The Volkswagen Tiguan is a late arrival to the compact crossover SUV market. While many competitors already have established small SUV models in their lineups, VW is hoping the Tiguan will lure customers away from a range of other options that have traditionally been somewhat bland. The Tiguan comes in both front-wheel- and all-wheel-drive versions and is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
The Tiguan’s name will certainly attract attention. A figment of the VW marketing department’s imagination, we’re told it’s a marriage of “tiger” and “iguana.” This mammalian reptile is built on the same chassis as the Jetta and Golf. To keep the small SUV from looking like a hopped-up version of the latter, the Tiguan uses styling elements similar to VW’s larger SUV, the Touareg, which gives the Tiguan a look that’s both more aggressive and more upscale than its competitors. The downside, however, is that the Tiguan comes with slightly less space — and a higher price tag.