First Drive: 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

Still A Tall Golf, But With A Little Extra Style
Despite treating the Tiguan to a facelift and tweaking its powertrain ever so slightly, suspension tuning for U.S-spec models remains unchanged. Although we were unable to sample such a model, we previously found that Tiguans handle much like their Golf siblings, albeit with a little additional body roll and slightly number steering. SEL models do receive lowered springs that increase clearance for the new 19-inch wheels, but we've yet to sample a model.

The 2012 upgrades hardly reinvent the Tiguan, but they will help the SUV continue to gain footing in an increasingly competitive segment. Despite facing a rash of new and revised competitors, Tiguan sales have risen steadily. VW sold 20,926 examples in the U.S. during 2010, and 11,563 units have been delivered thus far in 2011. Seeing as the 2012 Tiguan merely adds a bit of polish to an already successful recipe, expect that momentum to continue until VW can launch an all-new model further down the road.

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
Base price: $24,540 (est)
On sale: September 2011

Powertrain: 2.0-liter, 16-valve turbocharged I-4
Horsepower: 200 hp @ 5100-6000 rpm
Torque: 207 lb-ft @ 1700-5000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic
Drive: front wheel or all-wheel

Measurements:
L x W x H: 174.3 x 71.2 x 66.3 in
Legroom f/r: 40.1/ 35.8 in
Headroom f/r: 39.1/ 39.0 in
Cargo capacity (seats up/ down): 23.8/ 56.1 cu ft
Curb weight: 3736 lbs (est)
EPA rating: 20/28 (est), FWD; 19/28 (est), AWD

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