Joe Duarte

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

Tiguan takes on a fresh look

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 1

Tiguan takes on a fresh look

Introduced at the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show, the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan takes on the look of other recent VW introductions, while riding on a European tuned suspension that delivers precise handling and a compliant ride.

Search available trim options for the 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan.

Expected in fall 2011, the 2012 Tiguan uses the horizontal Volkswagen brand face with the redesigned grille featuring two horizontal chrome strips that run between updated headlights (Bi-Xenon on upper level trims, with LED daytime running lights). Taillights have also been redesigned to tie Tiguan into other new VW models, reportedly in a “double L” pattern. A chrome accent along the lower body ties into the shiny trim up front. Two new colours are added to the exterior palette.

The 2012 Tiguan again rides on 16 to 18-inch wheels, depending on trim level, with the availability of 19-inch alloys on the top of the line trim, to go along with a sport-tuned suspension.

The interior has also been redone, starting with new high quality cloth seating surfaces in black. Moving up through the trim levels, upholstery is available in two colours of leatherette, with another step up to full leather (with driver’s memory seat) on top of the line models. It too is available in black or beige.

An eight-speaker sound system is standard fitment, with the availability of a touchscreen premium system on the mid trim level and a 300-watt Dynaudio system at the top end. Touchscreen navigation is also available as you move up through the trim spectrum, as is a rearview camera for parking assist.

Standard include Bluetooth, power adjustable heated side mirrors and occupant protection from six airbags.

Power continues to be supplied by the 2.0-litre direct injected turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with improvements realized in fuel economy (about a 16% improvement in highway economy), available with either a six speed manual transmission or six-speed Tiptronic automatic.

Tiguan will again be available in front-wheel drive or equipped with Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system.

No word yet on whether Volkswagen Canada will stick with the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline trim designations, but the U.S. is going with S, SE and SEL.

Fact file

  • Trim level: Trendline; Comfortline; Highline
  • Price range: Not yet set
  • Year/Make/Model: 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
  • Options: 19-inch alloy wheels; automatic transmission; power front seats with driver memory; navigation system; rearview camera.
  • EnerGuide fuel economy ratings: Not yet rated
  • Warranty (powertrain): 5 years/100,000 km
  • Competitors: Chevrolet Equinox; Ford Escape; Dodge Nitro; Honda CR-V; Hyundai Tucson; GMC Terrain; Kia Sportage; Mazda Tribute; Mitsubishi RVR; Nissan Rogue; Subaru Forester; Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Rav4.
  • Warranty (basic): 4 years/ 80,000 km