The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan is a five-passenger crossover that can be purchased in one of three trim levels. Buyers will be impressed with the four-door model's superior fuel economy, and a wealth of standard features makes the Tiguan surpass the Chrysler PT Cruiser and most of the other competition. With an affordable intro price, this crossover can fit into almost any family's budget, and free regular maintenance for up to three years after purchase is an unbeatable deal. However, some consumers could be disappointed with the 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty as some of the competition provides 100,000-mile programs.
Under the hood, the 2009 Tiguan is fitted with a 200 horsepower turbocharged 2.0L I4. With 207-lbs per foot of torque, the Tiguan is one of the most powerful in its class. A six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard on all trims. The crossover's fuel estimates come in at 19 city MPG and 26 highway MPG, far surpassing most of the competition. The independent suspension gives the Tiguan a smooth ride, and the FSI Direct Injection system only administers the exact amount of fuel necessary to power the model. This can improve the fuel economy by up to 25 percent. And, while 2,200-lbs of towing capacity is not anywhere near full-size SUVs, it is just enough to tow sporting equipment or a small trailer.
Inside, buyers will be blown away by the number of amenities. Three auxiliary power outlets make recharging electronic devices both easy and convenient. When the rear seats are folded down, the Tiguan has over fifty-five cubic feet of cargo space - enough for a couple month's worth of groceries or sports equipment and school supplies. An auto-dimming rearview mirror is available, as well as a premium in-dash navigation unit. The stereo system includes an input jack for a driver's music player, and a handy card holder is located just above the audio system for easy access to a debit card or parking pass. .
Safety features like a brake pad wear indicator and deformable steering column are standard on the 2009 Tiguan. The steering column will collapse on impact, so drivers do not sustain any further injuries in the event of an accident. One of the most innovative safety elements in the Tiguan is the Fuel Pump Shut Off. This feature automatically turns off the fuel pump if an airbag is deployed inside the vehicle.
In general, the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan is an elegantly styled crossover that includes a number of useful accessories. With an intro price of $23,200, the Tiguan is affordable for most any buyer as well. Some could be disappointed with the lack of powertrain options, but the turbocharged engine more than makes up it. Impressive fuel economy should please the eco-conscious buyer as well.