Most American SUVs do a pretty good job of getting passengers from one place to another, but if you’re looking for an SUV that provides a memorable ride, you should look closely at the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan. This European-styled SUV offers sporty driving dynamics that are sadly missing from most competitors. Rancho Cucamonga area Volkswagen shoppers are impressed with the Tiguan’s modern tech features. Buyers also appreciate the available third-row seats, which raise the seating capacity to seven passengers. You won’t get this kind of versatility with rival SUVs.
The 2021 Tiguan is one of the most popular SUVs that VW shoppers are looking for. Rancho Cucamonga Volkswagen dealerships sell the Tiguan in five trim levels, listed as S, SE, SE R-Line Black, SEL, and SEL Premium R-Line. All models come with front-wheel drive, and buyers can choose the available 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. The standard configuration for front-wheel-drive models is three rows. All-wheel-drive Tiguans come with two rows, with the third-row optional.
The 2021 VW Tiguan employs a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out a hearty 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft, teamed to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The Tiguan’s start/stop system helps to provide an excellent EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 23/29 mpg (FWD) and 21/27 mpg highway (AWD)*
The automotive media is suitably impressed by the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan. Motor1.com writes: “Driving a vehicle 700 miles means becoming intimately familiar with things like seat comfort and noise control. Thankfully, the Tiguan impresses on both counts. The front seats feel like they could have come from a GTI, offering up huge support via the thick side bolsters and ample adjustments. In particular, leg support is excellent, and the seatback is so good we barely fiddled with the lumbar.”
Standard features for the base Tiguan S include cloth upholstery and alloy wheels. The infotainment system comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a stereo system with six speakers, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth and a USB port.
The Tiguan gets a long list of standard active safety features, such as a rearview camera, pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning. The 2021 Tiguan features an Intelligent Crash Response System, which keeps the vehicle’s occupants safe after specific types of collisions. It will unlock the doors, shut off the fuel pump, and turn on the hazard lights.
The range-topping Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line trim comes with automatic high-beam headlights, leather seating, a surround-view parking camera system, a hands-free liftgate, and a nine-speaker Fender stereo system.
The 2021 Tiguan gets high safety marks. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety bestowed the Tiguan with Top Safety Pick status, with the top crash-test rating of Good in all tests. As of this writing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to rate the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.