The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover that’s fun to drive and comfortable to ride in. It offers impressive fuel economy, all-wheel drive system, efficient cabin technologies and overall good quality. If you are shopping for family cars, consider taking the Tiguan for a test drive.
NEW FOR 2014 TIGUAN
- top-of-the-line trim level R-Line
- Volkswagen Car-Net telematics system
UNDER THE HOOD
The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan has a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. All Tiguans come standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission. But the base model has this as an option and comes with a 6-speed manual instead. The Tiguan is a front-wheel-drive but VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive is optional on all models except the base.
The 2014 Tiguan has the following fuel economy estimates from the EPA:
|Tiguan FWD (manual)||18/26/21|
|Tiguan FWD (automatic)||21/26/23|
|Tiguan AWD (automatic)||20/26/23|
ON THE ROAD
The 200-hp 4-cylinder engine of the Tiguan beats the base engines of some competing SUVs. It produces more power than what is necessary and makes acceleration so satisfying.
If you want a sportier Tiguan, go all the way to the top of the lineup to the R-Line trim. Its suspension tuning is firmer but the ride is still comfortable, compliant and quiet. The Tiguan’s ride quality is in fact comparable to that of the luxury crossovers’. The Tiguan may be a little pricier than its rivals but you will surely know where your extra money went once you get behind the wheel.
INSIDE THE 2014 TIGUAN
If you are looking for a stylish crossover from the inside out, you might get disappointed with the Tiguan. Volkswagen didn’t take much styling effort for the Tiguan’s interior. But that’s not exactly a downside because with its simple design, the cabin looks surprisingly sophisticated, solid and attractive.
The controls are easy to use and the Car-Net telematics system is intuitive. But the touchscreen display could be larger. The seats are comfortable and there’s ample room all around. The Tiguan’s cargo space can be expanded up to 56.1 cubic feet. That’s good enough for a compact crossover but it does not match the 70-cubic-foot cargo areas of the likes of RAV4 and CR-V.
The 2014 VW Tiguan is available in S, SE, SEL and R-Line styles. Here are some of the standard features that go with each model.
S: daytime running lights, heated side mirrors with turn signals, 8-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system, auxiliary audio jack, Bluetooth, multifunction trip computer, 2 remote key fobs, 40/20/40 split folding rear seat, cloth upholstery, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel
SE: privacy glass, 17-inch alloy wheels, Volkswagen Car-Net, iPod interface, leatherette upholstery
SE with Appearance: fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, HD radio, 6-disc CD changer, SD card reader, 8-way partial-power front seats with lumbar support, satellite radio, keyless access with push-button start, rearview camera
SEL: navigation system with SD card reader and 5-inch color touchscreen display, Fender audio system, power panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control
R-Line: automatic bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, R-Line badging, rear spoiler, 19-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 12-way power front seats with driver memory function, R-Line steering wheel
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