2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion 2.0 turbo from North America
Perfect combination of practicality, sportiness, handling, quality, elegance and safety
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.