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  • NEW 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan REVIEW

    NEW 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

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    Overview

    The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan is a mildly refreshed version of its predecessor. The Tiguan was refreshed to improve some of the vehicle's downsides and make this more competitive. The most notable changes that were made on the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan were mainly focused on its exterior and interior design. The vehicle's front fascia was revised to make it look more attractive. Aside from that, the interior's overall layout was also tweaked and the efforts exerted by VW designers on this has reaped a positive result since the Tiguan is currently considered as one of the SUV models with the best interior.

    The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan is currently available in three trim levels. However, buyers are given the option to go for the all-wheel drive or the front-wheel drive models. In addition to this, Volkswagen is also offering a lot of optional features that buyers could purchase to further enhance the vehicle's appearance and performance. Given this setup, the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan would surely become one of the most sought about compact crossover SUV model for this year.

    Exterior

    The exterior design of the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan was subjected to a mild revision but most of its impressive features were retained. The revision was basically intended to iron-out some of the downsides of the SUV's external appearance and makes this as attractive as possible.

    One of the recipients of the changes made on the latest version of the Volkswagen Tiguan is the vehicle's front fascia. The old layout was totally removed and this was replaced by a more attractive design that incorporates the company's latest corporate look. The attractive design was further enhanced by the company's use of new and assertive headlamps that were patterned after the headlights used in the larger VW Touareg.

    In addition to these changes, the taillights of the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan were also reshaped to provide each of these with more updated look. The reshaping process also made the "Double L internals" of the taillights more intricate and visible. Due to all the changes made on the vehicle, the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan currently looks cohesive and upscale. The revisions made also enabled this SUV to project a more confident stance compared to its predecessor.

    Interior

    The interior design of the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan is actually considered as one of the best in its class. This is because the materials used in the vehicle's cabin are upscale. Instead of using hard plastics or any other cheap materials, Volkswagen designers and engineers have used a lot of soft touch materials on the vehicle's dash as well as on its upper door panels and these made the overall appearance of the Tiguan's cabin quite similar to what most luxury SUVs provide. In addition to this, the vehicle's control and gauges are well arranged and this setup has further enhanced the SUV's interior.

    The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan provides an average amount of interior space. There is an ample amount of legroom and headroom on the front and rear seat. Due to this, the car occupants could seat comfortably inside the vehicle. However, the Tiguan might not be able to compete with other models in terms of cargo space. This is because the Tiguan could only provide a maximum of 23.8 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seat in use. This space could easily swell to about 56.1 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded but this is still 17 cubic feet smaller compared to what the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CRV provides.

    Performance   Handling

    The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan is powered by a 2.0-liter TSI in-line 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that could produce up to 200 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission for the Tiguan S model only while the SE and SEL models are using the standard 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan is also available in all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive versions.

    When driven, the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan does not provide quicker accelerations compared to some of its closest competitors that are powered by larger V-6 engines. However, the capability of the vehicle's turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder engine to produce greater torque allows the Tiguan to provide an exciting and lively ride. In addition to this, the Tiguan is quite stable when taking quick turns and cornering. The vehicle's brake pedals also provide a lot of braking power even at a slightest push.

    Fuel Economy

    The fuel economy ratings obtained by the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan vary depending on the transmission that is mated to its 2.0-liter TSI in-line 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. The Tiguan S model that is using the 6-speed manual transmission obtained the EPA estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 miles per gallon in the city, 26 miles per gallon on the highway, and 22 miles per gallon combined. The SE and SEL models equipped with the 6-speed automatic transmission obtained the ratings of 20 miles per gallon in the city, 25 miles per gallon on the highway, and 22 miles per gallon regardless of whether these models are using the all-wheel drive or the front-wheel drive system.

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    Other Names
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    Other Make Names
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