2012 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Transmission kicks and struggles over hills. Some people have stated that the transmission smartly adjusts to each driver's particular driving style over time. I haven't found that to be true, been driving mine since November. YES, it makes a rumbling sound at 30-35mph. If you want to open ONLY the back windows while driving you cant, not without a brain-crushing noise and tremoring. Is this true of any SUV/CUV? Sound system is lacking. To my ears, there's a hollow, echo sound no matter how tweak it. And the radio, CD player, Satellite radio, and Blue-Tooth Audio Input all play at slightly different volume levels. Constantly adjusting the sound level. Ride is OK, but FAR from cushy.
Love the look. Love the color and paint (Wild Cherry; beige interior). Love the interior headroom both in front and back (No sunroof).
Love how it handles on the highway at high speed.
Fix the transmission problem and a better sound system and I'd be very happy.
If you want a "cushy" ride with European engineering, maybe spring for the sister- Audi Q5. It will cost you though.
As stated above, there is a fix for the transmission. Two days after driving off the lot, I called the dealer and mentioned the tech bulletin referenced elsewhere on these posts, and they got it in, fixed it up, and were happy to do so. They weren't aware of that specific tech bulletin and were glad I brought it to their attention.
You may have selected the wrong vehicle. The VW is truly European in feel and layout. It is designed for more modern and better maintained European highways. Plus, it has a sports cars roots: If your previous autos don't include 2 seat or 2+2 vehicles such as: Nissan 350, Mazda RX8, Chrysler Conquest, VW GTI etc, you may not prefer a sport ride. On the plus side, you get great handling and stability.
Get the firmware update to help correct the transmission issue.