Pros Good Acceleration, Upscale Fit and Finish, Panoramic Sunroof, Tight Handling, Luxurious feel. Simple and functional controls. Tiptronic (manually shiftable) automatic transmission, Superior Crash test results
Cons Premium Fuel Recommended (not required.)
Would prefer a Class II Trailer hitch option, and a bit more cargo room.
Summary It's unfortunate that CNET only had the opportunity to test-drive the base-model "S" Tiguan and quickly painted a picture of a spartan vehicle. My wife and I currently own a CRV and Highlander and for the first time in 15 years are buying a non-Japanese car, specifically the VW Tiguan SEL with AWD.
I understand why CNET felt the base model did not offer enough gadgets and posh electronics. Although I test-drove a well-equiped SEL model first, my wife test drove the S and found the car "fun to drive" but having a rather dull interior. We'd gone seperately and my first test drive was a well appointed SEL which included, leather seats, headlights that actually turn to follow curves, and an ENOURMOUS sunroof that is so large that it feels more like a convertable than an SUV. The cabin is stylish and airy. Add to that 8 way adjustable seats, and a premium dynaudio sound system and you feel like you're in a BMW without the BMW price-tag. And it corners like it's on rails (like a sedan vs. an SUV.)
A few days later my wife drove a more fully-loaded model and suffice to say, we both fell in love.
So if CNET's low score is a result of having test driven a stripped down model, I have to say it's unfair and that CNET should at least take a look at an SE or SEL. This may be because a limited number made it to US showrooms initially due to huge demand abroad. I would think that if CNET had the opportunity to see all available options, perhaps their review might have been as positive as Consumer Reports'.
It's also worth noting that the Insurance Industry crash-tests gave the car their highest rating and that the car comes standard with 6 Airbags (8 optional.)
One final point worth mentioning is that based on the Tiguan's owners manual and discussions with VW, I've confirmed that Premium fuel is not required. It is recommended for optimum performance and slightly better mileage. This differs from the Suburu Outback Turbo which requires it.
I've relied on CNET reviews for purchase reviews ranging from headphones to TV's and iPhones. But I don't see the same care and balance in this review. One final thought. Even the base-model comes with a Turbo 4 handles like a sports sedan and is quiet and comfortable.
CNET gives outstanding reviews of techie gadgets. I think some perspective has been lost here as cars should be evaluated on additional criteria and don't just come in one flavor per model
Pros Drives very smooth and quiet. Nice Turbo. Looks Great.
Cons Mixed driving 16 - 18 MPG.
Summary I am about 800 miles into my Tiguan S. My car came with the 17" wheel option, which I think makes the car look better. It's only $400 more. With the loyalty rebate ($1000), I purchased the car for $1500 under invoice, $22,500. If comparing to other Compact SUVs (CUV): Much cooler then CRV. Would never consider the RAV because of the ridiculous rear hatch with attached spare tire and side opening door. Did not drive Forester, so I can?t compare. But having sat in the Forester, you do not get as high seating position, and low position for the passenger. The Tiguan has 8 way adjustable seats for Driver and Passenger. And than there is the Rouge. After owning the Rouge SL AWD for a year I traded it in for the Tiguan. Nissan is much more concerned with style than visibility. I am 6?, but the rear visibility is very bad. Bad enough that I was concerned at some point I would hit something backing up or changing lanes. At that point I was ready to give up on SUVs and started looking at sedans. Until I decided to take a quick look at the Tiguan. You can get a high sitting SUV and have good visibility also. I?m sure the Forester would also have good visibility. The Tiguan won the top rating for safety for small SUVs. So for the most part I think it a very nice CUV. And one of the sharpest looking SUVs on the road. The negatives that I would point out is that it is light on features for the price. But that depends on your needs. And the radio can easily be replaced to add some missing options (Sirius, Navigation, etc.). So far I have only used Regular gas. Not sure what effect this may have on the SUV. Nothing yet. But that may be contributing to the poor gas mileage, which is my biggest disappointment. With mixed driving I seem to be at only 16 ? 18 mpg. But I do use the AC a lot and do drive aggressively. The automatic braking system is very nice as described by CNET (Auto Hold). But this system also allows some other advantages. When you have the Auto Hold on, when you stop and turn off the car the Parking Brake comes on automatically. And whenever you start to drive, the Parking Brake releases automatically. So you never have to worry about driving with the parking brake on. This only works if your seatbelt is on. Bottom Line: put it on your list to check out.
"I love the Tiguan"on by cpogordon
Pros Excellent performance from both the 2.0T and transmission. Nice stock radio/CD/mp3 despite what CNET says. Looks and handles great and stock 16" tires look larger than 16" and the stock rims are also great looking.
Cons Wish S & SE models came with leatherette rather than cloth.
Summary This car/SUV/CUV/wagon takes off when you push on the gas unlike it's competitors not to mention it has a better build quality. MPG is higher than EPA estimate with city mpg be in the 20 -23 range and highway mpg 26 -27. The S model is not too pricey compared to the competition when you consider the standard features and the fact you have to pay $2000 more to get the turbo in the Subarru XT. Based on what I've seen CNET goes out of their way to trash VW products complaining about things like they have to turn knobs on the dash a full quarter turn for each option (VW Jetta review). This is a quality built compact SUV with great performance and performs as well as my 2006 VW Passat which I never had a problem with in three years.
Pros Just bought one used after reviewing the RAV, CRV, Escape and B9 Tribeca. Interior is good roomy feel without feeling expansive. Quick and responsive on the road and hills. The 2.0 liter turbo is quick and powerful when needed. The 4motion drive is soli
Cons Side outside mirrors limit the field of view; the side window pillars continue to block vision causing the driver to have to make serious adjustments to accomodate traffic and manuvers. The combination of blue and orange dash lights require a bit of adju
Summary Fun CUV that has held up well in its initial years of conception and consumer use. My wife liken the car to a mini cooper with all wheel drive and higher ride.
"Outstanding"on by ntxjetta
Pros Engine, Cabin Tech, Tiptronic Transmission
Cons Needs some more tire options and tow hitch statdard
Summary A very peppy engine that puts a smile on my face, Excellent electronics in the SE level.