2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

MSRP $24,890 - $36,420

Ranked #11 in Suv

7.9

Overall Rating

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 9, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Volkswagen Tiguan is due for a refresh pretty soon, so this conservative design language that we love might be the last of its kind as there is a slight chance that due to the popularity of family-friendly crossovers, the future Tiguan can also get the same treatment to keep up with the rising trend and demand of such vehicles. For 2016, the Volkswagen Tiguan only brought in a few optional features in the standard list and an updated infotainment system that now runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Pros

High-quality interior materials

Powerful engine

Complaint ride and handling

Low NVH levels

Cons

Below par fuel economy

Low safety scores

Smaller boot space

What's New?

Synthetic leather-trimmed seats and heated front seats are now part of the standard list

Infotainment system of the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan has been updated and allows smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24890

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

110 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

200 hp @ 5100 rpm

torque

207 lb.-ft. @ 1700 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

102.5 in.

length

174.5 in.

width

71.2 in.

height

67.1 in.

curb weight

3404 lbs.

ground clearance

6.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

95.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

56.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

2200 lbs.

payload capacity

1195 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/26 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S$24,890 onwards

S 4Motion$26,865 onwards

R-Line$28,700 onwards

R-Line 4Motion$30,675 onwards

SE$31,390 onwards

SE 4Motion$33,365 onwards

SEL$34,445 onwards

SEL 4Motion$36,420 onwards

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.4

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.9

Exterior

7.5

Safety

8.1

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


Starting at a slightly higher $24,890 MSRP, the Tiguan makes its customer feel short-changed for what it offers. The turbo-four engine of the Tiguan is adequate in terms of performance but delivers poor fuel economy. The cabin is well-putted and looks good but lacks space in the rear and cargo area. With that said, the Tiguan falls under the compact SUV segment and sees some stiff competition from the likes of Honda CR-VFord Escape, and Kia Sportage.


8.0/10
Features

8.4/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.9/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

8.1/10
Safety


2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Features

8.0/10

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan is offered in four trims, and each of the trim can be configured with a four-wheel-drive for around $2,000. The base S trim starts at $24,890 with front-wheel-drive, next is the R-line, which is somewhat a sportier version of the Tiguan and starts at $28,700. Above that is the SE trim that starts at $31,390 and adds some upscale features. Lastly, is the SEL trim, which starts at $34,445 with front-wheel-drive.

Trims

S

R-Line

SE

SEL

MSRP (FWD)

$24,890

$28,700

$31,390

$34,445

MSRP (AWD)

$26,865

$30,675

$33,365

$36,420

Key Features

200 hp, 2.0L turbo inline-4 engine

Adds or upgrades to ‘S’

Adds or upgrades to ‘S’

Adds or upgrades to ‘SE’

 

16-inch alloy wheels

Power driver seat adjustments including power lumbar

18-inch alloy wheels

19-inch alloy wheels

 

Roof rails

Power reclining front passenger seat

Navigation system

Power-folding mirrors

 

Heated mirrors

Satellite radio

LED running lights

Enhanced rearview camera

 

Automatic headlights and wipers

Special performance and styling elements

Panoramic sunroof

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Keyless ignition and entry

19-inch alloy wheels

 

Driver seat memory functions

 

Heated front seats

Sport-tuned suspension

 

Passenger seat adjustability including power lumbar

 

Manual height-adjustable driver seat (with power recline)

Sports steering wheel with transmission paddle shifters

 

Leather upholstery

 

Tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel

   

Eight-speaker Fender audio system

 

Rearview camera

     
 

Eight-speaker sound system with a CD player

     

We Recommend

Our pick would be the R-Line trim as it adds a host of features along with a sports-tuned suspension and different paint scheme, which gives it a unique personality. Some of the features are a power-adjustable driver's seat, 19-inch wheels, and a sport steering with paddle shifters, and comes at under $30,000 with front-wheel-drive configuration.

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Engine and Performance

8.4/10

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 engine that puts out 200 horsepower along with 207 lb-ft of torque through a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Although it may seem that the Tiguan is a driver-focused vehicle, it's not. It's meant to be a family hauler that is versatile and usable for day-to-day commute while providing a hassle-free experience. The 2016 Tiguan puts out an impressive 0-60 mph timing of 8.1 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 14.5 seconds.

Models

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

2016 Honda CR-V

2016 Ford Escape

2016 Kia Sportage

MSRP

$24,890

$23,845

$23,590

$22,150

Engine

2.0L turbo inline-4

2.4L inline-4

1.6L turbo inline-4

2.4L inline-4

Drivetrain

       

Transmission

6-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

200 hp @ 5100 rpm

185 hp @ 6400 rpm

178 hp @ 5700 rpm

182 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

207 ft-lbs @ 1700 rpm

181 ft-lbs @ 3900 rpm

184 ft-lbs @ 2500 rpm

177 ft-lbs @ 4000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.1 sec

8.3 sec

9.1 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter mile (sec)

14.5 sec

16.6 sec

16.9 sec

16.8 sec

Top Speed (MPH)

133 MPH

112 MPH

128 MPH

129 MPH

The Tiguan is surely a performer when compared to rivals in the crossover segment but doesn't seem so when compared to similarly priced vehicles outside its particular segment. Even though it is the fastest crossover among all here in both the 0-60 mph run and quarter-mile runs, the overall power delivery feels lackluster. That said, the Tiguan is the pricier SUV among all and commands a minimum one grand premium over the similarly specced competitors.

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The EPA has rated the 2016 Tiguan to return a fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined, which is the worst in the competition. The fuel tank has 16.8 gallons of fuel capacity, which is average for this type of vehicle, and a full tank can take you quite far without worrying about gas stations, measuring 353 in the city, 437 miles on the highway, and 386 miles combined.

Models

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

2016 Honda CR-V

2016 Ford Escape

2016 Kia Sportage

MPG (city)

21

26

23

21

MPG (highway)

26

33

32

28

MPG (combined)

23

29

26

24

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

16.8

15.3

15.5

15.3

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

353/ 437/ 386

398/ 505/ 444

357/ 496/ 403

321/ 428/ 367

Coming to the rivals, the Honda CR-V is the most fuel-efficient among all and returns 5 mpg more in the city, 7 mpg more on the highway, and 6 mpg more combined compared to the Tiguan. Even the least fuel-efficient among the rivals, i.e., Kia Sportage manages to beat the fuel economy of the Tiguan by 1 mpg on the highway and combined, respectively.

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior

7.9/10

The interior of the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan is well-engineered, and every material used feels premium. The space is ample in the front seats, and the seats are plush, comfortable, and surely won't disappoint anyone. Although the rear seats are bolstered and that restricts seating for only two passengers in comfort here. The lack of a third row is a disappointment because some of its rivals do offer it as an option. The cargo space is just average at 23.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 56.1 cubic feet if rear seats are folded.

Models

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

2016 Honda CR-V

2016 Ford Escape

2016 Kia Sportage

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

39.1/ 56.2/ 40.1

39.9/ 58.6/ 41.3

39.9/ 56.0/ 43.1

39.1/ 56.7/ 41.4

Rear (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

39.0/ 55.0/ 35.8

38.6/ 56.4/ 38.3

39.0/ 55.3/ 36.8

38.5/ 55.1/ 37.9

Cargo Capacity with rear seats up (cu.ft.)

23.8

37.2

34.3

26.1

All the rivals beat the Volkswagen Tiguan in terms of cabin space by a margin. While among the rivals, the Honda CR-V has the most spacious cabin, followed by the Ford Escape. Coming to the cargo space, again the Honda CR-V takes the lead here with 37.2 cubic feet of space, which is 13.4 cubic feet more than what the Volkswagen Tiguan offers. Key interior features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • V-Tex vinyl upholstery
  • Sliding and reclining backseat
  • Heated front seats
  • Available power-adjustable front seats w/ driver’s seat memory function
  • Available dual-zone automatic climate control

How intuitive is the Volkswagen Tiguan’s infotainment system?

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan offers the latest MIB II infotainment system that runs on a 5.0-inch screen in the base trim and upgrades to a bigger 6.3-inch unit in the R-Line trim. Standard features that come along with the infotainment contains a CD player, Bluetooth, eight-speaker sound system, USB ports, etc. Higher trims add navigation, smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an eight-speaker Fender audio system. Key infotainment features include:

  • 5- or 6.3-inch touchscreen
  • MIB-II infotainment interface
  • Eight-speaker sound system
  • Available Fender sound system
  • Available navigation system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Exterior

7.5/10

The styling of the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan remains unchanged this year, and we feel the looks have aged, but it has aged like a fine wine. The conservative looks with a European styling flair make the Tiguan appear premium and upscale, separating it from the flashy chrome cladded crossovers that are crowding the market. From every angle, the Tiguan looks tasteful and elegant, and even though it has conservative design language, it still grabs a lot of eyeballs.

Models

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

2016 Honda CR-V

2016 Ford Escape

2016 Kia Sportage

Curb weight (lbs.)

3,404

3,358

3,515

3,280

Length(in)

174.5

179.4

178.1

174.8

Width(in)

71.2

71.6

72.4

73.0

Height(in)

67.1

64.7

66.3

64.4

Ground clearance (in)

6.9

6.3

7.9

6.8

Wheelbase (in)

102.5

103.1

105.9

103.9

Dimensions wise, the Tiguan is the tallest SUV among all, while the Honda CR-V is the longest, Kia Sportage is the widest, and Ford Escape has the highest ground clearance and wheelbase. That said, the Volkswagen Tiguan weighing more than 3,404 pounds is the second heaviest SUV of all, whereas the Ford Escape is the heaviest at 3,515 lbs. Key exterior features include:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights and wipers
  • Roof rails
  • Available LED daytime running lights
  • Available panoramic sunroof
  • Available power-folding mirrors

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Safety

8.1/10

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan lacks a lot in terms of advanced safety features, and thus it scored rather poorly in both the agencies crash tests. The NHTSA gave the 2016 Tiguan an overall rating of four out of five stars, while the front crash test was rated as three stars, side crash as five stars, and four stars in the rollover test. The IIHS rated the 2016 Tiguan with a rating of ‘Good’ in only four out of five parameters and gave the lowest rating of ‘Poor’ for its headlights. Key safety features include:

  • Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR)
  • Engine Braking Assist (EBA)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS)
  • Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD)
  • Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Final Verdict

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan is supposed to be a family-hauling daily driving vehicle, but it still hasn’t lost its SUV-like charms or looks. It is quite a unique vehicle that feels well-engineered and premium. However, the lack of a third row and the poor fuel efficiency pushes it lower in the ranks. Overall, the Tiguan is a great deal for the price if one can look away from the last two cons.

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