2009 Volkswagen Tiguan Consumer Reviews

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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan
4.2
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Looks Great but Unreliable

by from San Diego, CA on November 20, 2012

I am a now former, 2009 VW Tiguan owner. Over a 3.5 year ownership of the vehicle, I have had a nightmare experience with the car. I honestly feel that my particular vehicle was not ready for the mark...
I am a now former, 2009 VW Tiguan owner. Over a 3.5 year ownership of the vehicle, I have had a nightmare experience with the car. I honestly feel that my particular vehicle was not ready for the market for whatever reasons. I experienced "EPC Lights" at least 10 times in 3 years. This was terrifying and a safety hazard as the car would stop accelerating and force me to pull over to the side of the road to restart. This became very tedious and unfortunately, routine. The car looks great, is very comfortable, but I would not rely on this car at all. The repairs were too expensive to maintain. The gas mileage will only get you 21 mpg at best and the premium gas fillup is quite expensive. In 3 years of owning the car, I had all these problems: • A spark plug misfire problem due to oil leaking from a valve cover seal • An electrical problem due to a short from the wiring with the throttle. • a drive belt replacement • some leakage in hoses • clean up of carbon buildup that I was advised to do for the car to run smoother. • replaced the car battery when the car died I would not say that is normal at all. Overall, the car is a great drive but there are just too many reliability issues to deal with. After all, what good is a car if it can't get you to your destination?
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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What a Surprise! Great SUV

by from Omaha, Ne on December 22, 2010

Bought the Tiguan in September 2010 and having a great time. I was trying to decide between a Ford Escape or Honda CRV and could not make up my mind since neither got me motivated. Then this Tiguan sh...
Bought the Tiguan in September 2010 and having a great time. I was trying to decide between a Ford Escape or Honda CRV and could not make up my mind since neither got me motivated. Then this Tiguan showed up on the used car listing, so I thought, why not. Once I drove it I was hooked. Handled like a sports car, nice and tight VW build quality, and had plenty of space in the rear with my seat pushed all the way back. Gas mileage is good, although the premium gas requirement was a bit of a let down, but that vanishes when I get it on the open road. Love the sound system that allows me to plug in my IPHONE and listen to music and answer calls like a hands free phone. Just a great car!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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A GTI on stilts

by from Maine on October 1, 2010

This car was purchased for my wife who was at first skeptical about driving anything that contained the letters "S" U" or "V" in its description. In order to attain all of the options her previous Pas...
This car was purchased for my wife who was at first skeptical about driving anything that contained the letters "S" U" or "V" in its description. In order to attain all of the options her previous Passat had, we bought the 2010 SEL 4-Motion, all the bells and whistles. Long story short, she LOVES this car. S drives it a 75 mile round trip commute everyday (if not more) and cant get enough of it. Calls it her "GTI on stilts" She tends to be very specific about what she likes and dislikes with her vehicles and the fact that she has spoken nothing but praise for this car in the 3 months we have owned it tells me we made the right decision!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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GREAT CUV!

by from California on February 26, 2010

(This review is for the 2WD, SE model) Yes, it's pricey compared to the cheaper CRV, Rav4 etc., but the price difference is well worth it. We didn't want something huge (seems like CUVs are in the SU...
(This review is for the 2WD, SE model) Yes, it's pricey compared to the cheaper CRV, Rav4 etc., but the price difference is well worth it. We didn't want something huge (seems like CUVs are in the SUV-size range now), we basically wanted a car with a bigger trunk & better visibility, without the cheap quality of some other brands. If you're looking for low cost and huge trunk better look somewhere else! Not to say that deals can't be had on some Tiguan models though. Interior quality is very good, panoramic roof is gorgeous. There is plenty of room in the back for adults, and we have no issue with cargo space. There's lots of storage up front for the driver too. We love the multifunction display that allows you to see MPG, a compass, music playing, miles, etc. + steering wheel controls. The Tiguan handles well, love the peppy 2.0T engine, and our mileage is better than expected (24MPG combined, mostly city / 28MPG combined, mostly highway!). We do use premium gas though. Safety ratings are HIGH (look for videos on roof test ratings, it'll blow your mind!). The doors are heavy and when you step in you know that the car is very well built and will protect you. We've had no reliability issues so far. I would definitely recommend this car to anyone. It's worth every penny.
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Purchased a used car

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Does recommend this car

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Love my Tiguan!

by from MI on January 2, 2012

This car is so much fun to drive-love the feel of it. I previously owned a Jetta for 11 years. When this car died, I first bought a Subaru Forester, but missed the feel of a VW so much that after one ...
This car is so much fun to drive-love the feel of it. I previously owned a Jetta for 11 years. When this car died, I first bought a Subaru Forester, but missed the feel of a VW so much that after one month I turned it in for the Tiguan! The only thing keeping me from a 5 star rating is the fuel economy.
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Does recommend this car

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1 Year- Not 1 Problem

by from Black Hills, SD on September 24, 2010

SEL 4Motion. 1 Year 15k miles and zero problems. Very pleased with this vehicle, unique look, excellent handling and acceleration. Driven on rough dusty roads every day and no rattles or squeaks. Grea...
SEL 4Motion. 1 Year 15k miles and zero problems. Very pleased with this vehicle, unique look, excellent handling and acceleration. Driven on rough dusty roads every day and no rattles or squeaks. Great build quality in and out. Front and rear seats the best I have experienced in a small to mid sized SUV. Average MPG using premium fuel in combination city/hwy with hills has been 21.5. Winter conditions no problem at all, however we did swap to snow tires and wheels. The 19" wheels and low profile tires not made for serious winter driving, no surprise there.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Money pit

by from Nova scotia canada on January 12, 2014

16 fuel injectors and 3 throttle bodies later..stay far far away from this vw and any other direct injector vws
16 fuel injectors and 3 throttle bodies later..stay far far away from this vw and any other direct injector vws
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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VW Best SUV Out There!

by from Kansas City, KS on March 4, 2010

I have been looking for the perfect small SUV. I have owned five SUVs since 2008- 2 Elements, 2 Escapes, and an Edge. And finally I have found it! The Tiguan combines the comfort, fit, and finish of a...
I have been looking for the perfect small SUV. I have owned five SUVs since 2008- 2 Elements, 2 Escapes, and an Edge. And finally I have found it! The Tiguan combines the comfort, fit, and finish of a european luxury car with the sports utility of an american SUV into one SUV. The best of both worlds. The Tiguan's only problem so far has been a repair to the rear passenger window. The dealership diagnosed it as a problem with the window track getting out of line causing the window to malfunction. The best features are the heated seats and side mirrors along with the refrigerated glove compartment. Great for a chilled bottle of wine lakeside. Oh, did I also mention that I also owned 2 VW convertibles during my search for the perfect car and the Tiguan's sunroof is just like owning another convertible. Love it!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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first SUV ive owned

by from new jersey on November 28, 2011

A great crossover from vw. Tiguan SEL i think IMO is the way to go. Comfort, 4motion drivetrain with a heart of the award winnning GTI and the nice european interior touch and exterior styling....what...
A great crossover from vw. Tiguan SEL i think IMO is the way to go. Comfort, 4motion drivetrain with a heart of the award winnning GTI and the nice european interior touch and exterior styling....what else can u ask for? Why buy anything else? Unless of course u want something u see in every corner or u envy ur neighbors suv...ie;(CRV, Rav4)
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

Does recommend this car

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Smart, Stylish, fun to drive compact SUV....Go VW!

by from Providence, RI on December 11, 2008

I really do not understand why this car is getting bad reviews. This compact SUV is the perfect blend of performance and utility. I drove every small SUV and picked the Tiguan because of its amazing b...
I really do not understand why this car is getting bad reviews. This compact SUV is the perfect blend of performance and utility. I drove every small SUV and picked the Tiguan because of its amazing build quality, super quiet cabin, and sporty driving demenor. It is very comfortable, I love the fact that you can get heated cloth seats (I hate leather), and a great GPS system. I think the people who are complaining about the gas mileage are either driving the car way to hard or not using premium fuel, which is clearly stated for maximum performance by VW. I am getting about 21 city and 28 highway. I really do think this car has plenty of space. THe back seats have lots of leg room (Not sure why other guy doesn't think so). Yes, the rear cargo area is a little small, but that is why you're buying this car instead of an Explorer! Don't expect the room of an full size SUV when buying a compact SUV and then complain about it. All seats are very comfortable and it is easy to find a nice driving position. The car is very sporty to drive, and handles like a car. The giant sunroof option is great, and even with the shade closed, gives the car an open and airy feel. My only complaint about this car right now is the stereo system. Even with the upgraded navigation system, the stereo is weak and the speakers are pretty terrible. They really should put the Dynaudio system in the SE Trim level when you get navigation. The nice thing is because the cabin is so quiet, you don' thave to blast the radio, so I've gotten used to it. Other than that, if you're looking for a sporty, fun to drive CUV that stands out from the other CR-V's and RAV-4's on the road, be sure to drive this one. Opt for the SE or higher trim level, because the S level is pretty basic. Oh, and it was just named a top safety pick by the IIHS...take that Toyota!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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