2016 Volkswagen Tiguan trim levels and technology
Things are starting to heat up here in Middletown, New York, which means residents are beginning to think about outdoor sports and what kind of vehicle they need to transport heavy or bulky sporting gear like kayaks and bikes. This being the case, we’re seeing more and more people eyeing up the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan and asking us about the various trim levels and technology options. We’re here to help break it down for you so you know exactly which option is the right one for you.
How many trim levels are there for the 2016 VW Tiguan?
Technically speaking, there are four trim levels for the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan, with the S, SE, SEL and R-Line available, but each trim is also available as an all-wheel drive configuration, so those seeking stability in their ride will also want to consider whether or not to stick with the standard front-wheel drive or opt for the VW 4Motion system.
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When considering the Tiguan trim levels, keep in mind that each trim still comes standard with the 200-horsepower 2.0-liter engine and six-speed automatic transmission, so when it comes to the mechanical components, you’re getting the same meat and bones no matter which trim appeals most. What you’re mostly looking at, then, is the host of style and convenience features that separate them. The highlights of each break down as follows, with each higher trim adding on to or updating the features of the trim before it.
S: Heated side mirrors, Bluetooth with audio, 16-inch Portland wheels, rearview camera system, USB port, 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, manual air conditioning, keyless access with push-button start, V-Tex leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, multi-function steering wheel, 8-way power-adjustable seats
R-Line: Sporty R-Line body kit, R-Line rear spoiler, Sport suspension, corner-illuminating foglights, 19-inch Mallory wheels, 6.33-inch touchscreen with VW App-Connect, 12-way power-adjustable seats
SE: Panoramic sunroof, Bi-Xenon headlights, 18-inch New York wheels, 6.33-inch infotainment system with navigation and VW App-Connect, Car-Net connected features
SEL: Heated and power-folding side mirrors, sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch Savannah wheels, Fender Premium Audio System, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery
As you can see, more features are added with each higher trim, with the SEL combining all options for premium comfort, audio and convenience.
What are the technology highlights for the 2016 VW Tiguan?
Technology is an important issue when it comes time to shop for a new model, and the Tiguan doesn’t disappoint. The base trim comes with all the necessary features like a touchscreen system with a USB port for charging and connecting your smartphone, Bluetooth connectivity with audio, a rearview camera system and keyless access with push-button start.
Moving up to the R-Line is worth it not only for the more attractive appearance package specific to the trim, but it adds on the VW App-Connect features which bring Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink to the infotainment system, while also upgrading the screen from the 5-inch to the 6.33-inch option and switching out a resistive interface for the more responsive capacitive one.
VW Car-Net is available at the SE trim level, as is built-in navigation, to offer advanced technology options. Car-Net is a subscription service that adds a host of convenience features operated through your smartphone, including the ability to unlock doors, receive emergency assistance and set driving boundaries for anyone allowed to drive the vehicle.
This is a basic breakdown of your 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan trim levels and the beneficial technology that comes in each trim, but if you have further questions feel free to leave a comment below, otherwise be sure to stay tuned here at the Compass VW Blog for more details on various features and VW models.