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

    carwowPrije mjesec

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

  2. Brooke Cosgrove

    Brooke CosgrovePrije 8 dana

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

  3. Yôhèshwàràn Srìdâr

    Yôhèshwàràn SrìdârPrije 15 dana

    Mahindra Thar 😏

  4. Mick 1107

    Mick 1107Prije 17 dana

    any suv really..

  5. marco168888

    marco168888Prije 20 dana

    Merc GLC

  6. lexus lfa

    lexus lfaPrije 23 dana

    rav4 prime

  7. cakesoncups

    cakesoncupsPrije 7 sati

    Such a daddy!!!

  8. Alex Edwards /Hasan Hakim

    Alex Edwards /Hasan HakimPrije 2 dana

    Mat keep up your jokes I like them😂👍🏻

  9. Jason whelan

    Jason whelanPrije 3 dana

    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?

  10. Sean Botha

    Sean BothaPrije 4 dana

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

  11. sakhile mhayise

    sakhile mhayisePrije 5 dana

    Stick of truth, please do it the right way

  12. imed brahmi

    imed brahmiPrije 9 dana

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

  13. Bridget is allergic to cherry

    Bridget is allergic to cherryPrije 9 dana

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

  14. jacopo das

    jacopo dasPrije 10 dana

    Ugly car...

  15. Ryan Ritchings

    Ryan RitchingsPrije 11 dana

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

  16. Brad Foster

    Brad FosterPrije 13 dana

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

  17. David Simpson

    David SimpsonPrije 13 dana

    I actually laughed at the IDR joke 🤣

  18. Zac Blu

    Zac BluPrije 15 dana

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

  19. Psv48p H

    Psv48p HPrije 15 dana

    Nice 👍

  20. Samsung 50s

    Samsung 50sPrije 17 dana

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

  21. Mee Loa

    Mee LoaPrije 18 dana

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

  22. Alex Kov

    Alex KovPrije 24 dana

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

  23. Siddharth Sakhare

    Siddharth SakharePrije 24 dana

    Which speakers are included ?

  24. Antonis 79

    Antonis 79Prije 25 dana

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

  25. Witness Sounds

    Witness SoundsPrije 26 dana

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

  26. Ngurimuje N Kaputjaza

    Ngurimuje N KaputjazaPrije 27 dana

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

  27. mr mac

    mr macPrije 27 dana

    Ca-r wow....

  28. Aaron Wilson

    Aaron WilsonPrije 29 dana

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

  29. TheUKDave

    TheUKDavePrije mjesec

    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!

  30. Harvester of souls Gaming

    Harvester of souls GamingPrije mjesec

    0:18 Ah yes, the Twareg R

  31. Bryn Roberts

    Bryn RobertsPrije mjesec

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

  32. Haych em

    Haych emPrije mjesec

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

  33. Egemen Alkan

    Egemen AlkanPrije mjesec

    Please Golf 8 R VS TİGUAN R

  34. Purambo

    PuramboPrije mjesec

    Vw calfornia R

  35. Tengiz Dzhishkariani

    Tengiz DzhishkarianiPrije mjesec

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

  36. Femi Onilude

    Femi OniludePrije mjesec

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

  37. Lucky Siwela

    Lucky SiwelaPrije mjesec

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

  38. Berkay

    BerkayPrije mjesec

    Kodiaq is much much better

  39. asioe kiou

    asioe kiouPrije mjesec

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


    ARIS KARTPrije mjesec

    top top

  41. Tazakka Thoriq

    Tazakka ThoriqPrije mjesec


  42. asioe kiou

    asioe kiouPrije mjesec

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

  43. vbddfy euuyt

    vbddfy euuytPrije mjesec

    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

  44. Mahmoud Najjar

    Mahmoud NajjarPrije mjesec

    #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.

  45. vbddfy euuyt

    vbddfy euuytPrije mjesec

    It looks purple not blue

  46. Mohammad Arslan

    Mohammad ArslanPrije mjesec


  47. Ricardo Gomes

    Ricardo GomesPrije mjesec

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

  48. bocoy noiu

    bocoy noiuPrije mjesec

    Hahah love the IDR gag

  49. Craig Dmello

    Craig DmelloPrije mjesec

    Is this car reliable?

  50. kcc 1412

    kcc 1412Prije mjesec

    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.

  51. bocoy noiu

    bocoy noiuPrije mjesec

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

  52. The Daily POV

    The Daily POVPrije mjesec

    Not a fan of the R version

  53. Matěj Kusnierz

    Matěj KusnierzPrije mjesec

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

  54. Graham Cole

    Graham ColePrije mjesec

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

  55. Ronnie Foster

    Ronnie FosterPrije mjesec

    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

  56. Rafa Towers

    Rafa TowersPrije mjesec

    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

  57. THE RC

    THE RCPrije mjesec

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

  58. oiuet souiu

    oiuet souiuPrije mjesec

    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

  59. moutwtrng

    moutwtrngPrije mjesec

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

  60. masonj19

    masonj19Prije mjesec

    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.

  61. oiuet souiu

    oiuet souiuPrije mjesec

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

  62. Aydinthegamer

    AydinthegamerPrije mjesec

    I am watching this in a tiguan

  63. CoolVideos4Life

    CoolVideos4LifePrije mjesec

    It looks purple not blue

  64. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa NiPrije mjesec

    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” 😂

  65. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa NiPrije mjesec

    Why do people even buy those things?

  66. Robin 125

    Robin 125Prije mjesec

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

  67. Deon Olivier

    Deon OlivierPrije mjesec

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

  68. YeGutierrez

    YeGutierrezPrije mjesec

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

  69. Toe Cutter

    Toe CutterPrije mjesec

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

  70. Gabriel Caramet

    Gabriel CarametPrije mjesec

    I actually like this car

  71. mandataruu

    mandataruuPrije mjesec

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

  72. Thando Mntungwa

    Thando MntungwaPrije mjesec

    Better seats

  73. Jon Hernandez

    Jon HernandezPrije mjesec

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

  74. Michael Ngo

    Michael NgoPrije mjesec

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

  75. rtorbs

    rtorbsPrije mjesec

    Used glc63 or is overrated

  76. sheridanbucket

    sheridanbucketPrije mjesec

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

  77. rampkas

    rampkasPrije mjesec

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

  78. Onch K

    Onch KPrije mjesec

    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)

  79. Jose Casimiro Pina

    Jose Casimiro PinaPrije mjesec

    Where is the Carwow stick of truth?

  80. Lauri Tarbe

    Lauri TarbePrije mjesec

    Whats with the carwows lapiz blue purple filter?

  81. dzaheen adzraf

    dzaheen adzrafPrije mjesec

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

  82. Art Anglin

    Art AnglinPrije mjesec

    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?

  83. Art Anglin

    Art AnglinPrije mjesec

    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.


    MTB ADDICTIONPrije mjesec

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

  85. Young Hans

    Young HansPrije mjesec

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

  86. Alok Dash

    Alok DashPrije mjesec

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

  87. Louis Antolin

    Louis AntolinPrije mjesec

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

  88. ohbollox2it

    ohbollox2itPrije mjesec

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

  89. The Fucking Idiot

    The Fucking IdiotPrije mjesec

    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 😂

  90. IMO G

    IMO GPrije mjesec

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

  91. future62

    future62Prije mjesec

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

  92. Toprocky

    ToprockyPrije mjesec


  93. ASP

    ASPPrije mjesec

    Hear me out: a Volkswagen up! R

  94. Digital Eyes Group

    Digital Eyes GroupPrije mjesec

    I love this color!

  95. Winnie Dog

    Winnie DogPrije mjesec

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

  96. Adhikesh

    AdhikeshPrije mjesec

    The way car changes colour like hot wheel toys

  97. Edmonton Family

    Edmonton FamilyPrije mjesec

  98. joe popes

    joe popesPrije mjesec

    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 ?

  99. davisflyer

    davisflyerPrije mjesec

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

  100. Not Applicable

    Not ApplicablePrije mjesec

    Its beautiful, lets voilate it with a sick.

  101. J3M3R MK

    J3M3R MKPrije mjesec

    Is this coming to the USA?

  102. Manny

    MannyPrije mjesec

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

  103. Maurice sidi boubacar

    Maurice sidi boubacarPrije mjesec

    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.

  104. Walid Rahoui

    Walid RahouiPrije mjesec

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

  105. Sep Hadian

    Sep HadianPrije mjesec

    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?

  106. Guilherme Marques

    Guilherme MarquesPrije mjesec

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

  107. Alex Thepalex

    Alex ThepalexPrije mjesec

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

  108. Berend-Jan Ros

    Berend-Jan RosPrije mjesec

    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.

  109. Felix Martin

    Felix MartinPrije mjesec

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

  110. robortian

    robortianPrije mjesec

    There was a touareg R back in 09