Generally, an SUV is easy to mount practically any device. That was not the case in the Volkswagen Tiguan. We’ll cover what will work and not work in this vehicle and which devices will fit in this SUV.
First, you may notice that tablets aren’t part of the title of the article. That’s because there isn’t a good location to put a tablet. It’s just not going to work so we will concentrate on phones and GPS devices.
This is one of the most difficult SUV models we have encountered when it comes to mounting a device. It rivals our all time most difficult which was the Nissan Murano which was likely designed by a descendant of Pablo Picasso.
A photo of the Volkwagen Tiguan interior accompanies this article. Decent sized middle vents with a typically sloped windshield that doesn’t have too far of a reach. There is a large recessed tray in the middle of the dash which is unfortunate for those wanting to use a dashboard mount. The CD Player is located in the glove compartment, so forget about this location too. The location of the cup holders is set back towards the back seat so this isn’t going to work well either.
So that leaves us with two locations for mounting a phone or GPS: the windshield and vents.
First on the windshield, let’s look for a good mount that can fit virtually any smartphone. Consider the Arkon Slim Grip Ultra Travel Mount for the windshield. The cradle opens to over seven-inches which is large enough to hold almost any phone with or without a case. The cradle will also hold a small tablet but be sure not to block your view of the road. Since the reach to the windshield is reasonable, this should work for most drivers.
This mount includes a cradle with a spring-loaded feature and legs which can be moved from side to side to leave any port on your phone or tablet exposed to run cables. The mount that can be adjusted at the base and the cradle. as well as swivel 360 degrees.
This mount can double as a suitable option for a Garmin GPS. Removing the cradle and dual T adapter will uncover the 17mm ball that is common to all Garmin vehicular GPS models.
If you just need the mount for a Garmin GPS, then look at our review of the Arkon Windshield Dash Garmin Nuvi Suction Mount. Both of these come with a 2-year warranty.
The Volkswagen Tiguan vents are horizontal and are placed in a good location when using your phone with a GPS app such as Waze. The one issue with these vents will be the slightly upwards slope of the vents. That means some vent mounts may not work on these vents. A suitable vent mount will clamp to the vent slat and have a pivoting feature to allow the mount to make up for that upwards slope.
Consider the Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount. This has been one of our favorites for this location for quite awhile. The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip will hold a device up to 3 5/8 inches wide. A ball and socket allows the cradle to swivel in any direction. Like the previously discussed windshield mount, the cradle is removable to expose a 17mm ball suitable for a Garmin vehicular GPS such as a Garmin Nuvi or Garmin Drive.
So to sum it up for the Volkswagen Tiguan, the windshield and vent are the only good locations for mounting a phone or GPS. The CD Player, dash and cup holder and poor mounting locations. A tablet cannot be easily mounted in this vehicle.