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2013 VW Tiguan SE SUV

2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

(0 Stars)  Like a Golf, but taller and thirstier.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
A face-lift for 2012 brought the Tiguan’s looks in line with the rest of the Volkswagen family, particularly the larger Touareg. For 2013, all Tiguans receive an electronic parking brake, hill-hold assist, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a leather shift knob. The SE trim gets a part-power passenger seat, and the SEL model is now equipped with a full-power passenger seat and a rearview camera.
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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2013 Tiguan SE Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 2.0L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 20 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, 23 MPG combined and 386 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

'13 VW SE SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  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 Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  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 Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Limited Slip Differential
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Passenger Air Bag
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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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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Wheel Locks
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