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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Overview

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A recognizable, adventurous compact SUV, the Volkswagen Tiguan has a old-fashioned style all its own. A popular vehicle in VW’s lineup, the dependable Tiguan returns for the 2016 model year–before it receives a design overhaul for 2017.


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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Overview front

What’s New for the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan?

The Volkswagen Tiguan adds the new MIB II infotainment system and a USB port for this year. The last of its product cycle for 2016, an all-new Volkswagen Tiguan will arrive for the 2017 model year. So, be prepared for some big changes coming up!

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan comes in two styles: 2.0T and R-Line 2.0T. The 2.0T is offered in six different variants (S, S 4MOTION, SE, SE 4MOTION, SEL, and SEL 4MOTION), while the R-Line 2.0T comes in two versions (R-Line and R-Line 4MOTION).

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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Overview rear

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Exterior

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan offers a conservative style without sacrificing the utility and capability of a crossover. While it isn’t particularly sporty or tough-looking, the Tiguan isn’t designed to stick out in a crowd. Larger wheels and the vehicle’s height separate it from the Volkswagen Golf.

While the Tiguan crossover won’t be taking home any major awards for its conservative design, its straightforward and versatile style will appeal to specific buyers.

Exterior features available on the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

  • 2016 VW Tiguan 2.0T S & S 4MOTION: Black window trim, Black roof rails, Heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, Heated washer nozzles, Trailer hitch preparation, Heat-insulated glass, Rain-sensing wipers, Auto headlights with Coming/Leaving Home feature, Halogen headlights, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), 16-inch Portland alloy wheels
  • 2016 VW Tiguan 2.0T SE & SE 4MOTION: Chrome window trim and side moldings, Silver roof rails, Bi-Xenon high-intensity headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System, Halogen fog lights, LED license plate lighting, 18-inch New York wheels
  • 2016 VW Tiguan 2.0T SEL & SEL 4MOTION: Heated power-folding mirrors with memory and flood lighting, 19-inch Savannah alloy wheels
  • 2016 VW Tiguan R-Line 2.0T & R-Line 2.0T 4MOTION: R-Line rear bumper, Side skirts, Extended wheel arches, Chrome window trim, R-Line rear spoiler, Chrome protective side moldings, Silver roof rails, Heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, Heated washer nozzles, Trailer hitch preparation, Heat-insulated glass, Rain-sensing wipers, Auto headlights with Coming/Leaving Home feature, Halogen headlights, Halogen fog lights, Daytime Running Lights, 19-inch Mallory alloy wheels

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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Overview dashboard

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Performance

Designed for utility, the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan isn’t breaking any land speed records. This crossover comes with a single available engine.

The Tiguan’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine puts out 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the Tiguan boasts the weaker of Volkswagen’s two turbocharged four-cylinder engines.

While it may sound sporty, the Volkswagen Tiguan crossover is really meant for highway drives rather than speeding along curving backroads. With an all-wheel drive system that delivers the majority of the torque to the front wheels and the capability to tow 2,200 pounds, the Tiguan meets the definition of “crossover.”

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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Overview engine

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Efficiency

Fuel economy is relatively low despite the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan’s four-cylinder engine. With only one Tiguan powertrain available, buyers are limited when it comes to fuel efficiency.

The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, delivers an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive. With all-wheel drive, fuel economy drops to an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city while remaining steady at 26 mpg on the highway.

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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Overview front seats

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan’s interior is exactly as it seems at first glance. The controls are straightforward and the details are all polished. The front seats are comfortable and supportive and the base model gains leatherette upholstery for the 2016 model year. Meanwhile, the top trims get pristine leather. The attention to detail screams premium brand.

As for space, the Volkswagen Tiguan provides plenty of room, even without third-row seating. Designed for full-sized adults, this crossover offers seats that can tilt and slide for maximum comfort. When the rear seats are folded, the Tiguan offers a whopping 56 cubic feet of cargo space. Providing 24 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up, the Tiguan also offers a hidden storage bin under the floor, cubbies scattered throughout, and a two-compartment glove box.

Interior features available on the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

  • 2016 VW Tiguan 2.0T S & S 4MOTION: Climatic manual single-zone climate control, Leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, Self-dimming rearview mirror, Three 12-volt power outlets, V-Tex leatherette seating and trim, Heated seats, Anthracite trim, Multi-function trip computer, Bluetooth, Rearview Camera System, Touchscreen sound system with AM/FM/CD, Eight Speakers
  • 2016 VW Tiguan 2.0T SE & SE 4MOTION: Outside temperature display
  • 2016 VW Tiguan 2.0T SEL & SEL 4MOTION: Climatronic dual-zone auto climate control, Leather seating, Sport suspension, Fender Premium Audio System with eight speakers and subwoofer
  • 2016 VW Tiguan R-Line 2.0T & R-Line 2.0T 4MOTION: Climatic manual single-zone climate control, Leather-wrapped R-Line sport steering with Tiptronic paddle shifters, Self-dimming rearview mirror, Black headliner, Outside temp display, V-Tex leatherette seating, Heated seats, R-Line steel pedal covers, R-Line door sill plates and Silver interior trim, Sport suspension, Multi-function trip computer, Car-Net App-Connect, Bluetooth, Rearview Camera System, Touchscreen sound system, AM/FM/CD, HD Radio, Eight speakers

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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Overview trunk

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Safety

Due to an older design, the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan doesn’t quite measure up to competitors in terms of safety. The Tiguan does offer rear side thorax airbags as an optional feature and models equipped with all-wheel drive offer hill descent control. Hill-hold is a standard feature on all models and, like the 2015 model, the latest Tiguan features a standard rearview camera. Higher-tier models feature bi-xenon headlights with adaptive programming as well.

Lacking advanced safety features like blind-spot monitors and forward collision alert, the Volkswagen Tiguan earned moderate marks on tough government safety tests. The NHTSA gave the Tiguan a four-star rating. Falling short in the overlap front crash test, the Tiguan isn’t eligible for the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick list.

Standard Safety Features

  • Advanced airbags
  • Anti-lock braking (ABS)
  • Anti-slip regulation
  • Brake disc drying feature
  • Brake override system
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution
  • Engine Braking Assist
  • Hydraulic Brake Assist
  • Trailer roll stability program
  • LATCH child safety system
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Intelligent Crash Response
  • Anti-theft alarm with Immobilizer system

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