Recall Alert: 2009-2011 Volkswagen Tiguan

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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 www.safercar.gov for more info.

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2013 Volkswagen Tiguan: Family Checklist

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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.

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VW to Offer R-Line Trim on 2014 Beetle Convertible

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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

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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

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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.

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By David Thomas | October 24, 2012 | Comments (3)

Volkswagen Reveals its Taigun Concept

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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)

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

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After a rocky start, Cars.com Senior Family Editor Kristin Varela and her busy family loaded up Volkswagen’s Tiguan with all the passengers and cargo it can handle. Although it gets a lower base price for 2012 and has a lot of cargo room, Varela said too many annoying little things add up to make for an overall uncomfortable experience in VW’s compact crossover.

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Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

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The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes driving the kids to and from piano lessons and baseball practice anything but a chore, according to Cars.com Family contributor Sara Lacey. This five-seat SUV has a roomy backseat that slides up to 6 inches, but Sara found that its cargo area was a little too small to handle her family’s ski gear.

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By Jennifer Newman | May 15, 2012 | Comments (2)

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The compact-crossover class is exploding in popularity because of the mix of utility and affordability these types of vehicles deliver. Introduced in 1995, the Toyota RAV4 was the first car-based compact crossover available in this country, according to MotorWeek. It was followed soon after by the 1995 Honda CR-V. Since then, we've seen a flood of new models — more than 20 nameplates at last count — and today nearly one in every 10 vehicles sold is a compact crossover, according to J.D. Power and Associates.

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The competition is only beginning to heat up, with new models like the 2013 Ford Escape, 2012 Honda CR-V and 2013 Mazda CX-5 introduced in the past few months. A significantly reengineered Nissan Rogue will soon be added to the mix, too. So which one is the most affordable?

By Colin Bird | April 26, 2012 | Comments (10)

Limited Supplies Force VW to Cancel Backup Cameras on Some Models

Volkswagen will no longer offer a backup camera option on the 2012 Touareg, Tiguan and Passat CC sedan because of supply shortages caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, according to the New York Times.

The 2012 CC with Lux Plus, Lux Limited and 4motion Sedan VR6 Executive trims have standard backup cameras. The 2012 Tiguan has an available backup camera with its touch-screen navigation system. All 2012 Touareg models come equipped with the feature, according to Autoblog.com.

Some 2012 models already have a backup camera in them, according to VW, but the feature is no longer being installed in newly produced models. VW doesn’t know when the cameras will be available again.

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By Colin Bird | June 14, 2011 | Comments (5)

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