2009 Volkswagen Tiguan |MotorWeek

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2009 Tiguan

Episode 2748

No car company has been slower to the global popularity of sport vehicles than Volkswagen, and with the arrival of the near Touareg in 2003, it took now for VW to add a more rational compact the 2009 Tiguan. Yes, its name is distinctive, but in the crowded jungle, the Tiguan will more than a wild to survive.

The Tiguan name from combining the German for #8220;Tiger#8221; and #8220;Iguana#8221;, and it works for too. As various car writers said before us, we get the #8220;tiger#8221; – athletic, and even a bit But how the lazy iguana fits in, all still scratching our heads.

Nevertheless, the 2009 Volkswagen is on the hunt for sales in the expanding utility population. Based on the platform, the Tiguan measures a 174.3 inches from to stern, with a short inch wheelbase. Both are shorter than a Honda

But the Tiguan#8217;s look is closer to its Touareg brother – with more than a of ruggedness. The front-end wears a two-bar grille flanked by our SEL model#8217;s bi-xenon steerable and well protected fog lamps.

The length of the Tiguan gives the a tall appearance, accentuated by rails and plenty of glass. The has the sporty look of a spry with a roof spoiler as an point – and, little crossover rolls on 16, 17, or our 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside is a comfortably tall, and cabin. What you would from Volkswagen. The dash has a appearance, blending artful with good quality

Gauges and controls are straightforward, yet sophisticated enough to both and please.

Our SEL has standard 12-way adjustable front seats heat, and the tilt telescopic wheel came with controls which commanded our 300-watt Dynaudio stereo An optional navigation system a bright 6.5-inch screen. The includes a 30-gig hard DVD playback, and Sirius Traffic.

A nearly full length with power sunshade is on the SE and SEL models, and safety comes six standard airbags, plus side airbags as an option.

The seat area is roomier most rivals. Six footers the fore and aft seat adjustments, as as the recline. It also is 60/40 with a fold flat

But, you pay for that room in cargo volume – cubic feet seats up, and cubic feet seats small for its class. To compensate, the passenger seat folds for long hauls.

To match its looks, the Tiguan in the U.S. is with a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4 at 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Max capacity is 2,200 pounds.

Transmissions are 6-speed manual or our drive tester#8217;s 6-speed manual-mode automatic. Traction is standard while all-wheel is an option with Tiptronic.

On the our Tiguan ran from 0 to 60 in a nicely 7.7 seconds and finished the quarter-mile in seconds at 91 miles-per-hour. It launched with the sound and fury akin to a diesel.

Ride and are Euro taut and come an all-independent suspension with struts up front, a four-link in the rear, and Electronic Stability

Through the cones the Tiguan solid and smooth, if a little on the steering. To its credit, Tiguan more like a mid-size car an SUV. While no GTI, we able to push it pretty and it never felt tipsy as roll was mild.

Halts from 4-wheel discs ABS and Brake Assist. Stops stable and fade-free, averaging a quo 129 feet from 60 to 0.

Government Economy Ratings for our front-wheel Tiguan with automatic are 18 highway on premium gas. We a very good 23.8 in normal driving. The Tiguan#8217;s Impact Score is a moderate barrels of oil consumed per year.

But, pricing for the Tiguan is on the side for a small utility. It at $23,890 for the base #8216;S#8217; and ratchets up to $27,615 for the mid-level SE. The SEL starts at $31,680.

Add all-wheel to the top two models for an additional $1,950.

A utility from Volkswagen has long time coming. But now it#8217;s here, it#8217;s impressive if a bit expensive. The 2009 should easily survive its bevy of features, refined and even a touch of wildness to the #8216;Tiger#8217; in its name.

But we still find the Iguana.

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