2010 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 4Motion 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Our 4th VW and 1st SUV. We've owned 2 Jettas before; we currently own a '08 R32 alsol. This car drives quite well compared to any American rental you throw at it, SUV or not. Steering and cornering are surprisingly well- mannered. However, despite VWoA's claims to the contrary, it is no big GTI: the car's weight, geometry, and suspension setup are obvious; and the Tiptronic transmission feels a bit lazy compared to the razor-sharp DSG. But we have the R32 for that. This is the family car. Drop-dead gorgeous; it carries us and the kids very comfortably; and it has loads of features. Safety is top-notch; and 4Motion makes a huge difference in snow. And it's a VW, so it feels like home to us.
The headlights are a technological marvel. The aesthetics are to die for. The blows and whistles you get for the money makes you wonder why you'd spend $10k more to get essentially the same in an Audi Q5. It drives like a VW. And it's a VW.
I would have preferred a VR6 engine with bigger brakes. The all-season Pirellis are not ranked so great at Tirerack.