Cars.com has completed its 2019 Compact SUV Challenge and the Volkswagen Tiguan came out on top for the second time in a row. The 2019 Tiguan competed against six other contenders in its class and wowed the judges with its comfortable and quiet interior, sophisticated multimedia system, and especially its comprehensive package of exceptional driving dynamics.
“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. “The Tiguan’s [sic] win is a decisive victory against the newest and best-selling in the class. It topped or tied in a staggering nine out of 16 categories: front seats, rear seats, multimedia and controls, interior quality, powertrain, handling, noise, cargo storage and child-seat fitment.”
The Compact SUV Challenge focused on SUVs redesigned or updated since the last compact SUV test in 2017, which the Tiguan also won. Cars.com invited back all the podium finishers (including the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5, but the latter declined to participate). The test focused on higher-end trim levels with MSRP spanning from $34,000 to $40,000.. Each SUV included all-wheel drive, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a sunroof, in-dash navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control and more. All included Apple CarPlay® integration and all but one Android Auto® integration.
The SUVs were scored in the categories of front and backseat comfort and amenities, interior quality, cargo provisions, fuel economy, child-safety seat fitment, safety and driver-assistance features, handling, braking, ride quality and value.
Here is how all the competitors ranked:
- 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line
- 2019 Subaru Forester Touring
- 2019 Hyundai Tucson Ultimate
- 2019 Honda CR-V Touring
- 2019 Toyota RAV4 Limited
- 2019 Jeep Cherokee Limited
- 2019 Nissan Rogue SL
Starting at $24,295 MSRP for the S FWD, the 2019 Tiguan is available in seven trim levels: S, SE, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL R-Line Black, SEL Premium, and SEL Premium R-Line. Every Tiguan comes with the People First Warranty, America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty. The warranty provides coverage for six-years or 72,000-miles (whichever occurs first), and can be transferred to a subsequent owner throughout the remainder of its duration.
If you’re in the market for a compact SUV and want the best there is, check out the wide selection of Tiguan models in our online inventory, and come on in to Volkswagen of Inver Grove for a test drive. We’re sure to have the right one to fit your needs and lifestyle. We look forward to meeting you!