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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan Sport Utility Crossover

FWD 4dr Auto S

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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan Sport Utility Crossover

Volkswagen is positioning the Tiguan as a sportier alternative to other vehicles its size, calling it the 'GTI of sport-utility vehicles.' Its turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces more power than the base engines in other compact utility vehicles while being more fuel-efficient than V-6-powered engines in its class. The Tiguan's tall body allows a much more spacious interior than a compact car. Volkswagen is including complimentary scheduled service for three years or 36,000 miles.

What's new for 2009?

The Tiguan is an all-new compact sport-utility vehicle that slots below the larger Touareg as the second SUV in Volkswagen's lineup. Unlike the Touareg, which emphasizes towing and off-road ability, the Tiguan is oriented mainly for passenger and cargo duty on-road. The four-cylinder Tiguan is about the same length and width as Volkswagen's compact Jetta sedan and competes in a class with the Honda CR-V

Model Strengths

  • Sporty handling
  • cargo space
  • safety features

Model Review

The Tiguan comes in three different trims--S, SE, and SEL--but they're all powered by the same engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. It makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, and delivers its power through either a standard six-speed manual on S models or a six-speed automatic on the S, SE and SEL.

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Despite high gas prices and melting polar icecaps, Americans still love their SUVs. Now, they're moving to smaller versions of the go-anywhere, carry-anything wagons. Although it seems that every company offers something these days, the compact-sized, reasonably priced car-based crossovers mainly have been offered by the Japanese and Korean nameplates. With the arrival of the Tiguan, you can buy a German Volkswagen in this size and shape.

Just as hard-to-spell but slightly easier to pronounce than its big brother, the Touareg, the Tiguan brings the fun-to-drive sportiness of VW's GTI to the marketplace. Its 2.0-liter, 200-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder provides more zip than many competitors, with an official zero-to-60 time of just 7.8 seconds, while offering EPA mileage figures of 19 City, 26 Highway ,reasonable if not astounding numbers. But remember, this is a 3,400-pound family hauler, not a sports car. Premium fuel is required, thanks to the turbocharger.

You can enjoy a six-speed manual transmission or Japanese-built six-speed automatic in the Tiguan, but all three models have a "European tuned" suspension, which in this market means responsive, level handling and a compliant ride. Choose from front-wheel drive or VW's optional 4Motion� four-wheel drive, depending on your expected weather conditions and terrain. The EPA Green Vehicle Guide gives the Tiguan a 7 for Air Pollution and a 5 for Greenhouse Gas, so this is not the greenest option out there.

The S model, such as my Wild Cherry Metallic tester, has much of what a person needs to get around comfortably. That includes air conditioning, eight-way manually adjustable seats, remote keyless locking, power windows and mirrors, and illuminated vanity mirrors on the sun visors.

Safety features include six airbags, anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, the Electronic Stabilization Program, and other electronic guardians to preserve handling in a crisis and protection in a crash. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently gave the Tiguan a Top Safety Pick award it's highest rating for its impressive performance in the institute's crash tests. Twenty-four-hour roadside assistance for three years/36,000 miles is part of a comprehensive warranty package that gives owners peace of mind.

The SE, the likely volume model, adds a raft of other features that you can live without but may not want to. These include a leather shift knob and steering wheel, upgraded cloth interior and trim, fog lamps, a roof rack, a trip computer, and heated windshield washers. The six-speed automatic is standard on this model as well. The SEL loads on the luxuries that the "L" represents leather seats, automatic headlights, rain-sensor wipers, dual zone climate control, a 300-watt audio system, a self-dimming inside mirror and a few other items.

Prices range from $23,200 for the S through $30,990 for the SEL, plus $690 on top of that for destination charges (subject to upward change). Available options include rear side airbags and a navigation system. My S model tester, with the optional rear airbags, came to $25,340.

Anyone who has ever driven a Golf, Jetta or Passat will feel right at home in this VW. You sit a bit higher, so it's easy to get in and out. Underway, steering response is quick, with a gentle pulse of the road transmitted to your hands. There's German precision in the straightforward presentation of information and logical switch layout, as well as high quality but not ostentatious materials, in my tester mainly black and metallic dark gray. Eight tiny circular air vents add interest to the dash design. The emergency brake "handle" is miniaturized as well.

The door seal made an annoying squeaking sound and the coat hooks were inadequate for five shirts, but I can think of nothing else to complain about. Flexible seating is handy, with reclining rear seats that move up to six inches forward and back to accommodate more passengers or more cargo. Maximum cargo space with rear seats folded is more than 56 cubic feet, and the front passenger seat folds flat for carrying long things like ladders. In case you wondered, a string bass fits without requiring folding that seat down.

Following a trend from the pricier German brands, VW offers the Carefree Maintenance Program, which covers all scheduled maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles. So, if you lease the car for three years, you'll likely never pay for an oil change or routine adjustment or inspection. The crossover market offers a mind-boggling array of small SUV choices. Now, if you want the German motoring experience, there's a very appealing and more affordable way to do it.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Opt
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2 years / 24,000 miles from the purchase date comprehensive limited warranty including the balance of the 4 year/50,000 mile original limited powertrain & corrosion warranty.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 112-Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 2 Year 24-Hour Roadside Assistance
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes, at no cost to buyer
Warranty Deductible $50

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