For 2012, Volkswagen mildly refreshed the Tiguan to make it a bit more modern and current. I like it. What do you think?
Let’s begin with its new and somewhat refreshed front facia and new trim on the inside. Overall the the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan looks current and stylish from any point of view. But is it worth $32,000? I was fortunate enough to spend a full week with the Tiguan and here’s what I learned.
Under the hood there’s only one engine choice for the 2012 VW Tiguan and thankfully it is an excellent one. Volkswagen’s 2.0 liter turbo delivers 200 horsepower and 207 pound feet of torque with its inline 4 cylinder direct injection engine. That’s a good start. But let it be known, its 2.0 liter turbo can be found in many other Volkswagens and even Audi cars like the Golf GTI and the Audi A4.
The turbo makes for brisk acceleration times while providing plenty of stop light punch for a small crossover. Fuel economy numbers are estimated at 21 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon. I averaged 23 miles per gallon in mixed driving. Not fantastic but acceptable.
The ride and handling inside the Tiguan can be described with two words, smooth and sporty. I also felt a real world level of intimacy behind the wheel and a good deal of control and feel; important factors when choosing a long term vehicle.
The Tiguan is surprisingly big on the inside for what is a small crossover on the outside. Backseat leg room is more than adequate for passengers six feet tall or shorter. The rear seats fold down to increase the amount of cargo space in the trunk. I was able to stuff a full size bicycle in the back as well as a few small duffle bags.
The Tiguan competes with a number of class leading crossovers such as the new Honda CR-V, the newly re-designed Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape and the soon to be updated Toyota RAV4. This is a crowded and very competitive segment in which the Volkswagen thrives with German inspired design and handling.
The Tiguan is perhaps one of the only Autobahn-like tuned small crossovers you can buy today. So, if you value German ride and handling along with that classic Germanic engineering fit, feel and finish. The Tiguan may be the crossover for you. It’s worth a look and a test drive.
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