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2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2014 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.4

Get past the awkward name and you’ll find the 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan a rather appealing compact crossover SUV. Smaller than the CR-V, the Tiguan zips in and out of traffic with ease, and its 200-horsepower turbocharged engine comes standard. Capable of venturing lightly off-road, the Tiguan should appeal to those with a sense of adventure while its good fuel economy and fun-to-drive attitude make it a favorite of enthusiast drivers whose needs have grown. If the Tiguan has an Achilles’ heel, however, it can be found on the window sticker. With better-equipped models like the Honda CR-V EX, Subaru Forester 2.5 Premium and the new Nissan Rogue SV all priced at or below the base Tiguan S, VW clearly has an affordability problem.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re seeking a truly compact crossover SUV that is fun to drive, has a high-quality look and feel both inside and out and gets good gas mileage, the 2014 VW Tiguan deserves a test drive.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you’re all about bang for the buck, the Tiguan’s steep price tag is definitely going to be a deterrent. Newer models like the Subaru Forester offer more features and standard all-wheel drive (AWD) for less money, while the new Nissan Rogue offers a 3rd-row seat option.

What's New for 2014

A few premium options, such as the Fender audio system, are made available on lower trims, while a new R-Line trim is added to the Tiguan lineup. VW’s Car-Net telematics service is standard on SE and higher trims.

Driving the Tiguan
Driving Impressions

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. The Tiguan’s 6-speed automatic works fine, but it’s not as efficient as the continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) found in the Subaru Forester or Nissan Rogue. VW’s optional 4Motion AWD, on the other hand, is as good in bad weather as the Subbie’s setup and better than most competitors’ part-time systems. The Tiguan’s ride is fairly smooth, but we did experience a bit more cabin noise than in the Honda CR-V. And while most found the Tiguan’s seats supportive and comfortable, the intrusive head-restraint angle had some test drivers complaining loudly.

TURBOCHARGED ENGINE
Other compact SUVs offer this sort of powerful engine as an option, but on the Tiguan it’s standard. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder puts out a respectable 200 horsepower yet remains relatively fuel efficient.

FLEXIBLE INTERIOR
In addition to folding in a 40/20/40 split, the 2014 Tiguan’s rear seat slides six inches to accommodate cargo or people. For those who need to haul longer items such as surfboards or plywood, a front passenger seat is available that folds forward and flat.

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan Details
Interior

The Tiguan has a well-finished, flexible interior. The front dash and its control modules are sleek and polished. Buttons for audio and climate control are straightforward and easy to use. Beyond just looking good, the steering wheel and its built-in buttons for audio and phone functions have a satisfying tactile nature. On models so equipped, the navigation screen is within easy reach. The 3-passenger rear seat splits in a 40/20/40 fashion, which allows longer items such as skis to fit between two passengers. Due to the Tig’s smaller size, rear cargo space is expectedly less roomy than that of many competitors.

Exterior
2014 Volkswagen Tiguan photo

As even “compact” SUVs become increasingly larger, the Tiguan remains small. At just 174.5 inches in length, only the Hyundai Tucson and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport are shorter among the Tig’s major rivals. By contrast, a Nissan Rogue is nearly eight inches longer. Combined with its tall, airy cabin, the VW Tiguan has a rather squat appearance. This compact SUV has rounded lines similar to those of its big brother the Touareg, but the Tig’s small size and lower ground clearance make it appear more cute than tough.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2014 Tiguan S comes with Bluetooth wireless connectivity, 8-speaker AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary input, black cloth seats, single-zone climate control, 16-inch steel wheels, and four 12-volt power outlets. Mid-tier SE models add features such as a touch-screen audio system with HD, Car-Net and satellite radio, heated front seats, Leatherette surfaces and 18-inch wheels. Top-dog R-Line models have leather seating, dual-zone climate control, keyless start, 12-way power seats, rearview camera, Fender audio, rain-sensing wipers, LED running lights, R-Line trim and 19-inch wheels. All new 2014 Tiguans come with Volkswagen’s 3-year/36,000-mile complimentary scheduled maintenance program for services such as oil changes and tire rotation.

Optional Equipment

Tiguan models with automatic transmission can be had with AWD, which Volkswagen calls 4Motion. Other major features include panoramic sunroof, navigation system, Fender audio, trailer hitch, splash guards, side steps and roof spoiler.

Under the Hood

All 2014 Volkswagen Tiguans use a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and AWD is available, but not with the 6-speed manual transmission. The 6-speed automatic has manual shift and sport modes. The Tiguan’s towing capacity is rated at 2,200 pounds. As with many other vehicles that have a turbocharged engine, premium gasoline is recommended in the Tig.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
200 horsepower @ 5,100-6,000 rpm
207 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 mpg (manual), 21/26 mpg (automatic), 20/26 mpg (4Motion w/automatic)

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2014 Volkswagen Tiguan Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 139 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.3/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Absolute Piece of Garbage

By on Thursday, June 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
5/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Nice interior, typical for a VW"

Cons: "Major mechanical issues, ongoing."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I've been a Volkswagen customer for nearly all my adult life. The 2009 Tiguan was my third VW and what a piece of junk. The car was a lemon from the time I bought it. It's seven years old and has so far required no end of repairs, costing me $3000 last year alone and this week the engine seized and I now have a useless piece of metal on my hands. I have to sell it for $2000 just to recover anything. A 7-year-old vehicle worth $0. I am taking a break from Volkswagen, for an undetermined amount of time. They have decided to do nothing to help and I am left $8000 in the hole now."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

This is our 3rd Tiguan

By on Monday, February 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, decent mpg!"

Cons: "none I can think of"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We had a 2012, now have 2 2016's. Fun to drive, lots of power and well appointed. This is VW's best kept secret!!"

16 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Volkswagen is not what it used to be!

By on Saturday, January 23, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: end of lease

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "great styling"

Cons: "uncomfortable interior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I have leased VW cars since 2003, and I had stayed with the brand because I loved the value and quality for the price. My 2012 Tiguan SE was my second Tiguan, my first being a 2009 SE. Both of these vehicles were very different from my previous models, the Jetta (2003) and Passat Wagon (2007). The quality, especially on my 2012 Tiguan was lacking. Interior door handles coming off, navigation not working, and the passenger seat heater burning through the seat. It has been one year since I have traded in my Tiguan for a 2015 Acura RDX, and I could not be happier. I would highly recommend a Honda/Acura product over a Volkswagen product."

14 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Solid Build

By on Sunday, January 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun, stable driver with great panaramic sunroof"

Cons: "More back storage area would be nice."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Very solidly built with excellent materials throughout. Best handling and performing of the small SUVs for the year. Entertaining to drive while very stable in wet, snow and ice conditions. Normal mileage 21 - 27, with high of 30 during 'uninterrupted' country road driving. Flexible utility with folding seats. Back seat very roomy with storage behind seat meeting most needs. Panaramic sunroof is great giving a convertible feel when opened. Never a breakdown but have had PVC valve problem needing repair/replacement and oil leak from engine and all-wheel drive system. Also intake engine valves required cleaning service."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

dissapointed

By on Saturday, November 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great to drive, nothing like german engineering!!"

Cons: "Over priced purchase price, parts and repairs ."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"First new vehicle in 20 years, bought with the idea of long term 10 years driving. So disappointed in the constant replacement of parts, recalls, and the cost of repairs. Knew that VW parts were more and accepted that, however when any trip to the garage results in 1000$ or more , multiple times, found it unacceptable. That said, love driving my VW , when it is not in for repairs, crisp , responsive, comfortable. Will not be purchasing a VW again however , and will be trading this one in 4 years earlier than anticipated."

20 people out of 36 found this review helpful

Do not buy a Tiguan

By on Friday, September 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
4/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This is the worst car I have ever owened. If a light for so mechanical reason is not on than I get really scared. This vehicle has cost us over $5000.00 in repairs alone. I recommend to nver buy a Tiguan!"

30 people out of 48 found this review helpful

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