The Tiguan is a sophisticated, fun-to-drive small SUV with a nicely finished and relatively roomy interior. It came with a bit of sticker shock for a non-luxury nameplate, but outscored several fancy-branded models that were more expensive.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Handles very good in the mountains"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"Excellent steering, handling, and braking. Transmission is slow to downshift in city driving conditions causing some engine lugging."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"great acceleration. good braking. precise steering. Somewhat limited visability"

Vince R., FL (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"Worst transmission ever. Does not need a Sixth gear. It wants to shift into Sixth gear as low as 30mph. It then lugs the engine. VW fix does not work."

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"Pretty good acceleration even in low RPMs. Handles pretty well. Sence of security even for a small SUV."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"Very sporty SUV. Fin to drive especially in the hand shift mode. It’s a perfect second car"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"Car accelerates well and hugs corners. The feature which allows you to change gears is extremely useful."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"Tight handling Secure feeling in the turns Dont like how it handles at low speeds"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"acceleration is good, handling is excellent for an SUV. There can be a significant lag due to the turbo boost. Once it gets up to speed hill climbing ability is very good."

Lewis J., CA (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"Sporty handling. Easy maneuvering. Size is perfect. However the new Tiguans from (2017 or2018) Are now bigger all over. It’s too bad they didn’t keep the compact size for the Tiguan as the new model looks as big as the Touareg - I don’t think I’d want the bigger model"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"I love how you tell the Tiguan where to go by steering and it does it. Also the turbo is nice to have in the mountains where I live and there is plenty of power."

Robert S., CA (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"Originally great acceleration, just recently started hesitating when accelerating at 60K miles. Unable to determine the problem."

ANNA S., NJ (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"The Tiguan is engaging to drive Very fine handling."

PAUL C., PA (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"Excellent acceleration for a small AWD SUV."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"Handles like a car. Very smooth"

MARVIN M., NV (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"Relatively small size coupled with peppy, turbo assisted engine adds to the fun factor when driving this SUV."

BARRY S., IL (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Quiet interior, comfortable seats and driving position."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"The seats are supportive and well-made visibility is excellent"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"seats are too firm"

B V., BC (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"The seats are supportive and there is plenty of legroom for both front and back passengers"

Robert S., CA (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"The AC system is subpar. It is noisy and does not adequetly cool the cabin."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"The seat is very comfortable. I like the adjustable lumbar support. The car is very quiet, although it wasn't quite as quiet with the OEM tires"

Lewis J., CA (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"Would like to see more lumbar support in this and most cars."

TERRY O., CA (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"Seats are heated, but limited in adjustment options."

ANNA S., NJ (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"Wind leaks are bothersome. Seats are not comfortable for long trips. Rides a bit rough but has excellent acceleration."

ROSEMARY N., CT (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"I REALLY dislike leather seats and had to settle for "leatherette" instead of cloth. Someday PLEASE make seats "cooling""

KIMBERLEE H., IL (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"We were looking for an SUV with a great interior and comfortable seats, front and back seat. We bought used, a rental return. The price was great, probable caused by the problems VW had with the diesels."

BILL F., WA (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"We bought the mid line SE after reading CRs report about the SEL which was described as pricey. Without a sunroof or in-dash navigation this was bought at 27K. It rides and handles much better than friends CRV's and has a much nicer interior."

Anonymous, CT (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"Bad Value. Expensive but didn't come with backup sensor or camera."

DAVID W., ON (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Styling is OK. Good visibility. ."

PAUL C., PA (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

"I would expect a little more styling on the dashboard. Feels luxury, but a little too plain and simple."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Volkswagen Tiguan)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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