This SUV offers a fantastic interior design and solid engine, making it a very fun vehicle to drive. So, if you’re looking for a family car, this would make a fantastic choice.
Rating: 8.6 / 10
The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan has already attracted a fair amount of critics, but that doesn’t mean that this SUV doesn’t offer a certain level of quality to the proceedings. The main problem here is that it’s far too overpriced for the amount of faults it has – like poor fuel economy and subpar frontal crash-test performance. However, it may appeal to a very specific audience thanks to its sophisticated interior design and fun driving experience.
The interior space makes the 2014 Tiguan seem as if it was designed from the inside out because it’s clear that the car makers have put plenty of effort into it. What makes the interior so appealing is not flashy styling, but the fact that it’s very well detailed. It features rich texturing, quality materials and large round gauges, all of which contribute to making the interior seem like it was produced by a premium brand. It’s definitely better than the slightly denigrated interiors of the Passat and Jetta.
Another perk that the 2014 Tiguan possesses is the satisfying handling. While it may not be the fastest SUV on the market, it’s definitely close to being the most accurate. Frankly, it’s tough to explain what makes it handle so well, but once you get behind the wheel, you just know you’re driving something special, with many testers agreeing that it is indeed the fact. That said, since this is a highly subjective issue, it’s hard to gauge whether everyone will enjoy driving this car.
Currently, this SUV offers only the 2.0T engine, with 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, as well as a choice of manual or automatic transmissions. All these specs may make it sound like it's a powerful and responsive vehicle, but the truth is – it’s not. Though after switching from the first gear in the six-speed Tiptronic automatic, it does begin to feel quick and smooth. Ultimately, however, this is not a car designed with car enthusiasts in mind, being a family vehicle first and foremost. On top of that, its fuel economy is poor since it requires premium gasoline and synthetic oil, making running costs relatively high.
This car will not appeal to everyone, that’s for sure, but it does have a certain charm to it that’s difficult to put into words. So, if you find it unappealing even after driving it for some time, then this car isn’t for you.
2014 Volkswagen Tiguan
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Rating: 8.6 / 10
The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan shines when it comes to finer details that make up a fantastic interior space. Everything else just doesn’t quite live up to what one gets to witness inside this car. The cabin features quality materials, large round gauges and rich texturing, which make it seem as if the car was designed by a premium brand. On the outside, however, the 2014 Tiguan isn’t quite as impressive. For the most part, it just looks like Golf’s oversized cousin, but with bigger wheels on some models to give it that “crossover” look – though it’s easy to miss.
The 2014 model features the same grille and minor details as the last year’s release, so there isn’t much new here. It isn’t very sporty either, which can make it unappealing to most SUV enthusiasts. However, if you’re attracted to sophisticated interiors, the car may do the trick for you.
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|2.0 TSI Comfortline 6AT Tip 4Motion||$33,640||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.0 TSI Comfortline 6AT Tiptronic||$31,390||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.0 TSI Highline 6AT Tip 4Motion||$37,440||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.0 TSI Trendline 6AT Tiptronic||$26,390||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.0 TSI Trendline 6AT Tiptronic 4Motion||$28,940||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.0 TSI Trendline 6MT||$24,990||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Fuel Type||Premium Unleaded|
|Number of Doors||5|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Power and Performance:|
Designed mainly with family hauling in mind, the 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan comes with the 200-horsepower 2.0T engine along with 207 pound-feet of torque and a choice of manual or automatic transmissions. It has a towing capacity of 2,200 pounds as well as the Tiguan’s Handex all-wheel-drive system designed for trudging through snow-filled roads. The engine is a little slow to start in first gear, especially with the six-speed Tiptronic automatic, but all the subsequent shifts are much quicker and smoother. The 207 pound-feet of torque come into play from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm, with the top 207 horses popping up at 5,100 until 6,000 rpm. On top of that, the Tiptronic automatic’s Sport will retain revs longer in each gear to make acceleration smoother. It’s not an overly impressive engine, but it does its job.
That said, the engine’s prowess is brought low by the car’s subpar fuel economy. EPA’s rating for driving in the city is 11.8 litres per 100 kilometres and 9.0 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway. The Tiguan also needs premium gasoline and synthetic oil, but only at 1,500-kilometre intervals. This makes running costs quite high, especially for the amount of power the car’s engine actually offers.
|Interiors and Special Features:|
The interior design is easily the best aspect of the 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan. The car features three different fabrics, with each of them having a high-quality look and feel. The base models have cloth and mid-line ones get vinyl “leatherettes”, while the pricier models come with real leather. Most models include adjustable lumbar support and height adjustable seats. The driver’s seat also gets a power rake adjustment. The back row has ample amount of shoulder and leg room, making the rear seats as comfortable as the front ones. Those seats are also set to fold, slide and tilt to make the cargo space more accessible. Once the seats are folded, the space created is 56 cubic feet, with additional space located under the floor.
In terms of special features, the most expensive model comes with a sport suspension, leather seating surfaces, a power driver seat, pushbutton start, keyless entry, a power panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, LED daytime lights and a navigation system. The base model includes 16-inch wheels, power windows, locks, mirrors, an AM/FM/CD player with eight speakers, cruise control, Bluetooth, a trailer hitch prep kit and floor mats. The mid-size model has heated seats, an iPod adapter, 18-inch wheels, a multi-function steering wheel, power-recline driver seat, satellite radio and fog lights. You can also add a sunroof and a navigation system.
The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan has earned marginal safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded it four out five stars for side impacts, four for rollovers and three in frontal crash tests. The Tiguan comes with rear side thorax airbags on top of the usual front and side airbags. The 4Motion all-wheel-drive models also include hill descent controls to manage speed on steep roads. All models now have hill-hold control and an electronic parking brake. However, the new Volkswagen Tiguan is missing a rearview camera, parking sensors, blind-spot detectors and lane-departure warning systems.
Updated on March 26, 2013
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