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So, you’ve weaved your way through the maze of choices that is the mid-size SUV market in Australia and you think you’ve picked a winner with the Volkswagen Tiguan, but, wisely, you think it might be time to work out what it’s going to cost you - not just today, from a dealer, but in the years to come.
What you really need to know is, is the Volkswagen Tiguan expensive to maintain, what are the service intervals like and is there a service plan offered in Australia?
Well, you’ve come to the right place to find out the VQ Tiguan service cost, and the bad news is that it is certainly not the cheapest option out there. Ah, German cars, we hear you sigh. Some will respond that you get what you pay for, but it’s up to you whether you can see the value.
But if you’ve heard that Volkswagens are more expensive to own, and that repair costs are higher than their rivals, you heard correctly.
First, some good news - the VW Tiguan has a service schedule that recommends maintenance every 12 months or 15,000km. That's pretty good - lots of brands suggest servicing requirements in smaller increments. And visiting your dealer more than once a year for services isn’t just annoying, it’s going to add up to more money.
Some even more joyous news is that Volkswagen, unlike other German companies, has decided to get into the value fight with its Japanese and Korean competitors, at least when it comes to warranty.
Volkswagen has joined the mainstream fray in offering five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty for all models sold from January 1, 2019. Not only is that good for current owners, because the warranty is transferable, resale value might be a little better, too.
While a five-year warranty now seems like an industry standard, and some companies - like Kia - even stretch that offer to a very impressive seven years, other German brands still offer only a three-year warranty.
Another plus is that Volkswagen has recently added a new option for customers, allowing them to pre-pay for their servicing in three- or five-year blocks. The so-called Volkswagen Service Plan allows customers to bundle their maintenance costs into their finance package.
Choose one of these plans and you'll reduce the cost of servicing - compared with just paying the regular capped-price rate - by 5 per cent for the three-year plan, and 10 per cent over five years. The Service Plan is fully transferable if you decide to sell, too.
We did warn you that the average service cost is high for the Tiguan. You might hear various estimates about the cost of servicing a VW Tiguan, but we’ve done the maths on maintenance costs, with the 132TSI averaging out at $635.60 per visit over the first five years, and the 162TSI a little dearer again, at $646.80. Once again, intervals are every 12 months/15,000km.
And that is going to come as a serious sting, every year.