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Car & Driver
By: Alexander Stoklosa
January 2015


After years of teases, hints, and various concept-car previews, Volkswagen finally is ready to show us its Tennessee-built three-row crossover. Well, almost—the Cross Coupe GTE concept you see here is the last in a line of show cars slated to precede the new U.S.-centric SUV. The lineage began with 2013’s CrossBlue concept, which was followed by the CrossBlue Coupe, and now this, the GTE, which VW is desperate to convince you is the direct preview for the production mid-size crossover we’ve been waiting for.

In a “no, for real, guys, it’s actually happening” tone, VW is quick to point out all of the Cross Coupe GTE’s production-ready features: a 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat, MQB underpinnings (VW Group’s transverse, front-drive–based modular platform), and even specific body dimensions. Details such as the GTE’s two-row five-seat cabin configuration (the 2017 SUV that VW will build in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will offer a third row), huge wheels, and gesture-based interior controls, however, are perhaps merely window dressing intended to grab attention on the automotive calendar’s biggest stage, the Detroit auto show.

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I'm happy for my neighbors who will possibly be benefiting from the jobs, but I'm not sure I could ever be a Volkswagen customer again. My wife's 2011 Tiguan broke down on us more than once, including our honeymoon when we were 8+ hours from home. We ditched it last year. Hopefully Chattanooga is building a better Passat and will build a better crossover.
 

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I'm happy for my neighbors who will possibly be benefiting from the jobs, but I'm not sure I could ever be a Volkswagen customer again. My wife's 2011 Tiguan broke down on us more than once, including our honeymoon when we were 8+ hours from home. We ditched it last year. Hopefully Chattanooga is building a better Passat and will build a better crossover.
My wife's 2012 Tiguan has been flawless to this point. Never broke down, no interior issues or rattles, everything works as it did when we drove it off the lot. We even beat the highway MPG rating almost every time out (best tank was 30.3 MPGs). I guess there are bad ones every now and then though - sorry you ended up with one.

More on topic, I actually like this new SUV/CUV. Kinda reminds me of a Flex from the front. Maybe.
 

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My wife's 2012 Tiguan has been flawless to this point. Never broke down, no interior issues or rattles, everything works as it did when we drove it off the lot. We even beat the highway MPG rating almost every time out (best tank was 30.3 MPGs). I guess there are bad ones every now and then though - sorry you ended up with one.

More on topic, I actually like this new SUV/CUV. Kinda reminds me of a Flex from the front. Maybe.
I actually liked the Tiguan. The engine was pretty darn peppy, and the materials and finish on the inside seemed pretty high quality. But the problems we had definitely soured us on the VW experience. Hopefully you will have years of quality from yours.
 
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It looks good to Australian eyes who are used to a lot of Euro styling. It's restrained and neat and fine for a family vehicle. It's not what I would buy because my balls droop just at the sight of CUV's, and nobody likes droopy balls... :D





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I don't really have any feelings on the car, but I will say this:

After seeing the interior of this, the Jag XE, the Acura NSX, and the newly-released Chrysler 200 and Merc C-Class, I want to bust the face in of the idiot who brought back the rotary shift knob. I'll admit I'm lazy and uncoordinated and prefer automatics, but I don't want to set my gears using the same ergonomic principle as adjusting the heater.
 
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