2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
The Compact Crossover segment has seen a host of new entries over the past few years, among them the Volkswagen Tiguan. Tiguan brought a premium feel to the segment in 2009. And, while sales numbers haven't been huge, they have increased every year, as Tiguan carves a nice little niche for itself in this steadily growing segment.
Well, for 2012, the Tiguan gains updates that may help further its appeal.
Ones you can see are the typical mid-model-freshening of new fascias. Available U-shaped LED running lights help to spice up the otherwise horizontal styling of the front end, with L-themed tail lights out back. The useful interior design is untouched, save for new metallic-look trim pieces and new cloth upholstery.
The biggest update however, is one you can't see, and that's a revised 6-speed automatic transmission that now includes two overdrive gears. Combine that with new lower-rolling-resistance tires, and new aero treatments and fuel economy for the 2-liter turbo-4 is up 15 percent, pushing the automatic's highway rating from 25 to 29. It's the only engine available in the Tiguan, and it puts out a smooth 200-horsepower.
"Compared to most other crossovers in the compact segment, the Tiguan does have more of a premium feel to it. Especially inside, it's very quiet when you're driving, and the materials are very good quality." – Brian Robinson
The premium feel is unfortunately accompanied by a premium price as well. While starting at a reasonable $24,000, you can easily add another 10,000 in options. So, the Tiguan hasn't joined the bigger and cheaper plan of recent Volkswagens just yet. But when it does, and if they bring a Tiguan diesel to the U.S., we believe sales will jump in a hurry.
Engine: 2-liter turbo-4
Price: Starting at $24,000