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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Tiguan SE AWD by njlees

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Reviewed: 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan

4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Why the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan?

Materials & workmanship

Everything is put together tightly and materials are high quality.

Powertrain performance

Smooth and powerful enough as far as CUVs go. Engine and transmission plus awd work well together.

Quietness

Very quiet inside.

Discounts & incentives

Large discount made price competitive with v6 rav4 else I would not have been driving this vehicle.

Handling

Very agile. Best of the CUVs under $35k at the time. Electric Steering is a little light but you get used to it.

Why Not the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan?

Dealer practices

Service has been a big problem at the dealership I purchased the vehicle at. Had in for second oil change under the free service plan and they broke something. A day later all the oil came out of the car and the engine seized before I could safely pull over on the interstate. Something cracked or fell off around the oil filter. Dealer replaced the engine but they handled the whole thing with no trail and refused to acknowledge they made a mistake.

Price or payments

Without large discounts, this vehicle is pricey.

Fuel economy

Bring the tdi diesel to the US and problem solved.

Cargo capacity

Cargo capacity is small so if you need large capacity look elsewhere.

Conclusion

The great handling and smooth and powerful power train was unique. The v6 rav4 was more powerful, but the chassis could not handle the power. The CRV had the handling, but not the power. In addition the interior of the tiguan was way beyond the quality of the other vehicles. It was more expensive, but deep dealer discounts brought the price down to make it the clear winner for me.

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