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5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2016 Volkswagen Tiguan OVERVIEW
Volkswagen joined the compact crossover group back in 2009, with the Tiguan. Built upon a platform adapted from smaller Volkswagens, notably the Golf, the compact Tiguan is geared toward European-style ride and handling characteristics. Powered by a 200-horsepower, 2-liter engine, Tiguan has been selling rather well for Volkswagen. Four versions are available, including a sporty-looking R-Line edition.
What's New for 2016
In addition to a significant price drop, the 2016 Tiguan gets several upgrades that include V-Tex leatherette seating, keyless entry, pushbutton start, and rain-sensing wipers. The latest MIB II infotainment system now is controlled via a 5-inch touchscreen. Heated front seats also are new. Volkswagen has repositioned the sporty-styled R-Line edition, with a lower price. All trims except the base S get VW Car-Net App-Connect.
Choosing Your Volkswagen Tiguan
In every Tiguan, a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine produces 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. The standard six-speed automatic transmission incorporates a Tiptronic manual-shifting mode. Front-wheel drive is standard, but you can select 4MOTION all-wheel drive instead. With front-drive, the Tiguan S gets a fuel-economy estimate of 21 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drive drops the city figure to 20 mpg, but both drive systems get a 23 mpg estimate for combined driving.
Four trim levels let you pick an appropriate number of amenities. Volkswagen's 4MOTION all-wheel drive costs $1,975 additional for each model.
With a reduced price for 2016, the R-Line sounds like an even greater value than before when you consider its batch of sport-themed features. Then again, the SEL has added features for 2016; and so has the base S model. Tiguan buyers have some clear-cut choices to make. In well-equipped form, a Tiguan might even serve as an alternative to small, sporty SUVs from the likes of BMW or Mercedes-Benz.
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