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VW Tiguan First Drive



  • This car looks great. We are currently in the market for this type of car and this could be the winner, however ...

    1) 4-Motion is only available with an automatic trany, why?!? The last 4-5 years VW has started doing this to all of their vehicles. With the Passat I figured they were trying to push us up to an Audi. Too bad we may go with an X3 (possibly used) instead.

    2) Putting the TDI in this machine would make it an instant success. VW has a bright future if they can bring the TDI out to everything ASAP.
  • feliciatwofeliciatwo Posts: 68
    Rate of exchange seems to be the problem with us not getting the Diesel .It's now May 09. They get the equivalant of $45,000 for the Diesel in Europe.
    When I called "I drive vw" corporate....she implied their were noon sight....meaning "never?" ...or next year?

    They don't act like they even care if we ever get their diesel since our price ----Loaded will prob. top out at $30,000
  • gldn75gldn75 Posts: 1
    When the Tiguan information first started rolling out, it had the earmarks of being able to fill a unique, and in my opinion needed, niche in the market, at least in the 'Track & Field' configuration. It seems like this with a diesel should have been VW's "flagship" trim for this model and instead it looks like they are going to emasculate it right from the start. What I feel we need is a small to med size SUV or Truck that has the economy, along with the power/torque, of a diesel, with 4x4, that is more geared towards medium off-road capability. Not talking "rock-hopping' here, just the ability to get you out into the outdoors and handle dusty, dirty, unstable terrain. And it would be great if it could tow a reasonable amount, say 3,000-3,500 lbs. :shades:
  • morey000morey000 Posts: 320
    VW web site has it listed as 23.8 cu ft, which seems about right for a compact CUV.

    56.1 cu ft, with the rear seat folded down.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Bluetooth is coming out for the Tiguan. Only SE and SEL models only. Unless you S models want to get an SE dashboard and retrofit it. The Bluetooth system is hands free and has Bluetooth Audio streaming. It's was just released and should be coming out soon. 1K0 051 437 is the part number. Should be around 340 USD but 1stvwparts has it for just under 300 USD. The microphone is mounted in the overhead console. The unit supports your usual bluetooth features. It does activate the phone button. It also integrates with the MFI. Just in time for the CA ban. Installation however has to be done at the dealership since it has to be prorgrammed with their VAS computer. The MFI has a telephone menu which you can access the bluetooth from it as well.
  • his editor column this week (09/03/08).
  • I'd consider the Touareg, Tiguan or Routan if only they offered the same diesel engines available in the US (and in other US models.)

    The problem with the Cayenne/Touareg is fuel consumption -- driving around town at 15-17 mpg is 1989, not 2009.

    I can't afford it, but the GL320 is simply the better car and smarter engine as well as having the versatility of off-road capabilities, towing and safety.
  • Great service! I purchased the 09 black VW Tiguan SE w/ sandstone leather and panoramic sunroof and navigation for 28.3 which was 3K less than MSRP from Roy at Alexandria VW. Financed the new
    car at 0% APR over 3 years. I looked at everything, Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX3, etc.. I luv the Tiguan.. Why? The turbo TSI 4 banger is a thrill to drive along with stealer
    handling. Unlike our other car Saturn VUE, the Tiguan is incredibly quiet at highway speed. It's amazing how the compact SUV feels cruising at 85mph, it would be nothing to "punch it" to 120mph, not that I'd do that...
    The interior is stellar - leather is first rate, everything is designed with the smallest details. Red LEDs to illuminate the center console, formed cup holders in the side doors (6 cup holders all together), the navigation system from Siemens is easy to use and I like how it integrated with the multi function display b/t the mph and rpm dials. Visibility to superb, the backup camera is becoming indispensable. The undivided panoramic sunroof is huge, I feel like we have a convertable.

    I've always been a GM owner - Saturn and Saab, but the Tiguan is such a superior car... I test drove the Equinox and I couldn't even compare it to the Tiguan. And I wasn't going to purchase another VUE.
    Yes I would have like the TDI engine, but maybe 2011???
  • Bought our White 2009 SE for $26,300 OTD with the 0% apr 36 month financing last week. The only extra options it came with were the cargo mat, heavy duty floor mats & an ipod adapter. Love it so far though coming from a Volvo XC90, some minor features could have been done slightly better - e.g. roof light buttons should have had a more solid feel. Love the many small areas to store misc things like coins or other minor items.

    Have connected my iPhone and can get to control music through the steering controls or radio buttons but can't figure out how to stop/pause a track. Does anyone have a clue? I can go back/forward to the next track but still no sure how to stop or pause a track or what button to use for that. If I turn off the radio and then back on again, that will start the track from the beginning and not pause it. Thanks for any suggestions.
  • Ok please ignore my last post. Turning off the power button on the radio does halt the track at where it last was. So it essentially works like a pause button.

    I now have to figure out how the rear door locks can be disabled with the child safety switch on the driver's door. The instruction manual says turning on the switch (light turns yellow) on the driver's door should de-activate the rear power window controls and the rear door locks. This is a neat feature if you have small kids in the back. I tried it, the rear power windows are disabled and the kids are unable to open/close them, but the door locks still work, i.e. they can open the doors themselves.

    I would have wanted this work rather than having to use the child safety locks on the sides of the doors whereby doors cannot be opened from the inside any longer. If someone has been successful in controling the rear door locks through the central safety switch, please share.

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,626
    Have driven a few at work and I like these...nice to sit a few inches higher and the ingress/egress is just to slide over, perfect for folks like me with spinal issues. Might check out a used one I saw at the local BMW store as it is a nicely equipped SE model in that red color that is really stunning! Could be just the one!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,626

    Drove a SE model today at Rick Case VW in Weston Florida and was very impressed with the vehicle but it is a bit pricey. Outward visibility is excellent and the leatherette seats are very nice. Not a fan of the 2.0 turbo and glad I bought my 2.4 Hyundai Tuscon...a much better vehicle for me at this point. Got the SE version which has all the extras that I would ever want. And the price was very very good so I am a happy camper. Glad though that I did go retest the Tiguan to get it out of my system. Good job VW and good job Hyundai!

    The Sandman :) B)

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

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