The attractive instrument panel consists of two large circular analog gauges flanked by two smaller gauges along the bottom. A square digital information window is above the two diminutive circles. At night, easy-on-the-eyes blue and red backlighting creates a familiar VW glow. Eight circular, adjustable air vents adorn the dashboard. On the dashboard's top is an indented storage area. Controls are smartly within easy reach of the driver. A headlight dial resides towards the far left of the dash. The driver's door incorporates power window, lock and sideview mirror controls at a 45-degree angle towards the front of the door. Volkswagen
generally receives high marks for interior quality and style. Tiguan
carries on this tradition. It's an upscale interior found in a volume vehicle.
Below the rather diminutive 6.5-inch navigation screen are three easy-to-grab ventilation dials. Between the front bucket seats is the transmission shifter, dual beverage holders, electronic brake release and an arm/rest storage bin. The glove box measures in on the small side. Tiguan
is a five-seater with two rows; no third row seat is offered. The 70/30 split second row seats recline fore and aft six inches. Seatbacks also fold forward flat onto the seat cushions by pulling a strap forward along the base of the seat. This compact crossover is big enough so three adults can fit in reasonable comfort in row two. The front passenger seatback also folds flat for extra cargo carrying options. Both S and SE have cloth interiors while the top SEL sports leather seating. Tiguan
's aggressive stance is enhanced by arched wheel wells. Volkswagen
's familiar circular logo is front and center flanked by a small horizontal grille and narrow headlight housing. The rear hatch opens from the bottom up. When open, even those 6-feet four-inches have enough head clearance. A temporary spare tire situates under the flat cargo floor. Tiguan
is built more for performance than fuel efficiency. Our four-cylinder all-wheel drive test model with six-speed automatic checked in at a below average 18 mpg city and 24 highway. With front wheel drive and automatic transmission, highway mileage registers one mpg better. The trade off is a turbocharged 200 horsepower four-cylinder that has the legs of a six cylinder. The fuel tank holds 16.8 gallons of premium recommended fuel. By in large, Tiguan
will set bank accounts back more so than with most compact crossover competitors (and the number of rivals is growing);but, if great handling and dynamite performance are a requisite, Tiguan
is a great place to start. During a fresh batch of December winter snow, the all-wheel drive Tiguan
handled exceptionally well.
All trims come very nicely equipped with front air bags, front-seat side airbags, head curtain air bags for both rows, anti-lock brakes and traction control. Seat side air bags for the second row are optional. Also standard is air conditioning; cruise control; compact disc player with MP3 capability and power windows, locks and side view mirrors. The in-dash DVD navigation system is a $1,950 option in both SE and SEL.
s, including Tiguan
, come with a three year, no charge, carefree maintenance program. Basically this means all of Tiguan
's scheduled maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles. This includes towing coverage for warranty-related items. In addition, powertrain warranty coverage is applicable for five years or 60,000 miles.