2009 Volkswagen Tiguan & Review

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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan #8211; Review

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan

No, not all crossovers are created equal. Some are more car than truck, and most are essentially more wagon than anything else. And then there#8217;s the Tiguan which Volkswagen has taken great pains in trying to guarantee that it is more than just a miniature version of the Touraeg.

Here are the results.

Tiguan#39;s Taut Dimensions

Unlike the huge swaths of criticism leveled daily against the auto industry, Volkswagen has navigated the current climate by performing a balancing act in their model offerings. For every performance-based or upscale model, an equally fuel efficient and thrifty vehicle is also available. Case in point is the Tiguan, which attempts to compress the rugged (and thirsty) performance of the Touraeg into a diminutive and inexpensive package while maintaining a high level of quality.

Powertrain and Performance

Under the Tiguan#39;s Hood

An advantage VW has is it#8217;s sibling (or more accurately, parental) relationship with Audi.  The byproduct is that the Tiguan makes use of the same turbo-charged, 2.0-liter, 200-horsepower inline four cylinder that is used in the Audi TT.  That a bad place to start.  This engine also produces 206 ft.-lb. of torque which lends itself well to those that may attempt to put the Tiguan under moderate towing duties of up to 2,200 lbs.

  In comparison to similar competition the Tiguan performs admirably in reaching 60 mph in just 7.3 seconds, though VW only claims a more modest 7.8 second sprint with the manual version.  You#8217;d have to opt for a six cylinder Toyota RAV4 to best that time.  But speed should not be of major concern in this segment anyway.

  While the base model S comes with either a six-speed stick shift or automatic transmission, the SE and SEL Tiguan are only available with the automatic albeit with a manual function built in.  An AWD version may ultimately make it#8217;s way to North America.  Nevertheless, the Tiguan feels solid and sufficiently tough in rougher conditions and can manage being thrown into corners without significant body roll.

  In many reviews, braking prowess also seems to be a real advantage the Tiguan has over its rivals.

Fuel Economy

Styling

Outwardly, the Tiguan in some estimations is even more attractive than the big brother Touraeg in which it unashamedly borrows its DNA from.  The Tiguan claims seating for five, though putting three large adults in the rear seats would be difficult for any length of time.  This highlights the most prominent downside: space.  Most significantly, trunk space which is very limited and presumably a major consideration for many who are looking to downsize to the Tiguan from a larger SUV.

  To its credit, the VW#8217;s flexible interior design helps offset its diminutive size.  The rear seats fold down and are adjustable in two sections, and move forward and back with about six inches of travel.  That plus the tilting and telescoping steering wheel make it easy to adjust the front and rear seats to accommodate larger passengers.

  Measuring 174.3 inches long, 71.2 inches wide, and 66.3 inches tall, the Tiguan is  smaller overall than a Honda CR-V, which spans 178.0 x 71.6 x 66.1.  But looks can be deceiving. The Tiguan, with a 102.5-inch wheelbase (the CR-V#8217;s is 103.1 in), is still quite roomy inside-6-plus footers get plenty of headroom and legroom whether up front or in back-boasting a 60/40-split back seat that slides forward and reclines, not only increasing comfort for passengers but also making the 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space expandable.

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