“In the latest tests, the Tiguan’s performance is a standout,” says Institute president Adrian Lund. “It sailed through the front and side crash tests without a single downgrade for structure or measures of injury likelihood recorded on the dummy. This is 1 of 4 models in this group that afford superior crash protection in their class. This is a huge change from just 5 years ago when most small SUVs were rated either marginal or poor in our side test, and standard side airbags and electronic stability control were rare.”
Electronic stability control is important because it can help drivers avoid many crashes. It helps drivers maintain control in the worst situation -loss of con- trol at high speed -by engaging automatically when it senses vehicle instability and helping to bring a vehicle back into the intended line of travel, often with- out the driver knowing anything is wrong. This feature lowers the risk of a fatal single-vehicle crash by about half. It lowers the risk of a fatal single-vehicle rollover crash by as much as 70 percent.