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in 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $10,285 - $16,073
Original MSRP: $24,300 - $32,940
MPG: 18 City / 24 Hwy
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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior

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The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan's interior has many strengths -- soft-touch materials, elegant style and plenty of features -- but it's lacking in utility compared to similar SUVs. Despite versatile sliding and reclining rear seats, the Tiguan just can't match the cargo space of its rivals.

  • "Tiguan is exceptionally quiet inside. Obviously great care was taken to create its auditory ambiance." -- The Auto Channel
  • "Like other Volkswagens, the Tiguan exists somewhere between standard line and luxury. That is most evident inside, where the Tiguan has more soft-touch solid materials than most compact SUV competitors." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The absence of flimsy plastic trim pieces and use of cushioned surfaces throughout served to reinforce the highly refined aura inside the Tiguan." -- MSN
  • "Useful details like an air-conditioned glovebox, overhead storage binnacles, sliding storage bins under the front seats, one-liter bottle holders in the front door pockets, and even aircraft-style picnic trays on the front seatbacks are what we expect from the thoughtful Germans, and the Tiguan delivers them." -- Motive Magazine
  • "The interior lacks excitement. Cabin tech is virtually nonexistent at this trim level. Sound quality on the audio system is poor at higher volume levels." -- CNET

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Seating

Reviewers find the five-seat Tiguan generally comfortable, though the rear seat leaves something to be desired.

  • "In about six hours of driving we found the [front] seats to be comfortable, and we felt just as fresh when we got out as we did when we got in." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "This six-foot-seven driver was shocked to find so much room in the back seat that he was actually able to comfortably slide the seat forward." -- Car and Driver
  • "The rear seat has an amazing six inches of travel to accommodate larger passengers. Even then it would be a bit crowded with three big guys back there." -- The Auto Channel
  • "The backseats have reclining and sliding capabilities, but in their most reclined position they felt more like a normal seat. Once you move the seats forward or out of the 'reclined' position, an average size passenger's legs can get a bit squashed." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Firm, well-shaped seats offer proper support when logging miles on the interstate or slicing through a twisty two-laner." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The Tiguan delivers easy-to-use controls and plenty of high-tech options. Standard features include power accessories, reclining and folding rear seats, an auxiliary audio input, and rear passenger air vents.

  • "Available features include a panoramic moonroof, a backup camera, a touch-screen navigation system and a 30GB hard drive for music storage. The navigation system employs a new touch-screen interface that's easier to use than older VW navigation systems." -- Cars.com
  • "The sunroof is an impressive 12.7 square feet, and when you press the button it feels like the heavens are opening up above your head." -- MSN
  • "Gauges, controls, and everything we interact with are thoughtfully placed with the exception of the clock in front of the driver. I think the clock should be in the center of the dash where the passenger can see it as well." -- The Auto Channel
  • "In keeping with Volkswagen's reputation for fine cabins, the interior of the Tiguan boasts high-quality materials and tight-as-a-drum build quality. Real aluminum -- not silver-colored plastic -- enhances the premium feel. Most controls are large and well-placed, and the available navigation system boasts a large screen and a simple interface." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The Tiguan provides 23.8 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use or 56.1 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. Though reviewers appreciate the rear seat's versatility, it's still not quite enough to match the cargo capacity of rivals.

  • "With the rear seats folded down, the Tiguan has a nice rear cargo area, but it is small for the class." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "When we folded the seats flat, we had 56.1 cu.-ft. at our disposal. And we were able to load all the camping gear we needed for an overnight fly-fishing trip (with room to spare). What's more, we found nine tie-down hooks that were well placed and very useful for securing all of our equipment." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "The rear seat folds nearly flat to increase cargo room, and the front passenger seat also folds flat to provide space for long items." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Unfortunately, the rear seat can't be folded from the cargo area, and moving it forward opens up a crevice in the load floor that can catch small cargo. (Several GM SUVs also have an adjustable backseat, and they eliminate the gap with a plastic bridge.)" -- Cars.com

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