New Car Review | 2019 VW Tiguan
Boucher Auto Group, VW Dealer in Wisconsin, Serving Milwaukee, Franklin, and Racine
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is a budget-friendly European take on the compact SUV, which offers an impressive set of features, including the best bumper to bumper warranty, configurable digital cockpit instrument, a third-row seat, and is covered for 72,000 miles or six long years.
This all-new Volkswagen vehicle is definitely more powerful than the Nissan Rogue, includes more luxury features than the Honda CR-V, and is bigger than the Mazda CX-5. But compared to its nearest competition, the Tiguan is more expensive – pricier than the Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Santa Fe, despite lacking driver assist features in all of its trims.
What to Like
If you’ve always wanted a midsize compact SUV that’s veering on the elegant and sporty side, then this is the VW you’ve been looking for. Its high tech features are paired with an efficient turbocharged engine, making this vehicle all the more attractive.
What’s New for 2019?
The SE trim has been added with a standard alarm system, while the SEL got a Digital Cockpit and Park Assist Control. In other trims, driver assists have been added, and the SEL R-Line will be replaced by the SEL R-Line Jet Black later this year.
As expected of any VW vehicle, this compact SUV has an impressive steering and pedal response, which contribute to the overall feel that can be considered one of the best in the segment. Compared to other small SUVs, the highway ride is firmer, but the superior steering feel and quiet cabin make this car great for long distance rides. Its turbocharged engine produces a decent amount of horsepower and torque, and compared to the Honda CR-V, this car is 450 lbs heavier. Highway cruising and city scooting are barely affected, but the added weight can be felt in highway
merging and passing instances. For a compact SUV, it’s a bit longer, but it just makes the car more visible. Paired with a good turning diameter, parking lots are a piece of cake. In fact, parking moves are easy with this car. Park Distance Control with Maneuver Braking allows the front and rear sensors to activate and warn the driver if there are any close objects or you’re about to back into something. Another favorite feature is the Overhead View Camera that gives the driver a bird’s eye view of the car and its
surroundings. Rear Traffic Alert with Braking will sense cars driving down the aisle your backing into, and will stop if needed.
Android Auto and Apple Carplay
Android Auto and Apple Carplay allow your smartphone to be integrated into your car’s audio and infotainment system. These features make it possible for the driver to dictate text messages and receive them without having to touch your phone. You can also use commands to play your favorite music, access Google Maps, and others.
Most car manufacturers offer long powertrain warranty to attract buyers, but VW easily impresses the lot with its 72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper or 6-year warranty, and it’s fully transferable too. This should alleviate the fears of people questioning VW’s long-term reliability.
When it comes to craftsmanship and interior design, VW has always delivered, and this SUV continues that tradition. The USB ports can be easily reached by the driver and passengers found inside the large bin in its many storage spaces. The seats are a bit stiff but offer good support and bolstering. The second row can recline and slide and splits in a 40-20-40 seating to allow variations in cargo and passengers. The third-row seat is quite small and can only accommodate shorter occupants, but it’s still a helpful feature. The total space for the five-passenger models measures 37.6 cubic feet, which is a bit more than the Subaru Forester and Ford Escape, but less than the Nissan Rogue. If you wave your foot under the bumper, it will trigger the rear tailgate and will automatically close when it detects that the key fob is out of range.
The distinctive looks of this SUV easily make it a standout. It is a well-tailored car and there are very few compact SUVs that are nearly the size of VW’s new offering. The company’s creased design is quite simple but it still is attractive, and the LED taillights just make it look more elegant and help exude a premium feel. SEL Premium models have LED headlights and some neat daytime running lights. The R-Line models, meanwhile, look sportier and have larger wheels.
Notable Standard Equipment
While it is true that Android Auto and Apple Carplay have become a common feature in many cars these days, in this particular SUV, they’re a standard feature as part of the Car-Net App-Connect package. The additional third-row seat is included in the base price, which also comes with a 40/20/40-split/sliding/reclining/fold-flat 2nd-row seat, rearview camera, USB smartphone and Bluetooth connectivity, and a 6.50-inch touch screen infotainment system.
Notable Option Equipment
In addition to the traditional leather seat and premium audio upgrades, drivers can also add a range of active-safety technologies. There’s also an optional 12.3-inch customizable digital instrument panel, a hands-free liftgate with walk-away closing, keyless start/entry, bird’s eye parking camera, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality and a panoramic sunroof. You can also upgrade to the subscription-based Security and Service group that adds features like remote speed and boundary alerts, automatic crash notification, and remote vehicle lock/unlock. The Guide and Inform group includes the subscription-based SiriusXM Travel Link that has features that tell weather and traffic info, movie information, sports scores, and local fuel price. This group also has built-in navigation.
Under the Hood
The front wheel drive version weighs a staggering 3,777 lbs, making this car one of the heaviest in this category. For this reason, its EPA fuel economy ratings aren’t impressive, but according to most drivers, you’ll only have to add a gallon or two each month. The all-wheel-drive version has a mechanical center differential and electronic differential locks, making it possible to transfer power front-to-back and side-to-side. There are several driver-selectable modes available, including Off-Road, Custom Off-Road, Snow, and On-Road.
As per MSRP, price starts at $25,290 and can reach around $40,000 with upgrades and whatnots added. The base trim makes for a great car, but you’ll likely enjoy the car more if you make additions. Sometimes, spending a little more for a car can be a smart choice. You’ll love how the new warranty will reduce the cost of ownership for some and can potentially increase the value of resale.
Contact a Volkswagen Dealer in Wisconsin, Serving Milwaukee, Franklin, and Racine
Check out Boucher Auto Group if you want to see this compact SUV in action. If you’re in Wisconsin, contact their sales team so you can take it for a test drive and see your upgrade options. This car is available in several trims and configurations and you might want to spend time deciding which features suit your driving behavior most. Boucher has locations in Franklin, Racine and Janesville.