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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

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$12,330 — $20,370 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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  • Outdated navigation system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
2016 Volkswagen Tiguan exterior side view

What to Know

about 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

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
58 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

2016 VW Tiguan

by jmcdevitt from Chattanooga Tn on August 15, 2019

I picked up this gem about a month ago and it has been excellent so far. It is roomy and quick on the highway. I will say the turbo is quick to respond so it might feel a bit jerky at first until you ... Read full review

(5.0)

Only a few weeks and I practically live in it!

by Margie from Saucier, MS on July 17, 2019

Love the A. I. feature and hands free phone. The back has become my second office/changing room. (I am small and if you knew where I worked you would understand. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan S

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

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
poor
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
marginal
Retraints and dummy kinematics
acceptable
Structure and safety cage
marginal

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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
poor
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
marginal
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs 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

    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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