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2014 Volkswagen Tiguan review

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Volkswagen Tiguan highlights

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Pros

  • Upscale interior
  • Powerful turbocharged engine

Cons

  • So-so EPA-estimated fuel economy
  • Cargo space is on the small side

Mileage (EPA estimate)

18 city, 26 highway, 21 combined

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2014 Volkswagen Tiguan is comfortable and fun to drive

The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan is a five-passenger compact SUV that offers a more premium driving experience than the competition. The quiet and comfortable cabin helps take the edge off long drives, while the powerful turbocharged engine and sporty handling keep things fun. Fuel economy isn't a strong suit of the Tiguan, though, and it doesn't offer as much cargo space as some of its rivals.

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What is new for the 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan?

  • The Tiguan is available in a new trim called the R-Line.
  • Tiguan trims have been upgraded with Sunroof(s), Smart Key, 4WD/AWD, and Fender Audio as standard equipment this year.
  • Full Roof Rack and Tow Hitch features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The SE trim now comes with Rear View Camera as standard equipment.
  • The SEL trim now comes with Leatherette Seats as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

1. Upscale interior

If sleek styling is your chosen aesthetic, you'll love the 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan interior. Premium material finishing for high-use areas is standard even on the base S trim, including anthracite metallic accents alongside a leather-wrapped steering wheel and transmission shifter. Higher trims boast V-Tex leatherette or leather seating in charcoal gray or sandstone cream. Drink holders are conveniently located for front-row and rear-row outboard passengers. If the winter months come around quickly in your state, choose the SE trim or above for heated front seat functionality.

2. R-Line trim

Newly introduced for the 2014 model year, the Tiguan R-Line trim amplifies this compact crossover's sporty disposition. Exterior styling is ramped up significantly, adding 19-inch alloy wheels, extended wheel arches, unique R-Line front and rear fascia, and a rear spoiler. The sensory thrills continue once you're inside and on your way. The R-Line's front-row sport seats, paddle shifters, and all-black headliner create a sophisticated feel behind the wheel. Ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery, and R-Line badging complete the dramatic interior look.

3. Turbocharged engine thrills

The thrill of a turbocharged engine and its responsive acceleration will never grow old. The 2014 Tiguan is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, good for 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. The base trim pairs this powertrain with a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. Higher trims are equipped with an automatic transmission. If you regularly encounter switchback roads and highway ramps, all-wheel drive is available for the SE trim and above.

4. Comfortable seating

Grab your crew and make plans, the 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan is supremely comfortable for cross-country road trips and daily commutes with colleagues. Seating five across two rows, the cushioned seating and cupholders across both rows are immediately welcoming. Add in decent legroom across both rows (40.1 inches up front, 35.8 inches in the second row) plus rear-row recline functionality and you have a recipe for classy comfort.

5. Helpful hauler

When you need to show up for family and friends on house moves or recycling center trips, the 2014 Tiguan can adapt quickly. The rear row has a 40/20/40 split-fold configuration, allowing you to fold each section independently, depending on load size and shape. Fold all rear-row seats flat, and you'll get 56.1 cu-ft of space to play with, big enough for moving boxes and appliances. All 2014 Tiguan models have trailer hitch preparation functionality, and when properly equipped, an estimated towing capacity of 2,200 lbs with the 2.0L engine.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.4 out of 5

5 customer reviews
The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan is a great car that customers like for its utility, handling and performance. Customers also mention the car's style and say it compliments their lifestyle. The car is comfortable to ride in for both the driver and passengers.
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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

S 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

2.0L

Horsepower

200

Torque (ft-lbs)

207

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

16.8

Wheelbase

102.5"

Overall length

174.5"

Width

71.2"

Height

67.1"

Leg room

F 40.1"/R 35.8"

Head room

F 39.1"/R 39"

Front tires

P215/65HR16

Rear tires

P215/65HR16

Seating capacity

5

Max towing capacity

220/2200 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

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