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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan ranks in the middle of the highly competitive compact SUV class. It has an upscale cabin and a strong engine, but some buyers will be put off by its small cargo hold.

Pros & Cons

  • Classy interior
  • Quick acceleration
  • Plenty of standard tech features


  • Poor gas mileage
  • Limited cargo room
  • Almost no available safety features

New for 2015

  • Rearview camera, touch screen, and telematics system became standard
  • Manual transmission no longer available

Rankings & Research

The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Volkswagen Tiguan has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 63 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 8.2
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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Overview

Is the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan is a good used compact SUV. Its cabin is a pleasant place to be, with supportive seats, high-end materials, and polished styling. The Tiguan earns praise for its powerful engine and buttoned-down handling. For shoppers who want livelier performance, Volkswagen offers the R-Line model with a sport-tuned suspension.

That said, the Tiguan’s weaknesses keep it from being a top choice in the segment. Its engine, while muscular, gives it subpar fuel economy for the class. Additionally, this VW's tight cargo space makes it less practical for larger families or for those who frequently transport a lot of large items or sporting equipment. Additionally, if you want more safety features than a rearview camera, you’ll have to check out other vehicles.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 63 Volkswagen Tiguan reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan?

Based on nearly 600 listings for the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan on our site, the average price is $16,400. Prices range from $13,000 to $20,400 and vary depending on the trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Cost to Own?

The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come to about $25,600, which is a little above average for the class.  

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Volkswagen Tiguan?

The 2015 Tiguan is part the previous generation, and it is vastly different from the 2019 Tiguan. It has more passenger and cargo space, but you’ll pay a lot more for those improvements. The 2019 Tiguan has a starting price of $24,295, and its top trim costs $38,895. Additionally, the Tiguan's hefty weight and weaker engine hinder its performance.

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You won’t be able to find a new compact SUV for the 2015 Tiguan’s average list price of $16,400.

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Which Model Year of the Volkswagen Tiguan Is Best?

The 2015 VW Tiguan is part of a generation that spans the 2009 through 2017 model years. The 2015 Tiguan is a good pick if you don't want to spend much money but still need a few standard technology features like a rearview camera, a touch screen display, and a telematics system.

If you want some extra connectivity features, consider the 2016 Tiguan. It's available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and you'll get added niceties like synthetic leather upholstery and heated front seats as standard equipment. The 2017 Tiguan saw no major updates.

Volkswagen fully redesigned the Tiguan for the 2018 model year, adding several features and options that appeal to larger families. It's the first Tiguan model available with three rows, and it has a higher maximum cargo capacity and more rear-seat legroom than prior models. The 2018 Tiguan is also available with a number of advanced safety features not offered in the previous generation.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan?

The 2015 Tiguan has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan has four recalls. These address potential noncompliant vehicle modifications, seat-mounted air bag inflators that may rupture, a deactivated airbag malfunction, and potentially incorrect weight and loading information on labels. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Volkswagen Tiguan Model Is Right for Me?

The Tiguan has four trims: S, SE, SEL, and R-Line. The base Tiguan S has enough features to make it a great value for many shoppers. It comes with an eight-speaker stereo, a touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, and VW's Car-Net telematics system.

The SE trim ups interior comfort with synthetic leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats. The SEL trim adds luxury features like navigation, a Fender premium audio system, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The performance-oriented R-Line trim comes with sport-tuned suspension, leather upholstery, and unique styling elements.

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What Does Volkswagen's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Volkswagen offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles seven years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. You receive the balance of the new-car warranty when you purchase a CPO model, and depending on your car’s model year, you get a limited comprehensive warranty that takes effect once the new-car warranty has expired. For 2018 and newer VWs, the limited comprehensive warranty is good for one year or 12,000 miles. The length of the warranty increases to two years or 24,000 miles for 2017-and-older gas, hybrid, and electric vehicles. Finally, 2016 and older TDI vehicles get a two-year/unlimited miles warranty.

VW CPO vehicles must pass a 100-plus-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, a Carfax vehicle history report, a three-month SiriusXM All-Access satellite radio trial subscription, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volkswagen warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Volkswagen’s CPO program is the least robust of all auto manufacturers.

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How Safe Is the Tiguan?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Tiguan an overall rating of four out of five stars. It earned five stars in the side crash test, four stars in the rollover test, and three stars in the frontal crash test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Tiguan the top rating of Good in four crash tests out of five. The Tiguan received the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver’s side small overlap front test.

A standard rearview camera is the Tiguan's only advanced safety feature. Many rivals offer a wider selection of driver assistance safety features.

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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan or 2015 Ford Escape?

The 2015 Ford Escape has many of the same positive attributes as the Tiguan, including an attractive interior, a good reliability rating, and composed handling. The Escape also offers a few benefits that the Tiguan doesn’t. It gets above-average fuel economy for the class, and it has more cargo space than the Tiguan by about 12 cubic feet. The Ford is available with a hands-free power liftgate and driver assistance features like blind spot monitoring, parallel park assist, and rear parking sensors – amenities you can't get in the Tiguan. One of the Escape’s few downsides is its underpowered base engine. However, the Escape is available with two turbocharged engines that pack plenty of power and help this Ford deliver good fuel economy.

Which Is Better: 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan or 2015 Honda CR-V?

The 2015 Honda CR-V has an attractive cabin with plenty of passenger room in both rows and an abundance of cargo space. The Honda also gets better gas mileage than the VW. Still, the Tiguan is the better SUV in this comparison. Its powerful base engine will appeal to those with regular highway commutes, and it comes with more standard features than the Honda. Additionally, the Tiguan has a higher reliability rating.

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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Performance

How Does the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Drive?

The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower. With this engine, the Tiguan has peppy acceleration from a stop and plenty of power on the highway. It’s mated to a smooth, quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission.

The Tiguan has carlike handling and keeps its composure around corners. The R-Line model has even sportier handling, but its firmer suspension gives it a rougher ride than the base model. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive (4Motion) is available. The Tiguan's ride is smooth even on rough roads.

Does the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Tiguan gets 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is poor for the class.

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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Seat?

The five-seat 2015 Tiguan comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and eight-way partially power-adjustable front seats are standard on higher trims. The Tiguan’s front seats are supportive and fairly comfortable. Its sliding and reclining rear seats are versatile and have good space for a pair of adults. The cabin has refined styling and is made with top-notch materials.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan?

The Tiguan has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, as well as a tether-only connection on the middle seat.

2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Features

Standard features include VW’s Car-Net telematics system and an eight-speaker stereo with a 5-inch touch screen, satellite radio, auxiliary and iPod connections, and Bluetooth. Dashboard buttons and gauges are easy to identify and reach. However, the Tiguan’s touch screen is on the small side for the class, and its graphics look dated.

Available features include push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, an eight-speaker Fender Premium audio system and a touch-screen navigation system.

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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Dimensions

Volkswagen Tiguan Cargo Space

The Tiguan has 23.8 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats in use and 56.1 cubic feet with them folded. That’s one of the lowest cargo capacities among compact SUVs.

2015 Tiguan Length and Weight

The 2015 Tiguan is 14.5 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,404 to 3,591 pounds. Its gross vehicle weight rating is between 4,806 and 4,960 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Built?

Volkswagen assembled the 2015 Tiguan in Germany.

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