Friday, June 17, 2011

Volkswagen Tiguan - What the Auto Press Says??

The 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan ranks 5 out of 23 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of 24 published reviews and test drives of the Volkswagen Tiguan, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.

In this economy, the Tiguan will disappoint a lot of shoppers because it’s one of priciest SUVs in its class. Still, the price is fair for what you get: a nice interior and attractive exterior styling that reflect the Tiguan’s German roots.
Starting at about $24,000, the 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the most expensive affordable compact SUVs. Reviewers, however, do like what you get for nearly $24,000: standard Bluetooth technology, sporty car-like driving dynamics and a high-quality German interior. “The 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan offers a different flavor in a vanilla class by trading some practicality for a top-notch cabin and European driving manners," says Edmunds.

However, at this price, the Tiguan could be better. First, cargo space is on the small side, making this compact SUV less than ideal for families with young children. Second, the Tiguan uses premium fuel and has one of the lowest fuel economy ratings in the class. Third, once shoppers add features like all-wheel drive and a navigation system, the Tiguan quickly approaches $30,000.

That said, the Tiguan is the only German car in this class, which means you’ll have to check out luxury compact SUVs if you want a larger selection of European vehicles. These cars start at about $32,000 and can get really expensive once you add options. In this light, the Volkswagen Tiguan is a steal for budget shoppers who want European luxury for less.

Other SUVs to Consider
If you can pass on the Tiguan’s sporty driving dynamics, German nameplate and meager cargo room, there are plenty of affordable compact SUVs that will meet your needs. Let’s start with the Hyundai Tucson, one of the most affordable cars in the class that sips fuel and doesn’t offer a skimpy features list. The Tucson averages 23/31 mpg city/highway with six-speed automatic transmission. It also offers nice interior options like USB connectivity, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and Bluetooth for about $22,000 when you choose the GLS trim. This is a great deal when you compare the Tucson GLS to the Tiguan’s base price.

The Honda CR-V surpasses the Tiguan when it comes to cargo space and utility. Made for families on the go, the CR-V’s cargo can hold 72.9 cubic feet of stuff with the seats folded. It also has an interior cargo shelf and cubbies that make organizing a breeze for busy parents. Starting at about $22,000, the CR-V is priced affordably, but can get expensive when you added extra features.

Details: Volkswagen Tiguan
The 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan is available in three trims: the S, SE and SEL. The S trim starts at about $24,000. Volkswagen's all-wheel drive system, 4motion, is available on the SE and SEL trims.

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