2014 Volkswagen Tiguan SE
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Let’s be honest…..way too many SUV / CUV drivers look a bit bored….distracted…all too happy to talk and drive…eat and drive…almost anything except put both hands on the wheel and drive.
Tiguan drivers may not look quite so bored. The Tiguan is VW’s smallest SUV…call it a competitor to Toyota’s RAV 4, Honda’s CUV, Ford’s Escape, Chevy’s Equinox, Hyundai’s Santa Fe, Mazda’s C-5, Kia’s Sportage and others.
But in terms of driving dynamics, the Tiguan is more of a competitor to your smaller higher-dollar European SUV’s.
The Tig has that surgically-precise steering and handling that the Europeans are famous for….and it’s 2.0 liter, 200 HP turbo four offers performance to match.
As far as seating and comfort goes, the Tig holds four with comfort…and like most vehicles, five when needed.
The Tiguan’s rear cargo area is 32” long and 39” wide….but can expand by more than 6 inches by sliding the rear seats forward when you need more load space than passenger space.
We tested a Tiguan SE with an Appearance Package….listing almost exactly at the average price for all new vehicles sold today…..$30,830 destination included.
That got us a six-speed auto ( but the Tiguan is one of the few SUVs available with a stick-shift if you prefer ), 18” alloys, Bluetooth, Sirrus XM Radio, keyless entry with push-button start, partial power drivers’ and passengers’ front seats, heated mirrors, and more.
And like so many European vehicles, the Tig came with perforated, heated leatherette….a reasonable imitation of leather…and probably longer-wearing.
In SE /Appearance Group trim, our Tiguan was rated at 21 city and 26 highway MPG….premium suggested. We got 21 in heavy stop and go…and 28 on a “go with the flow of traffic” road trip.
Opt for attractive cloth seating, 16” steel wheels, and a few less options, and you can get into a Tiguan for $25 – $26,000 depending upon your choice of auto or 6-speed stick-shift.
Yes….that’s a hair more than the entry-level prices of many of the Tig’s competitors….but hey…the Tiguan offers a more up-scale driving experience than many of it’s competitors.