• May 27, 2008
Click the image above for a gallery of live shots of the Volkswagen Tiguan

In a rather odd yet intriguing move, Volkswagen in Germany is handing out a new fifth-generation Golf to anyone who orders a Tiguan. The customer will keep the Golf until their new Tiguan utility vehicle is available, which, at current rates, will not be until next January at the earliest. In an effort to cover the cost of giving away a new car and getting it back used, VW will be providing its dealers with a one-time payment of €1,000 for each Tiguan sold. Unfortunately for the affected dealers, that won't be enough to recoup the lost value of the Golf, but it shows how eager VW is to sell its new small-ute in the face of similar new models coming from its key competition, namely the Mercedes-Benz GLK.

We've previously reported that the Tiguan will start at $22,490, which equals $23,840 after the expensive shipping cost is tacked on. After AWD is added, though, the price climbs to $29,515. Considering that seemingly lofty price point, Volkswagen isn't expecting to face such sales shortages in the U.S. where it is marketing its lil' ute as the GTI of CUV's.

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


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      • 6 Years Ago
      First, automatic= opposite of fun. I've always owned manuals and hope to continue that trend.

      Second, weight make a huge difference. There's a 300 lbs gap in weight. That's a substantial amount of metal to get around a corner. If you car is weighted correctly you should feel even a 20 lbs bag of cat food in your trunk.

      Yes, the 2.3 puts out more power. But mazda's implementation of their turbo delivers power in a 1980 high-peak fashion. It's a personal thing. some like the turbo to come on late...me, I had two inline sixes and I prefer linear power.

      I've never let 3-5k make a difference on a car purchase. We get S plan pricing at Mazda, so that'd be below invoice easy with their trunk money. That savings isn't enough to convince me a CX-7 is a good choice.
        • 6 Years Ago
        CX-7 doesn't handle well. Flat out it feels like the pig it is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      makes sense, if you follow automotive news at all you're aware this thing is outselling the yaris (toyota's biggest seller in germany).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Even so, I would assume SUVs are an equally small player in Germany?
        • 6 Years Ago
        From what I saw, small SUV's weren't too scarce. You wouldn't see an X5, which seemed like a huge boat relative to everything else over there, but an X3-sized SUV wouldn't be unusual.

        But yeah, most of the vehicles I saw in Germany, were German. In fact, I don't even remember seeing a Japanese car there, but I'm sure there were some.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Toyota is making serious inroads in Europe; the Yaris and C4-D engine were watershed moments for them and the Aygo and Avensis good followups. The RAV/4 and, to a lesser degree, the Auris.

        European buyers are starting to learn what North Americans figured out twenty years ago: cars don't need to be flakey pieces of crap, and absolute performance comes second to decent liveability. My (Italian) relatives bought an Accord after years of Fiats and the lack of repairs and servicework have been a revelation.

        I've heard a lot of carping about German engineering and quality and, with a proviso, it's true that German cars are some of the most reliable in Europe. That proviso, though, is that the benchmark is very low: VWs and MBs are solid if you line them up against Renaults, Citröens, Fiats and Alfas. Toyota, Honda, Ford and Hyundai are going to make real trouble, especially now that the big European domestic advantage--excellent diesel powerplants are available from the Asians--has been overcome.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why not just sell the vehicle when it is available? Like any other retailer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This thing goes like hot cakes overhere.
      And don't say Toyota is not a big player in Europe, because in my country it's the second best selling brand for the past few years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where does VW get off trying to say this is almost as compact as a (old) Beetle?

      It's fairly large, heavy, and gets a whopping 20mpg combined (21 on the FWD model, I'm not even going to mention the FWD stick). Oh, and pricey.

      If people are still buying stuff like this, people still haven't had enough sense knocked into them by high gas prices.

      Still, it gets better gas mileage than an RDX!

      You can get almost 20% better mpg with a Passat wagon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        TDIs and turbos get usually better mileage than government's estimates. I experienced this with the Passat TDI MT and the Passat 1.8T Wagon MT. I cannot say the same thing with the Ford Focus 2.0 MT (NA engine).
        For Tiguan: wait for the real world mileages...

        Also, VW sale prices tend to be around the invoice, not MRSP. Check out Edmunds.com.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope it gets a diesel... will make it stand out amount this small SUV group.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Much nicer than a Rav4 or CRV. Too bad on the gas, I was hoping it would be a little more effecient. Will there be a TDI version? That would be nice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i love the thing but i just priced one out to $36510. wtf
      • 6 Years Ago
      After failing with the Phaeton it seems Volksie has finally struck gold with a high profit margin vehicle in Tiguan.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's nice and all, but does anyone know if they will offer a TDI for the Tiguan?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The outlander is not a driver's car. Flat out it does not have a good suspension, good steering feel and certainly its engine can't compare.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well in Germany Toyotas market share was about 3 percent in January and if i remember right the numbers are currently going down.
      The new models wasn´t a hit here and the RAV-4 suffer heavy since you can get the Tiguan.
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