While the Tiguan may not be as stylish, fuel-efficient or value-oriented as some of the other compact crossovers in its class, its superior fit and finish and brand appeal–as well as its refined performance–make it an enjoyable car to own.
Many of its competitors keep styling on the conservative side, too.
The Honda CR-V was redesigned in 2012, but plays it safe in look and feel.
It has a clever second-row mechanism, but lacks the VW's performance.
The Toyota RAV4 debuted with a new design last year, dropping its hatch-mounted spare tire for a stylish exterior and modern technology inside.
Chevrolet's Equinox is a little larger than the Tiguan, but it also offers good fuel economy and ride comfort.
The Ford Escape is one of the more attractive options in the bunch, and it offers better fuel economy and in-car technology than most of the competitors.
The Kia Sportage is also a more affordable option than the Tiguan, though it lacks many of the refinements found in the VW.
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