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The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan 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 Review

The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan delivers balanced handling and an upscale, feature-rich interior. Its top competitors, however, offer better fuel economy, higher safety scores, and more cargo space.

Pros & Cons

  • Top-notch interior materials
  • Quick acceleration
  • Numerous standard tech features


  • Poor gas mileage
  • Limited cargo room

New for 2015

  • Rearview camera, touch screen, and telematics system became standard
  • Manual transmission discontinued

2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Overview

Is the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 VW Tiguan is a good used compact SUV, with quick acceleration, composed handling, and a high-end cabin filled with features. It has a decent reliability rating too. However, most competitors have more cargo space and get better fuel economy estimates.

Used 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Performance and Interior

The Tiguan's peppy turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides quick acceleration, and the six-speed automatic transmission shifts gears smoothly; you can shift in manual mode if you prefer more control. The Tiguan gets up to 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is much lower than rival's estimates. The front-wheel-drive Tiguan is composed through corners, while the added grip makes all-wheel-drive models feel more athletic. The R-Line trim has a sport-tuned suspension that translates to even better performance around turns. All models have a cushioned, carlike ride.

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First-rate materials line the Tiguan's elegantly styled and mostly quiet cabin. The front seats are supportive, and the rear seats can slide or recline to accommodate adults. The Tiguan has full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats on the outboard rear seats and an additional upper-tether anchor on the middle rear seat.

The Tiguan comes standard with satellite radio, an eight-speaker audio system, a touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, and VW's Car-Net telematics system. Some models also have a Fender premium audio system, navigation, a panoramic sunroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The buttons and gauges across the Tiguan's dash are easy to see and reach from the driver's seat, but the infotainment system's screen is smaller than most rival's, and its graphics appear outdated compared to competitor's systems. With 23.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 56.1 cubic feet with them folded, the Tiguan has less cargo space than most other compact SUVs.

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Used 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Prices

Average prices for the 2015 VW Tiguan range from around $15,000 for the front-wheel-drive S trim to about $23,000 for the all-wheel-drive R-Line model. Prices can fluctuate with vehicle condition, mileage, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 59 Reviews Analyzed

We gathered and analyzed 59 Volkswagen Tiguan reviews to write this used car overview. We've also included information on fuel economy, reliability, and safety to help you decide if the Tiguan is the right used SUV for you.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking the best vehicles for a decade, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To keep our reviews free of outside influence, we don't accept pricey gifts or trips from automakers, and an outside partner handles the ads on our site.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan?

The Tiguan's predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five is typical for a compact SUV, though it's slightly above average for the industry as a whole, where three is about average.

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How Safe Is the Tiguan?

Most other compact SUVs earn higher safety scores than the Tiguan, though it did well in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. The Tiguan's performance in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests was a bit worse, however. The NHTSA gave the Tiguan a four-star overall rating, with five stars in the side crash test, four stars in the rollover test, and only three stars in the front crash test.

A standard rearview camera is the Tiguan's only advanced safety feature. Many rivals offer advanced collision avoidance systems.

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Should I Consider Another Used Tiguan?

There are some notable differences between the 2015 Tiguan and other models in this generation, which includes the 2009 through 2017 model years. Some pre-2015 models won't have a rearview camera, a touch screen, or a telematics system. A manual transmission was also available in previous model years (it was discontinued for 2015). If you want an R-Line model, you'll have to buy a Tiguan from the 2014 model year or later. Stepping up to a 2016 model will get you standard leatherette upholstery and heated front seats. Tiguans from this model year are also available with an upgraded infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

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Which Used Volkswagen Tiguan Is Right for Me?

The base Volkswagen Tiguan S is well-equipped and represents the best value for the money. Still, it may be worth stepping up to the SE trim, which adds leatherette 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, while the R-Line has all the SEL's features plus a sport-tuned suspension, leather upholstery, and unique styling elements.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Tiguan. 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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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan and Other SUVs to Consider

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

In the Tiguan's class, you can't do much better than the Honda CR-V. That's why we named the CR-V our 2015 Best Compact SUV for the Money, as well as our 2015 Best Compact SUV for Families. The CR-V has abundant cargo space, plenty of room for passengers in both rows, and an upscale, high-quality cabin. Its engine has adequate power and exceptional fuel economy. The CR-V also has higher safety and predicted reliability scores than the Tiguan. The CR-V doesn’t have as many standard features as the Tiguan, but it offers more advanced safety features.

Which Is Better: 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan or 2015 Mazda CX-5?

Drivers seeking a fun-to-drive compact SUV should look no further than the Mazda CX-5. The CX-5 is the sports car of the class, and its available 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is punchy. Opt for the CX-5 Sport and you can get a manual transmission to row your own gears. The cabin is a mixed bag, with refined styling and mostly high-end materials but front seats that feel a little too firm for some. The back seats are spacious, and there's more cargo space than you'll get in the Tiguan.

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