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MSRP: $25,995 - $39,235
Invoice: $24,955 - $37,666
MPG: 21 City / 26 Hwy
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Volkswagen Tiguan Interior

The 2015 VW Tiguan earns praise for its polished interior, which reviewers say consists of first-class materials and elegant styling. Most test drivers agree that the Tiguan’s cabin is well-isolated from road noise, and they like the Tiguan’s supportive front seats and adult-friendly space in the second row. However, the VW Tiguan has one of the smaller cargo capacities in the class.

  • "The VW Tiguan's interior offers straightforward controls, with the kind of tight fit and finish we expect from Volkswagen." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Compared to other small crossovers, the 2015 Tiguan swims against that current with a subtle, sophisticated interior that looks and feels first-rate." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin of the Tiguan was designed before VW decided to attack the heart of the American automotive market by making their cars more accessible (read: cheaper), meaning the materials are high-quality for the price point." -- Left Lane News
  • "The Tiguan has a well-designed interior with high-quality materials, including brushed-metal-style trim around the gear selector and air vents." -- Cars.com (2013)

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Seating

The five-seat 2015 Tiguan comes with standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front seats and eight-way partial power-adjustable front seats are standard on higher trims. Auto writers say the Tiguan’s front seats are supportive. Its sliding and reclining rear seats are versatile and have good room for most adults, they add. While the majority of test drivers agree that the Volkswagen Tiguan has a near-silent cabin, a few complain that it can be a bit noisy.

  • "Legroom in the rear seats can feel a little pinched with taller folks up front, but most occupants will find plenty of headroom, and the reclining seatbacks and 6 inches of fore-aft seat travel help maximize the space." -- Edmunds
  • "The smooth ride gets offset by a somewhat noisy cabin, and some found the intrusive head restraints an uncomfortable coda to the otherwise supportive seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Tiguan is a lovely car on the highway, suppressing road and wind noise so thoroughly that it might as well have an Audi badge on the steering wheel." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "On milder runs at highway speeds, the cabin is quiet and composed, and the staccato flow of urban drive is like being in a VW sedan with a booster seat." -- Autoblog (2014)

Interior Features

The 2015 VW Tiguan comes with a rearview camera, an eight-speaker stereo with a 5-inch touch-screen display, satellite radio, auxiliary and iPod connections, Bluetooth and VW’s Car-Net telematics system (with a six-month trial). Available features include push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, an eight-speaker Fender Premium audio system and a touch-screen navigation system.

Reviewers appreciate that the Tiguan’s buttons and gauges are clear and well within reach of drivers. A few test drivers point out that the Tiguan’s 5-inch touch-screen display is much smaller than what most competitors have, and its graphics are dated.

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  • "The Tiguan has yet to get on the big-screen bandwagon, however, as the humble 5-inch screen looks undersized by today's standards. Its rudimentary graphics don't exactly give off a contemporary vibe, either." -- Edmunds
  • "On models so equipped, the navigation screen is within easy reach." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The gauges are clear and well marked. The controls are easy to reach and use. The standard climate control system is refreshingly simple with only three knobs and two buttons." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Cargo

With 23.8 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats in use and 56.1 cubic feet with them folded, the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan has less cargo space than many compact SUVs. Reviewers point out that the Tiguan’s cargo space is still versatile enough to accommodate a good amount of items. However, a few disagree, stating that there’s hardly enough room to fit a hockey bag.

  • "While the Tiguan's cargo area isn't as big as some of its competitors, it makes the most of it with a rear seat that folds in a 3-way 40/20/40 fashion, allowing long items like skis to fit between two passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “Interior flexibility is maximized thanks to 60-40 split folding rear seats." -- Left Lane News
  • "With the rear seats upright but slid fully forward, the Tiguan's cargo area can hold 23.8 cubic feet, while folding down the rear seatbacks makes for a 56.1-cubic-foot cargo space. That's well short of what most rivals offer, such as the 70-plus cubic feet of the CR-V and Toyota RAV4 and even the 65 cubic feet of the CX-5." -- Edmunds
  • "… with the seats up the cargo area is just 23.8 cu-ft -- barely enough cubes to squeeze in a single hockey bag. Though there are no fewer than 11 cubbies spread throughout the cabin, they don't do much to make up for the lack of space." -- Motor Trend (2012)
Review Last Updated: 11/18/14

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