Changes for the 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan:
Volkswagen adds automatic climate control to the Tiguan SE, a popular model now offered with keyless passive entry with push-button ignition, a reversing camera, and Volkswagen’s new Car-Net telematics system. The Tiguan SEL gets a new Fender premium audio system, and a new R-Line model debuts at the top of the lineup, equipped with a sport suspension and appearance modifications. The SUV's Carefree Maintenance plan is reduced to two years or 24,000 miles of coverage for the 2014 model year.
The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan is sold in S, SE, SEL, and R-Line trim levels. The Tiguan S is a basic model equipped with a standard manual gearbox. The SE has a standard automatic transmission, plus 17-inch aluminum wheels, leatherette seats, heated front seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, automatic climate control, a Media Device Interface, and Car-Net telematics.
Choose the Tiguan SEL, and this crossover SUV includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, keyless passive entry with push-button starting, a touchscreen infotainment system, a reversing camera, and a premium audio system with satellite radio.
New for 2014, the Tiguan R-Line is equipped with unique exterior styling details, a sport suspension, heated power folding side mirrors, bi-Xenon headlights with LED running lights, an Adaptive Front Lighting System, and special 19-inch aluminum wheels. Inside, this version of the SUV includes leather upholstery, 12-way power adjustable front seats with memory for the driver’s settings, a flat-bottomed sport steering wheel with shift paddles, stainless steel pedals, and a black headliner.
Engines and Transmissions:
All Tiguan models are equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 200 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. The Tiguan S is equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. A 6-speed automatic transmission is optional for the S model and standard on other Tiguans. All trim levels can be optioned with a 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
According to the EPA, in combined driving the 2014 Tiguan is rated to return 21 mpg with the manual gearbox and 23 mpg with the automatic transmission. Add 4Motion all-wheel drive, and the Tiguan is expected to get 23 mpg.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2014 Tiguan receives an overall crash-test rating of 4 stars. Note, though, that the overall frontal-impact rating is 3 stars.
As this summary is written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not officially rated the 2014 Tiguan. Last year, the IIHS gave the Tiguan a “Good” rating in all assessments except for the difficult new small overlap frontal-impact test, for which the SUV received a “Marginal” rating.
For 2014, Volkswagen offers its new Car-Net telematics system for the Tiguan. Car-Net comes with a free 6-month subscription to service, which includes features such as remote diagnostic checks, remote vehicle access, and safety features such as Speed Alert, Boundary Alert, and Automatic Crash Notification.
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