tiring but for daily suburban, school drop-offs, commutes and the school run it's a great family SUV.
The Volkswagen Tiguan was given a five-star ANCAP safety rating and has seven airbags as standard. (You can read more details about the safety in the VW Tiguan in the expandable Safety section below).