Top Safety Pick

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

small SUV / 4-door SUV

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 4-door SUV
2009 Volkswagen Tiguan shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2009-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4-door 4wd

The Volkswagen Tiguan was introduced in the 2009 model year. Beginning with the 2018 model year, the Tiguan was renamed the Tiguan Limited. The Tiguan Limited shares no ratings with the redesigned 2018 Tiguan, which is a midsize SUV due to its increased size and weight.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver 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.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space wasn't maintained well.

During the crash, the dummy's head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off to the left as the steering column moved to the right. The side curtain airbag extended far enough forward toward the A-pillar to protect the head from contact with forward side structure.

Intrusion by the instrument panel and door hinge pillar contributed a high risk of injury to the dummy's left hip.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1309
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 column 9
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 17
Upper dash (cm) 19
Lower instrument panel (cm) 17

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1309
Head
HIC-15 87
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 6
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Femur (kN)
Left 14.1
Right 1.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 9
Right 2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 100
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.49
Right 0.40
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.1
Right 1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 47
Right 99

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2009-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4-door 4wd

The Volkswagen Tiguan was introduced in the 2009 model year. Beginning with the 2018 model year, the Tiguan was renamed the Tiguan Limited. The Tiguan Limited shares no ratings with the redesigned 2018 Tiguan, which is a midsize SUV due to its increased size and weight.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the B-pillar and roof rail during rebound. Head acceleration from this hit was low.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0815
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 ID CEF0815
Head
HIC-15 250
Peak gs at hard contact 37
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 - left 0.32
Maximum tibia index - right 0.40
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 62
Right 117

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2009-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4-door 4wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Volkswagen Tiguan was introduced in the 2009 model year. Beginning with the 2018 model year, the Tiguan was renamed the Tiguan Limited. The Tiguan Limited shares no ratings with the redesigned 2018 Tiguan, which is a midsize SUV due to its greater size and weight.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0832
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -16.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0832
Head HIC-15 52
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 ID CES0832
Head HIC-15 129
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

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2009-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan S 4-door 2wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,665 lbs
Peak force 21,316 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.82

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2009-17 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 34
Distance below top of head (mm) 8
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.8
Head contact time (ms) 70
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 9
Max neck tension (N) 506

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted