If you're looking for the 2021 Best Value SUV, Lithia has it. Check out all the details on the new 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan.

The Volkswagen Tiguan

There are without a doubt a few SUVs in the Compact Crossover marketplace that are cheaper than the Volkswagen Tiguan but none offer the overall value when compared with the Tiguan going head-to-head for under $25K. This is a great family SUV that offers up lots of passenger space and cargo, three rows of seating that fits seven, very intuitive tech, and real world 32 MPG cruising. The Tiguan offers a refined driving experience, a stylish appearance and pure European charm in an alluring package.
     
Like all VWs, the interior is quiet, well-designed and comfortable though it is a bit sparse compared to luxury SUVs on the market today. Actually, the functional tech and familiar surroundings are definite reasons why VW fans love this car. It just feels like home if you're used to Volkswagens. Even the base model gives you smartphone integrations and some driver assist features. Granted, that third row of seating is a bit cramped and best for younger occupants, but those seats also all fold away for cargo space.
     
What's it like to walk around this car? Autoblog says, "The 2020 Tiguan is crisp and stylish, neither bold nor boring. The sharp front end features a wide grille flanked by either halogen or LED headlights. The R-Design package has some glossy black trim. The Tiguan looks every bit of its 185 inches, which is long for a Compact Crossover SUV. That allows for wide doors that make entry and exit easy."
     
But what puts this Crossover at the top of our list over the competition for best value suv? We know you have a lot of options when it comes to Compact SUVs. The answer is that this VW is just so well-rounded. It is a handsome car that is practical and well-equipped. Only the Tiguan and the Mitsubishi Outlander offer a third row of seating. Plus, the fuel economy is very competitive with such top rivals as the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V.

The Tiguan's exceptional driving dynamics are pure VW and in a sea of cookie-cutter Compact SUVs, this is a practical all-around family car at a great price point. We actually prefer the classic styling over any number of science-fiction-inspired Compacts that would look more at home on the set of Blade Runner than in your family garage.
       
Yes, there are cheaper Crossovers out there. The Hyundai Kona starts at around $22K, but for a few dollars more, the VW offers a lot more value in our book. And, yes, the Honda CR-V has even more cargo space while the Mazda CX-5 offers more precise steering and handling for a more engaging driving experience. But the faithful VW comes standard with more tech features than the Honda, delivers comfort over agility, and then there's that third row of seating. If you're looking for an all-around good family Crossover SUV, this Tiguan might be for you.
     
Reliability and Safety: The Tiguan, like all Volkswagens, has an above-average reliability rating, can tow 1,500 pounds, and comes with a four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. When it comes to vehicle safety, the National Highway Safety Administration gave the Volkswagen Tiguan five out of five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Tiguan the highest rating in all six crash worthiness tests.

For those who want to upgrade from the base S model, the SE is still very affordable but the upgrades are well worth it for the additional $2K. These include a power driver's seat, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, simulated leather seats, and keyless entry.

VW brings you five trim levels in all: the base line S, SE, SE R-Line Black, SEL and SEL Premium R-Line. All of these are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter, 184 horsepower engine that puts out 221 foot pounds of torque, married to a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel-drive is optional.

The base model Tiguan S includes split folding rear seats, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Driver assistance features include Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Braking and Blind-Spot Monitoring. The SE R-Line Black steps up to larger wheels and sportier exterior styling elements. If you want more pizazz, the R-line models definitely kicks the flair department up a few notches.

The SEL and SEL R-Line bring you even more features including an amazing panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, remote start, a full digital gauge cluster, real leather upholstery and a kickass nine-speaker sound system.

New for the 2021 models, the S and SE cars receive new 17-inch wheel designs and the SE models get standard adaptive cruise control. The high end SEL Premium R-Line model adds a power-adjustable front passenger seat. All-wheel-drive is available for all of the model variations for an additional $1,300. While the standard front-wheel-drive car is both comfortable and compliant, the addition of four-wheel-drive adds better handling and suspension; especially noticeable on long highway trips.


To sum up our pick for Best Value SUV 2021, the Tiguan offers a value that is impossible to explain but is felt by everyone who drives it. The car has charm. As Car and Driver mentioned in its excellent review, "Volkswagen's Tiguan is a European take on an American classic-the SUV. It offers more athletic handling than many of its rivals, and its cabin has a restrained vibe with plenty of trendy technology features." We'd add to that, European style and charm. 

Watch for a newly redesigned Tiguan for 2022, coming to showrooms in the autumn of 2021. Look forward to new LED headlamps, a revised grille and bumpers, and new wheel designs to give the 2022 Tiguan a more modern look. The Tiguan's cabin will get an update as well, including a new steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls. Heated seats and a digital gauge display will be standard across the lineup. All models except the base S will include a new touch-sensitive climate control panel, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and a semi-autonomous driving mode that VW calls Travel Assist.
 
For information on the Tiguan's Compact Crossover SUV rivals, see Lithia.com's list of Best Crossover SUVs for 2021.

Automotive Industry 2021 Tiguan Reviews
Autotrader
Automotive Research & Comparison Company
"The 2021 VW Tiguan may not be as fun to drive as the Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5, but it has a European sophistication and solidity that we appreciate and is characteristic of Volkswagen."Hide
Car and Driver
American Automotive Enthusiast Magazine
"The compact SUV segment is full of good options, but one of our favorites is the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan, which is one of the most well-rounded choices. It's handsomely styled, well-equipped, and practical. Plus, the VW is one of only two Compact SUVs that offer an optional third row of seats."Hide
Autoblog
Automotive News & Car Shopping Website
"Thankfully, the … Volkswagen Tiguan isn't anywhere as zany as its name would suggest. It's actually quite the sensible, practical thing, boasting more interior space than most 'compact' Crossovers. It's so big, in fact, that VW managed to squeeze in a standard third-row seat for those occasional times when your kids' friends want to come along."Hide
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