Resale: $18,500
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MPG: 22 city/27 hwy

2012 VW Tiguan LE SUV

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

(0 Stars)  A compact SUV with sporty roots.

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Overview
The compact Golf might serve as ideal transportation in European cities, but Americans prefer bigger cars. With wider roads, wider butts, and--depending on where you live--tough weather conditions, an all-wheel-drive crossover seems to best fit the needs of American drivers. Enter the Tiguan, a tall hatchback based on the Golf but sized for us. VW calls it the "GTI of compact SUVs," and that's not far off. After all, the Tiguan shares the GTI's basic chassis setup, excellent body control, and prodigious grip. The only engine is the powerful and refined turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The Tiguan offers a better driving experience than do most of its competitors, but at the expense of a few miles per gallon. Buyers can choose from a six-speed manual or automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive. The Tiguan has a smooth ride and offers familiar, easy-to-use ergonomics. In fact, the Tiguan's biggest drawback is its moniker. Named by an apparently intoxicated bunch of Germans, it's half-tiger and half-iguana. This makes no sense, but the vehicle itself does. It's much smaller than the Touareg on the outside but still offers a lot of room inside. It's much less thirsty at the gas pump, too. Call it what you will, the Tiguan is a nice, if somewhat more expensive, alternative to the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V.

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2012 Tiguan LE Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 2.0L in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 22 MPG city, 27 MPG highway, 24 MPG combined and 403 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
16.8gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 200 hp @ 5,100 rpm; 207 ft lb of torque @ 1,700 rpm

'12 VW LE SUV Reviews

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'12 VW LE SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Wheel Locks
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