It's de rigueur now for every automaker to offer at least one compact crossover vehicle in its lineup, and the 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan represents the latest effort from the German brand more known for its hatchbacks and wagons than for its SUVs. The Tiguan borrows heavily from the bones of the VW Golf, which is an excellent starting point for any family-oriented vehicle, and it certainly holds its own as an intriguing choice for those seeking a tall, all-wheel drive commuter.
There are a few things about the 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan, however, the keep it from tackling its more mainstream competitors like the Ford Escape and the Toyota RAV4 head-on. Even when compared against niche players like the Mazda CX-5 and the Subaru XV Crosstrek, the Tiguan's cracks start to show. It's harder than ever to stay competitive in the crowded entry-level crossover segment, and Volkswagen has seen the Tiguan increasingly crowded to the rear of the pack.