2012 Volkswagen Tiguan SE review notes – Autoweek

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan SE notes

The exterior is very VW to my It#8217;s clean with a of bland. Photo by VW.

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DIGITAL ANDREW STOY: The effects of decontenting are on full display in 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan SE, an very nice compact Yes, it has Volkswagen’s lovely direct-injected turbo engine, drive and Teutonic driving But the as-tested price of more $33k is notable for what don’t get.

The Tiguan automatic climate control, a camera and automatic headlights, for The e-nanny fans (and in segment there are many) note the absence of blind-spot cross-traffic alert and backup

#8220;So what?#8221; many of our readers will say, and to extent I agree. But against fully kitted competition in the Volkswagen is bringing a proverbial to the gunfight.

Buyers do get the aforementioned and outstanding road manners, an enormous panoramic moonroof. But the still has an annoying habit of into the highest gear as soon as possible, resulting in lugging and vibration from the Despite that, this light crossover only 23 mpg combined on premium fuel.

So why is Volkswagen peddling an expensive, Spartan crossover? It’ll help sell more

EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER There is certainly a group of out there who want all-wheel and think they need a That’s sort of where the crossover thing started. what people want is a wagon, but for most people, wagons aren’t cool. So we up with a growing segment of and the Tiguan fits right in. I agree that for $33,000, think things like a seat, climate control and a camera would be standard.

they’re not here in this VW, but is included is quite nice. The design is pleasing with the round air vents on either of the steering wheel, a nice that delivers a ton of air to the driver. The heat and navigation controls are all and straight-forward.

The little turbo is a smooth operator, but takes a bit to get moving, and the six-speed automatic does upshift quickly to get it high gear as soon as You can manually select the gears if you to try and outsmart the computer, but if you get high in the rev range it will upshift for

Overall, the Tiguan is a handsome with a pleasing, comfortable, interior. While I was driving I kept thinking how much I’d like it if VW’s diesel were underhood.

EDITOR GREG MIGLIORE: The is a solid crossover with a demeanor inside and out. The of power amenities and safety as others note, is a considerable for this sticker. To me, that’s a flaw that doesn’t too much from the overall and utility this thing

The interior looks premium, and the color scheme is spot-on for my The materials, especially the dashboard it or not) really feel and present well. The vents, and trim all work in cohesive I found the steering to be pleasingly yet perfect for around-town maneuvers.

is a bit of weight when moving the 10-and-2 positions. The chassis is yet not overly soft, and the drive is controlled in corners and when slightly. The looks are decent, punctuated with a bold and sharp styling. I like engine.

It’s torquey, the revs quickly and makes for driving on surface streets and the

My advice to VW would be to slightly this thing up with of the latest newfangled electronics and features. Otherwise, I enjoyed my in the Tiguan.

SENIOR ART DIRECTOR L. BLAHNIK: I couldn’t help but get the feeling that this Tiguan seemed to fit me just It’s comfortable without too hard or too soft, and the size is for small families.

In the cabin, the fit and look good, and as Greg the materials felt somewhat and not cheap. The exterior could use a muscular body because it too soft, blending in with the of the crowd in what is a very small-SUV segment.

And for $33k, a little pricey. Its ride and are better than a lot of the competition, and plenty of pep from the turbo It just needs a more exterior to help bring people into VW showrooms to it out.

EDITOR WES RAYNAL: this would be a great car for me. right sized, that is to say a size with space for when you need it; and there’s power#8212;it checks off a lot of boxes for me. for VW, I drove a Ford Escape a 1.6-liter turbo and sticker $5,000 less than not too long ago.

It felt nearly as fast, just as well, and was way more and quiet on the road. I would prefer that car at $27K this at $33K.

As I’ve with Tiguans before, I quite get comfortable in these get the driving position right. but not perfect. It’s not that the themselves are uncomfortable; they’re for the most part.

But they seemed either too high or too

Other than that, is a solid, mostly well-built ute with good power the turbo four and a decent mix from the Golf-based platform. The borders on flingable, but then so did the Escape for a lot less money.

I beefs with the powertrain, I like the engine, but the six-speed is a bit of a turnoff. It is fine from but quickly upshifts when and the four-cylinder turbo lopes crudely.

I could just put it in or manual mode I suppose, and whining.

Overall, nothing jumps out as on this VW. As I’ve said the car says #8220;decent,#8221; but doesn’t say

ASSOCIATE EDITOR DAVID My night in this 2012 Tiguan SE left me feeling compact crossover is comfortably The interior wasn’t unpleasant, I was surprised, like others, at the of a full-power seat, backup and blind-spot-warning device#8212;especially when it is with an iPod cable, radio and seat warmers.

The 2.0-liter powerplant helps the hum along just fine, feeling underpowered, but the transmission its early shifting and delayed to accelerate shifts made it mismatched. In those high at low speeds some rather noises would emit the bowels of the car, reminiscent of a problem. Not overly concerning, unnatural.

On the transmission, the sport is more responsive, but I would assign any sport nomenclature to a like this. It rides the higher than the drive helping to keep the engine in its band. The best option be to use the sport mode for accelerating, and city driving.

But once out on the stretch of highway, put it into mode to help boost mileage.

The gauges and user interface a very Audi-like look and are and functional. It wasn’t hard to my iPhone, or use the interface. The temperature took more than a glance to make sure I going to blow hot air, and the warmers on low registered nary a BTU to my back-side thermometer.

The exterior is VW to my eyes. It’s clean a dash of bland.

This a bad thing, and many may cry foul, but in all this little CUV blends in and does a perfectly adequate

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan SE sunroof navigation

Base $33,300

As-Tested Price:

Drivetrain: 2.0-liter turbocharged I4; six-speed automatic

Output: 200 hp @ rpm, 207 lb-ft @ 1,700-5,000 rpm

Weight: 3,591 lb

Fuel (EPA/ AW ): 23/21.8 mpg


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