2012 Volkswagen Tiguan review

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Volkswagen Tiguan highlights

Customer rating


  • Comfortable ride and agile handling
  • Powerful turbocharged engine


  • Mediocre EPA-estimated fuel economy
  • Smaller trunk than rivals

Mileage (EPA estimate)

18 city, 26 highway, 21 combined

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan pairs premium feel with performance

The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan is a five-passenger compact SUV that offers better-than-average all-around performance and a premium interior. While other compact SUVs pack in a bit more practicality, the Tiguan stands out from the crowd with upscale interior materials and a comfortable, sophisticated ride. The Tiguan's powerful turbocharged engine is another differentiator in the class, but it won't deliver the best gas mileage.

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What is new for the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan?

  • The Tiguan is available in a new trim called the LE.
  • Tiguan trims have been upgraded with Smart Key as standard equipment this year.
  • Parking Sensors, Full Roof Rack, Running Boards, and DVD Video System features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The SE trim now comes with Cloth Seats as standard equipment.
  • The S trim now comes with Panoramic Sunroof as standard equipment.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan is a small but spacious car with a luxurious ride and great pick up. The car has a sleek design and styling and is a great size for a family. The car has a lot of personality and is a great car for someone who wants to drive a little too fast.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Volkswagen Tiguan an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Volkswagen Tiguan 27th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Volkswagen Tiguan features and specs

LE 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 40.1"/R 35.8"

Head room

F 39.1"/R 39"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

330/2200 lbs.



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