Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Arriving Fashionably Late: Volkswagen's 2009 Tiguan Is a Welcome Addition to the Compact SUV Party, Even If It Did Keep Us Waiting

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Arriving Fashionably Late: Volkswagen's 2009 Tiguan Is a Welcome Addition to the Compact SUV Party, Even If It Did Keep Us Waiting

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2009 VW TIGUAN

RETAIL PRICE (MSRP) $23,200 STANDARD ENGINE 2.0L DIRECT-INJECTION TURBOCHARGED 4-CYLINDER HORSEPOWER 200 @ 5,100 RPM TORQUE (LB-FT) 206 @ 1,700 RPM FUEL ECONOMY (MPG) IS CITY/25 HIGHWAY

LIKE A DIVA WHO INSISTS her entrance be well-noted Volkswagen has finally arrived to the compact SUV party.

VW's Tiguan, an attractive yet expensive latecomer, features the marque's superb turbocharged 2.0-1iter direct-injection four-cylinder, which pumps out a spirited 200 horsepower Mated with either a six-speed manual in the base trim, or a six-speed automatic in the higher trims, it delivers seamless power and appealing fuel economy.

Fans of the VW Touareg's styling should be happy. The Tiguan not only has a similarly odd-sounding name, its design is also obviously from Wolfsburg. Its curves are muscular and fluid, giving the SUV a masculine stance that helps it stand apart from its competition.

The interior is standard VW simplicity, but the available touch-screen navigation with rearview camera finally brings VW up to par with the best from Japan. …

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