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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  • carwow

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

    • Brooke Cosgrove
      Brooke Cosgrove

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

    • Yôhèshwàràn Srìdâr
      Yôhèshwàràn Srìdâr

      Mahindra Thar 😏

    • Mick 1107
      Mick 1107

      any suv really..

    • marco168888

      Merc GLC

    • lexus lfa
      lexus lfa

      rav4 prime

  • cakesoncups

    Such a daddy!!!

  • Alex Edwards /Hasan Hakim
    Alex Edwards /Hasan Hakim

    Mat keep up your jokes I like them😂👍🏻

  • Jason whelan
    Jason whelan

    I can where someone owns a jeep (Q7/X5) already, wants to downsize but not to something as small as a car. It sits in the middle. Lovely car/jeep?

  • Sean Botha
    Sean Botha

    Matt... I enjoy this more mature version of you. More authentic and less "Top Gear wannabe".

  • sakhile mhayise
    sakhile mhayise

    Stick of truth, please do it the right way

  • imed brahmi
    imed brahmi

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

  • Bridget is allergic to cherry
    Bridget is allergic to cherry

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

  • jacopo das
    jacopo das

    Ugly car...

  • Ryan Ritchings
    Ryan Ritchings

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

  • Brad Foster
    Brad Foster

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

  • David Simpson
    David Simpson

    I actually laughed at the IDR joke 🤣

  • Zac Blu
    Zac Blu

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

  • Psv48p H
    Psv48p H

    Nice 👍

  • Samsung 50s
    Samsung 50s

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

  • Mee Loa
    Mee Loa

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

  • Alex Kov
    Alex Kov

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

  • Siddharth Sakhare
    Siddharth Sakhare

    Which speakers are included ?

  • Antonis 79
    Antonis 79

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

  • Witness Sounds
    Witness Sounds

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

  • Ngurimuje N Kaputjaza
    Ngurimuje N Kaputjaza

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

  • mr mac
    mr mac

    Ca-r wow....

  • Aaron Wilson
    Aaron Wilson

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

  • TheUKDave

    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!

  • Harvester of souls Gaming
    Harvester of souls Gaming

    0:18 Ah yes, the Twareg R

  • Bryn Roberts
    Bryn Roberts

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

  • Haych em
    Haych em

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

  • Egemen Alkan
    Egemen Alkan

    Please Golf 8 R VS TİGUAN R

  • Purambo

    Vw calfornia R

  • Tengiz Dzhishkariani
    Tengiz Dzhishkariani

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

  • Femi Onilude
    Femi Onilude

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

  • Lucky Siwela
    Lucky Siwela

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

  • Berkay

    Kodiaq is much much better

  • asioe kiou
    asioe kiou

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


    top top

  • Tazakka Thoriq
    Tazakka Thoriq


    • asioe kiou
      asioe kiou

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

  • vbddfy euuyt
    vbddfy euuyt

    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

  • Mahmoud Najjar
    Mahmoud Najjar

    #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

      It looks purple not blue

  • Mohammad Arslan
    Mohammad Arslan


  • Ricardo Gomes
    Ricardo Gomes

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

  • bocoy noiu
    bocoy noiu

    Hahah love the IDR gag

  • Craig Dmello
    Craig Dmello

    Is this car reliable?

  • kcc 1412
    kcc 1412

    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

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

  • The Daily POV
    The Daily POV

    Not a fan of the R version

  • Matěj Kusnierz
    Matěj Kusnierz

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

  • Graham Cole
    Graham Cole

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

  • Ronnie Foster
    Ronnie Foster

    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

  • Rafa Towers
    Rafa Towers

    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

  • THE RC
    THE RC

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

  • oiuet souiu
    oiuet souiu

    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

  • moutwtrng

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

  • masonj19

    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

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

  • Aydinthegamer

    I am watching this in a tiguan

  • CoolVideos4Life

    It looks purple not blue

  • Ailsa Ni
    Ailsa Ni

    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

      Why do people even buy those things?

  • Robin 125
    Robin 125

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

  • Deon Olivier
    Deon Olivier

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

  • YeGutierrez

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

  • Toe Cutter
    Toe Cutter

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

  • Gabriel Caramet
    Gabriel Caramet

    I actually like this car

  • mandataruu

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

  • Thando Mntungwa
    Thando Mntungwa

    Better seats

  • Jon Hernandez
    Jon Hernandez

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

  • Michael Ngo
    Michael Ngo

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

  • rtorbs

    Used glc63 or is overrated

  • sheridanbucket

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

  • rampkas

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

  • Onch K
    Onch K

    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)

  • Jose Casimiro Pina
    Jose Casimiro Pina

    Where is the Carwow stick of truth?

  • Lauri Tarbe
    Lauri Tarbe

    Whats with the carwows lapiz blue purple filter?

  • dzaheen adzraf
    dzaheen adzraf

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

  • Art Anglin
    Art Anglin

    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?

  • Art Anglin
    Art Anglin

    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.


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

  • Young Hans
    Young Hans

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

  • Alok Dash
    Alok Dash

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

  • Louis Antolin
    Louis Antolin

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

  • ohbollox2it

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

  • The Fucking Idiot
    The Fucking Idiot

    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 😂

  • IMO G
    IMO G

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

  • future62

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

  • Toprocky


  • ASP

    Hear me out: a Volkswagen up! R

  • Digital Eyes Group
    Digital Eyes Group

    I love this color!

  • Winnie Dog
    Winnie Dog

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

  • Adhikesh

    The way car changes colour like hot wheel toys

  • Edmonton Family
    Edmonton Family

  • joe popes
    joe popes

    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 ?

  • davisflyer

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

  • Not Applicable
    Not Applicable

    Its beautiful, lets voilate it with a sick.

  • J3M3R MK
    J3M3R MK

    Is this coming to the USA?

  • Manny

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

  • Maurice sidi boubacar
    Maurice sidi boubacar

    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.

  • Walid Rahoui
    Walid Rahoui

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

  • Sep Hadian
    Sep Hadian

    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?

  • Guilherme Marques
    Guilherme Marques

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

  • Alex Thepalex
    Alex Thepalex

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

  • Berend-Jan Ros
    Berend-Jan Ros

    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.

  • Felix Martin
    Felix Martin

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

  • robortian

    There was a touareg R back in 09

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