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Selected Style 2WD 4-Door SE
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Drivetrain

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door SE 16 22 $20,941 $22,240
2WD 4-Door SLT 16 22 $23,075 $24,560
2WD 4-Door R/T 16 21 $23,075 $24,560
4WD 4-Door SE 15 21 $22,488 $23,900
4WD 4-Door SLT 15 21 $24,622 $26,220
4WD 4-Door R/T 16 20 $24,622 $26,220
FWD 4-Door Manual S
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Transmission

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Features

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Automatic S 18 24 $22,551 $24,300
FWD 4-Door SE 18 24 $24,958 $26,925
FWD 4-Door SEL 18 24 $28,680 $30,990
AWD 4-Door SE 18 24 $26,946 $28,875
AWD 4-Door SEL 18 24 $30,668 $32,940
FWD 4-Door Manual S 19 26 $21,455 $23,200
FWD 4-Door SE w/Leather 18 24 $26,193 $28,275
AWD SE w/Leather 18 24 $28,181 $30,225
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,941
$21,455
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,240
$23,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$371 / month
$387 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan aims for the likes of the Honda CR-V and hits a little higher--in price and sophistication.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 22 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 47.4 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.2 56.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 40.8 39.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.4 54.8
Front Leg Room (in) 40.8 40.1
Front Hip Room (in) 56.8 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - 95.3
Second Leg Room (in) 37.7 35.8
Front Head Room (in) 40.6 39.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 61.0 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 6.9
Length, Overall (in) 178.9 174.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 69.9 66.3
Liftover Height (in) 33.3 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.0 61.9
Wheelbase (in) 108.8 102.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.1 71.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 65.2 56.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - TBD - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 32.1 23.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.4 x 0.5 11.25 x 0.47
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.9 x 1.1 12.30 x 0.98
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.5 16.8
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.4 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.3 39.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.42 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code TRY NA
Front Tire Size P225/75R16 P215/65R16
Spare Tire Size Compact 145/80R18
Front Tire Order Code TRY NA
Spare Tire Order Code TBC NA
Rear Tire Size P225/75R16 P215/65R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3971 3433
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 18 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 14.0 11.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 160 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 600 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 210 @ 5200 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System SMPI FSI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 235 @ 4000 206 @ 1700-5000
Engine Order Code EKG NA
Displacement 3.7L/226 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 18 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 26
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.21 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.57 - TBD -
Trans Order Code DGV NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.73 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA - TBD -
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.84 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 - TBD -
Trans Type 4 6
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA - TBD -
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name Dodge Nitro Volkswagen Tiguan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Live Axle Independent four-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent McPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 5
 
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