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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan Trims

LE

Avg. Price: $19,127

New for 2012, and slotting itself between the base Volkswagen Tiguan S and the midlevel SE, is the spiffy Tiguan LE. This 5-passenger Euro-styled compact crossover boasts some added bling over its lesser S sibling, but is available only in a front-wheel-drive (FWD) configuration. It still boasts turbocharged power, however, as well as the traditional 56.1 cubic feet of cargo area with the split-folding rear seatbacks down.

A roof rack, 16-inch alloy wheels, a power rear liftgate, trailer wiring and heated power-adjustable mirrors drape the profile of this nifty mini-ute, with leatherette upholstery, height-adjustable front seats, a fold-flat front passenger seatback and reclining and sliding rear seats empowering the spiffy cabin.

Cruise control is standard, as is telescoping tilt-wheel steering, and occupants are embraced by manual air conditioning while chatting with friends on the Bluetooth-interfaced hands-free phone system. Additionally, this lower-midlevel trim packs a 7-inch dashboard-mounted touchscreen that handles not only the Bluetooth interface, but also an MP3-capable single-CD player with 8 speakers and an auxiliary iPod interface.

Options for this brand spankin’ new trim include a trailer hitch for some 2,200 pounds of towing capacity as well as splash guards, side steps and upgraded floor mats.

Like its siblings, the 2012 Tiguan LE packs the ubiquitous 200-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) powerplant that, under the management of the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, throws down 207 lb-ft of torque. Of course, this heady four-banger boasts variable valve timing (VVT) that allows mileage estimates of 22 mpg city/27 highway when burning recommended premium gasoline.

Notable standard safety features, finally, include 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and front and rear head airbags. Daytime running lights and turn-signal-integrated mirrors also adorn this newest Tiguan trim, as do a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.

S

Avg. Price: $18,908

As the base trim of Volkswagen’s 2012 Tiguan lineup, the Tiguan S offers more than the usual milieu of amenities, power and fun. Starting with 56.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the split rear seatbacks folded, this entry-level 5-passenger compact crossover continues on with standard 16-inch steel wheels, a power liftgate, heated power-adjustable mirrors and trailer wiring adorning its Euro-styled profile.

Inside, look for cloth upholstery, height-adjustable front seats, split-folding reclining and sliding rear seats, full power accessories and a fold-flat front passenger seat to delight and inspire. Then there are such standard convenience features as cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering that remain bolstered by air conditioning and Bluetooth hands-free communications, while an MP3-capable single-CD player again boasts 8 speakers and an auxiliary MP3 input.

An available panoramic sunroof can be delivered with the newest Tiguan S iteration, as can accessories like splash guards, a trailer hitch package and side steps.

Powering this compact crossover is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine that combines with a standard 6-speed manual transmission for 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed shiftable automatic is optional in the base S, which comes only in front-wheel drive (FWD). Mileage is estimated at 18 mpg city/26 highway with the standard manual transmission and 22/27 with the automatic. And by the way, VW recommends burning only premium gasoline.

Safety-wise, look for standard 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, and front and rear head airbags. Additionally, the entry-level 2012 Tiguan S is delivered with daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.

S 4Motion

Avg. Price: $21,587

Equipped with winter-beating all-wheel drive (AWD), the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan S 4Motion offers the small family a compact crossover that will seat 5, packs turbocharged power and totes up to 56.1 cubic feet of cargo.

The Euro-styled exterior sports a power rear liftgate, 16-inch alloy wheels, trailer wiring and heated power-adjustable mirrors, while the welcoming cabin flaunts cloth upholstery, height-adjustable front seats, a fold-flat front passenger seatback and, of course, split-folding reclining and sliding rear seatbacks. Meanwhile, full power accessories also come standard, as do cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering.

Air conditioning, Bluetooth hands-free communications and an MP3-capable single-CD player with 8 speakers and an auxiliary MP3 input again round out the more notable of this VW crossover’s delivered features.

Options for the entry-level S 4Motion include a panoramic power sunroof, a trailer hitch package, side steps, upgraded floor mats and splash guards.

Like its front-wheel-drive sibling, the traction-added Tiguan S 4Motion packs a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) powerplant, but unlike the regular S trim, offers only the 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Power numbers remain 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque, with mileage running 21 mpg city/27 highway, and towing weight maxes out at 2,200 pounds with the optional trailer hitch selected. Oh, and VW recommends only premium gasoline for this turbocharged crossover.

The full-time 4Motion AWD system, meantime, means a 50/50 split in torque to the front and rear axles under normal driving conditions. When the flakes start to fly and things become slippery, torque is automatically diverted from the individual wheels that slip to the wheels that grip.

Finally, noteworthy standard safety features in the Tiguan S 4Motion include 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, and front and rear head airbags. Additionally, this base trim boasts daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.

S 4Motion w/ Sunroof

With standard all-wheel drive (AWD) and a standard panoramic sunroof, not to mention turbocharged power and sleek Euro-styling inside and out, the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan S 4Motion with Sunroof offers the smaller family a lot of compact crossover. This 5-seat pint-size people-hauler also boasts such standard appearance goodies as 16-inch alloy wheels, heated power-adjustable mirrors, trailer wiring, a power rear liftgate and the aforementioned power glass sunroof.

Cloth upholstery, meantime, adorns the cabin, as do full power accessories, height-adjustable front seats, reclining and sliding rear seats with split-folding seatbacks, a fold-flat front passenger seatback and manual air conditioning.

Cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering also come standard, with Bluetooth hands-free communications keeping everybody in touch. And then there’s the standard MP3-capable single-CD player with 8 speakers and auxiliary MP3 input.

Options, meantime, include a trailer hitch package, side-steps, mudguards and floor mats in front and rear.

The sole drivetrain offered with the 2012 Tiguan S 4Motion with Sunroof is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) powerplant that mates with a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission for 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. The available towing hitch will allow this pint-size crossover to tow up to 2,200 pounds of trailer, while variable valve timing (VVT) keeps mileage numbers at a fairly respectable 21 mpg city/27 highway.

The full-time AWD system, meantime, maintains a 50/50 torque split between the front and rear axles in normal road conditions. When things get slippery, however, torque is automatically and instantaneously transferred from the wheels that slip to the wheels that grip.

Finally, standard safety equipment aboard the 2012 Tiguan S 4Motion with Sunroof includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and front and rear head airbags. Furthermore, such added standard safety equipment as daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a post-collision safety system, and a remote antitheft alarm also endow this little crossover.

S w/ Sunroof

If you want a little more vista and a breezier ride in your 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan S, then by all means dig a little deeper in your pocket for the Tiguan S with Sunroof. This front-wheel-drive-equipped compact crossover seats 5, totes a turbocharged 4-cylinder powerplant and offers some 56.1 cubic feet of cargo area with the rear seatbacks folded.

Appearance-wise, this nimble family hauler’s 16-inch alloy wheels, trailer wiring, power rear liftgate and heated power-adjustable mirrors are complemented by a standard panoramic glass sunroof. Inside, the Tiguan S with Sunroof flaunts cloth upholstery, height-adjustable front seats, split-folding reclining and sliding rear seats, and a fold-flat front passenger seatback to add a little extra cargo-toting space. Full power accessories also grace this little crossover’s cabin, as do such convenience items as cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering.

Of course, manual air conditioning again comes delivered with this airy base Tiguan, with Bluetooth hands-free calling and an MP3-capable single-CD player, 8 speakers and auxiliary MP3 input also remaining standard.

Options, meantime, include a trailer hitch package (for some 2,200 pounds of towing capacity), floor mats fore and aft, splash guards and side steps.

Standard power aboard the 2012 Tiguan S with Sunroof is a 200-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine. The standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission shells out 207 lb-ft of torque, while variable valve timing (VVT) helps maintain mileage numbers estimated at 22 mpg city/27 highway when burning recommended premium gasoline.

To finish up, noteworthy standard safety equipment aboard VW’s pint-size people-hauler includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, and front and rear head airbags. Additionally, daytime running lights are also standard, as are turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.

SE

Avg. Price: $21,398

Stepping up a notch from the base S in the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan trim lineup, you’ll encounter the midlevel Tiguan SE. This 5-seat compact crossover offers the nifty moves, turbocharged power and 56.1 cubic feet of cargo area (with the rear seats folded) of its lesser brethren, along with a few extra bells and whistles befitting its elevated status.

Standard appearance bling includes upgraded exterior trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack, a trailer hitch, a power rear liftgate and heated power-adjustable mirrors. Inside, look for leatherette upholstery, heated height-adjustable front seats, a fold-flat front passenger seatback, and a reclining and sliding rear seat. A leather-wrapped, telescoping and tilting steering wheel mounting redundant audio controls is complemented by a leather shift knob, while full power accessories are complemented by standard cruise control. Manual air conditioning, front and rear floor mats and Bluetooth hands-free calling again come standard as well, while entertainment is presented via a 7-inch touchscreen interfacing an MP3-capable single-CD player that boasts 8 speakers, satellite radio, auxiliary iPod integration and a memory card slot.

Options for the midlevel 2012 Tiguan SE include a power sunroof that comes with a flash-card-based navigation suite integrated into the dashboard-mounted touchscreen, while standalone options include a trailer hitch package, side steps, splash guards and upgraded floor mats.

Standard power, meantime, remains a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that puts out 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque under the management of the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Variable valve timing (VVT), meantime, allows an estimated 22 mpg city/27 highway in the front-wheel-drive Tiguan SE (using recommended premium gasoline), and towing is maxed out at 2,200 pounds with the proper equipment.

Notable standard safety features, finally, include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and front and rear head airbags. Turn-signal-integrated mirrors, daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, a post collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm remain additional standard safety items.

SE 4Motion

Avg. Price: $23,340

Need a 5-passenger compact crossover with some shifty moves, turbocharged power, full-time all-wheel drive (AWD) and a boatload of standard creature comforts? Take a look at the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion. Sporting 56.1 cubic feet of cargo area with the rear seatbacks folded, this comfy crossover also boasts a fold-flat front passenger seat for some handy added storage space. Standard appearance features, meantime, include not only some additional chrome trim, but also a roof rack, trailer wiring, a power rear liftgate and heated power-adjustable mirrors.

Inside, a pleasantly appointed cabin offers height-adjustable heated leatherette front seats, reclining and sliding rear seating, full power accessories, and a leather-wrapped tilting and telescoping steering wheel mounting redundant audio controls. Cruise control is again standard aboard the midlevel Tiguan SE 4Motion, as are front and rear floor mats and manual air conditioning.

Bluetooth hands-free calling returns, meantime, with a 7-inch touchscreen display that also integrates an MP3-capable single-CD player with 8 speakers, satellite radio, a memory card slot and an auxiliary iPod input.

Meanwhile, a power sunroof and flash-memory-based navigation system interfaced with the dashboard-mounted touchscreen are among the more popular add-ons in this little VW crossover, with an available trailer hitch package, upgraded floor mats, splash guards and side steps remaining as standalone options.

Again the Tiguan SE 4Motion packs a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder powerplant mated with a standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission for 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Variable valve timing (VVT) helps maintain an estimated 21 mpg city/27 highway, while towing remains maxed out at 2,200 pounds with the proper equipment. Be advised that VW recommends only premium-grade gasoline for the turbocharged I4.

The full-time AWD system, meanwhile, allows cruising with a 50/50 torque split to the front and rear axles in normal conditions, with power automatically transferred from the wheels that slip to the wheels that grip when things get slippery.

Finally, standard safety equipment includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, and front and rear head airbags. Additional standard safety equipment includes turn-signal-integrated mirrors, daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.

SE 4Motion w/ Sunroof and Navigation

Avg. Price: $24,008

Take an already loaded-up 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan SE midlevel 5-passenger compact crossover, add standard full-time all-wheel drive (AWD) along with a panoramic power sunroof and flash-memory-based navigation suite with dashboard-mounted 7-inch touchscreen display, and behold the Tiguan SE 4Motion with Sunroof and Navigation.

Again boasting 56.1 cubic feet of cargo area with the rear seatbacks folded, along with a fold-flat front passenger seat for some added hauling capability, this Euro-style mini-ute additionally boasts 18-inch alloy wheels, trailer wiring, a roof rack, a few extra chrome trim pieces, a power rear liftgate and heated power-adjustable mirrors decorating its Euro-styled profile.

Inside, this little VW crossover sports leatherette upholstery, heated and height-adjustable front seats, reclining and sliding rear seats and full power accessories. Then there’s the standard telescoping and tilting leather-wrapped steering wheel mounting redundant audio controls, as well as cruise control, air conditioning, front and rear floor mats, and Bluetooth hands-free calling.

Entertainment, meantime, is offered via an MP3-capable single-CD player with 8 speakers, satellite radio, auxiliary iPod interface and a memory card slot, all interfaced with the 7-inch touchscreen navigation display.

Options, finally, include splash guards, a trailer-hitch package, side steps and upgraded floor mats.

For 2012, the Tiguan SE 4Motion with Sunroof and Navigation sports a 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder (I4) powerplant. Look for 207 lb-ft of torque out of this blown four-banger, which remains under the management of a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Again, variable valve timing (VVT) helps maintain an estimated 21 mpg city/27 highway burning recommended premium gasoline, while towing is maxed out at 2,200 pounds with the proper equipment.

The 4Motion AWD system, by the way, maintains a 50/50 torque split to the front and rear axles in normal cruising conditions, while torque is automatically transferred from the wheels that slip to the wheels that grip when roads get slick.

Safety-wise, look for standard 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, and front side-mounted airbags to accompany this pint-size people-hauler. Additional standard safety equipment includes turn-signal-integrated mirrors, daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.

SE w/ Sunroof and Navigation

Avg. Price: $21,341

Although it remains the midlevel trim of the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan lineup, dress the Tiguan SE up with a standard flash-memory-based navigation system with 7-inch dashboard-mounted touchscreen and a panoramic power sunroof, and you have the Tiguan SE with Sunroof and Navigation. This front-wheel-drive (FWD) 5-seat compact crossover again boasts turbocharged power, 56.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seatbacks folded, and a wealth of standard appearance, convenience and comfort goodies.

Adorning this cute ute’s sunroof-toting profile are 18-inch alloy wheels, a power rear liftgate, a roof rack and heated power-adjustable mirrors. Inside, look for leatherette upholstery, heated height-adjustable front seats, full power accessories, reclining and sliding rear seats, and a fold-flat front passenger seatback. Cruise control is bolstered by a leather-wrapped telescoping and tilting steering wheel, while front and rear floor mats complement the leather-wrapped shift knob, and, of course, all of this is embraced by manual air conditioning.

Further techno-bling includes Bluetooth hands-free calling, as well as an MP3-capable single-CD player with 8 speakers, satellite radio, auxiliary iPod input and a memory card slot, all integrated into the navigation display screen.

Options, meanwhile, remain splash guards, side steps, upgraded floor mats and a trailer hitch package.

Powering the 2012 Tiguan SE with Sunroof and Navigation is the ubiquitous 200-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine. Mated with the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission and flaunting variable valve timing (VVT), this little crossover puts out 207 lb-ft of torque, and is estimated to get mileage in the vicinity of 22 mpg city/27 highway. Towing, by the way, is maxed out at 2,200 pounds with the proper equipment.

Noteworthy standard safety equipment aboard remains 4-wheel antilock braking (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and front and rear head airbags. Additionally, front fog/driving lights, daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm also come standard.

SEL

Avg. Price: $24,377

As the flagship of the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan fleet, the Tiguan SEL packs a slew of extra appearance, comfort and convenience amenities. This 5-seat compact crossover also boasts the turbocharged power and 56.1 cubic feet of cargo space (with the rear seatbacks folded) of its lesser brethren. Additionally, this sprightly little people-hauler comes with a sport-tuned suspension that smoothly blends some shifty moves with a surprisingly compliant ride.

Look for 19-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack, trailer wiring, a power rear liftgate and heated power-adjustable mirrors to adorn this Euro-styled mini-ute’s profile, while leather upholstery, heated and height-adjustable front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings, a fold-flat front passenger seatback and reclining and sliding rear seats adorn the spiffy cabin.

Dual-zone auto climate control, cruise control, full power accessories, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a leather-wrapped telescoping and tilting steering wheel mounting redundant audio controls also empower this top-shelf trim, while a leather-wrapped shift knob adds to the class-laden cabin ambiance.

Standard techno-features, meanwhile, include Bluetooth hands-free calling and an MP3-capable 6-CD changer with 8 speakers, auxiliary iPod integration, satellite radio and a memory card slot, all interfaced with the standard 7-inch touchscreen display.

Besides a panoramic power sunroof and upgraded flash-memory-based navigation suite with a larger dash-mounted touchscreen interface and a rear-view camera, further available add-ons to the flagship Tiguan SEL include the touted 300-watt Dynaudio premium sound system. Standalone options, meanwhile, include splash guards, a trailer hitch package, upgraded floor mats and side steps.

Again for 2012, the front-wheel-drive-only (FWD) Tiguan SEL packs a 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder (I4) powerplant. Managed by the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, this peppy four-banger puts out 207 lb-ft of torque, with variable valve timing (VVT) helping to maintain an estimated 22 mpg city/27 highway. With the optional trailer hitch installed, meantime, towing is maxed out at 2,200 pounds.

Safety-wise, look for standard 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS) aboard this pint-size crossover, as well as traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and front and rear head airbags. Additionally, the top-shelf SEL boasts LED daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, front fog/driving lights, a post collision safety system, adaptable xenon headlights and a remote antitheft alarm.

SEL 4Motion

Avg. Price: $25,006

As the top-echelon trim in Volkswagen’s 2012 Tiguan lineup, the already loaded Tiguan SEL can be delivered with full-time all-wheel drive (AWD) to morph thereby into the SEL 4Motion. This traction-heavy 5-seat compact crossover also comes with turbocharged power, a sport-tuned suspension, a boatload of standard appearance amenities and 56.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded.

Look for 19-inch alloy wheels, upgraded exterior chrome, a power liftgate, heated power-adjustable mirrors and trailer wiring to adorn this top-shelf Tiguan’s profile, with leather upholstery, heated height-adjustable front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a fold-flat front passenger seatback and reclining and sliding rear seats spiffing up the cabin.

Then there’s standard cruise control, as well as a leather-wrapped tilting and telescoping steering wheel that mounts redundant audio controls and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror for convenience, and dual-zone auto climate control for plain old comfort. The leather-wrapped shift knob adds a further touch of class.

Bluetooth hands-free calling again comes delivered with the Tiguan SEL 4Motion, as does an MP3-capable 6-CD changer with 8 speakers, satellite radio, auxiliary iPod integration and a memory-card slot. All of these techno-goodies, by the way, are interfaced with a dashboard-mounted 7-inch touchscreen display

An available power sunroof can be bundled with a flash-memory-based navigation suite sporting an upsized dashboard-mounted touchscreen display to constitute one of the more popular option packages aboard this useful ute. Then there’s the premium Dynaudio system boasting 300 watts and a rear-view camera that also remains a desirable option. Additionally, the ubiquitous splash guards, upgraded floor mats, side steps and trailer hitch are each offered as standalone add-ons.

A turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) powerplant once again gives the Tiguan SEL 4Motion its go. Combined with the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, this heady four-banger puts out 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque, good enough to tow up to 2,200 pounds with the proper equipment. Finally, with the ubiquitous variable valve timing (VVT), mileage is estimated at a tepid 21 mpg city/27 highway burning recommended premium gasoline.

The 4Motion AWD system, meanwhile, allows a 50/50 power split to the front and rear axles in normal driving conditions, while waiting patiently for conditions to get slippery, whereupon it automatically shifts torque from the wheels that slip to the wheels that grip for some extra driving confidence.

Notable standard safety features aboard the flagship 2012 Tiguan SEL 4Motion, finally, include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and front and rear head airbags. Secondary safety equipment, meantime, includes front fog/driving lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm. In a departure from its lesser siblings, this top-shelf trim also sports standard LED daytime running lights and adaptive xenon headlights.

SEL 4Motion w/ Premium Navigation and Dynaudio

Avg. Price: $26,052

Snazz up the already pretty snazzy 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 4Motion with standard navigation and a premium Dynaudio stereo to behold this top-shelf trim in its Tiguan SEL 4Motion with Premium Navigation and Dynaudio iteration. Of course, the 4Motion designation means standard full-time all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction, and this 5-passenger compact crossover also packs the added utility of 56.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, while a sport-tuned suspension gives the commute an extra kick.

Standard appearance features include 19-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack, upgraded exterior trim pieces, trailer wiring, heated power-adjustable mirrors and a power rear liftgate. Delivered cabin bling, meantime, includes leather upholstery, heated height-adjustable front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory features, a fold-flat front passenger seatback, sliding and reclining rear seats and, of course, full power accessories.

Convenience-wise, this pint-size ute sports cruise control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a tilting and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel mounting redundant audio controls. A leather-wrapped shift knob adds some extra class, while folks are kept cool with dual-zone auto climate control.

Bluetooth hands-free calling is once again standard aboard this flagship trim, with the aforementioned Dynaudio system boasting 300 watts of power, an MP3-capable 6-CD changer, 8 speakers, satellite radio, auxiliary iPod interface and a memory card slot. Additionally, the delivered upgraded flash-memory-card navigation suite boasts a larger in-dash touchscreen display.

A panoramic power sunroof is optional aboard this already well-endowed crossover, as are splash guards, upgraded floor mats, a trailer hitch and side steps.

The standard powertrain aboard the 2012 Tiguan SEL 4Motion with Premium Navigation and Dynaudio is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine mated with a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Look for some 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque out of this hefty combo, with variable-valve-timed (VVT) mileage estimated at 21 mpg city/27 highway. Additionally, when properly equipped, this mini-ute can haul up to 2,200 pounds of trailer.

Meantime, the 4Motion AWD allows normal cruising with a 50/50 torque split between the front and rear axles. When roads get slippery, however, the 4Motion automatically and instantaneously transfers torque from the wheels that slip to the wheels that grip.

Finally, standard safety equipment aboard this top-shelf VW crossover includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and front and rear head airbags. Further safety features include LED daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a post-collision safety system, adaptive xenon headlights and a remote antitheft alarm.

SEL w/ Premium Navigation

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Avg. Price: $24,229

It may be small, but Volkswagen’s 2012 Tiguan SEL with Premium Navigation boasts a ton of turbocharged power, plenty of standard creature comforts, a sport-tuned suspension and 56.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. Oh, and as its moniker implies, this flagship 5-seat compact crossover also comes with a standard upgraded flash-memory-card navigation system boasting an up-sized dash-mounted touchscreen display.

Adorning this top-shelf Tiguan’s exterior are 19-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack, trailer wiring, upgraded exterior trim pieces, a power rear liftgate and heated power-adjustable mirrors. Inside, this mini-ute sports leather upholstery, heated height-adjustable front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory functions and a fold-flat front passenger seat, as well as reclining and sliding rear seats. Again, cruise control and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror come standard, as does a telescoping and tilting leather-wrapped steering wheel mounting redundant audio controls. The leather-wrapped shift knob, meanwhile, adds some class, while dual-zone auto climate control keeps things cool.

The Tiguan SEL with Premium Navigation also flaunts Bluetooth hands-free calling, as well as an MP3-capable 6-CD changer with 8 speakers, auxiliary iPod integration, satellite radio and a memory card slot, all integrated into the upsized navigation display.

Options, finally, include a panoramic power sunroof and the 300-watt Dynaudio premium sound system, as well as such plebian offerings as slash guards, side steps, a trailer hitch and upgraded floor mats.

Standard power for this front-wheel-drive-only (FWD) trim comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine and a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Look for 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque out of this heady four-banger, with variable valve timing throwing an assist to the estimated 21 mpg city/27 highway expectations. Should a little light towing be in order, when properly equipped, the Tiguan SEL with Premium Navigation can tote up to 2,200 pounds of trailer. Also be advised that VW recommends burning only premium-grade gasoline.

Standard safety features, meantime, remain 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and front and rear head airbags. LED daytime running lights are also standard, as are front fog/driving lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, adaptive xenon headlights, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.