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Carrying the heart of sports car, the spirit of a large SUV, and a distinguishably modern look and feel inside and out, Volkswagen’s award-winning 2010 Tiguan drives the compact SUV category further.

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Starting at $23,200, and available in three fully-stocked trim levels with a number of additional upgrades, the Tiguan takes usable features from a sport ute and balances them with the everyday accessibility from a compact hatchback.

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On the outside, the 2010 Tiguan is every bit a Volkswagen, with a front end that takes cues from Tiguan’s bigger sibling, the Touareg, yet is able to stand out on its own. Halogen headlamps with crystalline lenses come standard on the S and SE models, and are upgraded to Bi-Xenon™ High Intensity Gas-discharged (HID) units on the SEL model, complete with an Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) to best illuminate the road ahead. The SE and SEL trim levels also add halogen fog lamps to the corners of the Tiguan’s body-color front fascia, just above blacked-out lower trim.

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The darkened portion continues along the wheel arches and the bottom of the doors, giving a more agile, hit the road stance. All models lack the clutter of side moldings, while distinctive chrome window trim and silver, rack-ready roof rails come standard on the SE and SEL. The Tiguan’s look is finalized with an integrated spoiler up top, jeweled tail lamps midway down, integrated running and reverse lights in the blacked out lower bumper, and a pair of chrome exhaust tips. A trailer hitch prep package can also be added as an option with all 2010 Tiguans.

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Engine and Transmission

Under the 2010 Tiguan’s hood is Volkswagen’s proven 2.0-liter, turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder gasoline engine. With electronic TSI direct fuel injection, four valves per cylinder, dual overhead camshafts, variable timing, and maintenance-free hydraulic lifters, the 2.0T engine is undoubtedly advanced. With its extensive repertoire, the sporty power plant has what it takes to let the Tiguan carve through back roads, handle towing duties (up to 2,200 lbs.) on the highway, and yet still go easy on using fuel – all the while developing 200 horsepower at 5,100 rpm, and 207 lbs.-ft. of torque between 1,800 and 5,000 rpm.

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With the six speed manual transmission (S model only), the Tiguan can return EPA estimates of 19 mpg in the city, and 26 mpg along the highway. With the six speed automatic transmission that includes Volkswagen’s Tiptronic®, mode as well as a Dynamic Shift Program (DSP), the 2010 Tiguan is capable of XX mpg city and XX mpg highway (EPA-estimated). The automatic gearbox is an option with the S, and standard on the SE and SEL: Tiptronic® mode grants the driver full control over every gear change, simply by tapping the shifter up or down. The DSP setting enables the transmission to adapt to the driver’s preferred driving style, for a more intuitive experience.


The Tiguan’s versatile tendencies continue to the interior, starting with seating for five that is covered in soft yet durable cloth, or full leather (optional on SE, standard on SEL). Up front, fully adjustable driver and passenger seats (power 12-way on SEL) keep occupants comfortable, while the 60/40 split rear seats make room for up to 56 cubic feet of ready-to-go storage space. Up above, the available panoramic power sunroof lets in seemingly endless sunlight and fresh air in the SE and SEL models. A revised steering wheel sits before large and easy to read chrome-trimmed gauges (a leather-wrapped wheel with multifunction controls is standard on SE and SEL). Heating and cooling controls are always within reach, and can activate either the standard single zone CLIMATIC™ system with pollen filter, or the Climatronic™ automated dual-zone system (SEL only).

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For entertainment, the Tiguan aims to please everyone who is along for the ride. The standard stereo system (S trim) includes an in-dash CD player with MP3 readability, an auxiliary input for connecting separate devices, and eight speakers. The SE and SEL models step up to the premium touchscreen system, which adds a six disc in-dash CD changer, an SD card slot, and six months of complimentary SIRIUS Satellite Radio service. The SEL model ushers a Dynaudio Premium Sound System into the mix, complete with ten upgraded speakers, a 600 Watt amplifier, and Digital Sound Processor (DSP) technology. Hands-free Bluetooth™ connectivity is standard on both the SE and SEL models, which can also be outfitted a special Media Device Interface and iPod® cable to control USB-based devices and drives.

Optional on both the SE and SEL is Volkswagen’s premium navigation system: An ultimate entertainment center, stocked with a 6.5” high resolution touch-screen display (which works with the available rearview camera), an integrated 30GB hard drive (10GB for navigation, 20GB for audio), WMA / MP3 audio CD playback, DVD video playback when the vehicle is at a complete stop, an SD memory card slot, an auxiliary input connection, and three months of Sirius Traffic programming.

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Chassis and Suspension

The 2010 Tiguan is nimble yet composed during most any driving situation, thanks to its compact size and, more important, its German-tuned suspension. The electromechanical power steering makes turning even easier for the driver with consistent feedback at any speed, and active return to keep the Tiguan heading straight on down the road. MacPherson struts and a double wishbone setup at the front are paired with an independent four-link setup out back, which let the Tiguan power on through the corners, and remain stable along smooth roads and bumpy trails alike. Disc brakes sit at all four corners (312 x 25 mm vented front units, and 286 x 12 mm solid rear units), and are managed by an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).

For even greater driving stability and control, no matter the weather or road conditions, Volkswagen’s 4MOTION® all-wheel drive system (optional on SE and SEL) is the perfect companion, monitoring road conditions and driver inputs to instantly adjust how much power is delivered to each of the four wheels. The result is even greater traction, performance, and peace of mind.

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Active and Passive Safety

The 2010 Tiguan carries over 40 active and passive safety features, which are part of Volkswagen’s standard Prevent and Preserve Safety System, to keep the driver and passengers safe. Eight airbags, including front, side thorax, and side curtain units for the driver and front passenger, as well as side curtain units for the rear outboard passengers, all come standard (side thorax units for the rear outboard passengers are also available). Each of the five seating positions has a three-point safety belt, with a pre-tensioner and height adjustment for the driver, front passenger, and rear outboard passengers. For the Tiguan’s younger passengers, Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) make it easy to add a child car seat.

The following safety programs and management systems are also included on the Tiguan: Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), an Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Engine Braking Control (EBC), Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution, Auto Hold to prevent rolling or creeping at a stop light or during other situations, and Volkswagen’s Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP).

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The choice to include ESP standard on every 2010 Volkswagen comes ahead of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) mandate that by the 2012 model year, all vehicles produced will need to include some form of Electronic Stability Control (ESC). According to NHTSA, having ESC in a vehicle results in 35 percent fewer single-vehicle crashes and 30 percent fewer single-vehicle fatalities in passenger cars. Volkswagen’s ESP compares the driver’s intended course with the vehicle’s actual direction. If a discrepancy is detected, ESP automatically brakes individual wheels and/or reduces engine power to help maintain directional control.

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