NEW FOR 2013:

– Trendline 4Motion adds standard Bluetooth phone connectivity, leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel and shift knob.
– Comfortline adds standard Bluetooth phone connectivity, MDI with iPod connectivity.
– R-Line Package available for Highline.
– Rear view camera added to Technology Package, available on Comfortline and Highline.
– Rear park distance control removed from Technology Package.
– Connectivity (Comfortline) and Sport Packages (Highline) discontinued.

Mildly redesigned last year to match the exterior looks of its big brother Touareg, VW’s compact crossover gains relatively few changes for 2013. As before, the Tiguan is solely offered with the powerful and fuel-efficient turbocharged 2.0L I4 with 200 hp and a choice of six-speed manual or automatic in front-wheel drive. If you opt for all-wheel drive, the automatic is mandatory. Based on the compact Golf chassis, the five-passenger four-door Tiguan is one of the better driving models in its class. Its body feels solid, the steering direct and it features a typically Germanic interior that’s classy and well made, with second-row seating that slides for more legroom if needed.

In Trendline, features include 2.0L TSI 4-cylinder, 6-speed manual transmission, 16-inch alloy wheels, 60/40 split folding rear seats with recline, 8-way manually adjustable front seats, fold flat front passenger seat, air conditioning, 8-speaker AM/FM/CD audio with auxiliary input, chrome front grille, cruise control, airbags (front, front side, side curtain), electronic parking brake, exterior temperature gauge, front and rear floor mats, multifunction trip computer, and power heated side mirrors.

Comfortline adds 17-inch alloy wheels, 8-way partial power driver seat, black roof rails, Bluetooth phone connectivity, comfort seats, headed front seats, leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel and shift knob, leatherette seating, MDI with iPod connectivity, Premium 8 audio (touch screen and 8 speakers), privacy glass, and satellite radio.

Highline adds 4Motion all-wheel drive, 6-speed automatic transmission, 12-way power driver seat, 18-inch allow wheels, auto-dimming rear view mirror, automatic headlights, chrome window surrounds and lower door trim, automatic dual-size climate control, digital compass, interior metallic door trim, leather seating, rain sensing wipers, and silver roof rails.

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