The idea behind the 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan: combines all-wheel drive and the increased utility of an SUV with the efficiency and maneuverability of a car. Visit our Greenville Volkswagen dealership and test drive a new Tiguan today!
Body Styles, Trims, and Options
The 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover SUV available in S, SE, Wolfsburg Edition and SEL trim levels. Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, air-conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, eight-way manually adjustable front seats, and an eight-speaker stereo with a CD player.
The SE adds 17-inch wheels, foglights, heated washer nozzles, a power driver seat, heated front seats, upgraded cloth upholstery, a multifunction steering wheel, a trip computer, Bluetooth and an upgraded stereo with a six-CD/MP3 changer and auxiliary audio jack. Leather upholstery, an upgraded power driver seat and driver memory functions can be packaged together on the SE. The Wolfsburg Edition adds unique 17-inch alloy wheels, special badges and leatherette vinyl upholstery.
The SEL starts as an SE with the Leather package and adds 18-inch wheels, automatic bi-xenon headlights, automatic wipers, an auto-dimming mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control and a premium Dynaudio stereo.
Options include a panoramic sunroof, rear-seat side airbags and a hard-drive-based navigation system that includes a rearview camera and digital music storage.
Powertrains and Performance
Every VW Tiguan is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that produces 200 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque. All trims come standard with front-wheel drive, while 4Motion all-wheel drive is optional on the SE and SEL. The S and Wolfsburg Edition get a standard six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automatic is optional on them and standard on the SE and SEL.
In performance testing, an all-wheel-drive SEL went from zero to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds. Its EPA-estimated fuel economy is 18 mpg city/24 highway and 21 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and the automatic, while the S trim’s standard manual raises those numbers to 19/26/21. With all-wheel drive, the Tiguan returns 18/24/20.
Standard equipment on the Tiguan includes antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. Rear-seat side airbags are optional.
In brake testing, the Tiguan 4Motion came to a stop from 60 mph in 126 feet. In government crash testing, the 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan was awarded a perfect five stars in all front and side crash categories. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Tiguan its best rating of “Good” in its frontal-offset, side and roof-strength tests.
Interior Design and Special Features
In keeping with Volkswagen’s reputation for upscale cabins, the interior of the Tiguan boasts high-quality materials and tight-as-a-drum build quality. Real aluminum — not silver-colored plastic — enhances the premium feel. Controls are large and well placed, and the available navigation system boasts a large screen and a simple interface.
Firm, well-shaped seats offer proper support, whether logging miles on the interstate or slicing through a twisty two-laner. The reclining rear seat offers a 60/40-split design as well as a pass-through in the middle, which allows the Tiguan to carry long items and four passengers at the same time. The rear seat also slides fore and aft to improve either rear legroom or cargo space.
With all the seats in use, the Tiguan offers a maximum of 16.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity. With the second row folded down, maximum capacity measures 56.1 cubic feet.