Five stars is the highest rating.
On sale now at Volkswagen dealerships, the 2016 Tiguan received three stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test.
The rating applies to front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the Tiguan.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the 2016 Tiguan, a carryover vehicle with minimal changes for the new model year.
But the 2015 Tiguan received a "marginal" score in the IIHS small overlap front crash test and "good" scores in all other crash tests. The small overlap front crash test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.
Standard safety equipment on the 2016 Tiguan includes six airbags, electronic stability control and antilock brakes. All Tiguan models feature the advanced Volkswagen Intelligent Crash Response System that automatically shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors and switches on the hazard warning lights if the airbags deploy.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2016 Ford Escape also earned a four-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The 2016 Acura RDX and BMW X1 have not been rated.