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Volkswagen Tiguan: Frankfurt Auto Show

author photo by Doug DeMuro September 2015

What Is It?

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a popular compact crossover that first went on sale for the 2009 model year. Slotting below the pricey Touareg in Volkswagen's lineup, the Tiguan is receiving its first full redesign, likely for the 2017 model year.

On the outside, the latest Tiguan boasts a completely new look with modern touches, revised front- and rear-end treatments and increased dimensions in almost every area. Although the latest Tiguan looks uniquely like a Volkswagen, the crossover's heavily revised styling will be immediately noticeable to anyone who's spent time with the outgoing model.

Inside, the Tiguan also boasts some major updates over today's model, including a revised gauge cluster, a new touchscreen, a new steering wheel and an updated dashboard with more style. As customary with redesigned vehicles, the interior of the latest Tiguan is larger than its predecessor, offering more rear legroom and cargo space than the outgoing model. Volkswagen has announced a long-wheelbase model is on the horizon for the U.S. market with additional interior space.

What's less clear is what will power the Tiguan when it comes to the U.S. Certainly, there will be at least one gasoline powerplant and possibly a plug-in electric version, as Volkswagen also revealed a plug-in hybrid concept version of the Tiguan in Frankfurt. However, Volkswagen confirmed that the new Tiguan will tout a wide range of high-tech features when it makes its debut, including forward-collision alert, automatic pre-collision braking and lane-keep assist.

How Much?

Although pricing has not yet been announced for the U.S. Tiguan, we don't think the small crossover will see a high increase from today's base figure of around $25,900 with shipping.

When Can You Get It?

April 2016 in Europe; likely a few months later in the U.S.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because...

Although we liked the Volkswagen Tiguan when it first came out in 2009, the crossover has become a dinosaur in the compact-crossover segment, offering outdated technology, a small cabin and high pricing. The new one looks promising though, boasting a totally new look, a high-end interior and cutting-edge features, not to mention build quality rivaling the best small SUVs.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Honda CR-V -- Honda's popular CR-V has been revised for 2015 with new styling and new equipment. While build quality probably won't stack up to the Tiguan, we suspect the CR-V will be cheaper to buy and own.

2016 Hyundai Tucson -- Hyundai's compact Tucson crossover offers fuel-efficient engines, a lot of technology and an unrivaled 10-year powertrain warranty. High-end trim levels also offer surprisingly luxurious appointments.

2015 Nissan Rogue -- The recently redesigned Rogue is one of our favorite compact crossovers thanks to its ample technology, comfortable ride, fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine and available third-row seat, a class exclusive.

Used Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class -- If you like the Tiguan's German engineering and high-quality interior, you may want to consider an upscale compact crossover such as the Mercedes-Benz GLK. Offered in diesel- or gas-powered variants, the GLK is an impressive SUV, but you'll have to consider a used one if you want it for the same price as a Tiguan.

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