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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan Consumer Reviews

4.5
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Best car for under $25K

by 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...
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 back seats are adjustable so there is a LOT of room for luggage, - even bikes (if necessary). It handles like a dream at any speed (I've only had it up to 75mph) and it is super easy to parallel park in the city. I bought the car for my daughter, as it has been a top safety pick for the last three years. With 3-yrs scheduled maintenance included in the price - it cannot be beat! We get approximately 24mpg in the city and 28-30 on the highway.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Found a VW Tiguan on the way to a CR-V

by from New Orleans on December 23, 2011

I happened upon a VW Tiguan when about to purchase a Honda CR-V. I love Hondas and have purchased 6 models in the past - so no knock on Honda. But for not much more in price, the VW Tiguan is a class ...
I happened upon a VW Tiguan when about to purchase a Honda CR-V. I love Hondas and have purchased 6 models in the past - so no knock on Honda. But for not much more in price, the VW Tiguan is a class above in quality build inside and out. Very quiet and with the 2.0 liter turbo, it move out like a sports car. On the road I'm getting a real 25-26 MPG, and about 21-22 MPG in city. The only thing I don't like is that it requires premium gas but, for me, that amounts to about $10/month.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

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Happy Camper!

by from Elmira, NY on January 23, 2012

My 2012 VW Tiguan SEL is my very first AWD vehicle and VW for that matter and they will certainly NOT be my last. I was in the market for a new '12 Audi Q5 (too harsh a ride), '12 Volvo XC60 (perfect...
My 2012 VW Tiguan SEL is my very first AWD vehicle and VW for that matter and they will certainly NOT be my last. I was in the market for a new '12 Audi Q5 (too harsh a ride), '12 Volvo XC60 (perfect, but hard to find - shortage), '12 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit (#1 choice, but my neighbor has one and I want to keep the peace in the neighborhood), a '12 Honda CR-V (gorgeous, but the introduction of this gem was delayed due to weather disasters in Japan and I needed a new car ASAP) and a '12 Dodge Durango (the roomiest of all and too big for me - a 7-8 seater - ideal for large families). The only downside to buying my new VW SUV/crossover is the price of a completely loaded SEL (top-of-the-line trim edition) model: Roughly $40,000.00 with a few accessories. Granted, I would have paid more for an Audi or Volvo, but the near 40 grand Tiguan seems steep for a VW. Well, I must admit, it is worth it, as I love this easy to drive wonder! The Tiguan is surprisingly roomy, nibble, elegant (nearly Audi-like inside), nice riding (like the Jeep GC and Dodge Durango), loaded with safety features (not as many key items as the Volvo, but impressive nevertheless), cute (like the extremely attractive '12 Honda CR-V EX-L) and spirited on both back roads and highways (like the JGC HEMI V8, Durango Pentastar V6 and turbo charged XC60 I test drove and fell madly in love with). The panoramic roof on the SEL is a wonderful feature for sun lovers and fans of plenty of fresh air. This feature found on far costlier SUVs and crossovers I considered is a "must have" item, especially when trying to justify the price of this smaller than many loaded vehicles we initially had opted for. There is nothing we do not like about the 2012 SEL. I hope resale value is good. There are other trim levels, but I am enjoying the bells and whistles of the top model Tiguan. Quality is 1st rate, no reliability issues thus far.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

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Best small SUV for money and Value

by from Upstate New York on August 8, 2012

The 2012 VW Tiguan is the best value in its class. To have the solid German engineering for the same price as a Toyota Rav4 or Honda CRV.. the best bet is on the Tiguan. The engine provides all the po...
The 2012 VW Tiguan is the best value in its class. To have the solid German engineering for the same price as a Toyota Rav4 or Honda CRV.. the best bet is on the Tiguan. The engine provides all the power necesary to climb long hills and the automatic transmission allows for engine breaking on those long down hills, for saving the brakes. The comfort of the ride is beyond comparison with any other car in its class. I have owned other Japanese imports in the class, and they were quaility cars. But after driving and owning the VW Tiguin, there is no comparison of ride, comfort or value.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

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Feels like a more expensive car

by from Brooklyn, NY on January 23, 2012

I had read that the styling and details of this car were likable. When I saw it in person, I was expecting high quality but was surprised to find that it exceeded my expectations. It's fun to drive, I...
I had read that the styling and details of this car were likable. When I saw it in person, I was expecting high quality but was surprised to find that it exceeded my expectations. It's fun to drive, I feel safe in it, and I get good mileage. I love it.
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Uses car for Just getting around

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Best Small SUV for the Money

by from Orlando, FL on December 21, 2012

I've often heard that Subaru owners are Subaru owners for life. Not in this case. As Subaru owners, we expected our next car to be a Subaru Forester. After test driving the Forester, my wife and I wer...
I've often heard that Subaru owners are Subaru owners for life. Not in this case. As Subaru owners, we expected our next car to be a Subaru Forester. After test driving the Forester, my wife and I were both disappointed. The car was sluggish at best. Living in a busy city, we need to have enough confidence in the car that we know we can merge into freeway traffic. The Subaru simply didn't cut it. Our reaction was "under powered and over priced." We did our homework, test drove the competition, and settled on a Volkswagen Tiguan. It's roomy and comfortable, has a solid feel and ride, and it has plenty of zip. We're extremely happy with the Tiguan and have already recommended it to friends and family.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

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No confidence anymore

by from Minneapolis, MN on July 11, 2016

This is my second VW. The car overall is a good ride. Performance is wonderful for a 2.0 turbo. Gas milage is fantastic. Cargo space is limited. Maintenance: Injectors replaced under warranty. Intake ...
This is my second VW. The car overall is a good ride. Performance is wonderful for a 2.0 turbo. Gas milage is fantastic. Cargo space is limited. Maintenance: Injectors replaced under warranty. Intake manifold replaced just out of warranty - broken motor or something. second intake replaced out of warranty - had a hole in it. Turbo replaced - seals failing. Injectors replaced out of warranty (stuck wide open - again). And now my heater core is leaking. I have 118K miles on the clock; have changed the oil at the service interval - with factory specified oils. Done all services. All my driving is highway driving.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Nice SUV for the money

by from Aurora, CO on May 31, 2014

Having driven every 2014 compact SUV (other than the CRV and the Hyundai's), we found the 2014 Tiguan to be the most sporty feeling, but with an unacceptable price in the mid-30's. We decided to buy u...
Having driven every 2014 compact SUV (other than the CRV and the Hyundai's), we found the 2014 Tiguan to be the most sporty feeling, but with an unacceptable price in the mid-30's. We decided to buy used, finding that loaded SEL 4motions were in the mid to low 20's, and with low miles. As the mechanical bits have remained essentially unchanged over the years, the 2012's drive identically. We bought a lightly used SEL 4motion with 20k miles on it, and in the last two months it's proven to be a fun and reliable vehicle, if a bit noisy on the freeway due to the 19" tires (if you want a quiet, soft ride, go with a smaller wheel/tire combo). The seats are exceptionally comfortable, and the stereo solid. It's a nice road car.- a complaint I've been unable to address is the wonky navigation system, which does not appear to be designed for Denver street names. We will address this with a vw dealer as we find it cannot find many familiar street addresses. Overall, the tiguan has proven to be reliable, sporty, and fun to drive- we have found it to be an excellent used value.
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WOW

by from Roanoke, Va on December 20, 2012

Great accelleration. Great styling. My wife is 4'10" - short - and the seats fit her. Doesn't get tired. Be careful, though. She want's to drive MY car. Everyone at work fell in love with it. Feel the...
Great accelleration. Great styling. My wife is 4'10" - short - and the seats fit her. Doesn't get tired. Be careful, though. She want's to drive MY car. Everyone at work fell in love with it. Feel the road like a sports car. Mileage 23 in town, 27/28 on long hauls. I love the rear camera. Never thought I would. I put the back seats dodown and can carry almost anything - at least much more than the sedan (which I loved).
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Surpising find with the VW Tiguan

by from St Simons Island, GA on October 2, 2015

I found a great deal on a Tiguan when I was out shopping for a small SUV. The car handles like a sports car but gives me the room I need to do light hauling. I love the styling and the interior feels ...
I found a great deal on a Tiguan when I was out shopping for a small SUV. The car handles like a sports car but gives me the room I need to do light hauling. I love the styling and the interior feels very luxurious. The leather is well crafted and the controls feel solid. I have only two issues but they were not enough to dissuade me form the vehicle. #1 I wish the steering wheel would adjust down further. I am a top wheel hand driver and it only stays high angled making it feel awkward driving the way I do. #2. The infotainment system takes a little long to start up thus making the back up camera not come on right away when I start the car and put it in reverse. All in all, I really like the cars styling, drivability and comfort. I would highly recommend this car for someone in the small SUV market.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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