I test drove the 2012 model tiguan and felt the weird gear shifts. 2013 model does not have it. No vibrations, rumbling or what so ever in any speed.
The panaromic sunroof is gorgeous. Driving is very fun and feels very safe. I can take winding roads with 50 on hwy when the reccomendation is 30. Grips the road and asks more.
Bluetooth is avrcp 1.3 tho, which does not work with iPhone's 1.4 avrcp (ios6) so I can not skip tracks (I can still listen tho)
Interior build quality is very good. Interior looks very cool especially at night, all the red lights inside definitely adds some elegance.
gas milage is not so great tho, I get 22. Its been a month may be will get better...
Just got the '13 Tiguan S w/panoramic sunroof & mat kit for my wife and we love this car. Small CUV that handles like a sport sedan with all tried and true German automotive attributes: sophisticated & understated interior and exterior styling, satisfying performance & handling and rock solid build.
After driving both the S and SE, the S is already so well equipped incl. leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel, MFD display, bluetooth etc. that we couldn't justify the extra $5k or so for leatherette and lower profile tires. Great ride, great family car, excellent lease deals to be had.
I live in 4 seasons country and I have now converted to 4motion as a way of life.
Driving to work everyday on poorly plowed roads allows me to do circles around other SUVs and I pushed my car hard to get to work on time and have yet to spin out.
I am not a professional driver but I have driven a lot across the country many times and my car has yet to fail, sputter, or slight in any form of performance.
She takes what gets thrown at her with a determined grin.
The turbo-charged engine makes easy work of green lights and passing cars on the freeway.
Mileage has been about 24/25mpg steadily and I have yet to have a major repair going on 1.5 years/ 11000+ miles.
Miles are too easy.
I test drove everything from Kia to Mercedes before buying the Tiguan, and this was a stand out vehicle from them all.
The solid build quality, quiet cabin and quick turbo engine sold me on this one. It has a "fun to drive" factor that most small suv's do not. There is plenty of cabin room even in the back seat which slides forward and back and/or lays flat for more cargo room. If it weren't for the height and extra room you would think you were driving a GTI. Very sporty, quick and fun! Overall thrilled with my purchase!
Three years into ownership and normally I would have new car fever by now, but I'm still in love with my Tiguan! By far my favorite car I've ever owned. No issues other than just doing scheduled maintenance and it still runs like it did the day I bought it, now having 45,000 miles on it.
I would absolutely recommend this car to anyone looking for a great fun to drive, reliable, comfortable ride!
The interior is very comfortable with great features.
Performance lags -- down right awful on hot summer day w/AC on.
Not only does it guzzle down a lot more gas - expensive premium gas I may add but it becomes erratic when idling or in traffic.
Try taking your foot off the brake when in traffic with the ac on and watch your car lurch forward without giving it gas.
Not to mention the sound it makes while your foot is on the brake while the engine sounds like a helicopter hovering overhead.