2010 Volkswagen Tiguan Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Volkswagen Tiguan - Road Test Specs

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2009
StyleSEL 4Motion 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Base MSRP$32,940
Options on test vehicleDVD Navigation With Rear Back-up Camera ($1,950); Power Panoramic Sunroof ($1,300); Rear-Side Supplemental Restraints ($350).
As-tested MSRP$37,270


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged and intercooled; direct-injected inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,984cc (121 cu-in)
Block/head materialCast iron/aluminum alloy
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)9.6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)200 @ 5,100
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)206 @ 1,700
Transmission type6-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 3.95; II: 2.30; III:1.56; IV: 1.16; V: 0.86; VI: 0.69; R: 3.42; Final: 3.69


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.7:1
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelLattitude
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, front235/55R17 99H
Tire size, rear235/55R17 99H
Wheel size17 inches
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.4
0-60 mph (sec.)8.4
0-75 mph (sec.)12.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.2 @ 86.3
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)126
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.9
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.80
Sound level @ idle (dB)47.1
@ Full throttle (dB)72.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.2

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsQuite a lot of turbo lag off the line: 0-30 is slow, but 0-60 is not. Shifts in either "D" or "S" are smooth at the expense of quickness.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsWhile the 60-0 stopping distances aren't outstanding, the pedal feel is better than the others (e.g., RAV4 and CR-V) and the brakes resisted fade far better than the average CUV.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSkid pad: Because the power delivery is prone to surge and the suspension is reluctant to take a set, keeping the VW on a constant arc at a constant speed is a little difficult. Steering feel is quite vague and artificially heavy. Still, this is a bunch of grip for a CUV. Slalom: Suspension travel is rather long, so transitions take a rather long time. There's pronounced yaw delay and steering gain once the Tiguan takes a set. In the end, however, there's a way to exploit these tendencies and the Tiguan proves one of the quickest CUVs through the cones despite its non-defeat ESP.

Testing Conditions

Test date8/20/2008
Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)76.8
Wind (mph, direction)6 mph

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/24 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)22 combined
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.8

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,631
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,771
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)57/43
Length (in.)174.3
Width (in.)71.2
Height (in.)66.4
Wheelbase (in.)102.5
Track, front (in.)61.8
Track, rear (in.)61.9
Turning circle (ft.)39.4
Legroom, front (in.)40.1
Legroom, rear (in.)35.8
Headroom, front (in.)39.1
Headroom, rear (in.)39.0
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.2
Shoulder room, rear (in.)54.8
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)23.8


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance3 years/36,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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