Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Features and Specifications of the Volkswagen Tiguan

Do you know what the difference between a compact SUV and a mid-sized SUV is? A compact SUV began as a smaller alternative to the mid-sized based on the smaller pickup frames. Later, car companies began building the smaller SUV on a car platform, known as the unibody frame. This gives the compact SUV better handling and increased fuel economy, while keeping the better towing capacity, off-road capabilities, and style of the SUV. A compact SUV may also be referred to as a crossover SUV. Volkswagen’s version of the compact SUV is the Tiguan. Should you consider a VW Tiguan in Chicago?

Tiguan Features

The Tiguan has the different available trim levels of S, LE, SE, and SEL, though the LE trim level was not released until 2012. For 2013 models, Bluetooth, MP3 compatibility, a trip computer, power heated side mirrors with turn indicators, daytime running lights, a folding rear seat, 16-inch wheels, rear window defrosters, and rear passenger heat and air vents are all standard features. While the different trim levels can add additional options, the basic options for the Tiguan include a sunroof, 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, trailer hitch, and sidesteps. Along with seven other Volkswagen models, the 2013 Tiguan was chosen as a 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick. Some of the safety features available with the newer Tiguan models are a tire pressure sensor monitor, a brake-pad wear indicator, rear child safety locks, lower anchors and tethers of children, six airbags (including front and side curtain), and electronic stability control. 

Tiguan Specifications

The Tiguan first appeared as a 2009 model. Since its release, not much has been changed about the Tiguan besides the front-end styling. In 2010, a Wolfsburg edition of the Tiguan was available with unique features such as 17-inch alloy wheels and leatherette vinyl upholstery. The Tiguan is available in front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The basic, front-wheel drive model has an optional six-speed manual transmission, but all other models come with a standard six-speed automatic transmission. The gas tank has a capacity of 16.8 gallons, and the fuel economy is 18 for city and 26 for highway. A standard, 2.0-L, four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower is also standard on the Tiguan. In the end, a VW Tiguan in Chicago of any model year can be a good compact SUV choice with excellent safety ratings.

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