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in 2011 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $14,421 - $20,947
Original MSRP: $23,720 - $37,390
MPG: 18 City / 26 Hwy
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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior

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The 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan’s interior receives a lot of praise from the automotive press. Its soft-touch materials give it a high quality fit and finish, and the seats are comfortable for both driver and passengers. However, when it comes to cargo space and utility, the Tiguan can’t compete with its rivals.

  • "The dimensions, alas, intrude upon the gorgeous cockpit, which was voted the classiest of the bunch. The Tiguan's back seat was cramped for three riders, aggravated by space-wasting plastic bins at either end of the cushion and a center console that crowded the hump rider's knees. Consider this a four-passenger machine.” -- Car and Driver
  • "On the highway, the Tiguan's well insulated cabin minimizes outside noise, even with the enormous panoramic glass sunroof installed." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Tiguan continues upon Volkswagen?s philosophy of offering premium interiors marked by soft-touch materials and ergonomic layouts. The quality difference between the interior of the Tiguan and those of the competitors is not so great however that it warrants the $1,500 price premium." -- egmCarTech
  • " Tiguan's well-assembled cabin is a handsome combination of soft-touch and textured hard plastics. The SE model's cloth interior rivals that of class leaders for appearance. SEL's standard leather upholstery adds to the ambiance." -- Consumer Guide

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Seating

Reviewers find the Tiguan’s seats quite comfortable, even when on long drives. They even say the rear seat is spacious, which is a rare compliment for this class. What really sets the Tiguan apart from its competitors is that the rear seat can be adjusted to provide more leg room or cargo space. The seat lowers, reclines and slides back and forth.

Unlike more expensive German models such as the Audi Q5, leather seats are not standard. To get these, you’ll have to pay extra. The SE trim comes with cloth or leatherette seats, and the SEL comes with leather seats. Volkswagen has not released pricing for these trims, but they should cost about $28,000 and up.

  • "Very comfortable [in the front], even for larger adults. Generous headroom, even under the panoramic sunroof that was on all vehicles tested. … Outstanding [rear space] for the class. Deceptively spacious for two adults. Tall riders will find ample headroom, even beneath the sunroof housing. Under-seat foot space is also quite good." -- Consumer Guide
  • “Firm, well-shaped seats provide ample support whether you're logging lots of miles on a road trip or simply negotiating a freeway cloverleaf." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Volkswagen didn’t change the Tiguan much for the 2011 model year, but it did add one good thing to the features list: standard voice-controlled Bluetooth connectivity.

This upgrade will please a lot of shoppers, but you’ll have pay more to get features like heated seats. Volkswagen hasn’t release pricing for all options, but last year a special iPod adaptor cost $250 and a navigation system with a rear view camera cost $1,990; both were only available on the upper trims. Once these are added, the Tiguan quickly approaches $30,000, which is pricey for the class. If you’re on a budget or just don’t want to spend $30,000 to get what you want, try the Hyundai Tucson.

  • "The gauges are clear and well marked. The controls are easy to reach and use. Standard climate control system is refreshingly simple with only three knobs and two buttons. SEL has automatic dual-zone climate control that is also easy to operate. The optional navigation system is a new design that has fewer buttons and is easier to learn than the system found in some other VW models." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Like most VW products, the Tiguan's interior is awash in high quality materials and thoughtful placed controls. Although the base S model's interior seems a bit drab, up-level Wolfsburg and SEL trims, with their contrasting materials and optional leather seating, are quite appealing." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

Cargo space isn’t the Tiguan’s strength. It only offers 23.8 cubic feet with all the seats in use and 56.1 with the rear seats folded. That said, other cars in the class offer a lot more cargo space and plenty interior cubbies that make long distance family vacations a lot easier. The Honda CR-V is a popular choice among small families. Totaling 72.9 cubes with the rear seats folded, the Honda CR-V’s cargo area is one of the roomiest in the class. It also has a cargo shelf that makes organizing luggage and sports gear easier. The CR-V starts at $21,695, making it cheaper than the Tiguan.

  • "Tiguan is one of the smaller compact SUVs, but there is good room behind the 2nd row. The split rear seat folds nearly flat to increase cargo room. In-cabin storage is good with numerous cubbies and bins, but most are uncovered." -- 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
  • “Cargo volume unfortunately, is not so impressive; the 56.1 cubic feet of space with collapsed seats is very small when one considers the 73 cubic feet offered by both the RAV4 and the CRV. If cargo space is what you desire, than you had better weigh other options. However, if it is comfort, legroom, and a spacious interior for passengers that you seek, your search has ended." -- egmCarTech
  • "Even when the rear seat is folded down, the VW's maximum cargo space still comes up about 25 percent shy of its bigger Japanese competitors. Buyers who place a premium on pure utility would probably be better served by something else." -- Edmunds
  • "Though not as generous with cargo space as the Jetta SportWagen, rear seats that slide forward a full six inches help increase storage when necessary.” -- Kelley Blue Book

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