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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/12/2015 Stefan Ogbac
2015 Volkswagen Tiguan© Volkswagen 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan

New for 2015

The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan gains some new standard features including VW Car-Net connected services, Media Device Interface with iPod cable, rearview camera, and a new touchscreen audio system. R-Line trims gain a revised rear bumper for the 2015 model year.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan is a small five-passenger crossover sold in five grades and front- or all-wheel-drive variations. Its sole powertrain is a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 rated at 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.


The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan’s powertrain is an excellent unit that provides good power and smooth acceleration. Handling is subpar for the class and the crossover “felt tall and tippy” around corners especially when compared to competitors like the Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5, which possess better driving dynamics. Ride quality is poor with the car’s suspension transmitting bumps into cabin. Fuel economy is average for the class with front-drive crossovers rated at 21/26 mpg city/highway and 20/26 mpg with all-wheel drive.

Space inside the 2015 Tiguan crossover is slightly smaller with up to 56.1 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. Leather upholstery, an upgraded audio system, navigation, and power seats are available in higher trims, and make the interior feel more upscale. However, the seats are hard and flat, making them uncomfortable for long journeys. The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan’s price is a weak point since it can skyrocket past $34,000 (including destination) for a fully loaded model.The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan has a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

What We Think

The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan is showing its age especially compared to newer entries from other automakers. In a 2012/2013 Compact Crossover SUV Comparison Test, we said that the crossover’s only strength is its powertrain, which is smooth, and gives the car good acceleration. However, the crossover’s handling, small interior and uncomfortable seats make it a less viable choice. In a 2012 First Test, we noted that the cargo area isn’t as usable because of its inability to carry long items and lack of a full flat load floor when the rear seats are folded. Additionally, seats are “hard and flat” while the driving position is awkward.

You’ll Like

  • Strong turbo-four
  • Good acceleration

You Won’t Like

  • Expensive
  • Bumpy ride
  • Hard seats

Key Competitors

  • Toyota RAV4
  • Honda CR-V
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Ford Escape
  • Nissan Rogue

Rating 2 star


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