The Volkswagen Tiguan is nicer but more expensive than most compact SUVs. It feels more upscale than mainstream models though not quite as premium as luxury offerings. It is fun to drive and offers nice passenger room, but cargo volume is smaller than that of most rivals. Prices for the top model are high, so buyers on a budget should look at S and SE models and choose all-wheel drive only if climate dictates it. Volkswagen includes three years of free scheduled maintenance, which partially offsets the brand's mediocre reliability record.
Kirk Bell filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com from Boulder, Colorado.
Model Line Overview
Volkswagen Tiguan S ($23,200); SE FWD ($26,925); SE 4Motion ($28,875); SEL FWD ($30,990); SEL 4Motion ($32,940)
200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged I4
6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):
dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, active front head restraints, tire-pressure monitor, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, traction control, and electronic stability control
Safety equipment (optional):
rear side airbags, rearview camera
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion ($28,875)
cloth upholstery, air conditioning, eight-way partial power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, eight-way manually adjustable front passenger seat with lumbar adjustment, heated front seats, heated washer nozzles, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, leather-wrapped shift knob, fold-flat front passenger seat, cruise control, AM/FM stereo with eight speakers and 6CD changer, Sirius satellite radio, auxiliary audio input jack, trip computer, 60/40 split folding rear seat, fog lights, roof rack, P235/55R17 tires on alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
Panorama sunroof ($1300), navigation system ($1950) with 30-gigabyte hard drive and rearview camera
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
2.0-liter turbocharged dohc 16-valve I4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
200 @ 5100-6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
207 @ 1700-5000
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
56.1 cu. ft.
independent, MacPherson strut with triangular lower wishbone
independent, four link
disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of April 18, 2008.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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