2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

Pros: Car-like ride and handling quality; high-quality cabin materials and finishing; comfortable passenger accommodations; simple, user-friendly controls

Cons: Steep pricing on higher trim levels; firmer ride than some class competitors; not as much cargo room as some rivals; aging basic design means Tiguan’s features aren’t as up-to-date as most compact SUV competitors

CG Says: For 2016, Volkswagen’s compact crossover SUV gains additional standard features (such as heated front seats and keyless entry and starting), and a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. The R-Line model loses a few features and is now offered at a significantly lower price point. The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan offers the premium engineering, solid workmanship, sporty road manners, and upscale equipment levels expected of European brands. But it costs more than most class rivals, and its basic platform dates back to the 2009 model year. Most of the Tiguan’s competitors offer more up-to-date designs, powertrain choices that offer better fuel economy, and and cutting-edge safety features that aren’t available here. A redesigned Tiguan is in the works, and it should debut in the not-too-distant future as a 2018 model.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices S: $24,890
S AWD: $26,865
SE: $31,390
SE AWD: $33,365
SEL: $34,445
SEL AWD: $36,420
R-Line: $28,700
R-Line AWD: $30,675

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
200
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26

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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan