2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion 2.0 turbo from North America


Perfect combination of practicality, sportiness, handling, quality, elegance and safety



General Comments:

I got the SE 4Motion model with panoramic sunroof and navigation in black with light tan leatherette. It is absolutely elegant inside and out, with impeccable fit and finish. The interior is gorgeous, it is of a level you would find on a much more premium European car like a BMW or Mercedes (my previous car was a Mercedes). This model is manufactured in Germany, not Mexico like the previous Jetta I had a few years ago, which I think makes a difference.

The vehicle is very comfortable, it like pretty much all VW's I have driven, it has seats that almost anyone can get comfortable in, they tend to be on the firmer side, and can adjust for someone of virtually any size. I have driven my car on all day trips and have been comfortable the entire time. The ergonomics are quite good once you learn the layout. This car is packed with electronics and advanced features, and the owner's manual is VERY long; spend some time with it up front and you will learn all kinds of cool things this car can do for you.

The Tiguan handles amazingly well for a small SUV. It basically drives like a sports car; it's like having an SUV version of the GTI. It sticks to the road like Velcro and hugs the corners at high speed. The engine can sometimes sound rough, but it delivers plenty of power when and where you need it. I drive fairly aggressively and get around 21 MPG combined, and 26 MPG in highway driving.

I absolutely love everything about my Tiguan, I thoroughly enjoy driving it, and if I had to think of one negative thing to say about it, I guess it would be that I wish it had a little bit more cargo room, but I guess if I wanted more room I could have always gotten a Touareg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2013

6th Oct 2013, 18:03

"it's like having an SUV version of the GTi"

That's because the Tiguan is actually just a Golf, but raised up and given a higher price. A 4-motion Golf will do almost everything better for less.

12th Oct 2013, 21:45

I don't believe the Golf is available with 4Motion in the USA. And the Tiguan does have a slight advantage with height/ground clearance over the Golf for when you live in a snowy climate or when you like greater visibility or easier entry/exit of the vehicle. This can be helpful for elderly, disabled, or people with children.

2008 Volkswagen Tiguan TDi 2.0 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand


No longer trust VW


Throttle body seal (there is none) leaked oil into the electronics and caused many weeks of insufferable driving.

Poor visibility to B pillar has resulted in many near collisions.

Components, mainly plastic clips etc in the engine bay have failed, resulting in rattles and loose parts.

Seat components fell off.

General Comments:

The car is not 'good design'; the driving position is cramped, the controls are messy and poorly laid out, the seats cannot be located in a comfortable position, doors are heavy, boot storage is totally insufficient, headlights are inadequate, front body clearance is pathetic, engine is gutless, gear change is rubbery, visibility is hopeless.

I thought much of what is incorporated into cars these days was the result of many years of design effort and reliability testing. NOT SO THIS CAR!

If you're thinking of buying one of these, good luck!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th October, 2012

17th Oct 2012, 12:04

Did you not test drive this car first? Most of what you said would have been discovered by taking a test drive first!

24th Mar 2014, 15:35

If the car indeed was so poorly designed, how on earth did you not notice it when you were looking at it to buy?

If you had a leaky valve that caused 'weeks of insufferable driving', why didn't you take the car in and get it fixed right away and save yourself some anguish?

Plastic clips? How difficult could that be to fix.

Pretty fishy review...