2012 Volkswagen Tiguan Review
Reviewers say the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan is a good choice thanks to its powerful engine and upscale interior.
The Volkswagen Tiguan has one of the liveliest engines in the class and one of the nicest interiors, but its high price may force some shoppers to turn to rivals with lower prices and better fuel economy ratings, like the Mazda CX-7. Though the Tiguan is expensive, auto writers think it offers a lot for the money, and the base model is well-equipped.
Despite its top performance, the 2012 VW Tiguan lags behind other compact SUVS because it’s not as utilitarian. However, most reviewers don’t mind the Tiguan’s meager cargo space because the rear seat is spacious enough, and passengers can slide the rear seat forward and back to get comfortable. Families willing to sacrifice some cargo space for a quality interior and a powerful engine should be pleased with the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan.
Other SUVs to Consider
If you need a lot of cargo room to haul your stuff, several compact SUVs will meet your needs. The Hyundai Tucson, one of the most affordable SUVs in the class, uses less gas and has a longer warranty than the VW Tiguan. And while the Tucson can’t compare in terms of standard features and interior quality, it can be comparably equipped for less cash.
Made for families on the go, the Honda CR-V surpasses the Tiguan in terms of utility. The CR-V has a large cargo area with the seats folded. It also has an interior cargo shelf and cubbies that make organizing a breeze for busy parents. The Honda CR-V is priced affordably, but can get expensive when you add extra features.
Details: Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen has given the 2012 Tiguan a mid-cycle refresh. Among Volkswagen’s notable changes are redesigned front and rear ends and higher fuel economy ratings. The Tiguan is available in three trims: S, SE and SEL.
Because the Tiguan only received a mid-cycle refresh, this article features content from earlier Tiguan reviews.
- "Seeing as the 2012 Tiguan merely adds a bit of polish to an already successful recipe, expect that momentum to continue until VW can launch an all-new model further down the road." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Sporty-for-the-class road manners, a comfortable interior, and three years of no-cost scheduled maintenance offset the difference enough to make it worth a spot near the top of your shopping list. Our top pick is the entry-level S model. It's the least-expensive Tiguan, but it still has a high level of standard equipment." -- Consumer Guide
- "This is only considered a mid-cycle refresh for the Tiguan, but it feels like more than that." -- Motor Trend
- " In the meantime, we don't see anything here that will stop the current generation from continuing to build momentum. It's more refined, better looking and cheaper to run, and it still packs the heart of a GTI." -- Autoblog