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Rankings & Research

The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Volkswagen Tiguan has a score of 8.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 59 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 8.4
Reliability:
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2014 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan has an upscale interior, nimble handling, and good acceleration. However, it has less cargo space and worse mpg ratings than other compact SUVs.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Powerful base engine
  • Premium interior
  • Good reliability rating
  • Limited cargo space
  • Low fuel economy

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan Overview

Is the 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan a Good Used SUV?

The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan is a good used vehicle. Its powerful engine and deft handling make it fun to drive, and its relatively low price can fit into many budgets.

The Volkswagen Tiguan features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 200 horsepower. The engine has ample power and delivers good acceleration. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, and a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic is available. The base Tiguan gets worse mpg ratings than most other vehicles in the class, earning 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available. With both drivetrains, this Volkswagen handles well and feels sure-footed around turns. You might even think that the Tiguan feels more like a car than an SUV.

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The Volkswagen Tiguan seats five in a well-appointed interior. The front seats offer good adjustability, and the rear seats have plenty of head- and legroom. There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The spacious rear seats provide ample room for putting a car seat in, but the anchors are hard to access. Though the seats are spacious, the Tiguan is short on cargo room compared to class rivals, with a maximum capacity of roughly 56 cubic feet.

Standard features in this Volkswagen include Bluetooth, an auxiliary input, and an eight-speaker audio system. Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, satellite radio, and a touch-screen navigation system. The dash controls are easy to reach from the driver's seat, and the navigation system has a straightforward interface.

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Used 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan Prices

As with any used car, the price of a 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan varies depending on trim level, mileage, and vehicle condition. That said, used Tiguan prices range from about $14,800 to $22,700 (prices in your community may differ). 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the Volkswagen Tiguan a reliability rating of four out of five (three is average among all vehicles). The Tiguan's rating is good overall and one of the highest in the class.

How Safe Is the Tiguan?

The 2014 Tiguan fares pretty well in crash tests. It receives a four-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also receives a rating of Good (the highest possible) in four out of five tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, it receives a rating of Marginal (the second-lowest rating) in the small overlap front test.

There are no noteworthy standard driver assistance features in the Tiguan, but a rearview camera is available.

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Should I Consider Another Used Tiguan?

The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan is part of a generation that started with the 2007 model and ran through the 2016 model year. If you're interested in the 2014 model, it's worth checking out other models from the same generation, which are largely similar. You can get nearly identical features for less money with 2013 and 2012 models. The average sale price of a 2013 is about $2,300 less than a 2014, and a 2012 costs about $3,500 less. It's worth looking at one of those models to save yourself some money.

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Which Used Tiguan Model Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan comes in four trims: S, SE, SEL, and R-Line. As with any vehicle, higher trims have more features but also cost more. Given the relatively small price range for a 2014 Tiguan, you may as well spring for the R-Line, which is the best-equipped and most luxurious trim.

Volkswagen is one of many car companies to offer a certified pre-owned vehicle program. Volkswagen provides a two-year/24,000-mile limited warranty on all of its CPO 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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We Did the Research for You: 59 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We gathered and analyzed 59 pieces of data while researching the 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan. We studied safety and reliability scores, total cost of ownership figures, and reviews from other professional critics to provide you with everything you need to know before heading to the dealer.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade, and our team has 75 years’ worth of combined experience in the automotive industry. Our reviews are unbiased, and to make sure they stay that way, our editorial staff does not accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and all advertising on our site is handled by a third party.

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan and Other SUVS to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan or 2014 Nissan Rogue?

The Nissan Rogue has a higher safety score than its VW rival, but its reliability rating is lower. The Rogue also has a less powerful engine and less agile handling. On the other hand, the Nissan gets much better gas mileage than the VW. The Rogue has an upscale cabin. It also offers a third-row seat – a rarity for this class. The Rogue has much more cargo space than the Tiguan, and it offers several driver assistance features that the Volkswagen doesn't. Each SUV has something to offer, but the Tiguan is a slightly better SUV overall.

Which Is Better: 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan or 2014 Toyota RAV4?

The Toyota RAV4 isn't as athletic as the Tiguan, but it gets better mpg ratings. The RAV4 has an attractive, well-designed interior. It seats five, and the rear seat is relatively spacious. Cargo space is significantly higher in the Toyota than in its Volkswagen rival. It also offers features the VW doesn't, including a power liftgate and blind spot monitoring. The Tiguan has better performance and a more upscale interior at a lower price. However, the RAV4 has more safety features in addition to its large cargo hold.

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