VW Afficianado - I've owned 5 VWs
October 30, 2018
We owned a 2007 Passat Sportswagen with the 2.0 turbo, which we purchased used and absolutely loved. We traded that in on a 2012 Jetta TDI, which would get 45 mpg, but we returned it during the dieselgate scandal. We still own a 2012 Golf, which I gave to my daughter who turned 16 this year, which is when I bought my 2014 Tiguan. I also purchased a 2008 EOS, manual transmission a few months later, but it needs a lot of TLC. However, lets talk about the Tiguan.
I originally was looking for another used VW station wagon, but couldn't one at the right price and location. I was also looking at a 2010 Toureg, which sold 20 minutes before I got to the dealership to look at it. So, the 2014 Tiguan was a 3rd choice and also at a VW dealership close by, where I have my other VWs serviced.
I've been able to stuff a lot of things in the back of my Tiguan. After folding down the rear seats, you can put 20 bags of mulch in the back. By folding down the front passenger seat, flat, I've also been able to bring home a palm tree. So, it's far exceeded my expectations for cargo carrying capacity.
Great acceleration as you would expect from a turbo.
Very comfortable and stylish interior.
Bluetooth connectivity for playing from my phone's playlist on long trips.
It's a good looking vehicle.
It does not get 26 mpg unless you are doing 60 mph - realistically expect 24 mpg when doing 70+ on the highway.
Limited towing capacity @ 2200 due to the limited torque (207 foot/lb)
You're only going to fit 4 adults in the car - realistically
Now, for comparison, my 2012 Golf (now the teenager's car) gets 32 mpg consistently with the ancient 2.5 five cylinder engine. It's now pushing 120K on the odometer. My 2008 EOS, which I purchases a few months after the Tiguan, has the same 2.0 Turbo and gets 30+ mpg with the manual 6 speed trans. Similarly, our old 2007 Passat with the 2.0 turbo would get 30 mpg on the highway for a mid-size wagon. So, for the Tiguan it has to be the gearing in either the transmission or the differential. Overall I am fairly happy with this vehicle after owning it for almost 10 months.