Volkswagen SUVs 2019: full guide and latest deals

Can't pick between the Volkswagen SUVs? Get to know your T-Roc from your Touareg with our guide and latest prices

Murray Scullion
Feb 22, 2019

SUVs, or sport utility vehicles, have come a long way over the years. They stem from humble beginnings, when they were big and rugged, with off-road ability. But over the years, they have become more sophisticated and luxurious. 

They’re billed as do-all machines capable of tackling the great outdoors, with space for children and dogs in the back, and the technology that enables everyone to listen to the family Spotify playlist. In reality, most small SUVs look tougher than they really are, and sacrifice off-road ability for comfort and efficiency, which matter more to most family car buyers.

There are five SUVs in Volkswagen’s burgeoning SUV line-up. Its newest and smallest offering is the T-Cross. It might have the tall and rugged looks of an SUV, but it's more of a crossover because it uses the same mechanical parts as the comfortable and efficient Volkswagen Polo. It's also not available with four-wheel drive.

A larger option is the T-Roc, which is a taller version of the Volkswagen Golf. Four-wheel-drive is an option on this, although it shares many of its parts with the Golf.

The T-Roc sits below the Tiguan, Volkswagen’s third most-popular car (behind the Golf and Polo). It's a larger and more expensive proposition than the T-Roc and is 8cm taller, which includes 4cm more space between the bottom of the car and the ground, making it more capable on rough off-road surfaces.

The Tiguan Allspace is a longer version of the Tiguan, with seven seats or - if you fold them into the floor- a bigger boot.

Finally, the largest SUV Volkswagen sells is the new VW Touareg. It’s not only the biggest, but the most luxurious and expensive too. All Touaregs come with four-wheel drive.

 

Volkswagen SUVs

 

Volkswagen T Cross

✔  Best Volkswagen SUV for tight parking spaces

Less good for getting up mountains

The T-Cross will be the latest car to join Volkswagen's SUV range when it goes on sale in April. It’s also its littlest and cheapest, similar in size to the Nissan Juke, Citroen C3 Aircross, and Seat Arona, and is a similar size.

It’s so new that it’s not actually on the roads yet - it’s due to go on sale in the UK early next year. It’s certainly won a lot of admirers online thanks to its chunky but cute looks and it’s practical too - it has a 385-litre boot, bigger than a VW Golf’s. Despite that, it is based around the same mechanical parts as the small Volkswagen Polo and uses that car's engines, which should mean that it's economical.

Although it’s not available with four-wheel-drive, VW reckons it’s a proper SUV rather than a crossover because its high-seating position and overall versatility is the number one priority with the car.

    

Volkswagen T-Roc

✔  Best Volkswagen SUV for stylish looks

Less good for interior quality 

Latest Volkswagen T Roc deals from £17,199
Finance from £236 per month

Volkswagen's mid-size SUV is the T-Roc, which is designed to offer an alternative to the Seat Ateca, Skoda Karoq, and Vauxhall Mokka X.

It’s a step up in terms of quality in comparison to these, but it is notably more expensive too, with prices starting at more than £20,000. Choice is huge for this segment, with five petrol and diesel engines; plus five trim levels with different levels of equipment; an automatic or manual gearbox, and four-wheel-drive.

Interior plastics and materials don’t necessarily feel as premium as the price tag would suggest, but the entertainment kit is good. All cars come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while SE L trim and above cars get a digital dash that you can customise.
Volkswagen T-Roc buying guide

  

Volkswagen Tiguan

✔  Best VW SUV for mix of practicality and style 

Less good for value

Latest Volkswagen Tiguan deals from £10,299
Finance from £165 per month

The Tiguan first took to British roads in 2008. It was then replaced by the current generation Tiguan in 2016.

Compared with the smaller VWs, the Tiguan has more quality and space too. It’s cheaper than alternatives such as Land Rover Discovery Sport, BMW X3, and Mercedes GLC, but doesn't have the same level of luxury inside. However, it is also in competition with the Nissan Qashqai, Seat Ateca, and Ford Kuga - and the latest version feels more upmarket than these.

Four-wheel-drive is on offer across the trim levels, and these cars have a large 20cm gap between the ground and the bottom of the car, so should cope easily with uneven, unmade roads. 

The cheapest models are previous-generation Tiguans, which remain sturdy and wll equipped, but lack some of the technology - such as Apple CarPlay and Andrid Auto - that's available with the current generation.
Volkswagen Tiguan buying guide

 

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

✔  Best Volkswagen SUV for seven-seat motoring

Less good for performance

Latest Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace deals from £24,001
Finance from £344 per month

Not only has VW carved out five cars to form its SUV lineup, it’s managed to make two cars from one.

The Tiguan Allspace is a longer Tiguan, and offers an additional 54mm of knee room and 60mm more legroom for people in the second row. The extra length also creates space for a thies row of seats, making this the only Volkswagen SUV you can carry seven people in.

The boot has 700 litres of space with the seats down, but only a meagre 230 litres with them all up. The car was initially available with only five seats, so look out for some used models which only have two rows of seats (but an enormous boot).

 

Volkswagen Touareg

✔  Best Volkswagen SUV for technology and space

Less good for fitting into tight parking spaces 

Latest Volkswagen Touareg deals from £33,999
Finance from £423 per month

The Touareg is the most expensive Volkswagen SUV, and is also the most upmarket Volkswagen on offer currently. With all of the options ticked, the Touareg (from new) costs close to £63,000.

Although that seems expensive for a VW, you must remember that this shares the foundations of the more expensive Audi Q7, and vastly dearer Bentley Bentayga.

It feels like a premium product too. R Line Tech models get a curved 15-inch screen that sits in the middle of the dashboard, which flows into a 12-inch screen behind the wheel. This controls virtually everything on the car, and looks cutting edge. It comes with a 3.0-litre diesel engine (petrols and hybrids will arrive later) and all get four-wheel-drive. You can also change the suspension settings to help out in different off-road situations, snow and sand for instance.
Volkswagen Touareg buying guide

 

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