2012 Volkswagen Tiguan Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

With a refined interior and an upright cabin with firm seats, the Tiguan has a versatile, comfortable, and straightforward appeal for crossover shoppers who can afford a compact ute with a premium pricetag.

But first, the basics: the Tiguan sits 173.2 inches long, 66.5 inches high, and is 72.8 inches wide. That tall stance gives it very good head room, and in front, supportive and sporty seats with more bolstering than usual help to contribute to an excellent driving position. On base versions, the seats are covered in cloth; mid-line models get a high-quality leatherette, and top versions have seating surfaces covered in leather. Most versions also have adjustable lumbar support and height-adjustable seats, as well as a power rake adjustment for the driver's seat. It's all functionally adequate, but after a while, you begin to wonder--wouldn't it just be simpler to put a pair of power seats in all but the base models?

High-quality materials make the most of the Tiguan's good interior room.

The second row of seats--there's no third-row option in the Tiguan, or even its bigger counterpart, the Touareg--has comfort that almost rivals the front, again thanks to the tall roofline. Shoulder and leg room are good, and the seats are split to fold, slide, and tilt to improve access to the cargo area. The split of 40/20/40 on some models lets the middle section fold down so skis and longer objects can be stowed with two passengers in place, and up to nearly 24 cubic feet of cargo stowed behind the seats. The rear seats fold down, as does the front passenger seat, for a total of more than 56 cubic feet of cargo space.

Overall, the Tiguan has a very refined, high-quality feel inside. Fit and finish and build quality in the Tiguan are top-notch, and while there's a little wind noise on the highway, the Tiguan's cabin is well isolated from road and engine noise.

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