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2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan was new.


Interior: 8.1

Reviewers say that the 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan offers a functional cabin that’s built with attractive, high-quality materials. The Tiguan’s spacious back seat and intuitive controls also win praise from test drivers, who like its clear gauges and user-friendly electronics. However, the Tiguan’s small size means it has less cargo space than SUVs like the Mazda CX-5.

  • "The Tiguan has a well-finished, flexible interior. The front dash and its control modules are sleek and polished. Buttons for audio and climate control are straightforward and easy to use." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The Tiguan has a well-designed interior with high-quality materials, including brushed-metal-style trim around the gear selector and air vents." -- Cars.com 
  • "As with most vehicles in the VW lineup, the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan boasts a premium-style cabin that approaches Audi in its overall sense of quality. High-end materials and solid craftsmanship (even actual metal trim!) enhance the premium feel." -- Edmunds (2012) 
  • "Complaints went against the smallest seats-up cargo area in the test, the heavy and hard-to-actuate folding rear seats, the plain and downmarket interior, and the rather pointless mesh sunroof cover." -- Motor Trend (2012) 


Although the Tiguan is smaller than some of its rivals, reviewers point out that it offers a spacious back seat that slides and reclines. However, one reviewer writes that the front seats are overly firm and that it’s very difficult to find a comfortable driving position behind the wheel. The base Tiguan comes with cloth upholstery and manually-adjustable front seats. Leather seats, as well as heated and power-adjustable front seats, are available on higher trims.

  • "The rear seat also slides fore and aft to improve either rear legroom or cargo space, and the seatback also reclines. This feature is common among larger compact crossovers like the Honda CR-V, but rare among smaller ones like the Tiguan." -- Edmunds (2012) 
  • "Up front, the SEL's seats are as hard and flat as the last tester we had in, and the Tiguan is also cursed with the worst driving position this side of a bus." -- Motor Trend (2012)
  • "Rear-seat space is outstanding for the class, and deceptively spacious for two adults. Tall riders will find ample headroom, even beneath the sunroof housing. Under-seat foot space is also quite good." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan comes with an eight-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input and Bluetooth phone and audio streaming. Features available on higher trims include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a sunroof, satellite radio, an iPod interface, a touch-screen navigation system and a backup camera.

Test drivers like the Tiguan’s clear, legible gauges and user-friendly controls. They note that switchgear, such as the steering wheel audio controls, has a solid, high-quality feel. Additionally, one reviewer notes that the optional navigation system is fairly easy to use.

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  • "Beyond just looking good, the steering wheel and its built-in buttons for audio and phone functions have a satisfying tactile nature." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Most controls are large and well placed, and the available navigation systems feature a reasonably user-friendly interface." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The gauges are clear and well marked. The controls are easy to reach and use. The standard climate control system is refreshingly simple with only three knobs and two buttons." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The Tiguan doesn’t have as much cargo space as compact SUVs like the Chevrolet Equinox and Honda CR-V. There’s 23.8 cubic feet of space behind the second row, which expands to 56.1 cubic feet if you fold the back seat down. Test drivers say that the Tiguan’s 40/20/40 split-folding back seat offers versatility if you want to carry passengers and cargo, but some reviewers are disappointed by the lack of cargo space. Still, one notes that the Tiguan has a number of storage bins and compartments for small items.

  • "Due to the Tig's smaller size, rear cargo space is expectedly less roomy than that of many competitors." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "While its cargo hold may be roomy compared to your average midsize sedan, its capacity can't match the space offered by many other small SUVs. In fact, even the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen offers more cargo room." -- Edmunds (2012) 
  • "Despite the interior improvements, the Tiguan SEL's insides still feel flawed. For example, with the seats up the cargo area is just 23.8 cu-ft -- barely enough cubes to squeeze in a single hockey bag. Though there are no fewer than 11 cubbies spread throughout the cabin, they don't do much to make up for the lack of space." -- Motor Trend (2012)
  • "Tiguan is one of the smaller compact SUVs, but there is good room behind the 2nd row. The split rear seat folds nearly flat to increase cargo room. In-cabin storage is good with numerous cubbies and bins, but most are uncovered." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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