The VW Tiguan is a smaller version of the hugely popular Touareg and brings many of the best features from it to a smaller package. The Tiguan is a small crossover vehicle that is very strong in the off road department, but was mostly developed for performing on the road. This model comes with a 2.0 liter engine that offers 200 horsepower and is coupled with a 6 speed automatic transmission to offer a seamless shifting experience like no other. The turbocharged four cylinder engine offers a great deal of power, but it also is a very fuel efficient motor giving the Tiguan 26 miles to the gallon on the highway.
The large 18 inch wheels give this VW a striking appeal and with many interior accessories like touch screen controls, powered leather seats and Bluetooth controls there are many great luxuries available too. The Tiguan is a very competitive crossover and even though it is small, it packs quit a punch. The Tiguan is competitively priced at only $23,485 in its base trim level, but can cost over $30,000 at the top trim option.
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Engines: 2.0L turbocharged I-4
Models: S, Wolfsburg, SEL
For 2010, Volkswagen compresses the Tiguan lineup, ditching the SE mid-range trim level, and slotting the Wolfsburg trim package in its place.
With a clean, sporty, if not slightly stubby appearance, the Tiguan offers smart Volkswagen style. Available alloy wheels range in size from 16- to 18-inches and stylish, functional options include integrated roof racks and bi-Xenon headlights.
The Tiguan's interior is a thing of beauty, with well-placed controls and materials that are a step above the segment norm. Headroom is excellent for all passengers and the adjustable front armrest and audio input are nice touches.
Performance & Handling
On the road, the 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine provides a good amount of pep, but it is held back some by the Tiguan's heavy curb weight, leading to a 0 to 60 mph sprint of 8.2 seconds. The ride is decisively German, being firm and sporty with good grip, but comfortable enough around town and on longer trips. The steering is less impressive, being somewhat light and overboosted.
Driver and front passenger front and side airbags are standard, as are front and rear side curtain head airbags. Rear side thorax airbags are optional. Stability and traction control systems are both included as standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
S, Wolfsburg, SEL: 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway (manual, S only); 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway (auto)
- Peppy 2.0-liter turbo engine
- Available 4Motion all-wheel drive
- Premium cabin materials
- Sporty on-road, capable off-road
You Won't Like
- No DSG transmission available
- Minimal cargo space
- Gets expensive, fast
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