• May 19, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan compact CUV is a hot seller elsewhere in the world, with waiting lists to purchase the Honda CRV competitor already filling up. It probably won't be that way in the U.S. since the weak U.S. dollar and high feature content of the Tiguan will jack its base price up to $23,840 for a four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive model with a manual transmission. The base price for an AWD model is higher, much higher, at $29,515, and VW expects 60 percent of U.S. sales to be AWD.

In order to justify the premium price, VW will be positioning the Tiguan as the GTI of CUVs. Much like the VW GTI is a feature laden and higher performing version of the less expensive Rabbit, the Tiguan will be the same to its less expensive competition from Honda, Toyota and Ford. It features the same 200-hp, turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder as the GTI, but the compact CUV segment is already filled with examples offering more power from an assortment of four- and six-cylinder engines. Being a VW, we suspect the Tiguan will handle well, but we're not sure there's much of a market for GTI-like CUVs in the U.S. as gas prices continue to go up and up. VW hopes to sell only 20,000 - 25,000 Tiguans in the U.S. per year, which is certainly doable, but it won't be threatening the CRV for the crown of best-selling CUV.


[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      wow kev..u dont seem to like any car brand...true..i worry about volvo lately though..they are losing their volvoness
      • 6 Years Ago
      VW had put a lot of pride when developing and assembling the Tiguan. Not too many automakers can pull this off these days. Generally when a car is introduced it loses its appeal when it finally hits the showroom floor, not true when it came to the Tigaun.
      The fit and finish felt first rate, while laid out very nicely
      and using space effectively. Buttons, knobs and plastics
      felt almost BMW like and at a fraction of the cost.
      The driving experience was also a pleasure. The wheels went where ever your directed it and braked nicely. Acceleration also felt nice and very GTI like.
      The cabin felt comfortable and airy unlike what you might find in some of its competitors.
      I know that VW packed a lot into this CUV, but VW needs to keep up with the Japanese and pricing it like a CR-V would be more acceptable. You can only get a Tiguan with AWD if you go for the SE package and spend
      $ 28.000. The Japanese offer AWD with less hassle
      and heartache, VW needs to come up with a better pricing strategy quickly...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow you guys all really love you jap cars. You all rip on VW and everybody else because you know that they're knocking on the door of your jap crap and are to thick headed to admit it. Jap cars aren't the picture or reliability that they used to be. If they were as good as you think they are why do you have to add fart can mufflers and huge friggin wings to 'em? Real cars don't need that kind of stuff to be "cool".
      The Tiguan is a beautiful vehicle and I would buy one or any other VW group product in a heartbeat if I was in the market. I've never heard anything bad about VW besides from you people and I know tons of people who drive them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I like how you assume that a dislike of Volkswagen equates to loving Japanese cars. I can't speak for anyone else, but personally, I just have an intense dislike of Volkswagens. Why? Because I work for a repair shop that specializes in them (amongst several other brands), and I get to see firsthand how bad they are.

        But VWs are hardly the only cars that I dislike. I have no love for most newer Japanese, Korean, American or Italian cars, either. Nor do I care for anything that's come out of Sweden in the past 5 years (I could almost like an S60R, but the AWD system is asinine and the engine is mounted the wrong way), and outside of some Jaguars, Aston Martins, the Lotus Elise/Exige and the Bentley Arnage, there's nothing from the more well-known British marques that appeals to me either. So yeah. VW/Audi is just at the bottom (right next to Toyota, in fact) of a very long s*** list for me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No diesel? No VW for me.


      As on other thread, would love an EOS - with a diesel. Can't imagine buying this SUV without either. Diesels are what set VW apart from the also-rans in my book. Keep them from me and I keep my money away from them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agree...no diesel , no VW Tiguan.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Stop whining about gas price. Even with the relative high price. It is still lower compare to europe and asian countries.

      Also, don't you have other better things to do like save your economy or save the world from global warming.
      • 6 Years Ago
      what amaze me the most about US boys and girls.. US VW sales are a joke compared to the rest of the world.. hey VW sells in a month in Europe more cars as Chevrolte and Toyota together in the USA, get that fanboys... with other words compared to Europe, VW only sells 5% of the cars in the USA..but everyone posting here at Autoblog has had problems with trillions of VW he had owned and knowns several thousend VW owner who have problem with the trash they drive..

      If VW had sold all that "internet" cars that get claimed here, VW would have been world wide number one since decades..
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know we America's are getting dumber by the minute, but now vw is going to try to justify a high price by telling us there stupid CUV is a GTI?

      If you wanted to sell CUVs VW, you wouldn't have named it the iguana or whatever it is, and you would have given us the diesel we all wanted! AND its too expensive! Am I a N? Are we in Englewood???

      Go screw VW.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sporty fast CUV article and no reference to Mazda? Strange.

      I hardly find the VW reliability bashing relevant as they seemed to have better reliabilty lately. Toyota and Honda, however, have had their share of recalls over the last 2-3 years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      why VW claims the Tiguan the "GTI" in the subcomapct SUV class

      Because most modern compact SUV never go off road street perfromance is more important ..just a quick track compare

      Autozeitung track test
      VW Tiguan 1.4 TSi 150hp ...............1:56.7min
      Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 170hp....... 1:57.3min
      VW Tiguan 2.0TDI 140hp .............. 1:57.7min
      Mitsubishi Outlander 2.0DI-D 140hp. 1:58.8min
      BMW X3 2.0i 150hp.........................1:58.9min
      Subaru Impreza 2.0R 150hp.............1:59.0min
      Nissan Quashqai 2.0 140hp..............1:59.4min
      Peugeot 4007 HDI FAP 156hp...........1:59.5min
      Citroen C-Crosser HDI 156hp........... 2:00.1min
      Toyota RAV4 2.2 D-4D 136hp.......... 2:01.0min
      Land Rover Freelander TD4 152hp..... 2:01.6min

      A Toyota RAV4 is more expansive in Germany as a similar powerfull and much faster Tiguan..one of the reason why the Tiguan seels like hot butter..
        • 6 Years Ago

        The V-6 edition Rav4 would destroy the Tiguan. It has 268HP, and has the same mpg as the 4-cylinder Tiguan or CRV (19/26). You might say it's not fair to compare a v-6 to a 4-cyl, but if the mpg and price are the same, why not.

        [quote]
        Autozeitung track test
        VW Tiguan 1.4 TSi 150hp ...............1:56.7min
        Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 170hp....... 1:57.3min
        VW Tiguan 2.0TDI 140hp .............. 1:57.7min
        Mitsubishi Outlander 2.0DI-D 140hp. 1:58.8min
        BMW X3 2.0i 150hp.........................1:58.9min
        Subaru Impreza 2.0R 150hp.............1:59.0min
        Nissan Quashqai 2.0 140hp..............1:59.4min
        Peugeot 4007 HDI FAP 156hp...........1:59.5min
        Citroen C-Crosser HDI 156hp........... 2:00.1min
        Toyota RAV4 2.2 D-4D 136hp.......... 2:01.0min
        Land Rover Freelander TD4 152hp..... 2:01.6min
        [/quote]
      • 6 Years Ago
      VW reliability record seems to be good elsewhere in the world..europe loves tiguan..screw ure asian generic appliances..piech is gott DAS AUTO
      ..check out "oomph ! wolfsburgs hottest rock band..danke!,max said so"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmm, I should buy one to park beside my one year old GTI.
      Right, almost forgot, no longer have that car. Had to force VW to repo it after they couldn't and wouldn't exorcise it of it's many demons. Should be fun to fight this one out in court. Better luck with this one VW.
      My 15 year old Si hatch is a gutless pop can by comparison, but is the car I once again rely on for day to day use. Runs fantastic, cheap to operate, approaching 285,000 but I wouldn't hesitate to take it cross country.
      Tiguan? Umm, no thanks I'm still sufferring from indigestion...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sooo for $26,000 I can get the turbo Subaru Forester, the "WRX of SUVs". Why would I spend more money on the Tiguan?
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