With its unusually upscale cabin and rewarding handling, the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan is a small SUV with a premium look and feel. Keep in mind, though, that rival models provide more cargo space.
The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover SUV that seats five passengers. It’s available in four trim levels: S, R-Line, SE and SEL. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are offered. The Tiguan is usually cross-shopped against compact SUVs like the Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Rogue.
For the 2016 model year, the Tiguan gains a new infotainment system. Also, simulated leather upholstery and heated front seats join the list of standard features.
Thanks to its European styling, the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan’s exterior design is sophisticated and handsome. A horizontal grille and winged headlights brighten the front fascia. The boxy rear end wears a pair of wraparound taillights.
Base models come with standard features such as 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, heated side mirrors, automatic headlights and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Tiguan R-Line adds fog lights, 19-inch wheels and performance-oriented styling elements. Other trims bring in amenities such as 18-inch wheels, power-folding side mirrors, LED daytime running lights and a panoramic sunroof. A trailer hitch is optional across the lineup.
The Tiguan’s cabin looks just as European as its exterior. The materials used are of high quality, and the cabin is solidly crafted. Front-row passengers enjoy a tall seating position that provides a clear view of the road. The 2016 VW Tiguan provides 23.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 56.1 cubic feet with this seat folded. This is less cargo capacity than you’ll get with some rivals.
Standard equipment includes air conditioning, heated front seats, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a sliding and reclining rear seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and simulated leather upholstery. Go beyond the base trim, and you’ll be treated to features such as power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and leather upholstery.
Volkswagen’s Tiguan is fun to drive in most situations. Its handling is poised, and the driving experience is heightened by this crossover’s quick acceleration. Gears are shifted by a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.
All Tiguan SUVs are motivated by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque.
Fuel economy tops out at an EPA-estimated 21/26 mpg city/highway. The Tiguan can tow up to 2,200 pounds.
The 2016 Tiguan comes with modern tech amenities. Base models are equipped with keyless entry and ignition, a rearview camera, an infotainment system with a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a rearview camera, an eight-speaker sound system, a CD player, an auxiliary input jack and a USB port.
A 6.3-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, satellite radio and an eight-speaker Fender sound system are available higher up the trim line.
By Jill Leonard (Last Updated 1/28/2019)
Jill Leonard is a writer and editor based in Pittsburgh. She first started working on automotive stories at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, where she was a copy editor for more than 15 years. Sadly, despite reading hundreds of stories about vehicles, she still struggles to get her oil changed in a timely manner.
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The price range for the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan is $13,339 - $18,450.
The average selling price is $15,731.
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$24,890 - $36,420
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$13,339 - $18,450
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