have about 1200 miles on the Tiguan so far. i looked at CRV, RAV4 as well before buying. the RAV was too "loose" in driving, and the honda was nice, but the Tiguan is a lot more fun, and tigher (great german engineering )to drive. Dealership was amazingly easy to deal with in Belleve WA.
I have my white SEL now for 4 months with 4000miles. It is really excellent from every aspect. Friends and colleagues that have riden with me were amazed about the sunroof and the quality of the interior. It is really a high end SUV.
Driving and handling is also amazing. Maybe a little bit delayed response on the gas until the turbo kicks in, but on the other hand I have not really tried to drive it with the stick on the S position.
The only complain really is that I do not get anywhere near the promised consumption, usually average about 3mpg less than what is advertised for city and highway. Just wish VW would bring the turbo diesel in the US.
For a long time, I didn't think this car would offer enough space, so I didn't bother to look at it. I considered Subaru Outback, Volvo, and simply did not bother to check what this car has to offer. Turned out, it was just what I needed! Rear seats slide forward to offer more cargo space, the leatherette trim is easy to clean and didn't cost any extra (for 2011 model), the AWD is just fantastic. The car drives like butter, and is quiet. My previous Jetta was just the opposite. Lots of annoying, unnecessary beeping sounds. The Tiguan is smarter, it knows not to beep when I unbuckle on a parking lot! And for all the moms out there - there is plenty of space
SEL 4Motion SUV AWD w/Prem Nav, Dynaudio (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
If not for problem after problem after problem, I would like to give this car high marks. At 35 thousand the heater box failed. Volkswagen took care of 75% only after the dealer told me to call them for they might help. Otherwise it was going to be $1800 out of my pocket. Then at about 40,000 the timing chain busted. Apparently this was happening to a lot of Tiguans around this mileage so Volkswagen again took care of it, but it took three weeks, plus a new battery. Problems with the engine have continued since, as well as, problems with the heating system. I've had enough and cannot recommend this car. Volkswagon customer care has been good to work with, as well as the dealer, but I haven't listed all the problems, just the major ones.
The other major flaw is the entertainment system. There is an obvious reason they decided to get rid of this Dynaudio module with the larger screen for another module with a smaller screen because it takes forever to start. It will take at least a minute and a half to two minutes. This includes the backup camera. You have to sit there waiting to backup, if you want to use it, for what seems forever.
Having said all that, I really wanted to stick with it because the ride and handling are really nice. The panoramic roof is nice as well, especially for those sitting in the back.
If you get one, good luck with it. Maybe you won't have as many problems as I have had.
I just leased my 2011 Tiguan SE last week after many months of deliberation. First off, I am 6'5", so that basically eliminates 40% of all cars right off the bat. The Tiguan has more than enough leg and head room for me, and someone can realistically fit behind me when my seat is all the way back. That puts the car at an A for driver and passenger comfort. Also, when you are in the Tiguan, you absolutely know that you are driving a European auto...the way it handles, the solid build quality all around, and the feel of complete control over the road. Overall, VW put a huge emphasis on attention to detail with this vehicle; every function is useful and well thought out. Great interior!