Why buy a 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan?

Forward-thinking features and a 2009-era premium interior help the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan survive, but its high price is hard to justify now that competitors have caught and surpassed it.

Does the Volkswagen Tiguan have all-wheel drive?

The Tiguan comes in S, SE, SEL and R-Line trim levels, each available with front- or all-wheel drive. Over the past year we’ve driven all but the SEL version. As “cute-utes” go, the Volkswagen Tiguan manages not to look terribly cutesy — or outdated, though it’s not as edgy as some more progressive designs in this class.

Does the Tiguan have a manual transmission?

This model year sees the discontinuation of the Tiguan’s base manual transmission and the addition of a backup camera and touch-screen radio as standard equipment. See the 2015 and 2014 models compared side-by-side here. As we’ll examine below, the Tiguan is arguably a compact SUV, though it’s always been a bit smaller than most.

How does the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan compare to the escape?

Just to blow your mind, here’s another comparison — to a conventional wagon: The new 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is 179.6 inches long yet turns a tighter circle: 35.8 feet. The Tiguan needs 39 feet, which matches the Escape but is outdone by the Sportage (34.8 feet) and CR-V (37.4 feet).

What kind of gas mileage does a Volkswagen Tiguan get?

The Volkswagen Tiguan’s generous power and willing transmission tuning have a downside: The Tiguan’s EPA-estimated gas mileage is 21/26/23 mpg city/highway/combined with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive sacrifices 1 mpg in the city.

What kind of engine does a Tiguan 5N have?

Initially, the 5N Tiguan was released with a 2.0 TDI engine that put down 138hp and a 1.4 TSI engine that put down 148hp. However, in the US and Canada in 2008, it featured a 2.0TSI engine that put down 197hp. And in China, it even featured a 1.8TSI engine that put down 158hp.

What are the 2015 Tiguan’s exterior dimensions?

The 2015 Tiguan offers up tidy exterior dimensions, small even in a compact-SUV class. The overall length is just under 175 inches, meaning only tiny entries like the Hyundai Tucson and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport are smaller. Nearly eight inches longer, a Nissan Rogue is a relative giant.