THE 2013 VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN REVIEW
Summary Review by Tess: A Taste of Luxury
The 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan continues to build on its success, returning with only minimal changes for the new model year. Overall, the Tiguan is a standout in terms of looks and features in this market segment, but its relatively small size will limit its appeal among those with larger hauling and transportation requirements. Also, upper trim levels with added options can quickly get too expensive for many budget-minded consumers.
Under the hood
The turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine of the 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan delivers up to 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque, managing 0 to 60 miles per hour in 8.4 seconds when equipped with the optional all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive is standard and is combined with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy hovers around average at 18 miles to the gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon in highway driving. Safety features include a full accoutrement of air bags, antilock braking, stability and traction controls, and daytime running lights for added visibility.
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Inside the cabin
The limited rear cargo space may not offer sufficient room to store gear, especially when the Tiguan is fully loaded with passengers. The crossover, however, offers a nice selection of standard features even on the S trim level, including keyless entry, air conditioning, heated mirrors, power windows, mirrors, and locks, and a CD stereo system with eight speakers, auxiliary hookup, and Bluetooth compatibility. Options include a navigation system, full leather upholstery, an advanced navigation system with real-time traffic and rearview camera, an upgraded stereo system, dual-zone climate controls, power adjustable front seats, and a panoramic sunroof.
On the road
The 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan crossover is confident and powerful on the road and offers responsive steering and handling to provide an outstanding ride for driver and passengers. Overall, the Tiguan delivers on its promise of agile handling and exceptional comfort behind the wheel and in the passenger seats.
While the base price of the 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan is relatively affordable, some of the option packages may be priced out of reach for typical buyers, especially when compared to close competitors in this crowded automotive class. Other options to consider include the Honda CR-V or Subaru Forester, which offer more room. The Acura RDX may also be another option for buyers who desire a taste of luxury in a practical-minded SUV.
Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged inline four-cylinder
Horsepower & Torque: 200 hp/207 lb-ft
Transmission: FWD or AWD six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Fuel Economy: 18/26
0 to 60: 8.4 seconds
Base MSRP: $22,995
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