Based on Volkswagen Tiguan S
Volkswagen's answer to the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the Tiguan mixes on-road sport with what VW describes as more off-road ability than you'd get from most of its competitors. The Tiguan's starting price is a bit higher than most of its competitors, but Volkswagens have always c... Read Full Report
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Editor's note: This review was written in July 2008 about the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2010, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.Volkswagen's new compact crossover, the Tiguan, is everything the midsize Touareg should have been but isn't: relatively light, ... Read full review for the 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan
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My wife and I researched 24 CUV's, and after a great deal of thought, we settled on the Tiguan. And it has been one of the best automobile decisions we have ever made. The 2010 Tig costs 10% more than... Read Full Review
Service & Repair
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What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.
Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.
Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.
Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).
Free Scheduled Maintenance
Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.