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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
Standard climate control system is refreshingly simple with only three knobs and two buttons.
great new nav system with a high-res 6.5-inch screen and 30-gig hard drive accessible through the optical drive or an SD card slot
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One especially nice touch is the slots beneath the center console, which provide a secure resting place for our building access cards.
There are some cubby holes in the dash and slots in the doors for maps or water bottles, but they won't satisfy pack rats.
Sound quality on the audio system is poor at higher volume levels.
As it has with other models in its lineup, Volkswagen's improved the positioning of the Tiguan by offering more standard features and more technology, even on base versions. The standard Tiguan S, priced from about $23,000, now comes with 16-inch wheels; power windows, locks, and mirrors; an AM/FM/CD player with eight speakers; cruise control; Bluetooth; cloth upholstery; lumbar adjustment for the front seats; a trailer hitch prep kit; split-folding rear seats; and floor mats.
Moving up a step into the Tiguan LE adds on leatherette trim; heated front seats; iPod connectivity through a media interface; and tinted windows. From there, packages add on an automatic transmission; a panoramic sunroof with a tremendous glass area and a high-quality, retractable fabric shade; and a navigation system with a five-inch touchscreen interface and an SD card interface.
The Tiguan SE is priced from just over $29,000, and has the leatherette trim, heated seats, and iPod adapter, along with 18-inch wheels; a multi-function steering wheel; power-recline driver seat; satellite radio; and fog lights. For nearly $2000 more, the SE adds the panoramic roof and the navigation system.
The most expensive $34,000 Tiguan SEL comes standard with all SE equipment and adds 19-inch wheels; a sport suspension; leather seating surfaces; a power driver seat; pushbutton start; keyless entry; a power panoramic sunroof; automatic climate control; LED daytime running lights; and a navigation system. An upgraded navigation system includes a larger display and a 30GB hard drive for $1000 more, while a special SEL package with the latter system and Dynaudio sound is priced at more than $38,000.
The sticker price is higher than rivals, but the Tiguan's premium feel is amplified by high-end features.