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 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.
As noted in our full review of VW's small SUV, the "VW boasts that the 2014 Tiguan crossover SUV is 'the GTI of compact sport-utility vehicles.' As the same 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine powers both vehicles, there is some truth in this claim. However, the Tiguan can't run through turns like the GTI, and it offers only a manual transmission on the base model."
Build and Price
The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan S can be purchased for about $24,000 -- with a manual transmission -- while those wanting 'everything' (along with enhanced handling) can drop over $40,000 on the new Tiguan R-Line 4Motion. Build and price your own Tiguan right here at KBB.com and we'll help you find out how much you should really pay.
What's New and/or Next?
Benefiting from a mild refresh in 2012, VW's small SUV carries over into 2014 with but one notable addition: the upmarket R-Line trim. With an all-new Golf having just arrived in the States for the 2015 model year, expect an all-new Tiguan - built atop a similar platform - to be launched in the future.
One owner described it as a "GTI station wagon," but also went on to cite the Tiguan's "premium price, need for premium fuel and only OK fuel mileage" as reasons it will be a "once only purchase."
Others to Consider
The 2014 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 2014 Compact SUVs overview.
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