Summary, Prices, Specs

By June 2, 2008


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 from Boulder, Colorado.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Volkswagen Tiguan S ($23,200); SE FWD ($26,925); SE 4Motion ($28,875); SEL FWD ($30,990); SEL 4Motion ($32,940)
Engines:200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged I4
Transmissions: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
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Wolfsburg, Germany
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion ($28,875)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):Panorama sunroof ($1300), navigation system ($1950) with 30-gigabyte hard drive and rearview camera
Destination charge:$690
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$32815
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:2.0-liter turbocharged dohc 16-valve I4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):200 @ 5100-6000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):207 @ 1700-5000
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:18/24 mpg
Wheelbase:102.5 in.
Length/width/height:174.3/71.2/66.3 in.
Track, f/r:61.8/61.9 in.
Turning circle:39.4 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.1/na/40.1 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:39.0/na/35.8 in.
Cargo volume:56.1 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:2200 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson strut with triangular lower wishbone
Suspension, r:independent, four link
Ground clearance:6.9 in.
Curb weigth:3631 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:16.8 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of June 2, 2008.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-374-8389 -