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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan Compact SUV

Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
edited March 2014 in Volkswagen
Will VW find a market for this compact SUV?


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  • chris65amgchris65amg Posts: 372
    If it's cute like a Volkswagen, then people will buy it for 23k no problem. A lot of people love German cars, and the 356 should be a nice alternative to the usual Escapes, Rav4s and CR-Vs.
  • highenderhighender Posts: 1,365
    think people would buy the small SUV from VW...

    it should have better interior and exterior than the X3, for it to succeed...

    also solve some of the issues that have been plagueing it quality...
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Yes a small VW SUV would be a hit and is arguably what they should have done before the Touareg anyway. VW will have the segment beat on interior treatment if the new Jetta is anything to go by. There is a picture in a recent (in the last 2 weeks) issue of Autoweek. I think they said the name will be Bendin or something like that. Cute little thing like the newest little Hyundai sport ute.

  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Looks pretty good. If its too expensive it won't be a hit though.

    Otherwise, VW has a hit on their hands.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Yeah VW seems to have a deep disconnect between their marketing and product people. One group designs, builds luxury products (i.e. expensive) and the other wants to sell these vehicles in great volumes and can't understand why their sales are falling. I don't get it.

  • vwdriver2vwdriver2 Posts: 54
    Here is a link to a first drive of the 2009 VW Tiguan...looks great...I can't wait for it to get here next year!
  • vwdriver2vwdriver2 Posts: 54
    I am very sure it will. I also own a Toyota RAV-4 which does it's job well, but is just missing something. My expectations are that the Tiguan can provide that extra something for about the same price range. If VW delivers some of the things on the prototype (e.g. hard disk storage, 2.0T with 6 spd dsg trans,i-pod) I think it will actually sell pretty well. Of course it won't sell as many as Toyota or Honda, but VW is getting back to what it does best, produce cars for the people. I personally love the Toureg, but it is outside my price range and gas mileage isn't so great. I already have my mind set...can't wait for next year!
  • feliciatwofeliciatwo Posts: 68
    The Tiguan, yes looks great, IS Diesel. What about caste-iron reliability we all can expect from Honda, & Toyota By 2009 we WILL have a bluetec option from all the manufacturers. Meanwhie, Tiguan ---looks the best, will be here first, and I'm tempted.
  • donthegreekdonthegreek Posts: 127
    The pics look bland..hopefully it'll look better when its officially out.

    The 2.0 Bluetec Diesel sounds real interesting...anybody have any idea what the fuel mileage ratings might be for the usa??
  • fenris2fenris2 Posts: 31
    Latest I heard was low 40s highway... No idea city. I also recall reading it may get the 170hp varient of the basic 140 hp 2.0 CRD...
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    there is a 170 hp variant? because i know the tiguan is supposed to get the revised 2.5 engine with 170 hp, but i thought the diesel would simply be bigger rather than higher output.
  • feliciatwofeliciatwo Posts: 68
    I was just wondering. Does anyone know WHEN is Tiguan is due to arrive in the US ?
    When do 2008's usually arrive?
    Edmunds pictures of the Tiguan ARE bland. So too, are its' pictures of the Mini Clubman. Meanwhele,NOTHING about EITHER are bland.
    Visit b>other sites for the German Videos of Tiguan...and you'll be hooked. Still, does anyone know where it will be made, and has Volkswagon improved reliabily-wise than in years past?
  • vwdriver2vwdriver2 Posts: 54
    Some say summer while others say probably somewhere in between...although it is scheduled to be out in Europe later this year. It will be made in Germany. I have owned an 2006 Passat for about 2 1/2 years now and so far no problems...I would say they are improving on quality.
  • vwdriver2vwdriver2 Posts: 54
    Here are some of the latest pictures. I will definitely wait for this one! Wish it had the chrome front end though, but still looks great.
  • fenris2fenris2 Posts: 31
    There are indeed 140 hp and 170 vesions of the 2.0. But whether we get that, or a 2.5, or just the 2.0 140 is anyone's guess at this point I suppose. I would assume support/training/parts alone would favor the 2.0 choice, but then again I am not as odd thinking as VWoA lol.

    I actually did not think of the 2.5 since the 2.0 has a 195hp version for Audi, although I think that is just show car.
  • twaintwain Posts: 185
    From what I read, we'll get the 2.0 gas turbo first, then the 2.0 diesel. The diesel is 140hp and 200lbs torque. That should be plenty. I'm hoping maybe 35mpg? If so, it will have no competition.
  • Ford has made a Diesel "Kuga" (looks like RAV4) and of course it's for.... the UK. Toyota, Ford, Honda; everybody and their brother know how to do Clean Diesel. Why aren't they giving us (USA) a Zillion options in SUV clean Diesel for 2008? We're ready.
  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    t is a pity that the VW Tiguan “Track and Field” 5-seats will be no imported to the US next year. This vehicle has proper off-road characteristics that can be activated manually when the situation arise. It has an angle of 28-degree (approach) and 25-degree (departure), good fording depth, good lateral inclination and good climbing ability. The Tiguan has a sophisticated hardware and electronic mechanism that made this to happen. The mechanism affects the AWD and the front and rear suspension. VW America said that will only import this car if there is enough realistic demand for the car. So you see there is a car that can have realistic off-road capability and on-road car smooth behavior. You will see that this design approach will be copied by the competition (Asia) on the next 5-years. Only the Land Rover LR2 comes near to the Tiguan (not quite near). Shall we start to organize a petition?
  • Hey Batman47, I'm all for it. How far beyond the price range of the Clean diesel Tiguan. My priority is to have the clean diesel with enough torgue (sp) for towing my boat (18 feet) . The approach & departure would be much appreciated....but can VW electric be counted on in the near years to come? heard their reliability was improving.
  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    I was in the Frankfurt car show this year and the Tiguan was an instant hit. The car in its 3-models will be sold from February 2008 in Europe. Petrol and diesel is the norm. For the moment VW is offering the 2.0 litres only but it is expected to increase the size of the engine. The 2.0L is turbo and produce neat 200HP. Only the Track & Field has the angle 28-degree the other two has only 18-degree. Price will be near the $20,000 and has a good petrol consume above 27 miles per gallon.
  • quipsquips Posts: 9
    The vehicle looks like a brute really ... comes across like a Mercedes too: a real German look. Besides that I'm hoping that it is as sturdy and reliable as it looks. VW has had a problem with that in the past.
    I'll wait until the diesel versions of both the Jetta and Tiguan come out to decide on whether to buy one or the other or neither.
    I've heard Subaru may come out with a diesel too.
  • quipsquips Posts: 9
    My choice will be based also on versitility and value, i.e. mpg and comfort. I'm looking for good performance on the roads, but no rocket ship or anything close to that.
  • birdboybirdboy Posts: 158
    Will the Tiguan be at the NY Auto show this year? The NY autoshow site does not seem to show it? last year it was a no show as well. Does know?
  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    The Tiguan was shown at the LA auto show Nov 2007, I think. I think VW is thinking how to make sense of the very high price of this car in Europe (more than $40,000) and sell it here in US at $25,000-$30,00. Big dilemma indeed. Perhaps VW of America decides not to import this car. Let's see.
  • galvanggalvang Posts: 156
    It's to bad they will not be shipping the Diesel variant here in the US. It would have been the top of my list for a commuter SUV. More than likely its not a clean diesel engine. Hopefully they'll reconsider and possibly ship one with Bluetec Diesel.

    I saw the Tiguan at the LA auto show. It looked great. The aesthetics in German Engineering beats its japanese rivals by quite a bit. Nice ute!!
  • smpoolsmpool Posts: 33
    I also would love to see VW bring the Bluetec diesel here. It would be #1 on my list too.
  • Last i heard it (diesel)was coming to the U.S....about 6months or so after the initial debut in a few months.
  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    Could you please state when this car will be for sale in the US and prices?
  • Here's some info bits:

    The Tiguan is arriving late to the crossover party. When it goes on sale in May (08)next year with pricing starting in the mid-20s.

    U.S. models will come ashore with VW's tried and true, 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo. We've been told the automaker's 2.0-liter turbodiesel (set to make its U.S. debut in the 2008 Jetta) is all but assured as an eventual option.

    VW's optional, redesigned touch-screen navigation is a major improvement and features a neat 3D pullback effect. Other interesting techno bits include an electronic park brake with a hill-holder feature that we found came in handy when using the six-speed manual, a backup camera, and a park-assist function that automatically aids in parallel-parking maneuvers. Of course, many of these options will likely push that mid-20s pricing into the 30s fairly quickly, but they're the kinds of features you'll normally find on vehicles far higher up the luxury vehicle food chain.

    If the Tiguan takes off in the States, we may see the 28-degree mud and the off-road feature at some point, but it won't be available at launch. Instead, we'll get the base, S trim similar to what VW calls Trend & Fun in Europe, along with the up-level SE trim, aka Sport & Style. Front-drive and 4Motion models will be available. VW's latest-generation 4Motion system uses a Haldex clutch mounted at the rear axle that keeps 90 percent of the power to the front wheels during normal driving and moves it to the other wheels when the system deems necessary. The 4Motion system will be available only with the six-speed automatic for the U.S. The Tiguan will not come with VW's DSG as a transmission option.

    2009 Volkswagen Tiguan
    Base Price $25,000 (est)
    Vehicle Layout Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV
    Engine 2.0-liter/200-hp/207-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve turbocharged I-4
    Transmission 6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic
    Curb Weight 3400 lb (mfr)
    Wheelbase 102.5 in
    Length x Width x Height 174.3 x 71.2 x 66.3 in
    0-60 MPH 7.5 sec (MT est)
    EPA City/HWY Econ N/A
    CO2 Emissions N/A
    On Sale In U.S. May-08
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