Recall Alert: 2009-14 Volkswagen Tiguan


Vehicles Affected: More than 151,000 model-year 2009-14 Volkswagen Tiguan crossovers manufactured between July 2007 and June 2014

The Problem: When using winterized fuel, in certain conditions bubbles may form in the fuel system, which could result in the vehicle stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Volkswagen will begin notifying owners on Aug. 19, and dealers will update the vehicle's software to increase the fuel pump pressure for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Volkswagen at 800-822-8987, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

What's the Most Affordable Compact SUV for 2014?


If you're shopping for a compact SUV, the bevy of competitive options to choose from may overwhelm you. Since our last comparison test in 2012 new models from Jeep, Nissan and Toyota have gone on sale, and they're selling quite well.

Related: What's the Most Affordable Midsize Sedan for 2014

One other thing that has changed recently: Most models in this segment come with relatively well-equipped base levels, or with just a few options selected. That makes finding the most affordable versions easier, but it's not a simple task.

We've done the hard part and compiled the right trim levels that deliver expected features in this class and included the cost of gas over five years to determine the most affordable compact SUV amongst the ranks.

By David Thomas | June 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan Real-World Cargo Space


The Volkswagen Tiguan is one of those small SUVs that's deceivingly large on the inside compared to how compact it looks on the outside. The Tiguan is 7.5 inches shorter and 2 inches narrower than the 2014 Jeep Cherokee but has very similar cargo dimensions with 23.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the backseat and a total of 56.1 cubic feet when the backseat is folded. That rear seat also slides forward 6 inches and reclines.

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Cargo users also have the option to maximize the cargo area by folding the front passenger seat flat — objects around 98 inches long can fit on the passenger side, according to VW. One of the Tiguan's tricks on models with the optional stereo and subwoofer is to hide the subwoofer in the spare tire area instead of in the cargo area, which doesn't impact cargo space, unlike the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's subwoofer setup. See how well cargo fits in the Tiguan in our animation below.

By Joe Bruzek | May 29, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan: Car Seat Check


Volkswagen's compact crossover is at the smallest end of the class, so it's no surprise that the Tiguan didn't exactly excel in accommodating child-safety seats. During our Car Seat Check, Latch access wasn't the best and backseat room was an issue for one of our two rear-facing child seats. The Tiguan's stable seat belt buckles, however, helped earned it an A in the booster category.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | May 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

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)

2013 Volkswagen Tiguan: Family Checklist


The 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan can be a little perplexing for families interested in a compact crossover. Its exterior styling and higher step-in height classify it as one, but with its compact cargo area, it seemed like a premium hatchback on stilts.

My family of three enjoyed the five-seat Tiguan immensely, but we're known to pack light. Larger families looking for a roomy compact crossover should move other contenders ahead of Tiguan on their car-shopping lists.

By Carrie Kim | September 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

VW to Offer R-Line Trim on 2014 Beetle Convertible


Volkswagen announced ahead of today's 2013 Chicago Auto Show media preview that the 2014 Beetle convertible would become the fifth member of the VW family to offer the sporty styling of its performance-inspired R-Line trim package.

The convertible R-Line's exterior enhancements include 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels on lower-profile all-season tires, a combination that the automaker said "gives more dynamic driving characteristics." The package will also include an R-Line badge on the front grille and bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED running lights. Interior flourishes include metallic-finish dash and door trim; a flat-bottom, multifunction leather steering wheel; stainless-steel scuff plates; aluminum sport pedals; and leather sport seating surfaces.

VW said it would announce pricing closer to the Beetle convertible's launch date later this year. The Beetle convertible joins other R-Line offerings: the CC "four-door coupe," Beetle coupe, Tiguan compact SUV and Touareg SUV.

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By Matt Schmitz | February 7, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Subaru Forester Rises Seven Spots in Small-SUV Affordability


A few weeks ago we threw the redesigned Toyota RAV4 into our compact crossover affordability index, and the popular Toyota ranked right around the group's average. Subaru fans may notice the outgoing 2013 Forester sat near the bottom, largely because the small SUV got mediocre gas mileage and required stepping up a trim level to get a telescoping steering wheel — one of seven features we included in our pricing scheme.

Our affordability index compared 13 models — each was the least expensive trim level that included common equipment like an automatic transmission, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control, remote keyless entry, a USB/audio jack port and tilt/telescoping steering. We also factored in the destination charge and four years of gas.

With its 2014 redesign, the Forester moved up seven spots, thanks to more standard features and better gas mileage. In fact, the new Forester is the third most affordable compact crossover on the market, behind the Mazda CX-5 and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport — and it has standard all-wheel drive.

By Kelsey Mays | January 25, 2013 | Comments (8)

VW's Next SUV Aims at U.S. Market


Volkswagen has seen huge sales successes with Americanized versions of its latest Jetta and Passat sedans. The company now plans to do the same with its next SUV.

VW executives told reporters earlier this week that the next SUV would be built in the U.S. and tailored to American shoppers much like the Jetta and Passat.

What does that mean? This unnamed SUV will be larger than the current Tiguan but smaller than the Touareg SUV. There’s also word that it will cost less than the Tiguan, which starts at $23,820 including an $825 destination charge. Both SUVs have seen sluggish sales in the U.S.

Final decisions around the SUV have not been made, so we don’t expect to see it take shape until after 2013.

Volkswagen plans to build new SUV in U.S. (DetroitNews)
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By David Thomas | October 24, 2012 | Comments (3)

Volkswagen Reveals its Taigun Concept

No, it's not a typo — it's Taigun, not Tiguan. VW took the wraps off the compact SUV concept at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Smaller than the automaker's tiniest crossover, the Tiguan, the Taigun concept likely previews Volkswagen's intentions for its next crossover. 

It rides on a version of the Volkswagen Up! platform, a Europe-only micro car. The front-wheel-drive concept is around 151 inches long, which is much shorter than the Tiguan's 174.5 inches. Power comes from a 110-horsepower, turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder with direct injection. It's paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 23, 2012 | Comments (2)

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