No Tiguan for you: Buy a VW Tiguan, get a Golf until Jan 2009

German and North American buyer heading out to by Volkswagen’s new Tiguan SUV might be a little surprised when they end up going to the dealers. Some will be surprised by pricing while others will get a new fifth-generation Golf to drive around in.

Supposedly, due to high-demand for the Tiguan, German customers who order the compact SUV will get a fifth-generation Golf to drive until their Tiguans are ready in January 2009. Volkswagen is giving dealers an extra €1,000 for every Tiguan sold through the end of June.

But some dealers aren’t happy and say that the €1,000 bonus “will not even be close to enough money” to cover the costs of having to sell the used Golfs later.

It would be nice for us Americans to get the same deal, but unfortunately we’re never that lucky. Instead we get surprised by a Tiguan priced at the top of the compact SUV segment. The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan goes on sale this month starting at $23,840 for a front-wheel-drive model with a manual transmission. The all-wheel-drive starts at $29,515, including shipping – almost $1,700 more segment-leader Honda CR-V.

Tiguan comes with the same 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 200-hp as the GTI.

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