While the Tiguan may not be as stylish, fuel-efficient, or value-oriented as some of the other compact crossovers in its class, its superior fit and finish and brand appeal–as well as its refined performance–provide a nice balance of attributes.
Many of its competitors keep styling on the conservative side, too.
The Toyota RAV4 debuted with a new design in 2013, dropping its hatch-mounted spare tire for a stylish exterior and modern technology inside.
The Honda CR-V was redesigned in 2012, but plays it safe in both look and feel.
The Honda has a clever second-row mechanism, but lacks the VW's performance.
Chevrolet's Equinox is a little larger than the Tiguan, but it also offers good fuel economy and a comfortable ride.
The Ford Escape is one of the more stylish options in the bunch, and it offers several engines with better fuel economy and more in-car technology than most of its competitors.
The Kia Sportage is also a more affordable option than the Tiguan, and includes a lot of standard equipment, although it lacks the VW's refinement.
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