Compact SUVs are a hot item these days, and there are many different makes and models to choose from. One compact crossover stands above the rest. The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan delights buyers at Santa Cruz area Volkswagen dealerships, thanks to its excellent driving dynamics, long list of technology features, and outstanding fuel economy. You can’t ignore Volkswagen’s two years of complimentary routine maintenance.
According to the Volkswagen dealer near Santa Cruz, buyers appreciate the Tiguan’s ample passenger and cargo space. Plus, the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the only vehicles in its class that offers a third-row seat.
The 2021 Tiguan seats up to seven passengers and comes in five trim levels, listed as S, SE, SE R-Line Black, SEL, and SEL Premium R-Line. Front-wheel-drive models get the third-row standard, while all-wheel-drive models get a standard two-row configuration, with the third row available.
Under the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan’s hood sits a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant that develops 184 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine utilizes a start/stop feature that boosts fuel economy. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2021 Tiguan is 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive.* All-wheel-drive models return 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
The 2021 VW Tiguan receives numerous accolades in the automotive press. Kelley Blue Book writes: “With all the compact-crossover SUVs from which to choose, one might wonder what the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV has over the competition. Well, to start with, there’s that marvelous German ride and handling only a VW can offer, as well as an ample dose of high-tech wizardry borrowed from the Audi division. ... VW’s 2021 Tiguan’s excellent steering and pedal response — expected attributes of any VW — contribute to an overall driving feel that’s among the best in the segment.”
The base Tiguan S trim comes with alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, a 40/20/40 split sliding and reclining second-row seat that folds flat, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, an audio system with six speakers, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth and USB smartphone connectivity.
The 2021 Tiguan comes with many active safety features, such as a rearview camera, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning and rear cross traffic alert.
Standard features for the top-line SEL Premium R-Line trim include all-wheel drive, genuine leather upholstery, automatic high-beam headlights, a hands-free liftgate, a nine-speaker Fender stereo system, and a surround-view parking camera system.
Volkswagen’s standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System protects passengers by applying the brakes when it detects an imminent collision. This helps to prevent further damage by reducing residual kinetic energy. The Intelligent Crash Response System keeps passengers safe in the event the Tiguan is involved in certain types of collisions. It will shut off the fuel pump, unlock the doors and turn on the hazard lights.
* 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.