Volkswagen doesn’t make only good luxury vehicles, its compact models are also solid, even though they could benefit from some upgrades. The new 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan, a compact SUV is a proof of that, as it has good engines with solid power, but lacks better handling ability.
2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Engine range
Tiguan is offered with a single powertrain option. Base and only engine is 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder which develops 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and offers available 4WD config, together with standard FWD. There are four standard models available: S, SE, SE with appearance package and SEL. R-Line model finishes the lineup with pretty much the same features, but also with a distinctive look.
Styling – Inside and Outside look
Base S and SE models look simple with small wheels and plastic bumpers and scuff plate. Appearance package SE and SEL models get bigger wheels and chrome scuff plate, chrome-bound windows and roof rails, while R-Line model has 19″ Mallory alloy wheels and special roofline spoiler. All models however follow the same design with two double-stripe chrome grille and angular headlights up front, and with Touareg-like tail-lights out back.
At first glance, you’ll notice that this is a compact crossover, especially if you’ve already been inside above-mentioned Touareg which was Tiguan’s role model, at least from the outside. Tiguan doesn’t lack interior space, but it just feels smaller, mostly thanks to the dashboard which seams short because it has very big and protruded instrument panel in its center. Full leather seats are reserved for higher trims, and there’s a lack of any luxury accents, beside chrome door handles. 5-inch touch screen is available from SE trim level with appearance package and it gets upgraded at higher tiers. Rearview camera is now available in all models, while panoramic sunroof comes with SEL model. Front and side airbags are standard across the lineup, and Tiguan offers optional rear side thorax airbags as well. Hill-hold control and an electronic parking brake are also standard, while 4Motion all-wheel drive models get hill descent control. That’s pretty much it as VW decided not to incorporate advanced electronic features in its compact crossover.
Fuel economy ratings are also mediocre and stand at 21/26 mpg with FWD drivetrain, while 4WD upgrade drops the city fuel efficiency ratings by one point, and leaves highway ones where they are.
2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Price details
Base Tiguan costs $23,305, which is quite affordable, but it doesn’t offer that many available features. SE model with appearance package which is a solidly equipped vehicle raises the bar to $29,965 which is already quite expensive. Needless to say that R-Line model costs even more at $36,880 mark.
2015 Volkswagen Tiguan is a solid vehicle, but people came to expect even better from German manufacturers. If they fix fuel efficiency with better shifter, and upgrade handling, Tiguan might actually be worthy of its price tag, at least when higher grades are concerned.