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 crossover-SUV class. However, it's still...
... tallish and heavy, so don't expect actual GTI agility from behind the wheel. The rest of the VW Tiguan lineup gets a 6-speed automatic with Tiptronic manual control, and while it works well, it's no match for the fuel economy one gets with the continuously variable automatic (CVT) in the
2015 Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue or Subaru Forester. Like the Forester, though, the Tiguan's available 4Motion offers performance in foul weather and light-duty off-road situations that's superior to the competition's part-time systems. The smooth ride gets offset by a somewhat noisy cabin, and some found the intrusive head restraints an uncomfortable coda to the otherwise supportive seats.