We purchased this car for our teenager to use, and so far we couldn't be happier. It's safe, sporty, easy to handle, and has enough "pep" to move but not too peppy.
I bought a 2011 Tiguan SEL three months ago and was just loving it until two things happened. First the Shift knob metal parts (not really metal) started delaminating. I found out that to replace the shift knob from VW it's $500.00. I would buy replacement knob if they would give me a real metal one that would last. The second problem is that the beautiful cloth screen that automatically slides over the panoramic sunroof has come loose from the track, not sure why. brought it to VW and a new one is $240.00 but with the labor it's $1,300.00 plus to replace! I would like to keep this car looking beautiful and new but not with these costs. Such a shame that the engineers don't think about costs to repair these fancy features. I would be very careful about buying one of these fully loaded versions without a manufacturers warrantee. I have Maxcare extended warrantee and neither of these issues are covered...:-( My Tiguan had 41k on it when I purchased it.
As I was considering what next car I should purchase, of course my mind naturally resonated toward the VW. It's what I know and love. I wanted something bigger (I was driving a VW Jetta) but I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg. *Oh, and it HAD to be manual. No exceptions. Every time I went to the VW website, I built a Tiguan every time cause it was a bit bigger and it came in manual. Amazing to me that that was one of the first cars I saw and test drove the day I went out there. By the time the test drive was over, I got that "mmm, I like this." feeling and walked away thinking this is a definite contender. After trying a few other vehicles (yes, the VW Toureg was one of them, which doesn't come in manual) my mind was made up. She's bigger (yes, a she) with WAY more knee room than my Jetta ever did. I like that she's higher off the ground too. So far, the gas to mileage ratio seems within a pretty decent range. My other half never felt comfortable in my Jetta but is much more eager to have me drive, since buying the Tiguan. I like the placement of the cup holders, the rear view windshield, and I've never had a hatchback before and so far, it's much more accessible. I had a sunroof in the Jetta (didn't use it much) and do not have one in the Tiguan which is FINE with me. I appreciate the extra head room I have now. *Did I mention she's manual too? :) Plus now I have the temperature listed right in front of me and I like that the dashboard is more digital. The placement of the knobs,etc are very comfortable and I like the the interior light goes on when you shut the car off to gather your belongings and exit. It's only been a few months now and I still get that giddy feeling when I know I am driving EXACTLY what I had always envisioned. The clincher was purchasing the maintainance package up to 127K miles... that way I can drive her with ease, knowing how finacy the VWs can be sometimes. *If your a VW owner, you know what I mean. I am looking forward to enjoying the heck out of my car, as time goes on. Happy VW owner here.