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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

Small SUV
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    M
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Not available

Headlights
M
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Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2016
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2015
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2009-16 models

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
M
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
P
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Volkswagen Tiguan was introduced in the 2009 model year.

Structure

The driver space was not maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 20 cm at the hinge pillar, and and the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel intruded 17-19 cm.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left hip would be likely in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 15 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,673 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase103 in.
Length175 in.
Width71 in.
Engine2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings20 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1309
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)20
Footrest (cm)12
Left toepan (cm)3
Brake pedal (cm)8
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)5
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column9
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)17
Upper dash (cm)19
Lower instrument panel (cm)17

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1309
Head
HIC-1587
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)6
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm)26
Femur (kN)
Left14.1
Right1.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left9
Right2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left100
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left0.49
Right0.40
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left1.1
Right1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left47
Right99

Applies to 2009-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Volkswagen Tiguan was introduced in the 2009 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the B-pillar/roof rail hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar and roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2009 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,713 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase103 in.
Length174 in.
Width71 in.
Engine2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0815
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)3
Left (cm)4
Center (cm)6
Right (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)9
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)1
Rearward (cm)-1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0815
Head
HIC-15250
Peak gs at hard contact37
Neck
Tension (kN)1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm)35
Maximum Nij 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm)29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.1
Femur force - right (kN)0.3
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)4
Maximum tibia index - left0.32
Maximum tibia index - right0.40
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left62
Right117

Applies to 2009-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Volkswagen Tiguan was introduced in the 2009 model year.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2009 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,665 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase103 in.
Length174 in.
Width71 in.
Engine2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0832
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-16.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0832
Head HIC-1552
Neck
Tension (kN)0.9
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)18
Lateral force (kN)1.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)28
Average deflection (mm)27
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.51
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.53
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.7
Acetabulum force (kN)2.9
Combined force (kN)4.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.7
L-M moment (Nm)87
A-P moment (Nm) -16

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0832
Head HIC-15129
Neck
Tension (kN)0.0
Compression (kN)0.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)33
Lateral force (kN)1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)28
Average deflection (mm)21
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.96
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.31
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.7
Acetabulum force (kN)2.3
Combined force (kN)2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.0
L-M moment (Nm)81
A-P moment (Nm) -20

Applies to 2009-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,665 lbs
Peak force21,316 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.82
Tested vehicle
2009 Volkswagen Tiguan S 4-door 2wd
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2009-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)34
Distance below top of head (mm)8
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)12.8
Head contact time (ms)70
Force rating1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)9
Max neck tension (N)506

Applies to 2013-16 models

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Not available
0 points total

Forward collision warning

Not available.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • SE trim
  • SEL trim
Low-beam headlight typeHID projector
High-beam headlight typeHID projector
Curve-adaptive?Yes
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)?No
Overall rating
M
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination Excessive glare

Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp left and both right curves and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

Glare from the low beams was excessive on both right curves.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • S trim
  • R-Line trim
Low-beam headlight typeHalogen reflector
High-beam headlight typeHalogen reflector
Curve-adaptive?No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)?No
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination

Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never created excessive glare.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • SE trim
  • SEL trim
Low-beam headlight typeHID projector
High-beam headlight typeHID projector
Curve-adaptive?Yes
High-beam assist?No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
M
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge94.1 mYes
Straightaway left edge58.9 mYes
250m radius right curve, right edge81.8 mNo
250m radius left curve, right edge54.6 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge67.5 mNo
150m radius left curve, right edge56.1 mYes
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge134.3 m
Straightaway left edge111.0 m
250m radius right curve, right edge82.2 m
250m radius left curve, left edge75.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge66.7 m
150m radius left curve, left edge67.0 m

Trim level(s)
  • S trim
  • R-Line trim
Low-beam headlight typeHalogen reflector
High-beam headlight typeHalogen reflector
Curve-adaptive?No
High-beam assist?No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
P
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge71.9 mYes
Straightaway left edge40.3 mYes
250m radius right curve, right edge49.1 mYes
250m radius left curve, left edge40.3 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge40.7 mYes
150m radius left curve, left edge38.0 mYes
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge122.9 m
Straightaway left edge56.9 m
250m radius right curve, right edge54.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge48.0 m
150m radius right curve, right edge44.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge42.5 m

1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear seat-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights

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