Can a Tiguan tow a caravan? (a complete review)

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: Can a Tiguan tow a caravan? We also review the new VW Tiguan and talk about the engine, transmission, technology, safety and what we don’t quite like about the new model.

Can a Tiguan tow a caravan?

With a great towing capacity, the VW Tiguan will easily tow any caravan within the weight limit of 2500 kgs. The VW Tiguan is a comfortable car, built for long journeys. Besides, there’s a lot of space everywhere and the trunk can be enlarged by sliding the back seats. 

The new VW Tiguan, especially, will not disappoint you!

Volkswagen Tiguan Towing Capacity


Car Model
Unbraked Towing CapacityBraked Towing Capacity
Volkswagen Tiguan 2017 2.0L I-4 Turbocharged2200kg
Volkswagen Tiguan 2016 2.0L I-4 Turbocharged2200kg
Volkswagen Tiguan 2015 2.0L I-4 Turbocharged2200kg
Volkswagen Tiguan 2014 2.0L I-4 Turbocharged2200kg
Volkswagen Tiguan 2013 2.0L I-4 Turbocharged2200kg
Volkswagen Tiguan 2012 2.0L I-4 Turbocharged2200kg
Volkswagen Tiguan 2011 2.0L I-4 Turbocharged2200kg
Volkswagen Tiguan 2010 2.0L I-4 Turbocharged2200kg
Volkswagen Tiguan (2019) WOLFSBURG EDITION 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO2500kg
Volkswagen Tiguan (2018) 110 TDI COMFORTLINE 2.0L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO2500kg
Volkswagen Tiguan (2018) 132 TSI ADVENTURE (SPECIAL ED) 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO2500kg
Volkswagen Tiguan (2017) 110 TDI ADVENTURE (SPECIAL ED) 2.0L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO2500kg
Volkswagen Tiguan (2017) 162 TSI SPORTLINE 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO2500kg
Volkswagen Tiguan (2016) 110 TSI TRENDLINE 1.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN1800kg
Volkswagen Tiguan (2008 – 2016) 1.4 TSi BlueMotion Tech Match (2WD) (08/13-) 5d750kg1800kg
Volkswagen Tiguan (2008 – 2016) 1.4 TSi Match (08/13-) 5d750kg2000kg
Volkswagen Tiguan (2008 – 2016) 2.0 TDi BlueMotion Tech Escape (150bhp) 5d750kg2200kg
Volkswagen Tiguan (2008 – 2016) 2.0 TDI Escape 5d Auto750kg2000kg
Volkswagen Tiguan (2016 onwards) 2.0 TDi BMT (150bhp) 4Motion R-Line 5d750kg2200kg
Volkswagen Tiguan (2016 onwards) SE Navigation 1.4 TSI ACT BMT 150PS 2WD 5d740kg1800kg
Volkswagen Tiguan (2016 onwards) SE Navigation 2.0 TDI SCR BMT 150PS 2WD DSG auto 5d750kg2000kg
Volkswagen TIGUAN ESTATE 1.4 TSi BMT 125 S 5dr740 kg1,600 kg
Volkswagen TIGUAN ESTATE 2.0 TSi BMT 180 4Motion R Line 5dr750 kg2,000 kg
Volkswagen TIGUAN ESTATE 2.0 TSi BMT 180 4Motion SEL 5dr DSG750 kg2,500 kg

The new VW Tiguan: a complete review

Let’s start with the basics:

  • Cylindrical capacity (l / cm3): 2.0 / 1968
  • Traction: 4 Motion (all-wheel drive)
  • Maximum power, kW (hp) at 1 / min: 110 (150) / 3500-4000
  • Maximum torque, Nm at 1 / min: 340 / 1750-3000
  • Top speed, km / h: 200 (automatic transmission)
  • Acceleration, 0-80 / 0-100 km / h, seconds: 6.2 / 9.3
  • Fuel consumption, extra urban / mixed / urban, l / 100 km: 5.1 / 5.7 / 6.8
  • Luggage compartment volume with rear seat folded / not folded, liters: 615-1655

With the new Tiguan, the VW group is advancing a bit towards the luxury car segment. The car is now bigger than the previous generation, more accessorized, more technological, safer and, obviously, more expensive.

The people’s car (VolksWagen), maybe, but for people with premium incomes; prices start at $21,000 and can exceed 50,000 for the top versions, especially with the “help” of the endless list of options, typical of German brands.

What is the new Tiguan?

First of all, a comfortable car, built for long journeys, on the highway, if possible, but also on secondary roads, if necessary. The brand’s off-road capabilities exist, but it’s certainly not a car to take off the road unless you have nowhere to go. 

There’s a lot of space everywhere – even if you are  1.90 m tall you don’t need to turn the seat back to the maximum for a comfortable driving position, but even if you push it out of curiosity, you will notice that there is still a lot of space for rear passengers.

For the driver, these are the small pleasures: Active Info Display, for example (standard for Highline equipment), which replaces the classic dashboard clocks with electronic versions, in multiple configurations, according to the taste of the one behind the wheel. 

Or, another gadget, a heads up display, which (unfortunately) is not projected on the windshield, but on a transparent plastic slat in front of the steering wheel. The digital dashboard has clarity, ease of use and integration with the driver’s smartphone, through Car-Net App-Connect – in other words, the phone screen can be “mirrored” on the dashboard screen.

The list of assistance and safety systems is very long. Here are a few: 

  • Area View, a system with 4 video cameras that show the surroundings of your car in the parking lot;
  • Park Assist, which automatically parks your car, (theoretically) without fail, wherever it can fit; 
  • Side Assist, which monitors blind spots and it warns you with lights in the side mirrors if you just cut someone when you want to change lanes. 

Interestingly, the VW Tiguan has a system that automatically and instantly lifts the hood in the event of a collision with a pedestrian, for example, which, says the manufacturer, reduces the risk of serious injury (probably yes, but I would never want to check this).

What is not the new Tiguan?

The new Tiguan is not a sports car, at least not with the 2-litre diesel engine and 150 horsepower, which will certainly be best-selling in Europe. With only 9.3 seconds for 0-100 km (in the automatic transmission), the new Tiguan is breathtaking.

The driving mode selection system has a few preset settings – the Sport mode, for example, strengthens the suspensions, but in no way turns the car into an all-track rally-mode joy-ride SUV. 

What I like about the new Tiguan:

  • The quality of the materials, the attention to detail, the comfort, the space, the quietness of the car, the lines of the new version, more aggressive and better specified than the 4-wheel candy box from the previous versions.

What leaves me indifferent:

  •  The gadgets. I know that’s the trend, but I’m not going after all these digital assistants in parking, cornering, overtaking, and so on. Well, it’s a matter of taste.

What I don’t like:

  • I was surprised by the automatic gearbox of the model, which has a kind of… German balance that I did not expect. It’s a box that works smoothly and unheard as long as you treat it calmly and cautiously. But when you press the pedal to the bottom, it has a delayed response, not much, but enough to irritate you and make you insecure in short overtaking, for example. 

The bottom line 

The bottom line is that the VW Tiguan is a comfortable car for calm, premium and family-friendly people. Sarcasm aside, it is a great car, especially for towing and travelling in general, as it is very spacious and reliable. 

If you have any questions or comments on the content, do let us know. 

FAQ on Can a Tiguan tow a caravan?

Can a Tiguan pull a caravan?

With a towing capacity of 2500 kgs, the Tiguan can pull any full-loaded braked caravan. As long as you make sure that the weight of the caravan doesn’t exceed 85% of the kerb weight of the car, you are good. 

Can you tow with a VW Tiguan?

Yes, you can tow with a Volkswagen Tiguan. It is a powerful car and comfortable for long roads. Besides, the cargo capacity is just excellent. 

Is Tiguan based on golf?

You can say that the Tiguan is based on Golf, as both cars have the same mechanical parts, very similar interiors and about the same length!

Is a Tiguan a good car?

Yes, the VW is indeed a good car. This SUV’s cargo capacity is more than one can ask for, it is also very generous when it comes to technology and safety on the road. 

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