On a Friday in July, the Volkswagen Tiguan was taken to Pirate Radio (104.7 FM) for “Stu’s Reviews” during the morning show, and both George Gray and Matt Arguello looked over the VW and made remarks on-air:
M.S.R.P. of this test Tiguan was $38,105.00, including freight, and the SEL 4Motion (all-wheel drive) model came handsomely equipped (including trailering equipment). The drive train consisted of a 200 hp, turbocharged, 4 cylinder, 2 liter engine with 207 lb. ft. of torque. And behind it was a 6 speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic shifting and sport mode.
Highway driving and manners of the Tiguan are nice, to be sure. The interior had that Teutonic luxury look that you might expect, and on hand were the navigation system, satellite radio, tilt/telescope, heated buckets, fold down rear seat, Bluetooth and media device interface, and a huge panoramic power sunroof that extended over the back seats. It was a lot of fun around town, especially so if you employed the Tiptronic transmission. And doing so involved a city fuel economy rating of 20 mpg (26 highway, 23 combined). I observed 22.5 during my week with the car, and it required premium unleaded gasoline. Weight of the Tiguan was 3,434 lbs. and its wheelbase was 102.5”. Styling was sleek and European, and the car rode on attractive, 19” alloy wheels with Pirelli Scorpion radials.
I enjoyed spending a week with the Tiguan, plus taking it to Pirate Radio; if I was in the market for a small SUV such as this VW, Toyota’s RAV4, or Honda’s CRV, I would be taking a long look at the Volkswagen.