[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Volkswagen Tiguan is a favorite with American consumers in the mid sized SUV segment and if you liked it last year, you will like it again in 2015, as there are few changes.
The changes are most evident in the interior where a slate of infotainment features have been added to all trims as standard features. These include VWCar-Net connected services, a Media Device Interface (MDI) with iPod cable, a rearview camera and a Premium VIII touchscreen audio system. The exterior remains the same, except for the top trim R-Line model, which has a stylized new rear bumper.
Tiguan continues with the style and sophistication of a sporty, urban compact SUV that caters to an active lifestyle. At 174.3 inches nose-to-tail, 71.2 inches wide and 66.3 inches tall, it’s perfect for city and country living. Tiguan is distinguished by a raked windshield, a rising belt line, large side windows and a trademark C-pillar at the rear. The R-Line model has specific upscale features such as a roof spoiler, body-color side skirts, badging and the distinctive rear bumper.
Tiguan was built to accommodate VW’s available 4Motion all-wheel drive and the design reflects the vehicle’s all-terrain and weather condition capability. The squared off wheel arches have plastic surrounds to protect the paint, while the short overhang at the front allows a 28-degree approach angle. And Tiguan is designed to carry all of a family’s fun gear. The roof rails, standard on all trims, accommodate a broad array of gear such as bike racks or kayak and surfboard carriers. There also is an available tow hitch and Tiguan can tow up to 2,200 pounds of jet skis, dirt bikes or ATVs, when properly equipped.
On the inside
The cabin design is flexible and spacious, with wide opening doors for easy access, seating for five adults and generous legroom and headroom. The rear seat has a 40/20/40 split to fit just about any load-carrying needs. The wide fold-down center section allows Tiguan to carry skis, fishing gear or even rugs, and still have space for passengers on either side. With the rear seats in place, there is still 23.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the second row seats forward and it increases to 56.1 cubic feet. And the front passenger seatback also folds forward and flat to accommodate loads up to 98 inches long.
The high-lifting rear door can be opened wide to accommodate large objects and there are tie-down hooks to hold gear and cargo in place.
There also is a 12-volt outlet to power coolers, air pumps and other gear.
The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan offers a choice of five trim levels, with a starting MSRP of $25,995.
[author image=”http://www.samaonline.org/Ron.jpg” ]Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to LetsTalkCars@aol.com.[/author]