Volkswagen’s new compact SUV is a perfect size for four passengers — or occasionally five — with good rear-seat legroom and headroom. It’s an SUV, but still sporty and powered by VW’s turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter, combined with a 6-speed automatic. This is probably the largest vehicle to use the 2.0T, and when merging on the freeway or accelerating at highway speeds it could use a little more power. Around town it does the job, although fuel economy is no more than the 18/24 city/hwy rating. The Tiguan delivers the driving dynamics expected from a Volkswagen. The electro-mechanical power steering is precise, the suspension is controlled but not harsh and the brake pedal is solid. The cargo space is small with the rear seat in position so it will be a trade-off between rear-seat passengers and cargo, but this is an SUV that enthusiasts will enjoy.