A new compact crossover SUV, the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan features a turbocharged engine and European-influenced driving dynamics. The forward-wheel-drive VW Tiguan is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L inline four-cylinder engine that controls 200 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque. The S trim level provides a choice of either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, while the SE and SEL trims come with only an automatic transmission but offer VW's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system as an option. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the VW Tiguan is 19 mpg city/26 mpg hwy and 21 mpg in combined driving. As Volkswagen Tiguan photos show, the SUV seats up to five passengers and features up to 56 cubic feet of cargo space together with a variety of convenient storage compartments. In addition to its impressive utility, Tiguan offers numerous advanced features including an adaptive front lighting system that turns the headlamps in the direction the vehicle is heading for improved visibility and safety. Safety features include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags and full-length head curtain airbags, while rear-passenger airbags are optional.Read more Read less
The Tiguan is an all-new compact sport-utility vehicle that slots below the larger Touareg as the second SUV in Volkswagen's lineup. Unlike the Touareg, which emphasizes towing and off-road ability, the Tiguan is oriented mainly for passenger and cargo duty on-road. The four-cylinder Tiguan is about the same length and width as Volkswagen's compact Jetta sedan and competes in a class with the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester.
Sporty handling; cargo space; safety features;
Volkswagen is positioning the Tiguan as a sportier alternative to other vehicles its size, calling it the "GTI of sport-utility vehicles." Its turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces more power than the base engines in other compact utility vehicles while being more fuel-efficient than V-6-powered engines in its class. The Tiguan's tall body allows a much more spacious interior than a compact car. Volkswagen is including complimentary scheduled service for three years or 36,000 miles.