2009 Volkswagen Tiguan
There are 10 user reviews for the S trim shown below
- Solid body structure.... no big blind spots.... user friendly controls...
- Issues with car and dealer... disappointing fuel mileage... cost cutting in full force...
The Tiguan is my second VW in my lifetime. After the first VW turned out to be a headache, I turned to Honda. I was about to buy a Honda CRV when a friend who works at a VW dealer told me to buy a Tiguan because of special pricing. I took a lease for $429/month on a base S model. I find the SEL overpriced which would have made the lease $649/month especially when you add a few common options. The Tiguan compares to the Honda CRV identically. They drive the same, similar interior design, similar starting price etc. The Tiguan feels a bit more planted on the road and the body seems to be tighter. I also like the fact there are no major blind spots unlike the CRV which has several.
With all that in mind here are my complaints--- To being with there are some bugs VW needs to work out and hopefully soon. The EBD, EBA, ESP and ABS controllers (I think) all decided to put the car into limp mode on the way home from work. I could not get the car over 35MPH no matter how hard I tried. It always felt like the brakes were on. I ended up having to pull over and have a tow truck come and pick her up. Now she is in the repair shop awaiting new parts.
The next fault I find is the fuel economy. Now it says 19 city 26 highway on the EPA sticker but I have yet to see over 14 in the city and over 21 on the highway. I have driven on smooth roads with the cruise set, with the wind blowing from behind and still it won't get better than 14\21. That is a long way from the manufacturer claims and what the dealer said. I complained to the manager but he was not helpful at all. We got into a heated discussion and I was thrown out of the showroom. I contacted VW NA and they said they would deal with it.
The other problems I see are the cost cutting they used in this car. Many hard surfaces, cheap plastic and poor quality stitching on the fabric. I could buy better quality seat covers at Pep Boys for $10. The dash seems to have been taken directly out of the Rabbit. Not up to Honda standards for sure. I don't like the assembly quality either. The dash makes noises over bumps, the door panels vibrate with the music and the seat levers all are of the lowest quality I have seen in a modern car. With my past experience with VW I should have avoided taking another. This will be the last.
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