2009 Volkswagen Tiguan Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$23,200-$32,940
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What Changed for 2009:

  • All-new model in Volkswagen's lineup
  • Small sport utility vehicle (SUV) designed for agility and safety
  • Front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD)
  • Standard turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
Overview
Volkswagen launched the all-new Tiguan in the summer of 2008 as a 2009 model. The compact 4-door crossover SUV followed in the steps of its larger sibling, the Volkswagen Touareg 2. While Volkswagen now has two SUVs in the marketplace, each targets a decidedly different audience. Now in its second generation, the Touareg 2 features a standard full-time AWD system, solid mechanicals underneath, and an available air suspension giving it formidable off-road capabilities. It is available with a choice of 6- or 8-cylinder engines mated to an automatic transmission. At the other end of the spectrum is the new Tiguan. It offers front- or all-wheel drive and a standard 4-cylinder powerplant with a choice between a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Designed to be sporty and fun to drive, Volkswagen calls the Tiguan \"the GTI of compact sport utility vehicles,\" a reference to the popular Golf-based GTI hatchback from the 1980s.

Volkswagen offers a standard 3-year/36,000-mile warranty on all 2009 Tiguan models. In addition, all 2009 Volkswagen models come with the Carefree Maintenance Program-all scheduled maintenance described in the vehicle's maintenance booklet is free during the initial warranty period.

Model Lineup
There are three different Tiguan models in the 2009 lineup: Tiguan S, Tiguan SE and Tiguan SEL. All share an identical 2.0-liter powerplant. All S models are FWD with basic \"Metro\" cloth interior. The SE models are equipped with an upgraded \"Urban\" cloth interior and offer a choice between FWD or Volkswagen's 4Motion permanent AWD system. The top-of-the-line SEL model shares the driveline options with the SE model, but features leather upholstery as standard equipment.

All 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan models deliver a long list of standard convenience features including power windows with pinch protection, power door locks, and cruise control. The S models are equipped with air conditioning with manual controls, split-folding rear seats, and an AM/FM audio system with a single CD player. The SE model adds privacy glass, heated seats, and an upgraded 6-disc CD changer with satellite radio among other niceties. The SEL model is equipped with Xenon headlamps, premium Dynaudio sound system, and dual-zone Climatronic temperature controls to name just a few of the upgrades. Popular option packages include rear side air bags, factory-installed trailer hitch, and the DVD Satellite Navigation with MDI system. While 17-inch alloy wheels are found on even the base model, Volkswagen offers stylized 18-inch wheels as an option on the SE (standard on the SEL model).

Powertrain
All 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan models share an identical 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The direct-injection iron/aluminum powerplant is rated at 200 hp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. According to Volkswagen, the standard FWD model will sprint to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds. Fuel economy has been EPA-estimated at 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the FWD model, and 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the 4Motion AWD models equipped with an automatic transmission.

Safety
All 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan models feature a host of standard safety features. These include advanced multi-stage front air bags for the driver and front passenger, and front side thorax air bags. A head curtain air bag extends the length of the cabin and is designed to cover all outboard seating positions. Rear side air bags are optional on all 2009 Tiguan models. In addition, there are safety belt pre-tensioners for all outboard seating positions. Rear seats feature the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system to ease child-seat installation, and the rear doors are equipped with child locks on all models.

When crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan received a \"Good\" rating (the Institute's highest score) in frontal offset crash testing and a \"Good\" rating in side-impact testing. As of this writing, the Volkswagen Tiguan had not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Technology
The electronics in the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan are designed to set new standards in the class, according to Volkswagen. The optional radio navigation system, designation RNS 510, includes a 6.5-inch-wide touch-screen VGA color display. With an internal 30-gigabyte hard disk, the RNS 510 manages navigation, telephone control, rearview camera, radio, CD and MP3 players. For deep off-road adventures, the navigation system is able to record waypoints and tracks off the digitized map, allowing drivers to orient themselves and easily find their way back home, VW says.

What Changed for 2009:

  • All-new model in Volkswagen's lineup
  • Small sport utility vehicle (SUV) designed for agility and safety
  • Front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD)
  • Standard turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
Overview
Volkswagen launched the all-new Tiguan in the summer of 2008 as a 2009 model. The compact 4-door crossover SUV followed in the steps of its larger sibling, the Volkswagen Touareg 2. While Volkswagen now has two SUVs in the marketplace, each targets a decidedly different audience. Now in its second generation, the Touareg 2 features a standard full-time AWD system, solid mechanicals underneath, and an available air suspension giving it formidable off-road capabilities. It is available with a choice of 6- or 8-cylinder engines mated to an automatic transmission. At the other end of the spectrum is the new Tiguan. It offers front- or all-wheel drive and a standard 4-cylinder powerplant with a choice between a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Designed to be sporty and fun to drive, Volkswagen calls the Tiguan \"the GTI of compact sport utility vehicles,\" a reference to the popular Golf-based GTI hatchback from the 1980s.

Volkswagen offers a standard 3-year/36,000-mile warranty on all 2009 Tiguan models. In addition, all 2009 Volkswagen models come with the Carefree Maintenance Program-all scheduled maintenance described in the vehicle's maintenance booklet is free during the initial warranty period.

Model Lineup
There are three different Tiguan models in the 2009 lineup: Tiguan S, Tiguan SE and Tiguan SEL. All share an identical 2.0-liter powerplant. All S models are FWD with basic \"Metro\" cloth interior. The SE models are equipped with an upgraded \"Urban\" cloth interior and offer a choice between FWD or Volkswagen's 4Motion permanent AWD system. The top-of-the-line SEL model shares the driveline options with the SE model, but features leather upholstery as standard equipment.

All 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan models deliver a long list of standard convenience features including power windows with pinch protection, power door locks, and cruise control. The S models are equipped with air conditioning with manual controls, split-folding rear seats, and an AM/FM audio system with a single CD player. The SE model adds privacy glass, heated seats, and an upgraded 6-disc CD changer with satellite radio among other niceties. The SEL model is equipped with Xenon headlamps, premium Dynaudio sound system, and dual-zone Climatronic temperature controls to name just a few of the upgrades. Popular option packages include rear side air bags, factory-installed trailer hitch, and the DVD Satellite Navigation with MDI system. While 17-inch alloy wheels are found on even the base model, Volkswagen offers stylized 18-inch wheels as an option on the SE (standard on the SEL model).

Powertrain
All 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan models share an identical 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The direct-injection iron/aluminum powerplant is rated at 200 hp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. According to Volkswagen, the standard FWD model will sprint to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds. Fuel economy has been EPA-estimated at 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the FWD model, and 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the 4Motion AWD models equipped with an automatic transmission.

Safety
All 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan models feature a host of standard safety features. These include advanced multi-stage front air bags for the driver and front passenger, and front side thorax air bags. A head curtain air bag extends the length of the cabin and is designed to cover all outboard seating positions. Rear side air bags are optional on all 2009 Tiguan models. In addition, there are safety belt pre-tensioners for all outboard seating positions. Rear seats feature the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system to ease child-seat installation, and the rear doors are equipped with child locks on all models.

When crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan received a \"Good\" rating (the Institute's highest score) in frontal offset crash testing and a \"Good\" rating in side-impact testing. As of this writing, the Volkswagen Tiguan had not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Technology
The electronics in the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan are designed to set new standards in the class, according to Volkswagen. The optional radio navigation system, designation RNS 510, includes a 6.5-inch-wide touch-screen VGA color display. With an internal 30-gigabyte hard disk, the RNS 510 manages navigation, telephone control, rearview camera, radio, CD and MP3 players. For deep off-road adventures, the navigation system is able to record waypoints and tracks off the digitized map, allowing drivers to orient themselves and easily find their way back home, VW says.

Available Trims for the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name S (FWD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 24300.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 18/24
Name SE (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 26925.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 18/24
Name SEL (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 30990.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 18/24
Name SE (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28875.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 18/24
Name SEL (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 32940.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 18/24
Name S (FWD 4dr Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 23200.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 19/26
Name SE w/Leather (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28275.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 18/24
Name SE w/Leather (AWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 30225.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 18/24
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INTERIOR
  • Cloth front bucket seats w/dual 8-way seat adjusters, dual manual lumbar, fold-flat passenger seat
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat w/slide adjustment, recline, armrest
  • Height adjustable rear seat head restraints
  • Front center armrest w/storage compartment
  • Dual front/rear cupholders
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • 1-touch lane change feature
  • Instrumentation -inc: speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip odometer, engine temp, oil pressure, gear indicator, clock, outside temp
  • Pwr windows w/one-touch auto up/down, pinch protection, driver side lockout, key operated open/close
  • Pwr door locks w/auto-lock
  • Central locking for sunroof, windows, driver door
  • Cruise control
  • Remote release for rear hatch
  • Remote keyless entry w/(2) folding keys, valet key
  • Anti-theft vehicle alarm system
  • Immobilizer III theft deterrent system
  • Air conditioning w/filter
  • Rear seat heater ducts
  • Rear window defroster
  • Locking illuminated glove box w/adjustable cooling feature
  • (3) 12V pwr outlets
  • Front/rear door storage pockets
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors w/covers
  • Dual front/rear assist handles
  • Dual front map lights
  • Cargo area light
  • Rear center armrest w/storage compartment
  • Carpeted cargo area
  • (4) cargo area tie down hooks
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Cloth heated front bucket seats w/dual 8-way seat adjusters, driver pwr recline, dual manual lumbar, fold-flat passenger seat
  • Leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel
  • Multi-function trip computer -inc: trip time, trip length, avg speed, avg fuel usage, current fuel usage, miles to empty, compass
  • Overhead console
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Front seatback map pockets
  • Leather heated front bucket seats w/dual pwr 12-way front seats, dual manual lumbar, driver seat memory, fold-flat passenger seat
  • Dual-zone Climatronic climate control w/filter
  • Auto dimming rearview mirror w/switch
  • Adjustable ambient floor-mounted lighting
EXTERIOR
  • 16" "San Diego" alloy wheels w/wheel locks
  • P215/65R16 all-season tires
  • Compact spare tire
  • Body color bumpers w/black lower section
  • Body color pwr heated mirrors
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Body color door handles
  • 17" "Los Angeles" alloy wheels w/wheel locks
  • P235/55R17 all-season tires
  • Silver roof rack
  • Chrome grille
  • Fog lights
  • Privacy glass
  • Heated windshield washer nozzles
  • 18" "New York" alloy wheels w/wheel locks
  • P235/50R18 all-season tires
  • Auto on/off bi-xenon headlamps w/advanced front light system, coming/leaving home feature
  • Body color pwr heated mirrors w/memory
  • Rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers w/heated washer nozzles
MECHANICAL
  • 2.0L FSI turbocharged I4 engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • Electronic differential lock (EDL)
  • Front wheel drive
  • Trailer hitch prep
  • McPherson independent strut front suspension
  • Independent four-link rear suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • Electromechanical pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr vented front/solid rear disc brakes
  • 4XMOTION permanent 4-wheel drive -inc: adaptive torque distribution
  • 6-speed manual transmision w/OD
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock (ABS) disc brakes
    • Electronic brake force distribution (EBD) w/brake assist
    • Electronic stabilization program (ESP) w/anti-slip regulation
    • Anti-intrusion side door beams
    • Daytime running lamps
    • Driver & front passenger airbag supplemental restraint system
    • Driver & front passenger side-impact airbags
    • Front/rear side curtain protection
    • Passenger airbag cutoff
    • 3-point ELR seat belts for all seating positions, height adjustable for driver, front passenger & rear outboard seats
    • Safety belt pretensioners for driver, front passenger & rear outboard seats
    • Pyrotechnic seatbelt tensioners for all outboard seats
    • Driver/front passenger load limiters
    • Child seat lower anchorage points LATCH system for rear outboard seats
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Energy absorbing steering column
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: aux input jack, (8) speakers
    • AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 player -inc: aux input jack, (8) speakers
    • Sirius satellite radio w/limited complimentary subscription
    • Dynaudio AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 player -inc: aux input jack

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