Something for everyone
In a market full of worthy competitors, Volkswagen’s compact tiger-iguana mix acts a bit like Mighty Mouse: small in stature and dangerously underestimated. Gather some strength and check out the 2013 Tiguan.
Volkswagen Tiguan Trims and Features
The Tiguan is a five seat compact crossover SUV that comes in three trim levels for 2013: S, SE, and SEL. Starting at $22,995, standard features include a turbocharged 200 horsepower 4-cylinder engine, 26 highway MPG, 56 cubic feet of cargo space, and an upscale cabin with comfortable and versatile seating. All trims are given an all-wheel drive option, though most would agree that Tiguan’s car-like ride is better suited to on-road adventures.
All Tiguan trims can be fitted with niceties like a panoramic sunroof and alloy wheels, while SE trims get tech options like a touch-screen sound interface and touchscreen navigation, as well as heated leatherette seats. SEL trims get all of the aforementioned, plus a sport-tuned suspension for superb driving dynamics, a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, Bi-Xenon headlights, and push button start.
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Volkswagen Tiguan Performance
Look under Tiguan’s hood and you’ll find a turbocharged 2.0 liter 4-cylinder that kicks out 200 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. The direct injection engine will get you from 0 to 60 MPH in less than eight seconds, which is plenty quick for the compact crossover segment.
Choose the Tiguan S and you’ll get a standard 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed automatic option that features Tiptronic for manual shifts. Front-wheel drive is standard on every Tiguan, though 4Motion All-wheel drive (AWD) is available on all trims save for the manual S.
Volkswagen Tiguan Fuel Economy
Expect an EPA estimated 18/26/21 (city/highway/combined) MPG with the manually equipped Tiguan. Automatic trims gat 21 city MPG and 26 highway MPG for a combined average of 23. Tiguan models with 4Motion AWD turn in 20/26/23 MPG.
Volkswagen Tiguan Interior Highlights
Tiguan’s cabin features an upscale feel that doesn’t skimp on functionality. After fawning over the high quality build and aesthetic touches, you’ll realize that Tiguan also makes driving and packing things as easy as possible. A driver friendly dash and steering wheel along with a flat-folding, sliding second row make owners’ lives a little less stressful.
The 40-20-40 split back row allows for a respectable 35.8 inches of leg room, which looks better when you throw in the reclining seatback feature. If you have small legs back there, the seats slide forward up to six inches for more luggage room. Total cargo space measures 56.1 cubic feet, but you have to fold the rear seats flat to reach this number. If you have rear passengers you’ll get a maximum of just 23.8 cubes. The front passenger seat also folds down for longer items.
Volkswagen Tiguan Safety Features
Standard on every 2013 Tiguan are 4-wheel antilock disc brakes (vented front, solid rear), stability and traction control, and six airbags. Safety options include rain-sensing windshield wipers and a rearview camera for SEL trims.
NHTSA crash test ratings give the 2013 Tiguan 4/5 stars overall; the IIHS follows up by making Tiguan a Top Safety Pick.
Volkswagen Tiguan Summary
The 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan is all about getting big results out of a small-time package – there’s enough there to compete with Audi and BMW options. So when you consider price, just think of Tiguan as a nice bargain luxury choice. It’s all about perspective.
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