Volkswagen SUVs: 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

Simon Ostler
Jun 2, 2021

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. Here, four-wheel drive is an option that drivers can tick on more powerful models.

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 80mm taller, which includes 40mm 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 Touareg models come with four-wheel drive.

Volkswagen SUVs

1. Volkswagen T Cross

Best Volkswagen SUV for tight parking spaces

Less good for getting up mountains


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The VW T-Cross is the cheapest and smallest SUV from the German brand. It's similar in price and size to the Nissan Juke, Citroen C3 Aircross, and Seat Arona.

It’s certainly won a lot of admirers 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 smaller Volkswagen Polo and uses that car's engines, which means that it's economical.

Although it’s not available with four-wheel drive, Volkswagen 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.

You can have your T-Cross with a trio of 1.0-litre petrol engines, with 95hp, 110hp or 115hp, or a 95hp 1.6-litre diesel. High-spec models also have the option of a 150hp 1.5-litre TSI EVO petrol engine. The 95hp petrol and diesel engines are available with 5-speed manual gearboxes, while everything else gets a six-speed manual gearbox or optional 7-speed automatic. If you like the sound of the most powerful 1.5-litre unit, you'll have to make do with the slick automatic gearbox.

VOLKSWAGEN T-CROSS BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Volkswagen T-Roc

Best Volkswagen SUV for stylish looks

Less good for interior quality

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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 for new models starting at more than £24,000. 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.

On the inside, cheap-looking materials don’t necessarily feel as posh as the price tag would suggest, but the interior tech on offer 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.

Engine choice is a little bit better than the T-Cross. You get the same 110hp and 115hp 1.0-litre and 150hp 1.5-litre petrol engines, but you also get a more powerful 115hp 1.6-litre diesel, as well as a 2.0-litre diesel option which can be specified to 115 or 150hp. If you want four-wheel drive, you'll be looking for the most powerful 190hp 2.0-litre petrol engine, or the bonkers 300hp 2.0-litre engine in the T-Roc R.

A convertible version, the T-Roc Cabriolet, is one of the few convertible SUVs you can buy, new or used. It's limited to the 110hp 1.0-litre or 150hp 1.5-litre petrol engines - no diesel options, or four-wheel drive. It'll cost from just under £28,000 new, but there are used and nearly new examples from £24,100 on BuyaCar.

VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Volkswagen Tiguan

Best VW SUV for mix of practicality and style

Less good for value

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The Tiguan first took to British roads in 2008, with an updated version arriving in 2016 that looks very similar, but offers an updated interior and a fresh choice of engines.

Compared with the smaller Volkswagens, 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 well equipped, but lack some of the technology - such as Apple CarPlay and Andrid Auto - that's available with the current generation.

The Tiguan isn't much more expensive than the T-Roc new, but feels a lot more grown-up. Engine choice includes two versions of the 1.5-litre petrol engine with 130hp or 150hp, two versions of the 2.0-litre diesel engine with 150hp or 200hp, and a 2.0-litre petrol engine with 190hp, 245hp or 320hp in the Tiguan R. It's only the 2.0-litre units that can be paired with four-wheel drive, and even then, only on more expensive trim levels.

VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

Best Volkswagen SUV for seven-seat motoring

Less good for performance

Volkswagen Tiguan

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Not only has Volkswagen 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 third 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).

The engines are taken from the smaller Tiguan; you can have 150hp versions of 1.5-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines, or a 200hp 2.0-litre diesel engine. Four-wheel drive is only an option with certain diesel engines.

VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN ALLSPACE BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Volkswagen Touareg

Best Volkswagen SUV for technology and space

Less good for fitting into tight parking spaces

Used deals from £21,058
Monthly finance from £360*

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) can cost well over £70,000.

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

It feels like an upmarket product, too. R-Line Tech models feature a curved 15.0-inch media display that sits in the middle of the dashboard and a 12.0-inch digital instrument display behind the wheel - this controls virtually everything on the car, and looks cutting edge. It comes with two 3.0-litre diesel engines producing 231hp or 286hp, a 3.0-litre petrol engine with 340hp, and a 3.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid option with 462hp on the Touareg R. All versions of the Touareg have four-wheel-drive, and you can also change the suspension settings to help out in different off-road situations, snow and sand for instance

VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

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Total cost of credit: £2,426
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APR: 9.9%

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