If you need a smaller SUV, why not turn to Volkswagen to find the option you’re looking for? We know, when you think SUV, options like the Rav4 or Nissan Pathfinder pop up, however, the Volkswagen Tiguan is getting great reviews. Let’s check out why it should be considered on your list.
Why Should You Consider The Volkswagen Tiguan?
To our surprise, the Volkswagen Tiguan is very reasonably priced. The base model starts around $24k. This puts it slightly lower priced than the Honda CR-V and Rav4, which both start around $25k.
However, the Tiguan seems to be lacking in fuel efficiency against its competitors. It only receives an average of up to 22 mpg in the city and 28 mph in the city. It’s rivals get over 25 mpg in the city and over 30 mpg on the highway.
So, what’s the Tiguan’s deal with having poor gas mileage? It could be because the Tiguan is a little larger. While it’s advertised as a five-passenger car, it can seat up to seven people. It also weighs around 3,500 lb, which is right around what it’s competitors weigh.
Nissan Tiguan Power
What the Tiguan lacks in fuel efficiency, it doesn’t make up for in power. The Tiguan has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that provides 184 horsepower and 221 lb-foot of torque.
The acceleration feels slow and laggy, making it difficult to pass others on the highway. Plus, it takes 8.6 seconds to go from 0 to 60mph.
It can also only tow up to 1,500 lb. Other SUVs that are similar in size like the Rav4 can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
However, on a positive note, some trim options are available in all-wheel drive, giving you the ability to traverse snow and dirt roads. By having a ground clearance height of 7.8 inches and coming with 20” tires, this vehicle can clear some obstacles.
The VW Tiguan is also pretty capable of climbing over some inclines with an approach angle of 26.2 degrees and a departure angle of 23.3 degrees. However, remember that this vehicle is not made for off-roading. Never do anything that you don’t feel confident about.
VW Tiguan Features
It seems like the VW Tiguan is getting great reviews for what it has to offer in it’s interior instead of the exterior.
The VW Tiguan is incredibly spacious, with an optional third row of seating. In five-seat models with the back row folded flat, there is up to 73.5 cubic feet of cargo space, giving you the ability to fit all the things in it.
The digital cockpit provides a high-resolution digital display to show you your specs quickly. Plus, you can create driver profiles that remember the preferred settings of everyone who might regularly drive your Tiguan.
Take advantage of the full-screen navigation to enhance the size of your map to improve navigation. Also, stay safe with standard features such as blind-spot monitoring, forward collision prevention, and more.