The Volkswagen Tiguan takes the decidedly American compact SUV and adds a good measure of European sensibilities. Seaside Area Volkswagen shoppers who choose the Tiguan enjoy its sporty handling, roomy interior, and long list of desirable technology features. The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan features an available third row that increases seating capacity from five to seven, making it one of the more versatile models in its segment.
The Tiguan gets a styling refresh for 2022 that brings it in line with its Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport stablemates. Volkswagen shoppers near Seaside will enjoy the updated looks, including a restyled grille and bumpers, new LED headlamps, and new wheel designs. Step inside, and you’ll find a newly standard digital gauge display and heated seats. The 2022 VW Tiguan also gets a new steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls. All trim levels except the entry-level S, now come with lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and a new touch-sensitive panel for the climate control system. Volkswagen’s new Travel Assist semi-autonomous driving mode is also standard.
The automotive media give the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan thumbs up. Car and Driver writes:
“Volkswagen’s Tiguan proves that the brand wants to build a compact SUV that’s more than just practical. Like the very sensible and bestselling Toyota RAV4, a Tiguan will get you and all your stuff to a fun destination. What makes the Tiguan different is that the driving experience will make getting there more fun.”
The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan is offered in four trim levels: S, SE, SE R-Line Black and SEL R-Line. Powering the Tiguan is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine developing 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Buyers who choose the standard front-wheel-drive configuration get the third row of seating. All-wheel-drive models have a standard two-row setup, with the third row as an option.
EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2022 Tiguan is rated at 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway for models with front-wheel drive, 22/29 mpg with all-wheel drive, and 21/28 mpg for the R-Line with all-wheel drive.*
The base Tiguan S comes standard with alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, heated front seats, a rearview camera, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Mirror Link and two USB ports. Standard safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and forward collision warning with automated emergency braking.
Moving up to the SE and higher trims gets you a power-adjustable driver’s seat and synthetic leather upholstery, while the SER-Line Black adds a panoramic sunroof. The range-topping SEL R-Line comes with leather seats, a heated steering wheel, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a Fender audio system with nine speakers, and more.
As of this writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has yet to test the 202 Volkswagen Tiguan. However, the 2021 Tiguan was named a Top Safety Pick, with the highest rating of Good in every crash test. We expect to see identical scores for the 2022 Tiguan.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.