What Does Tiguan Mean?

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a reliable compact SUV that offers excellent performance and stellar interior features for your daily drives in West Des Moines. Perfect for growing families or commuters, the Tiguan is a popular model in its segment and offers a budget-friendly MSRP. However, like many drivers, you may be wondering what the Volkswagen Tiguan name means. Read below to learn what Tiguan means and how to pronounce it with our team, then contact us to arrange a time to take a test drive in the Tiguan model. 


Tiguan Name Meaning

Volkswagen is a German company, so it makes sense that a lot of their vehicle names are based on German words that can be difficult for Americans to pronounce. The Volkswagen Tiguan name is a combination of the German words for “tiger” (Tiger) and “iguana” (Leguan). How is Tiguan pronounced? This combination of German words is pronounced “TEE-gwan”.

You may be wondering how, exactly, Volkswagen came to choose the name “Tiguan” for this compact SUV model. When this new SUV was announced, Volkswagen teamed up with AutoBild – publishers of German auto magazines – to sponsor a naming contest where 350,000 readers cast votes for names provided by the Volkswagen marketing group. While the name “Tiguan” eventually won, other names being considered were: Namib, Rockton, Samun, and Nanuk.


A Short Overview of the Tiguan

While it certainly has a unique name, this Tiger-Iguana SUV provides some of the highest ratings in its class. Year after year the Volkswagen Tiguan is chosen by commuters and families alike for its strong performance, spacious interior, and stylish design. Additionally, while the Tiguan is a compact SUV, it also has excellent fuel efficiency ratings for your daily drives in Urbandale. For its 2022 model year, the Volkswagen Tiguan is even receiving an update to match the rest of the Volkswagen lineup and help usher Volkswagen into the modern age in performance, design, and interior comfort. 


Test Drive a Tiguan at Volkswagen of Des Moines

Now that you know what the name Tiguan means and how it’s pronounced, visit our Johnston showroom to take a test drive in the Volkswagen Tiguan! Our friendly team will help you find the right model for your daily drives and we’ll even help you save with our new vehicle specials. Stop by today and soon you’ll be driving on Des Moines roads in a new Volkswagen Tiguan!


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