Since its market debut in 2007, the VW Tiguan has been by far the most successful model in the SUV and off-road vehicle segment. In 2018 alone, Volkswagen was able to sell almost 75,000 Tiguans. The name "Tiguan" is an artificial name and is made up of "tiger" and "iguana". Interestingly, the Federal Motor Transport Authority does not classify the VW Tiguan as an SUV, but as an off-road vehicle. An advantage of this: the very high trailer load. The compact SUV owes its success to a coherent overall package. The Tiguan is well made, offers enough space for occupants and luggage and has excellent suspension comfort. The second generation has been in production since 2016. In the Allspace variant, the Tiguan has a longer wheelbase and is available with seven seats.
Whether Tiguan I, II or Allspace - regular oil changes are crucial to ensure that your VW engine has the longest possible service life. If you stick to the specified intervals, you not only prevent premature wear and tear, but also preserve your warranty claims (factory and connection warranty) and you will notice on the used market at the latest what a positive influence the checkbook maintenance has on the selling price.
As with most VW models, the oil change intervals for the VW Tiguan are based on the type of maintenance and the mileage or running time.
With the VW Tiguan, Volkswagen specifies fixed intervals or the long-life service. You can usually tell which interval is set on your VW Tiguan by the corresponding PR number on the vehicle data sticker in the service booklet. Vehicles with Longlife service can normally be recoded to the fixed interval. This is how you can find out which PR number stands for which interval variant: Click on the button labeled "Details" on the right for the respective model.
If you prefer the fixed interval, then your VW Tiguan needs an oil change every 12 months or 15,000 km.
With the long-life service, the on-board computer decides flexibly when the oil change is due. To do this, it uses various sensor data and parameters and processes them using a specified algorithm. However, you must have the oil in your VW Tiguan changed after 30,000 km or 24 months at the latest, that is the upper limit.
The engine oil filling quantities depend on the design of the respective engine. For example, in a VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI 110 kW Bj 09/2007 - 07/2018, 4 litres of oil fit into the engine. In contrast, with a VW Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TSI 4motion Bj 03/2017 with 137 kW it is 5.7 litres. The Tiguan engines are all roughly within that range.
We have listed all the Volkswagen Tiguan models and engine types in the following table, as well as the correct engine oil grade for each of the cars. You can use the search and filter to easily find the right engine oil for your Volkswagen Tiguan.
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The exact interval, type of oil and quantity may vary slightly depending on the Tiguan version. One thing is vital for all engines in the Tiguan series: Clean engine oil of the right quality. This applies to the rock-solid 2.0 TDI from 2007 as well as to the 2.0 TSI OPF 4Motion from 12/2018, which was also installed in the Tiguan Allspace. Changing the oil on your VW Tiguan is one of the most important maintenance tasks on the engine, because the engine oil performs a variety of protective functions: for example lubricating the moving parts, cleaning or sealing between the cylinders and pistons. Combustion causes particles to get into the engine oil and reduce its performance.
Volkswagen approves a specific oil for each Tiguan, the identifier always begins with the letters VW. For example, in the VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI 4motion 110 kW from 01/2016, the engine oil VW 502 00 is filled in for the fixed interval. For flexible intervals, the engine oil with the code VW 504 00 and from 2018 also VW 508 00 is used. Regularly checking and changing your Volkswagen Tiguan engine oil is really important. Every time you start and run your car, very fine by-products from the combustion in the engine will be collected in the engine oil. This is one of the reasons why over time the oil goes black. If these contaminants build up too much and exceed the capacity of the oil it can have a negative impact on your car’s overall efficiency and actually effect its performance as it creates sludge and increased wear in the engine block.
In contrast to engine oil, transmission oil is renewed much less frequently. This is because impurities accumulate in the engine oil as a result of the combustion process and chemical reactions occur, which is not the case with the transmission. Over time, fine metal chips caused by wear and tear form in the gearbox, which also sand the precision parts. After changing the transmission oil, the gears can often be shifted noticeably more cleanly.
On average, the manual transmissions in the VW Tiguan require less transmission oil than the automated direct shift transmissions. Therefore, changing the transmission oil in automatic transmissions usually costs a little more. For example, in the VW Tiguan 2.0 TSI 4motion from 01/2016 with 132 kW, 2.15 litres are sufficient for the 02Q manual gearbox, while the automated direct shift gearbox 0DL has a capacity of 5.5 litres .