All around great vehicle!
December 15, 2018
I've had my Tiguan SE a month now and have about 1200 miles on it. My average mileage is about 29 - 30 mpg and I haven't been babying it. It's got great pickup from a standing start, and passing from 50 to 80 mph. MPG is based on usage, not the average mpg readout on the instrument panel, which is fairly accurate as well.
I traded in a 13 year old 2006 Golf with manual tranny and was a bit dubious about the automatic, even after test driving 3 different Tiguans. Now I love it. The dual clutch automatic is super smooth. In town where the lights can hold a long time I leave the engine stop/start turned on, but in stop & go traffic I disengage it so the engine remains on, and put the transmission in sport mode for instant response. No lag. Nothing scary. It's quick. I haven't tried manual mode yet...no need to.
Infotainment system is great. My wife likes it better than her 2018 CRV system. Very easy to use. I'm still working my way thru all the features.
I wasn't terribly interested in the panoramic sun roof as we almost never open the moonroof on the CRV (too bright), but now I'm really glad I got it. The tinting is deep enough to keep sun glare at a minimum and it has a fabric cover if needed. Middle row passengers go nuts over it. They say it makes the already roomy seat seem even bigger. Speaking of seats, I haven't used the third row, even with the grandchildren. They (the seats, not the kids) stay folded under to give me cargo space. The childseat latch tethers are very easy to see and use, thank goodness.
Quiet. Very quiet on rough paved back roads that I drive a lot.
VW's attention to detail on this car is excellent in all respects. The only item it doesn't have that I'd really like is a compass. (Are you listening VW?) The SE trim line doesn't have adaptive cruise control or lane keep assist. If you do a lot of freeway long distance driving you might consider the SEL.
(PS: I'm not knocking my wife's CRV at all. It's her third one and previous version literally saved her life in a terrible crash, i.e. headlight socket at the front door post and she walked away unscratched. It's a great vehicle too.)
I got a great deal too. Best $25k I've ever spent on a car.