2011 Volkswagen Tiguan

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Gas mileage
  • Interior quality
  • Adjustable backseat legroom
  • Sporty handling

The Bad

  • Ride too firm for some
  • Wide turning circle
  • Modest cargo volume (for class)
  • Prefers premium gas
  • Sunroof shade doesn't block sun
  • Weird name
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan

  • Compact five-seat SUV
  • 200-hp, turbo four-cylinder
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • Fold-flat front passenger seat
  • Standard MP3-player input

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Volkswagen's answer to the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 car-based SUVs, the Tiguan mixes on-road sport with what VW describes as more off-road ability than you'd get from most of its competitors. Trim levels include S, SE and SEL.

The Tiguan's starting price is higher than most of its competitors, but Volkswagens frequently cost more. A loaded SEL with the optional navigation system tops $37,000, putting it in competition with compact luxury SUVs like the Acura RDX and Land Rover LR2.

New for 2011

Volkswagen has reduced the number of options and now offers the Tiguan in three basic trim levels: S, SE and SEL, all available with front- or all-wheel drive. If you want the optional panoramic sunroof, it's available only on the SE packaged with a navigation system and other features. Side airbags for the rear seats are no longer available as an option. Voice-controlled Bluetooth connectivity is now standard across the board.

Exterior

The Tiguan looks like a smaller version of VW's Touareg midsize SUV until you step around back, where it looks like the rear end of a Golf compact hatchback. Unlike the Touareg line, which is exceptionally heavy — to the detriment of performance and gas mileage — the Tiguan's weight is more in line with its car-based competitors.

Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch wheels
  • Available 17- and 18-inch wheels
  • Standard wheel locks
  • Standard rear spoiler
  • Standard chrome grille and exhaust ti...
Vehicle Overview

Volkswagen's answer to the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 car-based SUVs, the Tiguan mixes on-road sport with what VW describes as more off-road ability than you'd get from most of its competitors. Trim levels include S, SE and SEL.

The Tiguan's starting price is higher than most of its competitors, but Volkswagens frequently cost more. A loaded SEL with the optional navigation system tops $37,000, putting it in competition with compact luxury SUVs like the Acura RDX and Land Rover LR2.

New for 2011

Volkswagen has reduced the number of options and now offers the Tiguan in three basic trim levels: S, SE and SEL, all available with front- or all-wheel drive. If you want the optional panoramic sunroof, it's available only on the SE packaged with a navigation system and other features. Side airbags for the rear seats are no longer available as an option. Voice-controlled Bluetooth connectivity is now standard across the board.

Exterior

The Tiguan looks like a smaller version of VW's Touareg midsize SUV until you step around back, where it looks like the rear end of a Golf compact hatchback. Unlike the Touareg line, which is exceptionally heavy — to the detriment of performance and gas mileage — the Tiguan's weight is more in line with its car-based competitors.

Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch wheels
  • Available 17- and 18-inch wheels
  • Standard wheel locks
  • Standard rear spoiler
  • Standard chrome grille and exhaust tip

Interior

The Tiguan has a well-designed interior with high-quality materials.

  • Standard 60/40-split backseat with fore/aft and backrest tilt adjustments
  • Standard Bluetooth
  • Optional iPod cable
  • Optional panoramic sunroof
  • Optional backup camera
  • Optional touch-screen navigation system and a 30-gigabyte hard drive for music storage

Under the Hood

The Tiguan comes standard with a 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder used in many other VW and Audi models.  The transmission choices are a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Front- and 4Motion all-wheel-drive models are available.

Safety

Standard safety features include:

  • Six airbags, including side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Electronic stability system and traction control
  • All-disc antilock brakes





Latest 2011 Tiguan Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Latest Reviews

(2.0)

Did not live up to my expectations.

by Chevy Heart from Minneapolis, MN on June 19, 2018

100,000 miles, regular oil changes/maintenance and the engine siezes. Cost to repair is same as what I owe on it. Extremely annoyed after reading other reviews and seeing multiple complaints with same ... Read full review

(2.0)

Total Lemon!

by Los Angeles on June 5, 2018

I have a 2011 Tiguan with 55K miles and have had 5 problems now with the engine, all different problems. Every 7-8K this car breaks down and needs to be towed. It has broken down twice on the highway ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tiguan received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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