Though Volkswagen is not a luxury brand, the 2012 Tiguan compact SUV offers an almost luxury vehicle experience without the large price tag. Like its Audi siblings, the Tiguan comes with high-end features such as optional LED daytime running lights, headlights that pivot up to 15 degrees to illuminate corners in the road, a panoramic sunroof that stretches over both rows of seating inside the vehicle and optional automatic wipers that sense the presence of moisture on the windshield and adjust their speed accordingly. An optional Dynaudio stereo system is also available, with a 300-watt receiver, eight speakers, and digital sound processing technology that helps drown out any road noise so the music sounds clear even when traveling down the freeway.
Drivers will enjoy the Tiguan for its engaging driving experience, especially on twisting and winding roads. VW tuned the suspension so it provides secure handling in tight turns, with the optional all-wheel-drive system further increases the vehicle’s handling. Volkswagen powers the Tiguan with a turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Standard is a six-speed manual transmission, with a six-speed automatic is optional. EPA fuel mileage estimates total 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg combined.
The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan also comes with safety features that will put to ease any concerns of drivers or passengers. A total of six airbags, including two full side curtain airbags, help protect occupants in a crash. The Tiguan’s frame is constructed with a reinforced safety cage around the cabin where the occupants sit, The B-pillars are extra thick, providing increased protection in the event of a side impact collision or if the vehicle rolls onto its roof. Electronic stability control comes standard on all Tiguans, which automatically applies the brakes or changes the amount of power going to the different wheels in the event the vehicle begins to swerve, helping the driver to quickly regain control of the vehicle.