VW Tiguan Engine Oil Types

When shopping for Volkswagen Tiguan engine oils, many owners wonder what type of oil specification their model uses. Blauparts is here to help! In this blog article, we've put together a VW Tiguan oil type application list or guide to help you determine the correct VW engine oil spec and OEM approved oil you need when changing your VW Tiguan engine oil. We offer a full line of premium European Volkswagen oils and convenient BLAU Oil Change Kits that include the necessary quantity of oil, oil type, oil filter, and hardware for your VW Tiguan.

With our long history as an independent service garage with over 30 years of hands-on experience in automotive service, we've seen many mechanical breakdowns on vehicles. Experience has shown that changing your oils and fluids is the most crucial preventive maintenance routine to avoid vehicle breakdowns. Regular oil change intervals and using high-quality OEM approved engine oils can significantly help extend the life of your engine to well over 150,000 miles and beyond.

What Type of Engine Oil Should I Use In My VW Tiguan?

The owner's manual specifies the recommended VW Tiguan oil, specifications, quality standards, and oil viscosity weight. Always consult the vehicle's service/owner's manual to confirm what specific fluids or oils are required for your VW Tiguan model. These specifications can typically be referenced in the owner's manual index under engine oil or operating fluids. If the owner's manual has been lost and it is difficult to determine what type of VW Tiguan oil to use, refer to our BLAU® VW Tiguan Oil Change Kits for the VW Tiguan models, which match the correct VW oil specification, oil filter, and hardware for each specific VW Tiguan model and engine type.

VW 502 00 Oil Used in following VW Tiguan Models:

  • 2009 - 2017 VW Tiguan 2.0T use VW 502 00 oil type with viscosity SAE 5W40 or SAE 5W30
  • 2018 VW Tiguan 2.0T use VW 502 00 oil type with viscosity SAE 5W40 or SAE 5W30 - Older Limited PQ46 Chassis (Old Body Style) models. Also known as the 5N2 Platform.

VW 508 00 Oil Used in following VW Tiguan Models:

  • 2018 VW Tiguan 2.0T use VW 508 00 oil type with viscosity SAE 0W20 - New MQB Chassis (New Body Style) models. Also known as the BW2, BJ2, AD1, AX1 platform. 
  • 2019 - 2023 VW Tiguan 2.0T use VW 508 00 oil type with viscosity SAE 0W20

Note for 2018 Owners: 2018 model years had an overlap in body styles. Some 2018 models came as an older PQ46 chassis and some with the updated body style MQB chassis and facelift. Depending on which chassis type, they use different types of oil specifications.

VW Tiguan Oil Fill Capacity

  • 2009 - 2017 VW Tiguan 2.0T oil change fill capacity is 4.7 liters, 4.9 quarts
  • 2018 VW Tiguan 2.0T oil change fill capacity is 4.7 liters, 4.9 quarts - Limited PQ46 Chassis (Old Body Style) 
  • 2018 VW Tiguan 2.0T oil change fill capacity is 5.7 liters, 6.0 quarts - MQB Chassis (New Body Style) 
  • 2019 - 2023 VW Tiguan 2.0T oil change fill capacity is 5.7 liters, 6.0 quarts

Note for 2018 Owners: 2018 model years had an overlap in body styles. Some 2018 models came as an older PQ46 chassis and some with the new updated body style MQB chassis and facelift. Depending on which chassis type, they will have different oil change fill capacities.

It is important not to overfill your engine with oil. The below charts recommend adding 0.5 liters less engine oil than the total oil capacity called for VW Tiguan. After changing the oil and filter, start the engine, and run it until it reaches the full operating temperature of approximately 180°F. Typically, it will take around 15 minutes to achieve engine operating temperature. With the vehicle on level ground, wait a minute or two once the engine is shut off. Then, check the dipstick oil level or use the vehicle's onboard Multimedia Interface computer system to check the oil level. Fill the engine to the full mark. This is the correct way to check the engine oil level and avoid overfilling the engine crankcase when performing your VW Tiguan oil change. Following this procedure allows the oil in the engine to warm up and expand so that the dipstick reflects the accurate oil level in the engine. It is also good to ensure your engine and oil are warm before draining because this allows the oil to flow or drain down to the engine's oil pan sump for a more thorough and complete draining of the old engine oil.

Overfilling engine oil is a common mistake. If checking the VW Tiguan oil level when the engine is cold, remember that the oil has not fully expanded and if the oil is topped off to the maximum fill level on the dipstick, the engine will likely be overfilled. If the engine oil is overfilled, the excess oil expands, resulting in excess crankcase pressure, which can make its way into the engine's crankcase ventilation breather hoses, PVC valves, and EGR systems. The excess oil will create above-normal engine crankcase pressure and above-normal oil smog, or mist, known as blowby. The excess blowby can pollute the air the engine is ingesting for combustion and impairs the engine PCV ventilation and the EGR systems. When the engine experiences repeated overfilling, the excess blowby will likely contribute to an oily carbon buildup on the topside of the engine's intake and exhaust valves. Over time, repeated overfilling can also cause oily residue and carbon buildup in expensive emission system components and cause catalytic converters, EGR valves, oxygen sensors, EGT sensors, and engine filters to plug up and fail prematurely.

VW Tiguan Oil Change Interval

The recommended VW Tiguan oil change intervals may depend on your exact year and engine option and circumstances.

  • 2009 - 2023 VW Tiguan recommended oil change interval is every 10,000 miles, once a year, whichever occurs first.
  • Important Information! The above oil change interval recommendations of 10,000 miles or once a year should only be followed with an oil that has the OEM VW oil quality specifications listed explicitly on the datasheet or oil bottle, along with an OEM oil filter designed for extended 10,000 mile oil change intervals. Using engine oils labeled without the correct VW oil specification, and using generic aftermarket oil filters, could lead to engine mechanical breakdowns and reliability issues associated with the vehicle's emission system components.

Under certain circumstances, we recommend performing oil change intervals more frequently. If the vehicle is exposed to any of the below-driving conditions, consider changing the engine oil at 5,000 miles - 7,500 miles instead of 10,000 miles. Examples:

  • The engine is new and is still going through the break-in period.
  • The engine is consistently under load and subject to conditions such as sustained high speeds or in spirited driving conditions.
  • Consistently using ethanol types of gasoline (premium non-ethanol types of gasoline recommended for extended oil change intervals).
  • Driving short distances or stop-and-go intermittent driving where complete engine operating temperature is not reached—especially in cold winter climates.
  • Running the engine at idle for an extended period.
  • Drive-in extreme hot summer temperatures for an extended period.

Modern synthetic engine oils have motivated some owners to run their oil longer than the recommended change interval or oil change service. However, it is the best practice to stick to the VW recommended oil change interval. We feel that the vehicle manufacturers have done due diligence in defining the correct engine oil specification requirements and quality standards, and precisely how many miles an owner should run the oil to ensure the best engine longevity. If you choose to run an oil with an OEM Approval beyond the recommended change interval, it would be a good practice to confirm it can be run safely beyond it, by collecting a sample of your used engine oil. After collecting the sample, you should send it to an oil analysis laboratory so they can analyze and test the oil to confirm it has not broken down, and it is still maintaining its ability to provide maximum lubrication protection for whatever length of oil change interval you may be choosing.

VW Engine Oil Types & Oil Quality Standards

Worldwide there has been an increased emphasis for vehicle manufacturers to reduce emissions, minimize their carbon footprint, and improve fuel economy. In the late 1990s to early 2000s VW created and instituted their own internal engine oil quality standard and specification system to ensure optimal engine reliability and longevity. They were put into place to ensure a higher quality level of engine oil would be used in their engines instead of solely relying upon, and specifying the broader, and more general API or ACEA oil quality standards and specifications. Each VW oil quality specification denoted by letters and numbers signifies the necessary oil profile and chemical properties required for the oil to archive the correct performance level that is required for a specific VW engine application. It is also important to note, engine oils that have received OEM VW oil approvals have been tested more extensively than popular “off the shelve” oils, which typically are lower in quality and have a simpler set of oil specification parameters that only cover a broad or general range of lubrication requirements than those developed by Chrysler. Engines and vehicle emission systems that experience mechanical issues or failures can often be linked to consumers using inferior low to mid-quality grade engine oils for a prolonged period. Using the correct OEM approved VW oil specification for your engine requirements will offer the best possible performance, protection, and longevity for your engine.

Non-Approved VW Tiguan Oil

Conventional petroleum-based blends of motor oils are becoming a thing of the past and should not be used for the best results as noted above. Using conventional motor oils that do not have an OEM approved VW engine oil quality standard on the bottle label is very risky and not recommended.

New VW Tiguan engines, fuel injection, and emission system components use an array of unique designs and materials. These engines and components are designed and engineered to operate within exact parameters, tolerances, and performance levels. The long-term use of low-quality generic engine oils that were not specifically designed for your engine could compromise the integrity of the engine and these related components. Always use engine oils that meet the exact VW oil specification for your specific VW Tiguan engine type. Additionally, using oils that do not meet the correct VW Tiguan oil specification could jeopardize your vehicle's warranty.

Topping Off VW Tiguan Oil

When topping off VW Tiguan engine oil between oil changes, we encourage owners to have an extra liter of the correct VW specification oil on hand. If experiencing a low engine oil level emergency, having an extra liter of oil will help VW Tiguan owners get through the remainder of the duration of the oil change interval. We discourage mixing oil brands and different types of oil since no two brand oil formulations are alike, especially if the oil does not meet the correct VW oil specification. Purchasing an extra liter of oil helps ensure you're prepared to use the right oil for topping up, just in case.

What VW Tiguan Oil Should I Use?

Today, more than ever, there are more engine oil brands to choose from than ever before. Everyone seems to have an opinion as to what brand of oil they prefer to use in their VW Tiguan. Some choose to purchase a low-cost engine oil since they do not want to spend the money to buy a high-quality engine oil with formal VW approved oil quality specifications. Others are unknowingly misled into thinking a name-brand oil is of high quality when it is not. Some name-brand oils are proven to be low-quality by showing signs of breaking down as early as 4,000 - 5,000 miles. The signs of broken-down oil may be increased engine ticking or tapped noise around the 4000 mile mark. Others believe in buying a cheaper motor oil and just changing it sooner. Does that make sense when the manufacturer recommends changing the oil every 8,000 - 10,000 miles? Is it reasonable to pay twice, for 2 cheaper oil changes (including 2x the labor) that last only 5,000 miles each? Or is it more reasonable to buy once, for 1 high-quality oil change (including 1x labor) that will perform better for the entire recommended 10,000 mile oil change interval? When purchasing a high-quality oil engineered to be run for 10,000 miles, money and time will typically be saved in the long run. 

If you plan on keeping your VW Tiguan long-term you should be concerned about the benefits your engine receives when using high-quality approved oils for your VW Tiguan engine. They offer better lubricating characteristics and usually do not break down for the entire duration of the oil change interval. Using a cheaper inexpensive oil will typically have a formulation with lower lubricating characteristics and will usually break down before the oil change interval. Remember, oils that have the formal VW approval on the bottle label meet a higher quality standard. They have been subjected to extensive testing when compared to many popular “off the shelve” oils which typically fall into the category of being lower quality because they only have a basic, general set, of lubrication requirements.

Using a higher-quality engine oil such as RAVENOL and Eurol is more environmentally responsible. High-quality engine oils cause engines to emit fewer carbon emissions into the atmosphere and allow for longer oil change intervals without depleted lubricating properties. Because the oil doesn't need to be changed as often, less oil is used, leading to fewer greenhouse gases that are produced from the energy it takes to manufacture the motor oils and the disposal of larger amounts of used oils. Additionally, because oil changes need to be performed less often, time and money are saved.

Popular engine oils typically use general formulations for a broad variety of engine applications. In some cases, these generic inexpensive engine oil can offer low-performance lubricating levels and basic characteristics requiring more frequent oil changes. This is due to lower quality base oils that break down and lubricating additives that become prematurely depleted. This results in premature sludge, coking, and deposit buildup inside the engine along with other mechanical and performance issues.

Things To Consider When Shopping for VW Tiguan Engine Oil:

  • Quality Synthetic Base Oil and Tested Oil Characteristics - If your VW Tiguan is still under warranty it’s important to use engine oil that clearly states on the bottle label or manufacturer's website, that it meets the desired VW oil specification (e.g. VW 502 00 or VW 508 00).

We recommend you go to the oil manufactures website to review and investigate for yourself what the performance characteristics of the oil are, and research what the base oil formulation is made from. They should list the technical details related to the oil's viscosity such as HTHS value, temperature pourpoint and flashpoint, and the Noack volatility at certain temperatures. Interestingly, most oil manufacturers are not completely transparent with this information because these technical characteristics could reveal their oil as inferior, or low quality. Additionally, always question the quality of oils that say they are a synthetic “blend” in the description. Many are made with only a small percentage of real synthetic base oil and could fall into the class of being low quality.

  • European oil manufacturers have been at the forefront of developing the latest engine oil technologies to meet the demands of new and more strict European vehicle emission regulations and modern engine technology. These demands required them to develop new oil specifications and quality standards to meet those requirements before they arrived here. Consequently, new advanced manufacturing techniques that create the latest oil formulations result in a superior product compared to domestically made products in the U.S. and Canada. It also costs more for domestic oil manufacturers to use higher quality materials and change their standard processes to make the oil meet the required European specification or standards. Some parts of the world have very lenient rules on what they consider fully synthetic. Whereas, under European law, you must be transparent and say it as it is. Surprisingly, what is defined and labeled as semi-synthetic oils in European, are marketed as fully synthetic oils in other parts of the world. RAVENOL and Eurol endeavors to be transparent and say it as it is. Their oils are made in Europe at their manufacturing facility. They have total control of the manufacturing process, allowing them to create cutting-edge formulations and super high-quality products no matter where they are sold in over 80 different countries!

Remember, the quality level is usually always reflected in the product's price. Using a high-quality base oil and additive package in the oil formulation costs more. Using higher-quality synthetics in the base oil and high-quality additives create a much more robust engine oil when compared to conventional motor oil. Keep in mind, most repair shops today are driven by productivity and profit and are more concerned about using a lower-cost engine oil that is “sufficient” that allows them to make more profit, rather than using expensive high-quality oil and making less. If you are a VW Tiguan owner and are concerned about maintaining your vehicle properly for the long term, we suggest you ask questions, do the research, and spend the extra time, energy, and money to make sure your oil change is done right.

Below you will find a variety of engine oils that are recommended for the VW Tiguan. Please reference the VW Tiguan oil specification and quality standard application list above. Use the list as a guide in conjunction with your owner’s manual to find the correct VW Tiguan engine oil spec for your specific engine type.

Below is a full list of VW motor oil specifications for use in the VW Tiguan engines.

VW 502 00 VW Tiguan Oils

EUROL Syndura 5W-40
Meets VW 502 00 Oil Specification

Eurol Syndura Fully Synthetic 5W40 Motor Oil 5L
  • Eurol fully synthetic engine oils are the preferred choice of today's demanding Dakar rally-winning teams.
  • Fully synthetic oil technology provides excellent high-temperature shear load stability and film strength.
  • Excellent quick lubricating film strength during cold engine starts and the warm-up phase.
  • Minimal oil-related deposit buildup in combustion chambers, piston rings, & valves.

OEM Approved VW 502 00 Oil Specification

Ravenol Motor Oil VST 5W-40 Fully Synthetic 5L
  • Fully synthetic PAO-based oil with exclusive USVO and CleanCynto technology.
  • No shear losses during an entire change interval.
  • Extended oil change intervals where recommended by the manufacturer.
  • High abrasion resistance, oxidation stability, and excellent cold start characteristics.
  • Utilizes the positive properties of tungsten to smooth the internal surface structure of the engine.

EUROL Fluence 5W-40
Meets VW 502 00 oil Type Specification.

  • Fully synthetic oil developed for excellent shear load stability during the entire extended oil change interval.
  • Optimal engine cleanliness and shear stability based on VW 502 00 spec accompanied by VW 505 01 and VW 511 00 specs.
  • Better TSI and TFSI injection system protection and minimized valve deposits.
  • Formulation properties reduce friction, wear, and significantly improve fuel mileage.

Meets VW 502 00 oil Type Specification.

  • High-performance synthetic base oil and exclusive CleanCynto technology additive formula.
  • Optimal engine cleanliness and shear stability based on VW 502 00 spec accompanied by VW 505 01 spec.
  • Better TSI and TFSI injection system protection and minimized valve deposits.
  • Suitable for extended oil change intervals where recommended by the manufacturer.

VW 508 00 VW Tiguan Oils 

EUROL Syntence LV 0W-20
OEM Approved VW 508 00 Oil Specification

      • Eurol fully synthetic PAO-based oil with exclusive VW 508 00 green coloring and Zirconium oil markers (Same as Porsche C20).
      • The preferred engine oil choice of multi-championship Dakar rally-winning teams.
      • Minimizes friction, and improves fuel economy with great severe driving lubrication.
      • Minimal oil-related deposit buildup in combustion chambers, piston rings, & valves.

OEM Approved VW 508 00 Oil Type Specification

Ravenol Motor Oil VSE 0W-20 Fully Synthetic 5L
    • Fully synthetic PAO-based oil with exclusive USVO and CleanCynto technology.
    • No shear losses during an entire change interval.
    • Extended oil change intervals where recommended by the manufacturer.
    • Minimizes friction, and improves fuel economy with great cold start lubrication.
    • Reduces friction and wear, significantly improving mechanical efficiency.

Why Choose Blauparts for All Your Vehicle Lubrication Needs?

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Technical Advantages:

  • Convenient BLAU® oil change kits with the correct spec oil and quantities for your specific vehicle make and model
  • Oils feature factory OEM approvals or exceed your vehicle manufacturer's specific oil specification requirements
  • Sustainable motor oils that conserve the environment, improve fuel economy, and reduce exhaust/carbon emissions
  • High-quality oil allows for longer oil change intervals and extended service life that conserve the Earth's resources
  • Motor oils using the latest advanced oil technologies with improved lubricating properties
  • High-performance oils with better HTHS, Noak, and TBN performance levels
  • Motor oils with better cold temperature pour points and high heat flashpoints
  • Better engine protection against sludging, coking, and varnish in the piston ring and valve train areas
  • Long-life OEM oil filters for extended oil change intervals

Always consult your service manual to confirm the specific fluid and oil requirements for your exact vehicle application. Always follow the vehicle manufacturer's recommended oil change intervals. Blau, Blauparts, Eurol, and Ravenol are not affiliated with Volkswagen of America (VwoA), Volkswagen AG, Audi of America, Audi AG, its affiliated companies, subsidiaries, its licensors, any other vehicle, or vehicle part manufacturer. All trademarks and OE specification part numbers referenced in this product listing are displayed for identification purposes only and are in no way intended to denote any affiliation with their corresponding owners.