2009 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan aims for the likes of the Honda CR-V and hits a little higher--in price and sophistication.

TheCarConnection.com's editors read the latest reviews on the new 2008 Volkswagen Tiguan to write this comprehensive review. Our car experts also drove the Volkswagen Tiguan in Europe and in the U.S., to be able to deliver our definitive opinion on the car, to compare it with other cars in the class, and to give you the best advice when other reviews have conflicting opinions.

The little brother of the Volkswagen Touareg, the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover vehicle in the vein of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

A derivative of the Volkswagen Rabbit platform, the 2009 Tiguan sports a choice of front- or all-wheel drive and a choice of six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. A 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo four is for now the only engine in the lineup, though a version of the new 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder is expected later in the model year.

The new 2009 VW Tiguan is 173.2 inches long, 72.8 inches wide, and 66.5 inches high. A flexible interior package includes second-row split bench seats that can slide and tilt. The Tiguan's seats are both sporty and supportive, yet pleasantly easy to climb in and out of. There's no chintzing out on the back row, either, where even taller passengers can ride behind taller drivers without feeling cramped. VW has paid attention to storage, too: The cargo compartment has a small hidden storage bin underneath the load floor, and there's a twin glove box up front.

The 2009 Tiguan's an agile crossover, enhanced by a new electro-mechanical steering system and a multilink rear suspension. Even with the relatively sophisticated suspension, it can't escape its roots. The ride, steering, and braking are tuned for all-around capability, not ultimate precision--it rides far better than some larger crossovers like the BMW X3, for example.

Safety is comprehensive, with six airbags and stability control standard. The all-wheel-drive system on some versions sports an "offroad" mode, which, with the push of a dashboard button, will activate a raft of alternative safety features like hill descent control.

Visually, the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan hits a safe spot between the more daring Honda CR-V and Volkswagen's own compact Jetta lineup. The grille and headlamps are an interesting look for a small ute, and inside is a typically high-quality Volkswagen interior, with richer textures and finishes than you'd get in a rival crossover. This time, Volkswagen hasn't shorted itself on features, either--the Tiguan offers a navigation system, an iPod input, a music hard drive, and a huge panoramic sunroof.

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April 15, 2015
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The Tiguan has a very good suspension and drive train. It handles very well and is fast and quick to respond.

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The fit and finish are very good. They layout and logic of the controls is as well. We chose a fully loaded model and are very pleased. 145000 kilometers over the last 6 years and the car still feels like new... + More »
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February 29, 2016
2016 Volkswagen Tiguan 4MOTION 4-Door Automatic R-Line

Poor MPG and random failures

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I get my cars as part of a lease scheme so models are pre-determined by the lease criteria. With the Tiguan being back on the scheme at the change point I'd applied and happily was offered one. Unfortunately... + More »
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January 7, 2016
2016 Volkswagen Tiguan 4MOTION 4-Door Automatic R-Line

Tiguan Surprises Even My Skeptical Wife

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Before making our purchase decision on the Tiguan 4Motion R-Line we began our search for a small SUV to replace our 2013 Mini Cooper Countryman. We needed a little bit bigger car to accommodate our... + More »
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November 16, 2015
2016 Volkswagen Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic SE

Powerful, stylish and fun to drive.

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I traded in my15 GLI because we just had a kid. It's easy to manipulate a car seat in and out of the back seat. It moves down the road pretty well, considering it's only 200hp and 207lbs ft. of torque. My only... + More »
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November 9, 2015
2016 Volkswagen Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic SEL

Stands Apart from the Crowd

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The exterior is an older design but does not look dated. It stands out from the typical angular Asian offerings. Ford Escape is worse in crash ratings. The great thing here is the Tiguan is built in Germany so... + More »
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November 1, 2015
2016 Volkswagen Tiguan 4MOTION 4-Door Automatic S

Nicest, smoothest small SUV on the market for 2016

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I test drive every small SUV in the area. I bought the Tiguan. It drives smooth but sporty. The acceleration surpassed the others by far. Feels solid and handles great n traffic or on the freeway. Lacks in... + More »
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October 22, 2015
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I feel comfortable during driving high ways

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Highly quilfied as regard safety and quality , economic , i use 92 fuel in egypt . It is volex vagen quality , we like it in egypt .
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January 31, 2016
For 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan

does its job without complaint

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I chose the Tiguan match with the 140 bhp manual 4 wheel drive . I had the factory fitted tow bar and the optional zenon lights. The vehicle was chosen for its ability to tow my caravan and its discreet style... + More »
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July 12, 2015
2015 Volkswagen Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic R-Line

Great high-quality car for small family, a couple, or anyone who enjoys practicality combined with a fun driving experience.

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I owned a 2012 Tiguan SEL, then traded up to a 2014 Touareg with the V6 engine. Both cars were great, but the Touareg was somewhat awkward for me, as I'm an older senior and mostly drive in town. Besides, my... + More »
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April 14, 2015
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great ride

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very reliable, well built, easy to drive. good ride
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