2014 Volkswagen Tiguan Test Drive and Review — 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

Funny Name, Cool Car

A and an iguana meet in a bar. One leads to another, and a few months the iguana hatches a baby of their union — A Seriously. That’s the derivation of the VW name. Luckily, the vehicle isn’t nearly as tortured. a compact crossover vehicle, a in one of the most highly contested segments. The 2014 Volkswagen bellies up to the bar with base from $22,995 to $38,490 as tested), including a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain and EPA fuel economy estimates of 18 highway (FWD MT), 21 highway (FWD AT) and 20 city/26 (AWD AT). Let’s

First Glance

Tiguan’s definitely didn’t meet in a They were sober and when they drew up the exterior. A raked windshield that Tiguan is a sporty while chiseled body give an air of strength and solidity. The fascia is a little bit undercut, the Tiguan a jutting jawline and an worthy approach angle of 28 As always, a prominent chromed VW decorates the center of Tiguan’s Fit and finish are superb, befitting a that received its final of the wrench in Wolfsburg, Germany.

My test vehicle was a top-of-the-line model. This is the first that VW has offered the R-Line level on a Tiguan, previously on the Beetle. Beetle Convertible. CC and only. R-Line vehicles get and exterior enhancements. On the Tiguan, means 19 aluminum alloy (up from 16 on the base model, 17 on SE and 18 on SE appearance package), a roof body skirts, power heated side mirrors and badges. R-Line also a big panoramic sunroof, Bi-Xenon LED daytime running lights, a suspension, chrome interior leather seats, and power seats, a whole host of to justify a near four jump over the SE with package trim level. was a time when I’d been sure that you drinking if you told me that a crossover from Volkswagen had a price close to forty dollars, but the R-Line’s premium seem very much in with the price.

In the Driver’s Seat

2014 Tiguan R-Line

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I’m a big guy, and that means that I crowded in a compact crossover. Not so in the The slender center console ample room for big legs and both on the driver’s and passenger’s of the vehicle, and the comfortable seats are and supportive. I did a couple of 200-mile in the Tiguan, driving from my in Los Angeles up to California’s Central and back again. 200 miles in California traffic translated to six in the saddle, plenty of time to a seat’s true nature and the Tiguan’s seats showed to be excellent.

VW has done a very job of integrating technology into the Even the base model with standard Bluetooth and the features keep loading up there. My R-Line test incorporated a touchscreen radio Sirius Satellite radio, and a system. I really appreciated the console iPod connection, with a built-in cable, searching for music on my 160 gb iPod was rather tedious with the interface. I’ll have to to create a bunch of playlists to my music collection more

VW has partnered with Fender. the instrument company, to include a branded sound system in the an interesting choice considering Fender isn’t really for car or home audio, but it is a brand a rock and roll reputation and a layer of cool. The Fender in the Tiguan did the job, but didn’t blow me away as I was hoping it I own several Fender guitars and so I’m a fan of the brand — but I be likely to buy a Tiguan just to get the sound in my SUV.

On the Road

VW is quite committed to the of a small turbocharged engine, and 2.0 T is the only powerplant that stuff under the Tiguan’s for the US market. It’s a very proven engine with injection, tuned in this to produce 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. very little turbo and little if any torque steer the bane of front wheel-drive The engine is a good match for the lb Tiguan, providing decent and passing power. Fuel numbers are a little on the low side for the but Tiguan’s performance feels a better than most of the Two transmissions are offered for the base S A six-speed manual and a six-speed All other trim levels get the only. Front wheel is standard; VW’s 4Motion drive system adds to the price tag.

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

Handling is a Tiguan strength. VW has really got the power assist rack-and-pinion dialed in, and the Sport suspension on my test vehicle managed the between sport and comfort well. I really enjoyed the Tiguan in almost every It was also incredibly easy to with great outward and easy maneuverability, which was a bit of a when I noticed that it had a 39.0′ turning circle. the spec sheet doesn’t the whole story.

Journey’s End

2014 Volkswagen R-Line

Photo © Jason

My Tiguan story was a happy I grew more and more with the SUV the more I drove it. My real disappointment came at the gas where Volkswagen recommends fuel. It’s like beauty at the bar ordered a double Walker Blue when you to buy her a drink — expecting to pay for a $2 Hour Margarita.

Come time, you may find yourself home with a Tiguan, or you discover that a competitor is to your liking. Just what the tiger said to the and you’ll be fine: Your or mine?

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2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2014 Volkswagen Tiguan
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