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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
Available Price Range $9,355-$19,463 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 22-24 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

Our Take

Volkswagen's answer to the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 compact SUVs, the five-seat Tiguan is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. It's offered in S, SE and SEL trim levels.Despite a lower starting price for 2012, high-end Tiguan... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Ride too firm for some
  • Wide turning circle
  • Modest cargo volume (for class)
  • Prefers premium gas

Notable Features

  • Updated exterior styling for 2012
  • Improved gas mileage
  • 200-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual or automatic


Our Expert Reviews

I was a little concerned about driving the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan before even setting foot in it. You see, my colleagues in Chicago were scheduled to drive it first, before it broke down in their company garage. And the last time I had one a few years ago, it broke down in my garage, requiring a tow truck to get it out. All this happened despite average reliability ratings for the Tiguan's... Read full review for the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

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Best car for under $25K

by BLC from Washington, DC on December 5, 2011

I've had the VW Tiguan for three months now and have driven extensively in DC and surrounding freeways. The car has plenty of power, and my 6'+ passengers have an incredible amount of leg room. The ba... Read Full Review


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There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


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.

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).

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.

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