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2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

A high reliability rating, an upscale interior, and lively handling are a few of the reasons why the used 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan sits in the top half of our rankings. 

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic performance
  • High-quality cabin
  • Small cargo area
  • Poor fuel economy

Rankings & Research

The 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan's #8 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Volkswagen Tiguan has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 53 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.2
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2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Overview

Is the 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan a Good Used SUV?

A carlike ride and easy-to-use controls make a used 2013 Tiguan an appealing option in the compact SUV class. Still, some competitors offer more cargo space and higher fuel economy ratings.

Used 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Performance and Interior

A 200-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan. It has plenty of power – more than you’ll find in the higher-ranked Honda CR-V. When the Tiguan was new, a six-speed manual transmission was standard and a six-speed automatic was available, so you may find used models equipped with either. This Volkswagen has adept handling, precise steering, and strong brakes. Additionally, its comfortable ride quality makes you feel like you're driving a smaller vehicle. The Tiguan delivers an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway – low ratings for the class. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but some models come with all-wheel drive.

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This crossover SUV seats five over two rows of cloth seats. There's a good amount of head- and legroom in both rows. The caveat is its minuscule cargo area; you'll find more space in competitors like the Toyota RAV4. There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats. The Tiguan has a refined interior, good build quality, and logically arranged audio and climate controls. Some models come with a user-friendly navigation system, but keep in mind that its 5-inch touch screen is on the smaller side.

Standard features include an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. You might find a model with satellite radio, a sunroof, leather seats, or dual-zone automatic climate control.

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Used 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Prices

Used 2013 Tiguans range from about $10,600 to roughly $16,200. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and demand.

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We Did the Research for You: 53 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 53 Volkswagen Tiguan reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan?

The 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan has a reliability rating of four out of a five from J.D. Power, which is considered above average for the industry.

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How Safe Is the Tiguan?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2013 Tiguan a Top Safety Pick and awarded it the highest rating of Good in four crash tests. The Tiguan received a Marginal rating in the IIHS small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Tiguan five out of five stars in the side crash test, four stars in the rollover crash test, and three stars in the frontal crash test, for a four-star overall rating. Some models come with a rearview camera and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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Is the 2013 Tiguan the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan is part of a generation that ended with the 2017 model year. You might save a good amount of money by choosing the 2012 model instead – without sacrificing many features. Aside from the exclusion of the LE trim and the addition of a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel, the 2013 Tiguan is unchanged from 2012. The 2012 Tiguan underwent an exterior refresh, so prior model years will look different.

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Which Used Volkswagen Tiguan Is Right for Me?

The Tiguan comes in three trims: S, SE, and SEL. The base trim doesn't come with a lot of features, but it does include an eight-speaker audio system and Bluetooth. The SE trim adds a few more features, like leatherette upholstery and heated front seats. To get a rearview camera and leather seats, you'll want to go for the highest SEL trim. 

Despite the Tiguan's great reliability rating, you might consider a certified pre-owned vehicle. Volkswagen provides a two-year/24,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles. Each CPO Volkswagen must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volkswagen warranty page carefully.

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2013 Volkswagen Tiguan and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan or 2013 Honda CR-V?

With its higher reliability rating and lower ownership costs, the 2013 Honda CR-V is a better compact SUV than the Tiguan. There are some hard plastics throughout the CR-V’s interior, but it has much more cargo space than the Volkswagen. The Honda also comes standard with a rearview camera. We named it our 2013 Best Compact SUV for Families.

Which Is Better: 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan or 2013 Toyota RAV4?

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is closely ranked to the Tiguan, but it excels in areas where the VW falls short. The RAV4 has a larger cargo area and a better reliability rating. It also has one of the longest standard features lists in the class, including a rearview camera, a 6.1-inch touch screen, and a USB port. In terms of performance and interior refinement, however, the Tiguan is the superior vehicle. The RAV4 has some low-quality materials, and it doesn't provide the same level of athleticism. Choosing between the two depends on what matters most to you.

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