The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan faces some of the best-selling compact SUVs available today, including the likes of the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Nissan Rogue and recently redesigned Toyota RAV4. Standing out among these formidable foes is going to take a lot more than a pretty paint job and big alloy wheels. In other words: When you’re looking for a smart buy on a not-too-big SUV, beauty must be more than skin (or in this case, sheet-metal) deep.
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That’s exactly why we drove the Tiguan back-to-back with key rivals to see how each performed across a wide range of categories. Was the VW comfortable in town and easygoing on the highway? Did passengers in the second-row seats have as much comfort and stretch-out space as those up front? And let’s not forget all-important things like cargo room, fuel economy and available safety features. Basically, we did a lot of hard work and tabulating so that choosing your next SUV will be that much easier.
To see how the Tiguan compared to its direct competitors, be sure to check out our extensive comparison test via the links below. The results were close, and it goes to show how competitive the SUV market has become. For a quick take on how this Volkswagen eventually pulled away from the pack, keep reading.
Here are nine things we like, and five things we don’t, about the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan: