Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover vehicle (CUV) that was initially built by a German company, ""Auto 5000,"" until 2008. A year later, Volkswagen manufactured this car from its assembly lines in Germany, Russia, Vietnam, and China.

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Volkswagen Tiguan Origins

The Volkswagen Tiguan is based on the PQ35 platform, which is a part of the Volkswagen ""Group A"" platform shared by its compact and midsize cars, notably the Volkswagen Golf. The production of the Tiguan began under Auto 5000 in the winter of 2007 and went on sale soon after. However, the real birth of the Volkswagen Tiguan can be traced back to the 2006 Los Angeles International Auto Show, where it was announced in November as a concept car. The next year, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Volkswagen Tiguan debuted as a production car. It was launched as a 2008 model in Europe, but the North America market received this CUV as a 2009 model.

The Volkswagen Tiguan is still in production and remains popular in the U.S., Europe, and Russia. From 2007 to 2011, more than 700,000 models of the Tiguan sold all over the world.

About the Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan is known as the ""GTI of SUVs"" because of the way it blends the compact body of the ever-popular Golf and the sportiness of a sport utility vehicle (SUV). This is both an advantage and a disadvantage. For one, three engines can power the Volkswagen Tiguan: a 1.4-liter TFSI engine or one of two two-liter TDIs with a power delivery of either 168 bhp or 138 bhp. This is powerful enough on the Golf, but it does not give enough power to the Volkswagen Tiguan. Its combination of turbocharger and supercharge can add some more power to the car, but the torque remains inadequate. The two-liter, diesel engine is able to deliver some more torque to improve the car’s performance.

The high-quality ride and stylish interior of any Volkswagen translate to the Tiguan as well. The ride is quiet and smooth and it is better than most other compact SUVs on the market in terms of comfort.

Volkswagen Tiguan Features

The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan remains mostly the same as previous model years but has some small changes. The latest model received an update that includes improved fuel economy, a better automatic transmission, and some slight changes to the exterior styling.

The most noticeable change in the exterior of the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan is the addition of the two-bar grille in the front. The company did this to create a uniform look for all the cars in its lineup. The front fascia has also received new fog lights and a honeycomb grille, which seem to be the latest fad. Volkswagen also added sleeker taillights to the rear.

The power train of the Volkswagen Tiguan remains the same with its two-liter, turbocharged, inline four-cylinder engine. This engine delivers 200 hp in power and 207 lb-ft in torque and can be mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission system. The automatic transmission, however, receives a second overdrive gear for reducing engine revs while cruising and for improving the car’s mileage. As a result, the new Volkswagen Tiguan can deliver 22/27 mpg city/highway. This is much better when compared to previous versions of the Tiguan that delivered 18/26 mpg city/highway.

The Volkswagen Tiguan is available in three different versions.

The Tiguan Trend & Fun is the car’s entry-level model. It includes six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESP), a Trailer Stability Program (TSP), and child seat anchorages at the rear seat. Other features include an electronic parking brake, semi-automatic climate control system, electrically-adjusted and heated side mirrors, and a trip computer. The CUV has a maximum approach angle of 18 degrees.

The Tiguan Sport & Style is fitted with the same features as the Trend & Fun model. However, it also has some additional options, including 17-inch alloy wheels, tinted windows, chrome strips on the front bumper, and a chrome roof rail. The interior is also different from the base version. It contains sport seats and high-adjustable lumbar supports, drawers under the front seats, a folding front passenger seat, and storage pockets and folding tablet at the back of the front seats. The steering wheel is covered with leather as well as the gearshift knob and boot.

This model is more off-road oriented than the rest. It has a maximum approach angle of 28 degrees, EDS adaptation, hill descent assistant, and modified driving pedal characteristics to provide a better off-road experience.

Volkswagen Tiguan Evolution

After coming to the U.S. in 2009, the Volkswagen Tiguan has only had minor upgrades. In 2010 only, VW produced the Wolfsburg Edition, which offers the upgrade of 17-inch alloy wheels and leatherette upholstery. The 2012 version offers refinements to the exterior, and modifications to the automatic transmission, which improves fuel economy by about 2 mpg. The 2012 Sport Package also boasts 19-inch wheels, xenon headlights, and LED running lights.

Select a Volkswagen Tiguan Year

2013 Volkswagen Tiguan
ESTIMATED RESALE: $16,292

MPG
18-26
Seats
5

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

SUV, Utility/Offroad


For 2010, Volkswagen compresses the Tiguan lineup, ditching the SE mid-range trim level, and slotting the Wolfsburg trim package in its place.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $15,600

MPG
18-27
Seats
5

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan

SUV, Utility/Offroad


The 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan is a sport utility vehicle, or SUV, that offers more than mainstream vehicles but less than the luxury class.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $13,665

MPG
19-26
Seats
5

2010 Volkswagen Tiguan

SUV, Utility/Offroad


For 2010, Volkswagen compresses the Tiguan lineup, ditching the SE mid-range trim level, and slotting the Wolfsburg trim package in its place.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $12,713

MPG
18-26
Seats
5

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan

SUV, Utility/Offroad


The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan marks the first compact crossover to join the VW lineup.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $10,577

MPG
18-26
Seats
5

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