Volkswagen Tiguan R review - more fun than an SUV should be?

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When it comes to family-friendly performance SUVs, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option than this new Tiguan R. The question is, with a price tag of £46,000+, is it really worth it? Well, Mat’s here to find out!

Sure, at first glance you may think it’s a regular family SUV, but once you peer a little closer, you’ll see there are a whole host of upgrades to be found! Starting with the outside, there are a number of styling updates to be found, from a roof spoiler \u0026 quad-tailpipes through to 21” alloys and tinted rear windows!

But of course, that’s not all. The interior is plastered with blue R stitching and badges, and once you peer under the bonnet, you’ll find a 2-litre 4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 320hp \u0026 420Nm!

So what do you think - is this the perfect car for handling the school run? There’s only one way to find out - join Mat for his latest in-depth review!

00:00 Intro
01:02 Price
01:45 Exterior Design
02:59 Interior
04:04 Back Seats
04:54 Boot
05:33 Five Annoying Features
07:06 Five Cool Features
08:19 Driving
11:41 0-60mph
12:55 Verdict

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  1. carwow


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    Name a better SUV you can buy for under £50,000. We'll wait...

    • Brooke Cosgrove

      Brooke Cosgrove

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      @duck if you mean an actual Range Rover Vogue, you could get a 2013-15 decent one for under 50

    • Yôhèshwàràn Srìdâr

      Yôhèshwàràn Srìdâr

      8 ימים לפני

      Mahindra Thar 😏

    • Mick 1107

      Mick 1107

      10 ימים לפני

      any suv really..

    • marco168888


      14 ימים לפני

      Merc GLC

    • lexus lfa

      lexus lfa

      17 ימים לפני

      rav4 prime

  2. imed brahmi

    imed brahmi

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    is the 1.4 tsi enough for a big car body like tiguan? especially in gulf countries

  3. Jackie Treehorn

    Jackie Treehorn

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    I just think having something with off-road capability with massive wheels and tiny tyres is idiotic. I mean potholes alone make it stupid.

  4. jacopo das

    jacopo das

    4 ימים לפני

    Ugly car...

  5. Ryan Ritchings

    Ryan Ritchings

    5 ימים לפני

    Seen they made this thought be a great car for getting around in but at that price 🙄

  6. Brad Foster

    Brad Foster

    6 ימים לפני

    I would love to see a comparison of the Tiguan R & the Volvo XC60 range topper?

  7. David Simpson

    David Simpson

    7 ימים לפני

    I actually laughed at the IDR joke 🤣

  8. Zac Blu

    Zac Blu

    8 ימים לפני

    How about compare it with the Cupra Ateca? Almost similar engine and platform. Which is value for money?

  9. Psv48p H

    Psv48p H

    9 ימים לפני

    Nice 👍

  10. Samsung 50s

    Samsung 50s

    10 ימים לפני

    This idiot man talks and complaining too much..why not you manufacture your own car..

  11. Mee Loa

    Mee Loa

    11 ימים לפני

    ◈ 2021 New Concept "Big One-Pocket" SUV Trunk Organizer ◈ Enjoy Your Tiguan By Maximizing Trunk Space! ◈

  12. Alex Kov

    Alex Kov

    17 ימים לפני

    Drag race the mk8 golf R vs Tiguan R ! lets see side by side comparison

  13. Siddharth Sakhare

    Siddharth Sakhare

    18 ימים לפני

    Which speakers are included ?

  14. Antonis 79

    Antonis 79

    18 ימים לפני

    But you can see the point with the RS bla bla Models? 🤐

  15. Witness Sounds

    Witness Sounds

    19 ימים לפני

    NYC LOOKING FOR A LEASE??? GOT WHAT YOUR LOOKING FOR! :) best deals! College grad deals!

  16. Ngurimuje N Kaputjaza

    Ngurimuje N Kaputjaza

    21 יום לפני

    Matt Watson is the best car review expert on ILlevel!!

  17. mr mac

    mr mac

    21 יום לפני

    Ca-r wow....

  18. Aaron Wilson

    Aaron Wilson

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    Hate the interior of the Tiguan - feels cheeps and like a transporter.

  19. TheUKDave


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    I can tell you 'the point' ... If you need a family car, and you're almost 2 metres tall, and the Mrs wants an SUV, but won't let you ALSO buy a 2-seater for 'really driving' ... then what you need is a sporty SUV - or maybe that's just me. Perhaps I'm a small market section, but it's nice that I'm being catered to!

  20. Harvester of souls Gaming

    Harvester of souls Gaming

    24 ימים לפני

    0:18 Ah yes, the Twareg R

  21. Bryn Roberts

    Bryn Roberts

    24 ימים לפני

    Agreed. I don’t see the point of a fast stiff car that is meant to transport children and dogs around.

  22. Haych em

    Haych em

    24 ימים לפני

    Get a w204 black series n race it against the best car you could think it would match

  23. Egemen Alkan

    Egemen Alkan

    24 ימים לפני

    Please Golf 8 R VS TİGUAN R

  24. Purambo


    25 ימים לפני

    Vw calfornia R

  25. Tengiz Dzhishkariani

    Tengiz Dzhishkariani

    25 ימים לפני

    So stupid that you don't have electric seats in that car...

  26. Femi Onilude

    Femi Onilude

    26 ימים לפני

    I don't see an issue with the weight. I would be worried if my Tiguan R weighed the same as a Golf R.

  27. Lucky Siwela

    Lucky Siwela

    27 ימים לפני

    Showing some love down here in South Africa. Mat your the best 👌

  28. Berkay


    27 ימים לפני

    Kodiaq is much much better

  29. asioe kiou

    asioe kiou

    28 ימים לפני

    I thought it was called the tiguan R, but apparently the name is the tiguan Ahh 🤔 lol



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    top top

  31. Tazakka Thoriq

    Tazakka Thoriq

    28 ימים לפני


    • asioe kiou

      asioe kiou

      28 ימים לפני

      Yes... From a 2.0 engine! on a SUV!

  32. vbddfy euuyt

    vbddfy euuyt

    28 ימים לפני

    Ive noticed matt is starting to do the 0-60 towards the end of every vid to make sure we watch till the end lol very smart

  33. Mahmoud Najjar

    Mahmoud Najjar

    29 ימים לפני

    #gaza_under_attack #savesheikhjarrah The Israeli occupation is now bombing cities and civilian neighborhoods and displacing civilians from their homes without any right. For this reason, we ask you only to search for the Palestinian cause and support them with a word from you to achieve justice for the oppressed Palestinian people.

    • vbddfy euuyt

      vbddfy euuyt

      28 ימים לפני

      It looks purple not blue

  34. Mohammad Arslan

    Mohammad Arslan

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  35. Ricardo Gomes

    Ricardo Gomes

    29 ימים לפני

    Why is the gear stick the old one. Looks so 2010

  36. bocoy noiu

    bocoy noiu

    29 ימים לפני

    Hahah love the IDR gag

  37. Craig Dmello

    Craig Dmello

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    Is this car reliable?

  38. kcc 1412

    kcc 1412

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    Why do VW like producing sporty SUVs? Why can't it be just something practical and comfortable for both the driver and the passengers? I own a VW, but I'm moving away from them.

    • bocoy noiu

      bocoy noiu

      29 ימים לפני

      " Thats a bad...IDR" 🤣 love u Matt

  39. The Daily POV

    The Daily POV

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    Not a fan of the R version

  40. Matěj Kusnierz

    Matěj Kusnierz

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    Actually Škoda Kodiaq VRS is not diesel anymore.. Now it has 2.0l petrol with 4x4 and 245 horsepower

  41. Graham Cole

    Graham Cole

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    I think the seats are awful, they look worse than the check ones in the Golf.

  42. Ronnie Foster

    Ronnie Foster

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    Matt love your channel and what you do...... but you car guys drive me a little nuts when you compare different cars/vehicles to each other. You can’t compare this to a Golf R, they are two different vehicles , ones a Hatchback and the other is an SUV completely different in their purpose. It seems you thought this would feel the same as Golf R?? Matt you are brighter than that.. It’s the R version of the Tiguan it has its own pros & cons. And seems pretty good for Sporty SUV because that’s what it is......... it’s not a Golf R... Peace

  43. Rafa Towers

    Rafa Towers

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    Oh Mat, you look really more relaxed and smile often than when you tested the Hyundai Tucson, why? ... oh right, it's a german car

  44. THE RC

    THE RC

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    Hi sir this one vs Volvo x40 .which one is the best?

  45. oiuet souiu

    oiuet souiu

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    You know you’re getting old when the first thing you see is the low profile tyres and think how uncomfortable the suspension will be

  46. moutwtrng


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    Yes... From a 2.0 engine! on a SUV!

  47. masonj19


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    Got to love a fast suv people moan about them but what other car can you have fun while carrying 2 dogs and a baby 🤣. The golf r is to small for someone like me.

    • oiuet souiu

      oiuet souiu

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      Sad I'm living in Denmark. Uk the price is £46000 in Denmark it's £92000

  48. Aydinthegamer


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    I am watching this in a tiguan

  49. CoolVideos4Life


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    It looks purple not blue

  50. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa Ni

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    The seats on the R’s has always been dead even a 09 plate prius have leather seats like matt sayin “vw where u playing at” 😂

    • Ailsa Ni

      Ailsa Ni

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      Why do people even buy those things?

  51. Robin 125

    Robin 125

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    Lovely car... dont understand Why they make sliding Seats in the Back tho 🤨

  52. Deon Olivier

    Deon Olivier

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    Would like to see drag race between the Tiguan R vs Audi RSQ3...

  53. YeGutierrez


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    " Thats a bad...IDR" 🤣 love u Matt

  54. Toe Cutter

    Toe Cutter

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    Out of all the SUV I really like these...

  55. Gabriel Caramet

    Gabriel Caramet

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    I actually like this car

  56. mandataruu


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    why buy somenthing 3 times more expensive than a stock new golf

  57. Thando Mntungwa

    Thando Mntungwa

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    Better seats

  58. Jon Hernandez

    Jon Hernandez

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    Will you ever review the new Mazda cx30? 😎 Would love to know your thoughts on that one

  59. Michael Ngo

    Michael Ngo

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    Well said. Don't see the point to be quick. How many times would someone use this power in his lifetime... Great review though.

  60. rtorbs


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    Used glc63 or is overrated

  61. sheridanbucket


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    US version, rear quarter window, looks like someone gave it a wedgie. just sayin'

  62. rampkas


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    Sad I'm living in Denmark. Uk the price is £46000 in Denmark it's £92000

  63. Onch K

    Onch K

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    i've the pre-facelifted variant and it has the SUZUKA 20" wheels with Pirelli Scorpion Verde tyres .... mate its like ur having all the windows down and driving around with 100+ km/h (in normal speed 60-70)

  64. Jose Casimiro Pina

    Jose Casimiro Pina

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    Where is the Carwow stick of truth?

  65. Lauri Tarbe

    Lauri Tarbe

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    Whats with the carwows lapiz blue purple filter?

  66. dzaheen adzraf

    dzaheen adzraf

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    volvo xc60 t8 polestar engineered or this vw tiguan R better ?

  67. Art Anglin

    Art Anglin

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    How stupid it is to install chairs with integrated headrests into an SUV even if it is a sports version of an SUV. It's not just that people in the back can't clearly see what's happening in front, but those seats are less comfortable than those without integrated headrests, because you can't configure the exact position for a headrest like you want. Why do people even buy those things?

  68. Art Anglin

    Art Anglin

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    Normal Tiguan is cheaper and more practical. so this R version is useless. This is the rare video where I agree with Matt's opinion about whether you should consider the car or go and buy it. yes it's just to consider, no more.



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    This car got the best rub down of it's life 😏

  70. Young Hans

    Young Hans

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    lol Mat complaining bout how this is heavier and impressed by how its planted and can take that corner 😂

  71. Alok Dash

    Alok Dash

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    It is fast, looks good, loads of power and torque, loads of legroom...Why only Consider it? Price? Better alternatives?

  72. Louis Antolin

    Louis Antolin

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    damn ngl it's really fast but I think 2nd would be the forester xt 2017 in terms of power to price ratio lol

  73. ohbollox2it


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    44 metres to stop from 70mph for such a heavy car is really good

  74. The Fucking Idiot

    The Fucking Idiot

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    My dad just brought a cupra Ateca to tow our race trailer and it looks amazing in red hahaha but the interior has similar seats but they are full alcantara which is awesome and everything in these cars looks the same, even the exhaust tips 😂

  75. IMO G

    IMO G

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    Hi Matt! Can you add the clip of the headlight and brake light look like at night? Low beam high beam signal etc

  76. future62


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    46k, no sunroof, no leather... That's a bit much

  77. Toprocky


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  78. ASP


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    Hear me out: a Volkswagen up! R

  79. Digital Eyes Group

    Digital Eyes Group

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    I love this color!

  80. Winnie Dog

    Winnie Dog

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    Another 2 box chav van with windows. And nearly 50 grand lol

  81. Adhikesh


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    The way car changes colour like hot wheel toys

  82. Edmonton Family

    Edmonton Family

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  83. joe popes

    joe popes

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    What is the point ? Having a family car with lots of space, a comfort cruiser on high ways, all wheel drive for every condition and when you are alone and the fun kicks your ass, you got the power and performance to do so. Yes, I can see the point. Driving in busy traffic with all the comfort, box ticked. Picking up the kids from school, box ticked. Just a long distance to get nice from A to B, box ticked. Having fun with power and performance, box ticked. Going to snow and wet roads, box ticked. Towing a trailer, box ticked. How many points do you need to see it ?

  84. davisflyer


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    21" wheels look ridiculous! Here in the US the R Line Tiguan is just a trim package with all of 180! VW USA SUCKS!

  85. Not Applicable

    Not Applicable

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    Its beautiful, lets voilate it with a sick.

  86. J3M3R MK

    J3M3R MK

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    Is this coming to the USA?

  87. Manny


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    It's like a overweight Golf R!If I wanted a sporty car I would go for the Golf not it's fat sister!

  88. Maurice sidi boubacar

    Maurice sidi boubacar

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    I hope i am not colorblind, but you keep saying blue 💙 while its violet 💜. Is that normal or is it because British say blue and violet are the same color or name.

  89. Walid Rahoui

    Walid Rahoui

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    Yooo Matt Can you do a review on thé new Stelvio quadroffoglio ?

  90. Sep Hadian

    Sep Hadian

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    Am i the only one seeing purple instead of blue?? - the brake calibers, seat stripes and the cars color is purple?! Is there something wrong with my eyesight, phone or is the video a bit off?

  91. Guilherme Marques

    Guilherme Marques

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    Since VW is doing a R version of several models, I do hope they end up making a Jetta R.

  92. Alex Thepalex

    Alex Thepalex

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    Brake discs look a bit lost in those 21" wheels. Especially on the back.

  93. Berend-Jan Ros

    Berend-Jan Ros

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    What i dislike in a “higher up” car is that you see the exterior color on the inside around the windows. Personally a no go on the things i dislike on a top model of a car.

  94. Felix Martin

    Felix Martin

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    its a purple, why matt always say blue.. hmmm..

  95. robortian


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    There was a touareg R back in 09

  96. Diego U

    Diego U

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    0:20 there’s the Volkswagen I.D. R that set the new Pikes Peak hill climb record

  97. Jazzy Mondrey - Topic

    Jazzy Mondrey - Topic

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    This time you nailed the joke 😂😂😂

  98. Ellis Thomas

    Ellis Thomas

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    Wait.... Where's the stick of truth?

  99. Thomas Hoonigan

    Thomas Hoonigan

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    Please MAT Watson next Lamborghini Urus vs Volkswagen Tiguan R

  100. MANTRA


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    T iguana

    • MANTRA


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      more like R iguana