2013 Volkswagen Tiguan

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • 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

Notable Features of the 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan

  • Seats up to five
  • 200-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual or automatic

2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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.New for 2013
The Tiguan receives only minor changes for 2013, including a standard electronic parking brake and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and shift knob. SE models get a partially powered front-passenger seat while the uplevel SEL adds a power passenger seat and a backup camera.
Exterior
The Tiguan looks like a smaller version of VW's Touareg midsize SUV until you step around back, where it more closely resembles the rear end of a Golf hatchback. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels; 16-, 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels available
  • Standard rear spoiler
  • Available fog lights
  • Available panoramic sunroof
  • Available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights

Interior
The Tiguan has a well-designed interior with high-quality materials, including brushed-metal-style trim around the gear selector and air vents. The rear seat can slide up to 6 inches to increase cargo room, and the seatback also reclines. S models feature black cloth seat fabric; the SE has simulated leather upholstery and the SEL gets real leather. Interior features include:

  • Standard 60/40-split backseat with fore/aft and backrest angle adjustments
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity
  • Standard f...
Vehicle Overview

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.New for 2013
The Tiguan receives only minor changes for 2013, including a standard electronic parking brake and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and shift knob. SE models get a partially powered front-passenger seat while the uplevel SEL adds a power passenger seat and a backup camera.
Exterior
The Tiguan looks like a smaller version of VW's Touareg midsize SUV until you step around back, where it more closely resembles the rear end of a Golf hatchback. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels; 16-, 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels available
  • Standard rear spoiler
  • Available fog lights
  • Available panoramic sunroof
  • Available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights

Interior
The Tiguan has a well-designed interior with high-quality materials, including brushed-metal-style trim around the gear selector and air vents. The rear seat can slide up to 6 inches to increase cargo room, and the seatback also reclines. S models feature black cloth seat fabric; the SE has simulated leather upholstery and the SEL gets real leather. Interior features include:

  • Standard 60/40-split backseat with fore/aft and backrest angle adjustments
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity
  • Standard flat-folding front-passenger seat
  • Available heated front seats 
  • Available iPod connectivity
  • Available push-button start
  • Available navigation system
  • Available Dynaudio premium stereo

Under the Hood
A 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is standard. A six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmission are offered. Mechanical features include:

  • Premium gas recommended
  • Front- or 4Motion all-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel independent suspension
  • 2,200-pound towing capacity

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

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best and easiest car to operae.

by Softball Nut from Newport News, VA on August 28, 2018

Totally reliable, easy to park, trunk space is perfect for me--don't do much hauling. This is thus far my favorite car--I've owned a lot of vehicles and"Tig" is the most convenient SUV yet! Read full review

(4.0)

Best car I've ever owned

by bchatigny from Jacksonville Fl on August 13, 2018

Love my new car it's the newest one I've ever had and so far I love it . Love the cloth seats and the A/C Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 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 Warranties

Backed by Volkswagen
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific)

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    5 years/60,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    100-plus point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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