What the heck is a Tiguan?

Volkswagen Tiguan.

Volkswagen has a history of curious names for its SUVs – last week, we asked how to pronounce Touareg. This week, we look at the Tiguan.

The Tiguan name was actually chosen by a contest run by the big German car magazine Auto Bild. Pronounced TEE-gwan, it’s a melding of the German words tiger (“tiger”) and leguan (“iguana”) – which evoke strength, speed, and ruggedness, both characteristics that this compact SUV possesses in spades. Other names on the final list included Namib, Rockton, Liger, Samun and Nanuk.

Like a cross between a tiger and an iguana, the Tiguan mixes the body and resilience of an SUV with the agility and fun of a sports car. It packs a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that not only delivers 200 HP, but also 2,200 lb of towing capacity, making it practical for both city use and jaunts into the country. A premium touch-screen infotainment system with 8-inch display is standard, and big-car features like a panoramic sunroof, bi-xenon headlamps, rear view camera, and roof rails are available as options.

The Tiguan starts at just $24,990, and we think you’ll like it. Even if you don’t know how to pronounce it. Have a look here at our inventory and find the one that’s best for you.