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SAFETY | 6 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset; 'good,' side impact; 'good,' rear impact; 'good,' roof strength, 'marginal,' small-overlap impact
Four stars overall; three stars frontal; five stars side impact; four stars rollover
Crash-test results for the VW Tiguan have fallen with the introduction of new tests. In recent years, it's earned top 'good' results in all categories of testing from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but in the new small-overlap test, it earns just a 'marginal' score.
NHTSA gives the Tiguan an overall four out of five stars, with five stars for side impacts, and four for rollovers--but only three stars in frontal crash tests.
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.
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 2014 hill-hold control and an electronic parking brake have been added to the entire model line.
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.
Safety scores have fallen to subpar in the most recent rounds of crash tests.