When it comes to young families buying a vehicle that will fit their growing family comfortably, many are looking at the compact crossover segment for the right fit. The compact SUV segment rose by more than 12% in 2018, totaling more than 3.5 million vehicles sold for the year.
Crossovers are popular for a number of reasons. They are comfortable, safe, spacious, and versatile — in other words, the perfect vehicle for a young family.
One crossover checks all of the boxes for young and growing families: the new Volkswagen Tiguan. In 2018 and 2019 Cars.com named the Volkswagen Tiguan as its “Best Compact SUV of 2019”, beating out six other contenders on its way to clinching the coveted award.
“The Tiguan returns as champion of the challenge based on the strength of how it drives while giving up nothing in roominess, media, safety tech and cabin comfort for it,” said Cars.com Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Newman.
When they redesigned it in 2018, Volkswagen gave the Tiguan more room, power, and an optional third row, but kept the price very reasonable for such a versatile crossover. “The Tiguan has become one of our most popular vehicles at Volkswagen SouthTowne," says Jeff Davis, operations manager for Volkswagen SouthTowne. “It’s a good size for a growing family, has plenty of horsepower and incredible tech — all at the right price.”
The new 2020 Tiguan will be available for purchase this month at Volkswagen SouthTowne.
Here are a few reasons Utah families will love the new Tiguan.
The 2020 Tiguan has Wi-Fi and upgraded safety features
What’s new for 2020? According to Volkswagen, all the 2020 Tiguan models will be equipped with Front Assist, Side Assist, and Rear Traffic Alert. These features have become in very high-demand at Volkswagen SouthTowne.
“Have you ever been caught off guard while following behind another car and they stop suddenly?” Says Josh Osborne, general manager at Volkswagen SouthTowne. “The new 2020 Tiguan will automatically brake and give you a forward-collision alert now. We have this in our Atlas models and I have customers and friends tell me all the time how life-saving it is. Plus the 2020 Tiguan has blind-spot warning system like the new Atlas and Passat models. We’re really excited about these enhancements and know Utah families are going to appreciate them.”
Further, the new 2020 Tiguan models will be equipped with the next-generation Car-Net telematics system, as well as in-car Wi-Fi capability. Wireless charging is available, starting on the SE trim.
In addition to great safety technology, the Tiguan is also available with Volkswagen’s robust 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, making driving in the Utah winter weather not only easier but much safer.
These safety features coupled with four different drive modes (including one specifically for driving in snow), the Tiguan is one of the safest places a young family could be.
Tiguan offers excellent versatility
Young, Utah families will love the new Tiguan because it has been designed specifically for them.
“We redesigned the Tiguan from the ground up last year to meet the needs of American drivers and their families,” said Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America.
Being designed for young families makes the Tiguan stand out in the crowded field of the crossover segment, especially considering its available third row. Not many crossovers in the compact segment have a third-row option, making their versatility limited for prospective buyers.
However, with the optional fold-flat third row and flexible interior (three different folding options for the second row), the Tiguan offers interior space that the competition can’t.
Additionally, Cars.com ranks the Tiguan as one of the 13 best cars for child seats, noting ample space and ease of installation make the Tiguan an easy choice for families with small children.
2020 Tiguan re-launches complimentary maintenance and great warranty
New this year, Volkswagen is offering two years of complimentary maintenance on all 2020 models. “I have personally been part of many discussions with Volkswagen encouraging them to bring back the Carefree Maintenance program,” says Davis, “so I am very pleased they are bringing it back to our customers starting in 2020!”
New 2020 models, including the Tiguan, will come with the two year, 24,000-mile maintenance program which covers regularly scheduled service at no cost and a four year, 50,000-mile warranty.
2018 and 2019 models come with a 6 year, 72,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, transferable warranty but no maintenance program.
Tiguan offers comfort and convenience features galore
The Tiguan is perfect for Utah drivers and families because it comes in so many different trim packages, perfectly customizable to different situations and needs. The base “S” trim Tiguan starts at a very reasonable $25,500. Above that comes the SE, SE R-Line Black, SEL and SEL Premium R-Line.
According to Car and Driver, “Choosing a Tiguan trim is only about features and convenience equipment; they're all powered by the same 184-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. We suggest stepping up to at least the SE model, which adds a larger 8.0-inch infotainment system, keyless access, and leatherette seats that are heated and powered."
The jump from SE to SEL is a significant one, adding about $5,000, but all the extra features it adds, including adaptive cruise, a panoramic sunroof, remote start, power liftgate, and larger 18-inch wheels, may be worth it to you.
Adding all-wheel drive, which is available on any trim, adds roughly $1,500, but makes the third row optional. If you're in the business of hauling kids, we'd spend the extra $600 to make the Tiguan a seven-seater. The Tiguan SEL model adds upscale features like a heated steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and rain-sensing wipers. The SEL Premium R-Line adds a new heated wiper park, standard R-Line content, and 20-inch wheels.
In 2018 the Volkswagen Tiguan’s sales numbers experienced a staggering 326% growth rate, the best year ever for the car — and rightfully so. With the features, space, versatility, and warranty, the Tiguan is an exceptional value.
If you’re a young family looking for the perfect vehicle to get you started, then the Volkswagen Tiguan is the obvious choice, and Volkswagen SouthTowne is the place to make it happen. Check out the vast inventory of Tiguan’s at Volkswagen SouthTowne for the perfect fit for your family.