Car Review: When size matters, the supersized VW Tiguan stands out

If you’re searching for a compact crossover, there’s no shortage of choices. While most offer good space, one stands out as bigger than the rest: The Tiguan was recently revamped to better fit American buyers. You can even have an optional third-row seat.

The Tiguan also has more tech than in the past. A digital cockpit replaces the normal gauges with high resolution virtual gauges. The SEL premium package adds a full suite of features and a comfortable and leather-lined interior.

The VW Tiguan starts around $25,000, but can push past $38,000 for the top-of-the-line version with all-wheel drive.

While the larger Tiguan delivers with more tech and extra space, it could use a bit more power on acceleration from a stop or while passing. It’s a good cruiser with good comfort and a quiet cabin. You are jostled a bit with large bumps because of the stylish, large 19-inch wheels and lower-profile tires.

Cost: As tested, $38,190

MPG: 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway. I managed 23.7 mpg in 332 miles of mixed driving.

Safety: Adaptive cruise control with stop/go; park distance control front and rear; overhead view camera; forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitor front assist; active blind spot monitor; lane keeping assist.

Things to know: The Volkswagen Tiguan is larger than most compact crossovers, with an optional third row seat expanding its usefulness.


  • A spacious interior for a compact crossover
  • Loaded with technology and safety equipment at the top SEL premium trim level
  • The optional third row is rare in the compact crossover class


  • Feels a bit underpowered
  • Not the best fuel economy in the compact crossover class
  • Larger wheels seem to allow you to feel more bumps

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