2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Reviews

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Within the category of smaller crossover SUVs, the second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan stands out for its roomy cabin. Available as a five- or as a seven-seater, the 2019 Tiguan was redesigned for 2018, and continues into 2019 unchanged. Six trim levels are available: S, SE, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium, and SEL Premium R-Line.

Every Tiguan is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, which develops 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. The turbo-4 mates with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Front-drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is an option.

All Tiguans except the base S model come with forward-collision warnings, automatic emergency braking that incorporates pedestrian detection, and blind-spot monitors. Those valuable safety features are available for S trim, in a $450 Driver Assistance package. The SEL trim level adds adaptive cruise control. Active lane control, automatic high-beam headlights, and parking sensors are included with SEL Premium versions.

Crash-testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety resulted in top “Good” ratings in each category, but headlight performance denied it a Top Safety Pick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet completed safety testing. 

Third-row seating is standard in front-drive Tiguans and optional with all-wheel drive. The small seats are intended for small passengers only.


Prices do not include $995 destination charge.

The 2019 VW Tiguan S ($24,295 with front-drive, $25,595 with all-wheel drive) includes cloth upholstery, a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth, cruise control, LED taillights, heated power mirrors, automatic headlights, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Front-drive models have three-row seating.

SE ($26,695 with FWD, $27,995 with 4Motion AWD) substitutes an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and adds keyless ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, power driver's seat, heated front seats, and synthetic leather upholstery. Standard safety features include forward-collision warnings, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitors, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

SEL ($31,795 with FWD, $33,095 with 4Motion AWD) adds navigation, a digital instrument cluster, panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, 18-inch wheels, and a power liftgate.

SEL R-Line ($33,645 with FWD, $34,945 with 4Motion AWD) adds black trim pieces. During the 2019 model year, production of the regular SEL R-Line was superseded by the SEL R-Line Black edition.

SEL R-Line Black ($33,695 with FWD, $34,995 with 4Motion AWD) comes with 19-inch black alloy wheels and black exterior trim.

SEL Premium with 4Motion AWD ($37,195) gets 19-inch wheels, power-folding mirrors, a hands-free power liftgate, active lane control, a surround-view camera system, parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, Fender audio, and leather upholstery.

SEL Premium R-Line with 4Motion AWD ($38,895) is equipped similar to SEL Premium above, but adds R-Line appearance features and 20-inch wheels.

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