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It’s T-Time! This is how the five SUVs from Volkswagen tick

The Famous Five! Now it's complete: the SUV family from Volkswagen. From T-Cross, T-Roc, Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace to the Touareg: We explain in a small typology how they differ. And which model offers which advantages.


Versatile, practical, urban. The new T-Cross celebrated its world premiere in November. It is Volkswagen's very first compact SUV and with a total length of 4.11 metres it measures 12 centimetres shorter than its big brother T-Roc. It owes its high recognition value to its design: the successful interplay of an expressive front apron and a large, wide radiator grille, at the outer ends of which the lighting units are integrated in an emphatically long and flat manner, sets decisive accents. Two lateral lines of character lead to a new design element: the reflector strip stretched across the rear, framed by a black screen. Thanks to numerous colour finishes and design packages, there are virtually no limits to individualisation wishes.  The T-Cross offers functional and variable features in the modifiable interior: this starts with a rear seat that can be moved by 14 centimetres, which increases the legroom or luggage volume as desired. It is continued with rear folding seats, which increases the 385 to 455 litre luggage space to a volume of 1,281 litres. With the current options of two petrol turbo engines to choose from, the T-Cross relies on a powerful, economical and efficient drive. Thanks to standard driver assistance systems (including the Front Assist monitoring system including pedestrian recognition, City Emergency Braking and Lane Assist functions, etc.), which were previously reserved for higher vehicle sectors, it is one of the safest SUVs in its class.  Four USB ports and an inductive smartphone charging station ensure optimum networking with the outside world, whilst providing energy for charging. The motto of the T-Cross, which is available in three equipment lines: offers more than its usual sector while still costing no more than a mini SUV.

T-ROC – THE Courageous ONE

Individual, confident, expressive. The T-Roc has been enriching the Volkswagen brand's product range since 2017. At 4.23 metres, slightly larger than the T-Cross, but still shorter than the Tiguan, the somewhat more robust SUV model feels at home not only in the city. Thanks to the optional 4MOTION all-wheel drive, it can also be used in rough terrain. The efficient petrol and diesel turbo engines provide the necessary power. The overall appearance of the T-Roc is determined by its striking design with sporty coupé silhouette and off road elements. Like hardly any other Volkswagen model, the T-Roc also offers a multitude of individual design options: These include the optional two-tone paintwork (for roof, A-pillar & exterior mirrors), ten exterior colours as well as different decor colours in the interior.  The five-seater also offers a larger interior than the T-Cross, with a 445-litre luggage compartment that can extend to 1,290 litres thanks to split-folding rear seats. And: the compact SUV from Volkswagen, with its multitude of digital interfaces and standard driver assistance systems, is attractive to many groups of buyers.  The motto of the T-Roc, available in three equipment lines: make a sporty statement and leave a lasting impression right from the start.  


Sovereign, comfortable, solid. Since its market launch in 2007, the Tiguan has occupied a leading position among compact SUVs and is one of the bestsellers of the Volkswagen brand. The current second generation is available as a sporty R-Line, as a classic on road model or as a versatile SUV version tailored specifically for off road use.

The popular compact SUV with its superior driving characteristics and advanced assistance and comfort systems always presents itself as an innovative partner. Various equipment lines make it possible to make the Tiguan fit for both off road and urban use. For example, "4MOTION Active Control" is used in the optional all-wheel drive Tiguan. A system controlled by a rotary switch that adapts four-wheel drive individually and more simply than ever before to the operating conditions (driving modes "On road", "Off road", "Snow" and "Off road Individual"). The Tiguan is also recommended as an ideal towing vehicle, as it can tow up to 2.5 tons of trailer load.

With a loading volume of 615 to 1,655 litres, a rear bench that can be shifted by 18 centimetres and adjustable backrests, the Tiguan offers plenty of legroom and space for luggage. With its sharp headlights, high waistline and striking proportions, it also makes a powerful and dynamic impression on the outside. With a large selection of optional extras, including a panoramic roof, LED headlights and tail lights, it is more than just the classic all-purpose weapon of the SUV family. The motto of the Tiguan, which is also available in three equipment lines, is to be a spacious, variable, practical and high-quality all-rounder for everyone, offering a high level of driving comfort with modern equipment at the same time.

TIGUAN ALLSPACE – Option of 5- or 7-seater

Long, wide, large & variable. Compared to the classic Tiguan, the Tiguan Allspace offers one thing above all: more space. Thanks to an extended wheelbase of 2.79 metres, the Tiguan Allspace has advanced to become the space giant among SUVs. The XL version of the Tiguan is not only approx. 20 cm longer than the classic all-rounder. With a volume of 760 litres in the five-seater model and up to 1,920 litres with the rear seat folded down - or with the 18-centimetre adjustable bench seat as required - it also offers enough space for large families. Especially if you choose the extended seven-seater with a third row of seats. This places the Tiguan Allspace between the normal Tiguan and the large Touareg. With the Tiguan Allspace, the customer can also choose between various powerful diesel and petrol engines, some of which can also be combined with 4MOTION all-wheel drive. In addition to the standard features, this SUV also offers a large selection of optional assistance systems and digital equipment elements. The motto of the Tiguan Allspace, also available in three equipment lines, is to be a spacious SUV for the extended family, combining high-quality materials and modern/fresh design with practicality and variability.  


Stylish, powerful, sovereign. The new Touareg is the high-tech flagship of the Volkswagen SUV family. Equipped with powerful turbo diesel engines and 4MOTION all-wheel drive, they justify the premium claim of the all-rounder. And make it a light-footed all-terrain vehicle on rough terrain. With its dominant front, upright radiator grille, elongated bonnet and wide rear lights, the 4.88-metre-long and 1.98-metre-wide SUV model also combines stylish elegance and sporty dynamism. With numerous infotainment and driver assistance systems to choose from, as well as the Innovision Cockpit, a fully digital cockpit without switches and intuitive touchscreen operation, as well as innovative LED matrix headlights, the Touareg sees itself as a genuine high-tech vehicle. In addition, the Touareg impresses with its high-quality equipment as a comfortable touring car for anyone who appreciates a lot of space and comfort. From panorama roof to ambient lighting to comfort seats with massage function. The Touareg's motto is to be a luxury SUV that values the high-tech, comfort and ambience of a premium vehicle. At the same time, it makes use of the functional, practical and sporty advantages of an SUV.  

It's T-Time: T-Cross, T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace und Touareg. Jürgen Stackmann, Board Member for Sales and Marketing, and Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design, present all Volkswagen SUV available in Europe and their highlights.

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The Volkswagen SUV Family

Whether mini SUV, compact SUV or luxury class SUV: Volkswagen plans that every second model will be an SUV in 2025. In 2020, the ID. CROZZ will also launch making it the first fully electric Volkswagen SUV on the market.

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