2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Buyer's Guide
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Above Average: Euro-inspired handling, excellent driving dynamics
Below Average: Aging SUV has worse fuel economy, higher base price than rivals
Consensus: Like a Volkswagen GTI with more ground clearance, this SUV is a fun-to-drive charmer
The European Sedan of the Compact SUV Segment
While big names like Honda CR-V and Ford Escape carve up the compact SUV segment from a sales perspective, the Volkswagen Tiguan is there to carve up canyons and do it with style. While VW's more recent models have aimed straight for the heart of their respective categories, the Tiguan is something of a holdover in the lineup: semi-premium fit and finish for a semi-premium price. An all-new Tiguan is coming soon, so the only changes to the 2016 model are with infotainment, plus more features have been made standard.
"With a 200-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and entertaining driving dynamics, there's some merit to VW's claim that the Tiguan is the GTI of the compact-SUV class." Find out more in our 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan full review.
Volkswagen Tiguan Shoppers Also Look At
Volkswagen recently showed the all-new Tiguan, expected to go on sale in the U.S. as a 2018 model. Using a new platform, the new SUV is longer, lower and wider than the Tiguan it replaces. The Tiguan will offer more rear-seat legroom and cargo space, and a long-wheelbase version will have a third row of seats. Read more about the next-generation Tiguan.
Build and Price
The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan S has a starting sticker price of over $25,000 while those wanting it all can drop over $38,000 on the Tiguan 2.0T SEL 4Motion. Build and price your own 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
Consumers have noted reliability problems with their Tiguans. However, as Tiguan owner and KBB.com visitor Medic explains, "That said, love driving my VW, when it is not in for repairs, crisp, responsive, comfortable." Read more Volkswagen Tiguan consumer reviews.
Others to Consider
The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan is indeed stylish and fun to drive, but it's not the only compact SUV that qualifies as both (we're looking at you, Mazda CX-5). There are also roomier, more fuel-efficient and more affordable alternatives, all of which are outlined in our Compact SUV Buyer's Guide.
Photo Gallery: Volkswagen Tiguan Inside and Out