2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Sporty handling
  • Adjustable backseat legroom
  • Fold-flat front passenger seat
  • Interior quality
  • Visibility

The Bad

  • Wide turning circle
  • Prefers premium gas
  • Outdated navigation system
  • Expensive AWD option
  • High price vs. competitors
  • R-Line ride too firm

Notable Features of the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto capability available
  • Heated front seats now standard
  • Backup camera standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Seats up to five

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Tiguan is Volkswagen's answer to the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 compact SUVs. It's powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. A performance-oriented R-Line version is offered.
New for 2016
Tiguan trim levels now have more features. The base S model gains keyless access with push-button start, simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, automatic headlights and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The SE trim level adds 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights and a panoramic moonroof. SEL versions now have 19-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a memory function for the driver's seat and power-folding side mirrors.

A newly available multimedia system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring on the Tiguan's dashboard screen.
Significant Standard Features

  • 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Heated front seats
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Flat-folding front-passenger seat
  • 60/40-split folding backseat with fore/aft and backrest angle adjustments
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Fender premium stereo
  • Navigation system
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Leather upholstery

 

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Tiguan is Volkswagen's answer to the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 compact SUVs. It's powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. A performance-oriented R-Line version is offered.
New for 2016
Tiguan trim levels now have more features. The base S model gains keyless access with push-button start, simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, automatic headlights and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The SE trim level adds 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights and a panoramic moonroof. SEL versions now have 19-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a memory function for the driver's seat and power-folding side mirrors.

A newly available multimedia system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring on the Tiguan's dashboard screen.
Significant Standard Features

  • 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Heated front seats
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Flat-folding front-passenger seat
  • 60/40-split folding backseat with fore/aft and backrest angle adjustments
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Fender premium stereo
  • Navigation system
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Leather upholstery

 


Latest 2016 Tiguan Stories

Consumer Reviews

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

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

Very unreliable

by P Jones from Cape Town on July 28, 2018

I really like it but very very unreliable it has left me starting on a very busy intersection very unsafe and VW SA can?t get it sorted I have had it for a year and has been in for at least three ... Read full review

(5.0)

Happy VW owner

by cbtiguanowner from Port Coquitlam, B.C. Canada on February 1, 2018

My wife and I are very happy with the vehicle. It has lots of power, ride is smooth and comfortable, and the visibility is excellent Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Volkswagen

Program Benefits

100+ point dealer inspection, 2 years of 24/7 roadside assistance, CARFAX Vehicle history report, and three-month SiriusXM All-Access trial subscription

  • Limited Warranty

    2018 model year or later: 1-year/12,000, 72,000 miles eligibility - 2017 model year or earlier: 2-year/24,000, 75,000 miles eligibility - 2016 model year or earlier TDI: 2-year/unlimited, 75,000 miles eligibility

    *See owner’s literature or dealer for your vehicle’s warranty coverage, exclusions, and limitations.
  • Eligibility

    2018 model year or later: 1-year/12,000, 72,000 miles eligibility - 2017 model year or earlier: 2-year/24,000, 75,000 miles eligibility - 2016 model year or earlier TDI: 2-year/unlimited, 75,000 miles eligibility

    Vehicles receive a 100+ point inspection and reconditioning.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker