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Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan side view

Pros and cons of the Volkswagen Tiguan

  • All-wheel drive available
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission standard
  • High level of tech features available
  • Limited space in third row seats
  • Start/stop function can be slow to re-engage
  • 2.0L turbo engine can be noisy at start-up
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety ratings of the Volkswagen Tiguan

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags6

Specifications of the Volkswagen Tiguan

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption10.6 - 11.3 L/100km
  • Highway consumption8 - 8.8 L/100km
  • Width1839 mm
  • Length4701 mm
  • Trunk space-
  • Cargo space-
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Volkswagen Tiguan

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Volkswagen Tiguan 2018 - present is available in 3 trims:

Trendline trim features and specs

Available with the Trendline trim:
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
Available with the Trendline trim:
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the Trendline trim:
  • Front-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Trendline trim:
  • Hill start assist (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
2 engines are available with the Trendline trim:
2 L - Gas - 180 hp
City consumption:10.6 - 11.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.7 - 8.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:588 - 592 km
2 L - Gas - 184 hp
City consumption:10.6 - 11.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:8 - 8.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:588 - 612 km

Comfortline trim features and specs

Available with the Comfortline trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
Available with the Comfortline trim:
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the Comfortline trim:
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Comfortline trim:
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
2 engines are available with the Comfortline trim:
2 L - Gas - 180 hp
City consumption:11.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:588 km
2 L - Gas - 184 hp
City consumption:11.1 - 11.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.1 - 8.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:588 - 612 km

Highline trim features and specs

Available with the Highline trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
Available with the Highline trim:
  • Adaptive bending lights
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Glare-free high beam
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • LED headlights
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the Highline trim:
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Highline trim:
  • 360 degree camera (optional)
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Electric tailgate (optional)
  • Front sensors (optional)
  • Front view camera (optional)
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Side sensors (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
2 engines are available with the Highline trim:
2 L - Gas - 180 hp
City consumption:11.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:588 km
2 L - Gas - 184 hp
City consumption:11.1 - 11.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.1 - 8.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:588 - 612 km

Overview of the Volkswagen Tiguan

Learn about the Volkswagen Tiguan

Summary

Since 2008, the Volkswagen Tiguan has led the field, offering a remarkably powerful four-cylinder engine for a fuel-efficient and lightweight, small SUV. Some have pointed out that the 2.0 L turbo engine in later models can be noisy when starting, but the resulting 200 hp can help you overlook it. The latest generation comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive available. Depending on the model and trim line you choose, the Tiguan also has an impressive list of leading-edge tech features. This powerful, modern, sure-footed SUV has something for everyone.

Safety

Since the first generation, standard safety equipment has included Antilock Disc Brakes, Stability Control and Traction Control to help the driver recover from a skid more quickly. Front side airbags and full-length head curtain airbags are also standard, and side airbags for rear passengers are optional. In the latest 2019 model and higher trim levels, the list of optional safety features includes:

  • Forward Collision Warning and Emergency Braking to help prevent front collisions
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert to help change lanes more safely
  • Lane Departure Warning and Intervention to keep your car in its lane

Interior

Volkswagen is famous for well-appointed interiors, and the Tiguan is no exception. Soft-touch plastic on the dashboard and panels and real aluminum accents set the quality level above others in its class. All model years come standard with air conditioning and power windows, and later models and trim levels offer heated seats and 10-way power adjustable driver's seat as an option.

Technology

Models as old as 2009 offer an eight-speaker audio system and CD player and auxiliary jack, with optional steering wheel audio controls, a CD changer and satellite radio on higher trims. Depending on the model year and trim level you choose, the tech features offered are:

  • Rear-view camera 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity 
  • Two USB ports
  • Navigation system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Nine-speaker premium Fender sound system

Some have complained that the Start/Stop function, which turns the car’s engine off when it stops, is slow to re-engage when the driver wants to move forward. 
 

Space

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a three-row SUV, meaning there are front seats, back seats, and a third row of seats that can be deployed, if necessary. There is plenty of headroom and legroom in the front and back seats, but the third row is cramped and is only suitable for children. With the third row stowed, the cargo space in the back becomes a generous 37.6 cubic feet. With both the second and third rows down, capacity is a very large 56.1 cubic feet.

Comfort

Overall, the Volkswagen Tiguan drives and handles like an SUV should, providing solid driver control in small spaces or on the highway. The available 4Motion all-wheel drive system distributes power between the front and rear wheels. This makes for good handling in turns, and it detects changing road conditions and automatically adjusts the suspension to deliver a smooth ride. Even earlier models accelerate quickly, stop easily, and deliver a comfortable and fun driving experience.

Frequently asked questions about the Volkswagen Tiguan

While the optional all-wheel drive (AWD) allows the Tiguan more traction and stability in challenging road and off-road conditions, it does not have a four-wheel drive (4WD) option.

While the price of previously owned Tiguans will vary with age, mileage and trim, expect at least $6,000 for a good-condition model. A new base model Tiguan starts at $30,000.

No, the Volkswagen Tiguan comes in standard front-wheel drive. However, the 4Motion all-wheel drive feature is available for an additional cost.

Volkwagon recommends premium fuel with a minimum 91 octane rating for all of its vehicles with a 2.0 L turbo engine, which includes select models of the Tiguan.

Newer model Tiguans offer an additional two seats in the third row, though as a compact SUV, this space might not be roomy enough for adults.