2013 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL 

  • $37k
  • 2.0L
  • 20 city 26 hwy
7 Out of 10
The Tiguan's carlike 6.9-inch ground clearance is best suited for the urban and suburban environments it will most often traverse, and it made it easy for my three kids — ages 7, 9 and 11 — to climb in and out independently.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
This compact SUV has rounded lines similar to those of its big brother the Touareg, but the Tig's small size and lower ground clearance make it appear more cute than tough.
by KBB (May, 2013)

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Reviews Word on the street for the Volkswagen Tiguan

While the Tiguan is one of the few models in its class to offer a manual transmission, a six-speed, it's the least efficient of the Tiguans, rated at 18/26 mpg.

If you're seeking a truly small SUV that's a cinch to maneuver and stands out from the crowd, the 2013 VW Tiguan is a pleaser.


7.7 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Despite the carlike ground clearance, the Tiguan doesn't hug the road as much as I expected.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
Beyond just looking good, the steering wheel and its built-in buttons for audio and phone functions have a satisfying tactile nature.
by KBB (May, 2013)
The steering wheel wasn't uncomfortable for him (he's almost a full foot taller than me), but his extra height didn't solve the air vent problem.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)


The all-wheel-drive Tiguan comes only with a six-speed automatic transmission and gets an EPA-estimated 21/27 mpg city/highway..
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
2013 Volkswagen Tiguans use a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
by KBB (May, 2013)
As required of all 2012 models, the Tiguan has standard antilock brakes and an electronic stability system with traction control.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)


The Tiguan comes equipped with six standard airbags: front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, and curtain airbags for the front and rear outboard seats.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
On the flip side, the standard Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming was easy to pair with my smartphone as well as my 11-year-old daughter's phone.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
Front-wheel drive is standard and AWD is available, but not with the 6-speed manual transmission.
by KBB (May, 2013)


Among the Tiguan's best traits are a flexible interior and a turbocharged engine that's standard across the line.
by KBB (May, 2013)
TURBOCHARGED ENGINEOther compact SUVs offer this sort of powerful engine as an option, but on the Tiguan it's standard.
by KBB (May, 2013)
As with many other vehicles that have a turbocharged engine, premium gasoline is recommended in the Tig.2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4200 horsepower @ 5,100-6,000 rpm207 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700-5,000 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 (manual), 21/26 mpg (automatic), 20/26 mpg (4Motion w/automatic).
by KBB (May, 2013)


With the weather heating up in the Denver area, I blasted the air to cool down the Tiguan's interior while waiting for my gaggle of girls to make their way to the car.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
The front dash and its control modules are sleek and polished.
by KBB (May, 2013)
The Tiguan has a well-finished, flexible interior.
by KBB (May, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Volkswagen
Model year 2013
City range 336 miles
Highway range 436 miles
MSRP $37k
Annual cost $9,865

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 4.55 m³
CO2 per car made 0.89 metric ton
Energy per car made 1,790 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 209 kg

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders I4
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 4x4

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 8 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer Standard
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Standard
Navigation system N/A
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 6
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.49 g
Combined CO2/mile 390 g
Methane/mile 0.02 g
NMOG/mile 0.04 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.02 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 125 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 2
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes
Lifetime CO2 emissions 59 tons

power & handling

Max torque 207 ft-lb @ 1,700 RPM
Max HP 200 HP @ 5,100 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 17.95 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 39 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 12.28 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.3 in Disc
Front wheel width 255 mm
Front wheel diameter 19 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 40

safety features

Active head restraints No
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera Standard
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 71.2 in
Front track width 61.8 in
Height 65.6 in
Ground clearance 6.9 in
Length 174.5 in
Wheelbase 102.5 in
Curb weight 3,591 lb
GVWR 4,960 pounds
Tow weight 2,200 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 51 ft³
Rear seat room 44 ft³
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