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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset; 'good,' side impact; 'good,' rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; Top Safety Pick
Not yet tested
Crash-test results for the Tiguan have been excellent, and Volkswagen continuous to offer a few more safety features than you'd typically expect to see in a small crossover.
In addition to the usual front and side airbags, rear side thorax airbags—not often available in this class—are an option here. On 4Motion all-wheel-drive versions, hill descent control is also included, to help control speed on steep slopes, while for 2013 hill-hold control and an electronic parking brake have been added to the entire model line.
The Tiguan hasn't yet been rated in the new IIIHS small overlap frontal test, or in updated federal tests, but crash-test results for the VW Tiguan have been excellent. In recent years, it's earned top 'good' results in all categories of testing from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
About the only things that are arguably missing from the Tiguan's roster are advanced-safety features such as a rearview camera, parking sensors, blind-spot detectors, and lane-departure warning systems. These features, which might help avoid an accident, are beginning to become available in compact mainstream crossovers.
It's worth noting though that outward visibility is better in the Tiguan than in many of the alternatives; thank the tall seating position and relatively level beltline.
Great outward visibility, top ratings, and an extensive safety-feature list add up to a secure pick.