2016 Carsguide Car of the Year Announced
Publish Date: 3/1/2017
After a rocky year, Volkswagen has secured the top spot in the Car of the Year stakes with its 2016 Tiguan. Applauded in the shortlist for its spacious interior and utilitarian style, this vehicle appealed to multiple customer classes being considered during judging.
The ‘Dieselgate’ scandal has resulted in billions of dollars in fines, class action lawsuits and the loss of some of Volkswagen’s finest engineers, however no amount of scandal could detract from the quality of the vehicle itself.
The Tiguan features the option of a fully digital dash display, appearing for the first time ever in a non-luxury vehicle. Also complimented for its agile, yet classy interior and advanced safety features, the Tiguan offers superior value for money, with the base model retailing at $31,990.
In addition to Carsguide’s COTY, the Tiguan also took out the top spot in Drive’s COTY race against a different suite of finalists, including the Ford Focus RS, Mazda CX-9, Mercedes-Benz E220d, Porsche Boxster S and 911 and the Skoda Superb wagon.
Volkswagen claims snagging the two titles is a “pleasant surprise”, but attributes the success of the Tiguan to its 5-star ANCAP safety rating, a stylish new design, spacious interior and advanced technology.