3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

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The Tiguan is among the smallest of the compact crossover SUVs for 2014 with a cargo capacity significantly less than many of its competitors. Yet what the Tiguan lacks in space it makes up for with a top-quality interior and upgrades.

What's New for 2014

The Tiguan gets a fifth trim level at the top of the line featuring a sport package along with some comfort and convenience upgrades. Volkswagen’s new Car-Net telematics system is also standard at trim level SE and above.

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Choosing Your Volkswagen Tiguan

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The only engine is assigned to the Tiguan is a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder model capable of 200 horsepower.

If you’re considering the base-level S trim you’ll choose either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic transmission with Sport and Manual modes; the automatic is standard for all other trims.

Front-wheel drive is standard for all trims and an optional 4Motion all-wheel-drive system is available for all Tiguans except S models with the manual transmission.

Five trim levels begin with the base S trim and end with the new R-Line.

S

While the S level is the base trim, it goes above the basic level with such features as:

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  • An eight-speaker sound system with a CD player that’s MP3 and WMA compatible, Bluetooth audio streaming, and an auxiliary jack for portable music players
  • Leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel
  • Single-zone climate control
  • Rear bench seat with 40/20/40-split with fold-flat function
  • Fold-flat front passenger seat to extend cargo capacity for long narrow loads
  • Black cloth upholstery
  • Seven exterior color choices
  • 16-inch Portland alloy wheels

SE

The SE trim retains all of the S level’s features except where they are replaced by the following upgrades:

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  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Media interface with iPod connectivity
  • Car-Net telematics service
  • Heated front seats
  • Driver’s seat power-recline function
  • Leatherette upholstery in either black or beige
  • Heated windshield washer nozzles

With the SE with Appearance trim level, you’ll get the following upgrades or additional features:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Premium VIII touchscreen sound system with HD radio
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Keyless access with push-button start function
  • Rearview camera
  • Front passenger seat power-recline function

SEL

New features and upgrades take a serious jump at the SEL level which includes:

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Navigation system
  • Fender Premium audio system with eight speakers and a subwoofer
  • Dual-zone climate control

R-Line

The top-of-the-line R-Line trim includes several sport-themed features as well as added comfort and convenience items including:

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  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • R-Line body kit
  • Sport suspension
  • Paddle shifters
  • Stainless-steel pedals
  • Power-adjustable front seats with driver seat memory function
  • Heated power-folding and power-adjustable outside mirrors with memory function
  • Leather upholstery in either black or beige
  • Bi-xenon adaptive headlights
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Five exterior colors

In addition to the five trim levels, several standalone options are available throughout the line. The following are among the factory-installed items available:

  • Trailer hitch
  • Rear-hatch spoiler
  • Aluminum side steps with anti-slip coating
  • Splash guards

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CarsDirect Tip

Adding features to any German car adds serious heft to its price tag. More than $13,000 separates the MSRPs of a base S and a range-topping R-Line. If you have a less restricted budget, we like the added features in an SEL, but an SE will probably do the trick for most Tiguan buyers.

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