2017-2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2011-2016: 2nd vs 1st generation

The second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan is a much improved beast. See how different it is to the original in this side-by-side photo comparison.

Volkswagen Tiguan (Mark II) - 2.0 TDI R-Line, white, front2nd gen
2011 5N Volkswagen Tiguan facelift - Sport front1st gen F/L
The second-generation Tiguan has sharper styling, and is, to our eyes, more attractive than the rather bland first-generation model.

Volkswagen Tiguan (Mark II) - 2.0 TDI 4Motion2nd gen
2011 5N Volkswagen Tiguan facelift - Sport side1st gen F/L
At 4,486mm (176.6 inches) long, the SWB second-generation Tiguan is around the same size as the original car, being only 52mm (2.1 inches) longer than the first-generation SUV.

Volkswagen Tiguan (Mark II) - 2.0 TDI 4Motion2nd gen
2011 5N Volkswagen Tiguan facelift - Sport rear1st gen F/L
The second-generation Tiguan is once again closely related to the Golf hatch, but uses the new MQB platform. Again, a selection of turbocharged petrol and diesel four-cylinder engines is offered. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive optional.

Volkswagen Tiguan (Mark II) - dashboard2nd gen
2011 5N Volkswagen Tiguan facelift - light and dark interior1st gen F/L
The interior of the second-generation Tiguan is a significant improvement over the first's, which it should be seeing as the first-generation car debuted in 2007. The new Tiguan has a more modern and angular design, and the latest infotainment systems.
Volkswagen Tiguan (Mark II) - 2.0 TDI 4Motion2nd gen SWB
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan LWB - side, red2nd gen LWB
Unlike the original Tiguan, the new model is available in both short- and long-wheelbase. In Europe and Australia, both versions will be offered, but in some markets, such as the USA, only the LWB variant will be sold. The LWB car has a 111mm (4.4 inches) longer wheelbase, and 226mm (8.9 inches) longer body. It can seat seven people across three rows.


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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Editor-at-large — Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]