2012 Volkswagen Tiguan Review Autoblog — Volkswagen 2012

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Volkswagen Sharpens its CUV Game

chose to run the refresh playbook on the 2012 Tiguan.


Volkswagen to run the refresh playbook word-for-word on the Tiguan, starting with a new fascia. The CUV’s nose now the same corporate grille elsewhere in the stable, and the change is for the The split bar looks handsome and helps draw some parallels to the larger Touareg. LED running lights now grace the up front, and a simplified bumper takes much of the business the crossover’s face. Of course, the also more closely the machine to the Golf. That’s given both machines a chassis.

From the side, little to distinguish the 2012 from the 2011 model, the rear now shows off a set of two-part lights just like the found on the big-brother SUV. can opt for a 19-inch wheel design here, which looks against the Pepper Gray

Well enough was left inside. a good thing for of us who feared a Jettafication of the wee Tiguan.

indoors and the scene looks familiar. Volkswagen has left enough alone inside, and the maintains its handsome cabin. The dash, solid-feeling climate and attractive, if not simple, leatherette-wrapped wheel all stay on for another That’s a good thing for of us who feared a Jettafication of the wee Tiguan. The and front passenger enjoy perforated faux-leather seats, rear passengers get to take of a very flexible rear The back seats slide and aft to maximize leg room or cargo as needed, and the seatbacks themselves for a little additional comfort. of this is new, of course, but it help give the Tiguan an level of functionality.

By contrast, competitors like the Honda CR-V and 2013 Escape are stuck with rear benches, though fact doesn’t impede the two on The CR-V delivers 2.5 inches rear leg room and a full more cubic feet of area with the rear up. Likewise, the Escape is no slouch. The serves up 36.8 inches of leg room to the Tiguan’s 35.8, and cubic feet of cargo Compared to the 23.8 cubes in the Volkswagen, the Escape begins to downright cavernous.

The powerplant felt winded lugging the CUV around.

Our tester came both a massive panoramic and navigation. The glass roof well into the rear area and dumps a phenomenal of light into the cabin, to give the interior some airiness.

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The 2012 Volkswagen keeps its excellent turbocharged four-cylinder engine as well. boasting just 200 horsepower and 207 of torque, the powerplant never winded lugging the 3,404-pound CUV That’s largely thanks to the six-speed automatic transmission. As elsewhere in the Volkswagen line, the duo well together, and the gearbox keep the engine happily where it makes the most Shifts are appropriately smooth and the transmission logic means we never aware of the gearbox or holding one gear for too long. The dumps power to the front and is good for 22 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. numbers equate to 24 mpg combined, we saw 23.7 mpg in mostly city during our week with the As always, your mileage may Meanwhile, competitors like the Ford Escape can offer a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 240 horsepower and up to 30 mpg highway to the Environmental Protection Agency .

If the 2012 Tiguan existed in a it would be an excellent little

From behind the wheel, the delivers a perfectly acceptable experience. The brakes are neither firm nor overly soft. The neither razor sharp nor numb. Acceleration is also though the Tiguan does up a fairly engaging suspension. The CUV can be about with confidence if the can push through the initial of body roll. Understeer rears its ugly head clowning about in a manner of a baby utility. This is, all, a high-riding Golf.

If the Tiguan existed in a vacuum, it be an excellent little runabout. it doesn’t. The CUV market is blooming fresh hardware left and and models like the redesigned CR-V, fresh Ford and yes, the Mazda CX-5. all consumers significantly updated with more power, technology, interior space and economy.

The company intends not to stay in the CUV segment, but expand its there.

Then there’s the price. A front-wheel-drive Tiguan hits the for a lofty $31,425 with While that does the nice leatherette interior, sunroof and navigation, there’s else on this machine. By the 2013 Ford Escape at $22,470, and the SEL trim with its leather seats and MyFord system lands at $29,790 a more powerful EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. Likewise, the Honda CR-V EX-L up all the niceties of our Tiguan in a $29,325 All prices include destination.

has had a rough start with the in the U.S. which is a bit of a shame. On its the playful little machine is as as the Golf. Unfortunately, it just so to find itself at sea with a of all-new and more compelling The clean and stylish exterior, well-sorted cabin, flexible seating and sufficient engine aren’t enough to keep the afloat. Fans of the people’s need not fret, however. has made it clear the company not only to stay in the CUV segment, but its presence there. While means a new generation Tiguan is in the works, it also means we see additional models arrive on lots designed to slot the slightly upscale CUV. those arrive, save coin and look elsewhere for compact SUV needs.

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