It's big, it's powerful, it's packed with features, and its name comes from putting the words "tiger" and "iguana" together. Yes, that's actually true. Thankfully, the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan isn't anywhere as zany as its name would suggest. It's actually quite the sensible, practical thing, boasting more interior space than most "compact" crossovers. It's so big, in fact, that VW managed to squeeze in a standard third-row seat for those occasional times when your kids' friends want to come back for swim. Its cargo space is comparable to most midsize crossovers (though, to be fair, so is a Honda CR-V's). If anything, the Tiguan is perhaps too sensible. The interior is pretty drab, the driving experience dull, and the styling blocky and conservative. Avoiding zany was smart, but some more personality would still be nice – especially in a segment where many carve out niches within the sport, luxury or rugged realms. Even the Tiguan's sportier R-Line trims pictured above don't go far enough. If you're sticking with practical considerations, though, take a long look. What's new for 2020? Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are now standard on the base S trim along with blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning, meaning they're all included on every 2020 VW Tiguan. Same goes for in-car WiFi and the most recent generation of VW's Car-Net vehicle app-based remote services. Wireless charging is also now available. Note that the Tiguan, like every VW, has less warranty coverage for 2020. Its four-year/50,000 miles is still better than most non-luxury brands, but it's still far less than 2019's six-year/72,000-mile coverage. What's the interior and in-car technology like? The Tiguan's interior is designed and laid out in a simple manner as Volkswagen's Golf. It's not especially stylish, and some would even call it plain, but everything is easy to use and find, and the materials are of a competitive quality. As expected for a crossover, the driving position is high, and visibility is phenomenal thanks to a tall roof and low windowsills and dashboard. Depending on trim, there are 6.5- or 8-inch touchscreens available, but the software and menu structure within them is basically the same. The 8-inch screen, however, does come with touch-sensitive menu buttons around its perimeter rather than 6.5-inch unit's conventional buttons. The interfaces are clean and simple, and the screen is very responsive. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard. Overall, it's one of the better systems available. Buyers who choose a Tiguan SEL or higher will also be treated to the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, which is basically the same all-digital instrument panel as Audi's Virtual Cockpit. It's a bright, high-resolution screen that's highly attractive. It operates so smoothly you could be forgiven for thinking it had real dials, but importantly, it places infotainment displays such as the navigation map and audio information prominently in front of the driver. How big is it? The VW Tiguan is the longest "compact" crossover, and it matches that with the longest wheelbase, too. Perhaps not …
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