Compared to the heavy-hitters in the compact crossover suv segment, the 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan is a niche product. For every Tiguan that VW sells, Honda parks 10 Honda CR-Vs in American driveways. Maybe confusion over the name is one reason so many people skip it in favor of the more popular models in its class. Tiguan is hard to spell, and it’s hard to say. I checked into it, and the official pronunciation – in the U.S., anyway – is “Tig-wahn.”
Having now spent a week with this silver 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL, ferrying my family around metro Los Angeles and taking the SUV on some of most renowned stretches of twisty two-lane road in the country, I can’t help but think that some of those Honda buyers might actually prefer the spunky VeeDub. I know I do, despite one significant drawback, a handful of minor irritants, and a premium price point.
I’ll explain why in greater detail on the pages that follow.