- Compact SUV with seating for five
- Added standard features for 2015
- High-quality interior materials
The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan is the German automakers entrant into one of the most hotly contested segments around, compact SUVs. It goes head to head with the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, while offering a more premium interior than much of the competition.
The Tiguan’s name is a combination of the words tiger and iguana in German and for 2015, adds new standard features that also bump up the base price around $3,000 compared to last year. A rearview camera, satellite radio, touchscreen audio system, and roof rails for added cargo flexibility are now standard on all models.
Visually, the Tiguan is attractive in an understated way. It shares many design features with the Jetta, but stretched upward the look seems to fit the taller Tiguan better. The grille features a large, prominent VW logo flanked by two chrome strips that stretch wide to meet the headlights. 16-inch steel wheel are standard, with 16-, 18-, and 19-inch alloy wheels optional. Last year, the Tiguan added a new R-Line performance trim that gets its own styling, including a rear spoiler, side skirts, and unique 19-inch wheels.
Power comes from a 200-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Premium gas is recommended. The Tiguan offers an optional “4Motion” all-wheel drive system for added traction in bad weather or road conditions. Fuel economy figures are estimated at 21/26 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive, while opting for all-wheel drive drops the city figure to 20 mpg.
Inside, the Tiguan offers one of the most refined interiors in this class with brushed metal accents providing a nice contrast to the plastic found around much of the cabin. The backseat splits 60/40 and folds to open up more cargo room; there is 23.8 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second-row, which expands to 56.1 cubic feet with the seats folded. Standard interior features include the Bluetooth connectivity, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and air conditioning. Also available are heated front seats, leather upholstery, a navigation system, and push-button start.
Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and a rearview camera. Volkswagen’s Car-Net communication system is optional, which offers crash notifications and roadside assistance.