Volkswagen Tiguan SE
From Volkswagon press: Carrying the heart of sports car, the spirit of a large SUV, and a distinguishably modern look and feel inside and out, Volkswagen’s 2011 Tiguan drives the compact SUV category further. Starting at $23,485, and available in three fully-stocked trim levels with a number of additional upgrades, the Tiguan takes usable features from a sport utility vehicle and balances them with the everyday accessibility from a compact hatchback.
Under the 2011 Tiguan’s hood is Volkswagen’s proven 2.0-liter, turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder gasoline engine. With electronic TSI® direct fuel injection, four valves per cylinder, dual overhead camshafts, variable timing, and maintenance-free hydraulic lifters, the 2.0T engine is undoubtedly advanced. With its extensive repertoire, the sporty power plant has what it takes to let the Tiguan carve through back roads, handle towing duties (up to 2,200 lbs.) on the highway, and yet still go easy on using fuel – all the while developing 200 horsepower at 5,100 rpm, and 207 lbs.-ft. of torque between 1,800 and 5,000 rpm.
With the six speed manual transmission (S model only), the Tiguan can return EPA estimates of 19 mpg in the city, and 26 mpg along the highway. With the six speed automatic transmission that includes Volkswagen’s Tiptronic®, mode as well as a Dynamic Shift Program (DSP), the 2011 Tiguan is capable of an EPA estimated 20 mpg city and 25 mpg highway (FWD model).
The automatic gearbox is an option with the S, and standard on the SE and SEL: Tiptronic® mode grants the driver full control over every gear change, simply by tapping the shifter up or down. The DSP setting enables the transmission to adapt to the driver’s preferred driving style, for a more intuitive experience.
On the outside, the 2011 Tiguan is every bit a Volkswagen, with a front end that takes cues from Tiguan’s bigger sibling, the Touareg, yet is able to stand out on its own. Halogen headlamps with crystalline lenses come standard on the S and SE models, and are upgraded to Bi-XenonTM High Intensity Gas-discharged (HID) units on the SEL model, complete with an Adaptive Front- lighting System to best illuminate the road ahead.
The SE and SEL trim levels also add halogen fog lamps to the corners of the Tiguan’s body-color front fascia, just above blacked-out lower trim. The darkened portion continues along the wheel arches and the bottom of the doors, giving a more agile, hit the road stance. All models lack the clutter of side moldings, while distinctive chrome window trim and silver, rack-ready roof rails come standard on the SE and SEL. The 2011 Tiguan is now available in a bold new Night Blue color, replacing Sapphire Blue. The Tiguan’s look is finalized with an integrated spoiler up top, jeweled tail lamps midway down, integrated running and reverse lights in the blacked out lower bumper, and a pair of chrome exhaust tips. A trailer hitch package can also be added as an option with all 2011 Tiguan models.