2016 volkswagen tiguan Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan now comes with a lower base price and a new infotainment system across the lineup.
The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan is a two-row crossover that slots below the larger Touareg and is available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. The 2017 Tiguan will be all new.
One engine is available in the 2016 Tiguan: a 2.0-liter turbo I-4 with 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is below class average at 21/26 mpg city/highway for front-drive models and 20/26 mpg with all-wheel drive. In terms of cargo space, the Tiguan has one of the smallest at 23.8 cubic feet with the split-folding rear seats up and 56.1 cubic feet with them down.
Standard safety features include dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard features on the base S trim includes 16-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, 40/20/40 split folding rear seats, a five-inch infotainment touchscreen, and cloth upholstery. Moving up to the SE trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, and leatherette upholstery while the SE w/ Appearance builds on that by keyless entry/start, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a panoramic sunroof. SEL models come with more features including a Fender audio system, and navigation, dual-zone climate control. The R-Line trim adds HID headlights, HID headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, 12-way power front seats, a body kit, and a rear spoiler.
What We Think
In a 2012 First Test review, we said the Tiguan handles well regardless of drivetrain configuration and offers good power. However, due to its height, it has a lot of body roll even with the larger 19-inch wheels. The interior of the Tiguan, especially in the SEL trim, feels upmarket and well-built, but it doesn’t have much space for cargo or people. Passenger comfort is also a weak point due to the flat front seats and a poor driving position that’s made worse by the way the dash is angled. Additionally, the Tiguan’s price proved to be another issue because it tops out at nearly $40,000, which is higher than most of its competition, making it a poor value proposition when the crossover’s feature content is taken into consideration.
- Punchy turbo-four
- Upmarket-feeling interior
You Won’t Like:
- Awkward driving position
- Flat front seats
- Limited cargo space