The Tiguan isn't the best value, the most fuel-efficient, or the most stylish in its crowded class of compact crossovers, but its brand appeal and superior cabin fit and finish—as well as its refined performance—leave much to like.
And most of its rivals play it safe with respect to styling, too.
The Honda CR-V was redesigned this past year but remains conservative in look and feel—though it has a very clever second-row seat mechanism and better styling, but inferior performance to the VW.
The Toyota RAV4 remains a strong seller, but it's ready for a major makeover, and seems dated inside, with styling, materials, and packaging.
Chevy's Equinox is really a half-size larger, yet it has a comfortable ride and good fuel economy.
The new Ford Escape is the looker of the group; it's also one of the best for fuel economy, with its new turbocharged four-cylinder engines, as well as in-vehicle tech.
One other model worth serious consideration is the Kia Sportage, which is a little more stylish than the VW, and lower-priced, but not quite as well-finished for ride comfort, space, and interior appointments.
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