2009 Volkswagen Tiguan S, Part Three

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Why you should buy the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan S: Volkswagen has taken some flack for saying the Tiguan is like the GTI of crossover SUVs. It isn't. At best, it's the GTI of people who go antiquing on the weekend, don't drive particularly fast and live in a college town. If you don't want a wagon, won't drive a Ford and can't afford a Lexus then maybe you should look at the Tiguan.
Why you shouldn't buy this car: You don't think sitting up higher is a good thing. You think a crossover is Lil' Wayne trying to play a guitar. You like wagons. Wagons are cool. You'd totally drive a SportWagen. You wonder why you should buy the GTI of _____ when you could actually just buy a Volkswagen GTI.

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Suitability Parameters: Speed Merchants: No Fashion Victims: No Treehuggers: No Mack Daddies: No Tuner Crowd: No Hairdressers: Yes Penny Pinchers: No Euro Snobs: Yes Working Stiffs: No Technogeeks: No Poseurs: No Soccer Moms: Yes Nascar Dads: No Golfing Grandparents: Yes Also Consider: • Ford Escape • Ford Edge • Nissan Rogue • Saturn Vue • Acura RDX • Infiniti EX35 • Four-Door Volkswagen GTI • Toyota RAV4 • Dude, just get a SportWagen Vitals: • Manufacturer: Volkswagen • Model year: 2009 • Base Price: $23,200 • Price as Tested: N/A • Engine type: 2.0-liter Turbo I4 • Horsepower: 200 @ 5,100 - 6,000 RPM • Torque: 206 @ 1,700 - 5,000 RPM • Transmission: 6-speed Tiptronic Automatic • Curb Weight: 3,433 lbs • LxWxH: 174.3" x 71.2" x 66.3" • Wheelbase: 102.5" • Tires: 215/65 R16 • 0 - 60 mph: 7.8 Seconds • EPA Fuel economy city/highway: 19/26 MPG • NHTSA crash test rating: N/A Also see:

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ash78
Ash78, just done until Kinja is fixed for good

The GTI, especially with 4 doors, is really cool...but I'm sure lots of Americans can't justify $25k for a hatchback. The Jetta Sportwagen (aka Golf Variant in the rest of world) is the same deal, for people who won't be seen in a wagon at any price.

Enter the CUV and Cute-Ute, subtly saving Americans from dealing with their personal image issues and sedentary lifestyles since 1996.

The real (secret) target market on all of these things is the Boomers who don't like to squat down to get in and out of a car. This is the single most common—and reasonable—answer I've ever heard regarding the RAV, CRV, and the rest.