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Featuring updated styling, the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact FWD crossover vehicle powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Transmissions are comprised of a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 18 mpg city to 27 mpg highway, depending on transmission selection. Features include 17-inch alloy wheels, touch-screen sound system, heated front seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, 4WD, sunroof, navigation, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry with push-button start and ambient foot-well lighting. Safety is comprised of electronic stability control, six standard airbags with side curtain protection, intelligent crash response system, anti-lock braking system, anti-slip regulation, electronic differential lock, hydraulic brake assist, engine brake assist, trailer roll stability program and tire pressure monitoring system. The Tiguan is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.

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The 2012 Tiguan is mostly the same as the 2011, but a new 2WD LE trim was added. It adds an upgraded stereo and upgrades the seats to the power-adjustable, leatherette-trimmed, heated variety. The SE model gets bigger 18-inch alloy wheels and the SEL gets 19-inch alloy wheels as well as LED daytime running lights for 2012.

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Perky, responsive driving feel; handling and maneuverability; stylish, upright appearance; roomy, adjustable backseat; fuel efficiency; safety ratings

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The Volkswagen Tiguan stands out in the crowded field of compact crossover utility vehicles as being just a little sportier and fun to drive. Handling and maneuverability are strengths. The Tiguan's turbocharged engine offers impressive performance, while still being reasonably good with gas, and the tall-roof design affords impressive interior space--especially for backseat occupants. It's also been a strong safety achiever; the IIHS named the 2010 Tiguan a Top Safety Pick for its excellent occupant protection.


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