Recall Alert: 2009-2011 Volkswagen Tiguan


Vehicles Affected: About 62,155 model-year 2009-2011 Volkswagen Tiguan compact SUVS manufactured between July 2007 and June 2011.

The Problem: Due to a problem with the fuse for the exterior lights, the holder for the fuse that controls the vehicle's exterior lights circuit may melt, which could result in a partial loss of exterior lighting; this could diminish visibility and increase the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Volkswagen will notify owners starting this month and dealers will replace the fuse for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Volkswagen at 800-893-5298, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 13, 2013 | Comments (2)

Discount-Club Challenge: Compact SUVs

Every few weeks, I get to shop at the local discount club and load up on 20-packs of paper towels, a few dozen chicken breasts and all those other essentials that cost less when you buy them in bulk. Chances are many of you also share in this routine, shopping regularly at Costco or Sam’s Club, but then have issues getting all your purchases — along with family members — into your car. Besides testing the fit of child-safety seats, this is one of those “you have to do it yourself” requirements in new-car shopping. Unfortunately, while dealers will usually let you install a seat into a prospective new car, they won’t let you run errands.

So we’ve done that for you in four compact SUVs: the 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander, 2009 Ford Escape, 2009 Nissan Rogue and 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan. We didn’t fold the second-row seats down, as any compact SUV would be able to handle the load doing that. We also wanted to show how capable these vehicles are as family cars. When you have to tow children with you to the store, you can’t fold down seats filled with booster, convertible or infant-safety seats buckled in. Even a family of four with teenagers still needs somewhere to sit.

Check out the video below and see how the four contenders managed.

By David Thomas | March 2, 2009 | Comments (11)

Weekend Athlete: 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan


Another day, another compact SUV in the crowded Weekend Athlete segment. What’s interesting this time is that the Tiguan is a rare SUV that faces a strong challenger from inside its own family.

See, Volkswagen also makes a wagon version of its Jetta. If it were my money and I wanted a Volkswagen, the Jetta SportWagen would make my decision tough. But we’ll get back to that.

The Tiguan has a very low exterior latch for its hatch door. It wasn’t so low that very tall athletes have anything to worry about, but perhaps shorter ones will appreciate the latch placement. The Tiguan doesn’t stand very tall overall, so if you’re the roof rack type you’ll probably be able to go that route without the assist of a running board or opening the doors, as long as you’re not especially short.

By William Jackson | February 26, 2009 | Comments (4)

Reader Review of the Week: 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan

Reader Review MoleTwins from Chicago went looking for a small SUV with reliability and day-to-day functionality as the primary concerns. A run through the usual checklist ensued, but this reviewer became particularly enamored after test-driving the all-new VW Tiguan. Having met the initial, functional threshold, the Tiguan then surpassed expectations with its ride, styling and interior features. Find out how the Tiguan won this reader's heart after such a short flirtation, then go post a review of your own car here.

By Stephen Markley | November 11, 2008 | Comments (5)

Four Small SUVs Get IIHS Top Safety Pick


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released its latest round of crash tests, and this time the safety group took on the small SUV segment, one of the most popular in the market. 

Four out of the eight small SUVs tested earned the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick status, meaning they received top scores in front, side and rear crash tests. All eight SUVs came with stability control standard. Who were the winners? Keep reading for more, along with the IIHS’ chart of how all eight did. 

By David Thomas | August 20, 2008 | Comments (9) Reviews the 2009 VW Tiguan


Senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder reviews the highly anticipated new compact SUV from VW and comes away impressed. Not only does Joe compare the Tiguan to the rest of its class, he also takes on its bigger brother, the much-maligned VW Touareg. Overall impressions are good despite minimal cargo room and a price tag somewhere between value leaders and entry level-luxury nameplates.

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By David Thomas | July 23, 2008 | Comments (21)

Recall Alert: VW's New 2009 Tiguan, 2008 Passat Wagons


Volkswagen has had reliability issues in the past, which is why when a new model hits dealerships it should probably be free of defects early on, or potential buyers may look for the nearest Honda dealership. That seems to be the immediate reality surrounding VW’s new Tiguan compact SUV. Yesterday, VW issued a recall of the Engine Control Module, which could cause an engine surge when the A/C is on. The same problem applies to 2008 Passat wagons.

VW says there is no problem as long as the A/C isn’t on. Owners driving around in the middle of summer may disagree. VW is acting appropriately and is inspecting and replacing damaged units. Owners are urged to bring them into a dealer immediately. To make up for the inconvenience, VW is throwing in a complimentary car wash and fill-up of gas if owners schedule their inspection by Aug. 30.

There is also a hold on Tiguan and Passat sales until all the modules are inspected. The all-new SUV is just reaching dealers now, and you can find them in’s new-car inventory. VW says only 4,000 models are either on the lots or on the road. Shoppers should still be able to purchase a new Tiguan or Passat from a dealer that has inspected the part, just make sure to ask first.

It sounds like the company really wants to make the problem go away quickly so it won’t stain the Tiguan’s release.

Volkswagen recalling 2008 Passat and 2009 Tiguan (MotorTrend)

By David Thomas | June 12, 2008 | Comments (13)

Volkswagen Tiguan Starts at $22,490


Volkswagen announced today that when the Tiguan arrives stateside next summer, it will start at $22,490. That puts the compact SUV smack dab in Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 territory. VW wouldn't elaborate on the price range or what specific options cost, but it appears from the Tiguan's introduction at the L.A. auto show that it will come standard with VW's turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and a six-speed manual transmission. That combination seems sure to make it a blast to drive — though we'll have to get some seat time before we declare it the "GTI of the crossover utility segment," as one VW executive suggested.

We'll admit we love to shift our own gears, especially with VW's excellent turbo four-cylinder. But will regular SUV drivers want to pay extra for an automatic? Both the $20,700 CR-V and $21,100 RAV4 come standard with autos. If the Tiguan's automatic costs as much as it does in other Volkswagens — it's a steep $1,075 in the Jetta — expect the effective starting price for most SUV buyers to be somewhere around $23,500.

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By Kelsey Mays | November 14, 2007 | Comments (5)

2007 Frankfurt Auto Show: 2008 Volkswagen Tiguan


  • Competes with: Honda CR-V, Acura RDX
  • Looks like: A mini-Touareg
  • Drivetrain: Unknown turbocharged four-cylinder.
  • Hits dealerships: Some time in 2008

We’ve already seen full production images of the upcoming compact SUV from Volkswagen, but the company released more information in Frankfurt yesterday, much of which applies to the versions coming to the States. The most interesting news is that there will be three subtle variations of the Tiguan, depending on a buyer’s off-road desires.

We don’t know how well it will sell, but if you need a larger entry angle you can buy the Tiguan Track & Field. The model has a 28 degree entry angle and a driver-selectable off-road mode. For those who just want the utility of the Tiguan for the daily commute and the weekend run to Ikea, there will be a Trend & Fun and Sport & Style trim. Of course, VW says even these street-friendly Tiguans can take less-extreme trails. 

There’s no final word on which engine will make it to the U.S., but we’ll bet on some variation of the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that is found in many other VW models. There are also plans for a diesel version to come Stateside but don’t expect more news on that until the first major U.S. auto show in Los Angeles this November. For now, check out more photos below.

By David Thomas | September 12, 2007 | Comments (8)

VW Tiguan SUV Officially Unveiled


It will debut to the public this September at the Frankfurt auto show, but American shoppers won’t be able to get their hands on Volkswagen’s new compact SUV until closer to 2008. It looks pretty complete in the photo above and those in the gallery below, but VW has a knack for making us wait for new models.

The Tiguan will have a number of diesel and gasoline engine choices available in Europe, but we’ll most likely get just the top-of-the-line 2-liter turbo engine — used in a variety of VW and Audi engines — that produces 200 hp at launch. However, VW owners do buy more diesels than the national average, and VW has said we will get a diesel option, we're just not sure which of the three European diesel engines we might get.

Specs and prices haven’t been released, but the Tiguan looks like a solid, if a bit conservative, competitor to the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. 

Volkswagen Tiguan Photo Gallery

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By David Thomas | June 29, 2007 | Comments (4)

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