"On my press drive through the Rocky Mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado, the Tiguan proved to be more of a cruiser than a turner, though I managed to coax some athletic behavior from it when I kept up with a RAV4 traveling at a good clip in front of me on a twisty road. Still, the Tiguan displayed a fair amount of body roll, light-touch steering and a transmission that is eager to upshift, even while climbing mountain passes to 8,500 feet in elevation. Fortunately there is a Sport driving mode that firms up the steering, and the transmission can be shifted manually from the stick to keep the engine at peak power. The Tiguan performs better on the highway and in suburban driving, where the ride is smooth and comfortable. Most buyers won't mind the lack of sporty dynamics, as the Tiguan toddles along with minimal fuss.
Our designated drive route took us down a six-mile dirt road, a rarity for press events. Switching to Off-road mode lessens the throttle response to mitigate wheelspin and the electronic stability control allows for more fun. While the dirt road was well-maintained and not rough, it did get muddy towards the end. The Tiguan handled the chatter of any washboard sections I encountered without too much vibration and I was able to maintain traction and even stop with minimal sliding. The ABS has unique programming in Off-road mode that locks up the wheels just a tic to build up dirt in front of the tire, helping to bring the Tiguan to a stop."
-- Emme Hall, Roadshow by CNET