The second-generation Tiguan is one of the largest models in the small-SUV segment.
That growth allows for an optional third-row seat and an enormous second-row seat.
Though the 184-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine feels responsive in daily driving, acceleration is rather slow: It takes more than 10 seconds to reach 60 mph from a stop.
Fuel economy of 25 mpg on regular gas is good for the class.
The transmission is mostly smooth.
Handling is capable and secure, and the ride is comfortable.
The cabin is among the quietest in the segment, with just a bit of engine noise when revved.
Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic warning are standard.