2011 Volkswagen Tiguan

Updated June 30, 2011
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan hangs onto the Best Reviewed crown for sporty SUVs. Quick, good looking and easy to drive, Volkswagen's compact is the poster child for "fun" small SUVs.  The Tiguan carries on essentially unchanged from 2010. For a comprehensive report on this SUV, with detailed analysis of reviewer feedback, see our report on the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan. .

Fuel economy consistent with FWD or AWD

All VW Tiguans are equipped with a turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder engine. Front-wheel-drive models with the standard six-speed manual gearbox are rated an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway/21 mpg combined. Upgrade to the available six-speed automatic and the numbers improve to 20 city/25 highway/22 combined.  Choosing all-wheel-drive (which requires the automatic) doesn't make you sacrifice much in the way of fuel economy, as the AWD Tiguan is rated at 19 city/25 highway/21 combined.

ProsGreat safety ratings, Upscale interior, Roomy and comfortable, Sporty performance and handling, Excellent build qualityConsPricey, Needs premium gas, Cargo capacity is lacking