The Tiguan first hit showrooms in 2009 as Volkwagen's take on the compact crossover wave. Based on the front-drive Golf, the Tiguan has gained quite a following by virtue of its well-constructed interior, wide model range, and German personality. It's also one of the few car-based vehicles that offers an off-road package for true outdoor adventure. The sole engine is VW's turbocharged 2.0 four-cylinder with 200 horsepower.
Cargo space lags behind some rivals, but that hasn't appeared to deter buyers. Fresh from a 2012 facelift, the Tiguan continues with only minor trim revisions.