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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan

Thursday, July 9th 2009. | New Car Review, SUV, Volkswagen

Volkswagen Tiguan

Tiguan Volkswagen. The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan is part of a new wave of European compact SUVs. This car is considered to be a compact sports utility vehicle, but it is so much more. The Tiguan VW has the most excellent features of a sedan and incorporates them into a elegant and modish small sports utility vehicle. The Tiguan Volkswagen offers a pleasurable and sporty driving experience, more than the majority compact crossover SUVs. Volkswagen targets the New Tiguan squarely strive with the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-7, and Ford Escape. At the outer end, consider the Infiniti EX35 and the BMW X3.

Built on a platform that combines basics of the Jetta/Rabbit and Passat, the 2009 Tiguan Volkswagen is shorter than the Jetta by almost five inches and shorter than the Passat by 13.6 inches, though it is almost ten inches longer than the Rabbit. The Tiguan’s 102.4 inch wheelbase is 0.9 inch longer than the Jetta/Rabbit and 4.3 inches shorter than the Passat. All this adds up to fairly efficient compact SUV package, though the Tiguan VW does not have the cargo room of most vehicles in its class.

It’s simple to get in the New Tiguan Volkswagen, and the driver also has plenty of room. Head room is impressive and the seat moves back far enough to allow big men to fit. While the seats don’t have a lot of controls, the tilt/telescoping steering wheel and general seat geometry make available for a natural driving position.  Visibility is great to all corners, but the side mirrors are a bit short, making the blind spots a little bigger.

Volkswagen Tiguan Interior

Like other Volkswagons cars, the 2009 VW Tiguan exists between standard line and luxury. That is most evident inside, where the Tiguan has more soft-touch solid materials than most compact SUV competitors. The dash is padded, and the remainder of the materials are solid and well assembled. The only rivals with similar interior materials come from Acura and BMW, and they cost a little more.

The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan comes with front-wheel drive or 4-Motion all-wheel-drive system. Volkswagen’s 4-Motion sends 90 percent of the power to the front wheels in normal driving conditions, but when conditions dictate it is capable of send up to 100 percent of the power to the rear wheels. In general, this system is made for on-road use in slippery conditions. It’s an all weather all wheel drive system with no low-range set of gears, though Volkswagen says the Tiguan has some modest off-road capability. The 4-Motion uses a Haldex coupling and a multi-plate internal clutch.

The 2009 VW Tiguan is a four-door and 5-passenger sport-utility. It is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. This engine is one of the most excellent on the market. It’s more powerful than the engines offered in most compact SUVs. Direct injection helps it churn out lots of useable power for its size, while also delivering decent fuel economy. The 2.0 TSI creates 200 horsepower from 5100 to 6000 rpm and 207 pound-feet of torque from 1700 to 5000 rpm. With a top speed of 131 miles per hour, this New Tiguan goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in only 7.

VW Tiguan 2009

The 2009 Tiguan VW is offered with S, SE, and SEL trim levels. All models are offered with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available on the SE and SEL. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard on all but the S, where it’s an option to that model’s standard 6-speed manual with a manual shift-gate. It’s a good option. Both give this New Tiguan a leg up on the competition, because so few manuals are offered in this class and the automatic as it has six gears, while many competitors are offering four or five speed automatic.

The automatic has a tendency to up-shift quickly for better fuel economy, which means drivers must get on the throttle pretty hard to coax the downshifts necessary for maximum power. This is able to be remedied by using the automatic manual shift-gate, but most drivers will just let the transmission do the work. Steering wheel shift paddles are not provided. The 2009 Tiguan Volkswagen’s fuel estimates comes in at 19 city mpg and 26 highway mpg, far surpassing most of the competition.

Safety is also high on the New Tiguan VW. Like all its VW stablemates, the Tiguan features the Prevent and Preserve Safety system with 45 safety features. These include six airbags, with rear side airbags as available options, ABS, traction control and anti-slip system.

Other available features include a navigation system with rear view camera, a fold-flat front passenger seat, a sunroof, and a 30-gigabyte hard drive to store data and digital audio files. Consumer guide automotive places every vehicle into one of 18 classes based on dimension, price, and market position. Among utility vehicles, compact SUVs are typically the least costly and offer the better fuel economy. Most utilize a car-type chassis and are not designed for heavy-duty, off-road use. Nearly all are five-passenger vehicles and some offer seating for seven. This Volkswagon car prices start at an MSRP of only $23,200.

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