- The base price has been reduced for 2016 by almost $1,400
- 200-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder engine
- VW Car-Net now available
The stylish 2016 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, and sets itself apart by offering a more premium interior than much of the competition.
Fun fact: the Tiguan’s name is a combination of the words tiger and iguana in German. Last year, Volkswagen added a bunch of content including new standard features like a rearview camera, satellite radio, and touchscreen audio system but they also raised the price around $3,000. For 2016 however, they’ve taken a step back; all of that equipment is still standard, but now the base price has fallen by almost $1,400, which is great news.
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. The R-Line performance trim 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.
The Tiguan is offered in four trim levels: S, R-Line, SE, and SEL. S models feature a 5-inch touchscreen but all other trims get a larger 6.3-inch touchscreen and also feature a new bit of technology, VW Car-Net. Car-Net comes with App-Connect, which is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It allows you to use certain apps from your phone via the car’s touchscreen and mirrors your smartphone’s screen for easier operation and a more familiar interface.
The latest Tiguan continues to offer 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. V-Tex leatherette seating is now standard, as are heated front seats and push button start. 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 real leather upholstery and a navigation system.
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.