2012 Volkswagen Tiguan Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Tiguan is Volkswagen’s compact SUV that Volkswagen describes as the GTI of compact SUVs. Building on the GTI heritage the Tiguan promises sporty driving dynamics and is offered in either front-wheel-drive or 4Motion all-wheel drive with the choice of two transmissions; a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual. Standard safety equipment includes Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and six airbags including Side Curtain Protection head airbags for front and rear seats. The rear seat features 6 inches of fore and aft adjustment to allow maximum rear-seat legroom of provide additional cargo capacity.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover SUV offered in three trim levels: S, SE and SEL.

The entry-level S version comes standard with 16-inch wheels (steel with manual transmission, alloy with automatic), heated mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, air-conditioning, full power accessories, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 40/20/40-split rear seats with reclining seatbacks, a trip computer, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. A panoramic sunroof is optional and it brings with it tinted windows.

The SE adds 18-inch alloy wheels, additional chrome exterior trim, roof rails, foglamps, heated washer nozzles, tinted windows, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, heated front seats with driver side power recline and manual height adjustment, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and an upgraded sound system with a touchscreen interface, satellite radio, an iPod interface and steering wheel controls. Optional is the panoramic sunroof bundled with a navigation system.

The SEL includes all of the above plus 19-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, automatic wipers, keyless ignition/entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar adjustment and memory functions, leather upholstery and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The SEL can be equipped with an upgraded navigation system that includes a larger touchscreen and a rearview camera. To this, an eight-speaker Dynaudio premium sound system can be added.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 200 hp and 207 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the Tiguan S, while a six-speed automatic is optional on the S and standard on the SE and SEL. A choice of standard front-wheel drive or an available all-wheel-drive system round out the powertrain details.


Standard equipment on the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan includes antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.

Interior Design and Special Features

As with most vehicles in the VW lineup, the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan boasts a premium-style cabin that approaches Audi in its overall sense of quality. High-end materials and solid craftsmanship (even actual metal trim!) enhance the premium feel. Most controls are large and well placed, and the available navigation systems feature a reasonably user-friendly interface.

Firm, well-shaped seats provide ample support whether you’re logging lots of miles on a road trip or simply negotiating a freeway cloverleaf. The 60/40-split-folding rear seat has a cargo pass-through in the middle, so the Tiguan is adept at carrying cargo and passengers at the same time. The rear seat also slides fore and aft to improve either rear legroom or cargo space, and the seatback also reclines. This feature is common among larger compact crossovers like the Honda CR-V, but rare among smaller ones like the Tiguan.

With the rear seats positioned as far forward as they’ll go, the Tiguan can accommodate 23.8 cubic feet of cargo. With the second-row seat folded down, maximum capacity jumps to 56.1 cubic feet, although this is about 17 cubic feet shy of the space afforded by the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

Driving Impressions

The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan might not have the most impressive acceleration in the segment, but the torquey power delivery of its turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes it feel lively around town. While cornering, the Tiguan feels confident and poised, absorbing bumps with ease. In general, this is one of the most enjoyable small crossovers to drive, aided in part by accurate steering and confidence-inspiring brakes.


2012 Volkswagen Tiguan Price :

MSRP range: $22,840 – $38,080
Invoice price range: $21,926 – $36,558

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan Specs :

New Volkswagen Tiguan is supported by direct injection engine. In addition to the permanent version with all-wheel drive (4MOTION), front-wheel drive versions are offered again at a certain Tiguan as well. Three of the seven new engines for 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan line-up. Four gasoline engines (TSI) output between 90 kW/122 PS and 155 kW/210 PS. New are three TSI engines with 118 kW/160 PS, 132 kW/180 PS and 155 kW/210 PS – they all bring to the dynamometer 10 PS more than the previous model, without increasing fuel consumption combined.

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan diesel 3 (TDI) produces power 81 kW/110 PS, 103 kW/140 PS and 125 kW/170 PS. All Volkswagen Tiguan with BlueMotion Technology (BMT) also have a Stop / Start system. The value of new SUV fuel consumption is reduced to 0.3 l/100 km. In the case of front-wheel drive, the 2012 VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI BlueMotion technology to produce power 81 kW / 110 PS and 103 kW / 140 PS, for example, a combined fuel consumption of just 5.3 l/100 km. Standards are also setting all-wheel drive Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI BlueMotion technology to power 103 kW / 140 PS and 5.8 l/100 km. This makes the Volkswagen Tiguan to be one of the most fuel-efficient SUV in the world.