The Volkswagen Tiguan is the best-selling SUV in Europe, and its U.S. sales, though not huge, continue to get stronger. Since 2007, when the Tiguan was introduced, VW has sold more than 900,000 of these compact crossover SUVs worldwide. In the U.S., the long-wheelbase Tiguan, the only model we get, can be ordered with three rows of seats, which makes it one of the few compact crossover SUVs with seating for seven.
For 2022, VW has majorly revamped the Tiguan. While it’s the same size as before, and it has the same chassis and turbocharged 2.0-liter powertrain, this new 2022 Tiguan benefits from revised exterior styling and a new interior, plus a good assortment of standard driving assist and safety technologies.
Europe gets this new Tiguan in the summer of 2020. The U.S. and Canada, unfortunately, have to wait until the fall of 2021 for it to arrive. Evidently, the plant in Puebla, Mexico, won’t switch over to building this new 2022 Tiguan until next year.
Note: The 2022 VW Tiguans appearing in our photos are not U.S.-spec models. Tiguans sold in the U.S. are about 9 inches longer than the vehicles we are showing, with a wheelbase stretched by roughly four inches.
What’s New for 2022?
The Volkswagen Tiguan is majorly updated for 2022. In addition to sharper styling that features a wider grille, a reshaped front bumper, and new LED headlights and taillights, the new Tiguan features a significantly revamped interior with digital gauges.
What’s more, the lineup also has been pared to four models: S, SE, SE R-Line, and SEL R-Line. See the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan models for sale near you
What We Like
- Subtle but handsome restyle
- Roomy interior
- Large cargo area
- Available third-row seat
- Standard automatic emergency braking
What We Don’t
- Doesn’t arrive until the fall of 2021
- Not especially thrifty
- No TDI diesel
- No hybrid or plug-in hybrid (PHEV)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hasn’t tested a 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan yet. But since the new Tiguan has the same chassis and powertrain as before, we expect its fuel economy will remain unchanged.
For the record, a front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2020 VW Tiguan is rated by the EPA at 22 miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg in combined driving. With 4Motion AWD, those figures drop to 20 mpg city/27 mpg hwy/23 mpg combined. These figures do not compare well to the Tiguan’s numerous competitors in the compact crossover SUV segment.
If VW switched to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) the EPA fuel economy would improve, but we like the smooth and decisive shift action of the conventional 8-speed automatic, the only gearbox available in the 2022 Tiguan.
Standard Features & Options
It’s too early to have complete information on the standard features and options for the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan. We do know some basics:
The Tiguan S comes has a cloth interior, heated front seats, 8-inch digital gauges, a multifunction steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels, and LED lighting front and rear.
The Tiguan SE adds a power tailgate and adaptive cruise control, along with 18-inch alloy wheels, an available panoramic sunroof, a leatherette interior, and a lane-keep assist program.
The Tiguan SE R-Line also has a leatherette interior, but it adds 19-inch black wheels, R-Line bumpers, an R-Line steering wheel, black roof rails, and black exterior accents.
The top Tiguan, the SEL R-Line, gets a leather interior, larger 10-inch digital gauges, 20-inch alloy wheels, ambient interior lighting, an improved version of adaptive cruise control, and Dynamic Road Sign Display, which automatically adjusts the vehicle speed based on posted speed limits.
We suspect the most popular option will be 4Motion AWD, which includes hill-descent control and driver-selectable modes for snow, on-road and off-road conditions.
The new 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan has Front Assist and Side Assist standard. With the former, the Tiguan will warn you of an impending collision with a car or a pedestrian, and then apply the brakes, if necessary, to prevent the accident from happening. With the latter, the Tiguan will warn you if a car is in your blind spot when you are trying to change lanes.
Not standard but available on the 2022 Tiguan is Travel Assist. This technology improves upon the Tiguan’s standard adaptive cruise control. While Travel Assist still used radar and a camera to maintain a set gap to the vehicle in front, it also makes minor steering inputs to help keep the Tiguan in its lane. Also, with Dynamic Road Sign Display, the 2022 Tiguan automatically adapts its speed to the posted limits.
In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash testing, earlier Tiguans have received top marks, and they’ve scored well for their front crash-prevention system. The 2020 Tiguan SEL Premium models, with LED low- and high-beam headlights, earned a 2020 Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS.
Behind the Wheel
Autotrader hasn’t driven a 2022 VW Tiguan yet, but since it’s based on the existing chassis we suspect it will be like earlier models and display a European sophistication and entertaining driving manners that are likely not up the sporty dynamics of a Mazda CX-5.
A quick note about cargo space: If you order amidsize Tiguan without the third row, it has 37.5 cubic feet of space behind the second row, which compares favorably to the Mazda CX-5 (30.9 cu ft) and Subaru Forester (30.1). Fold the rear seat down and the Tiguan has a whopping 73.5 cu ft of cargo room available.
Other Cars to Consider
2020 Honda CR-V – This Honda is a benchmark in the compact SUV segment. Anyone in the market for a compact crossover should check out the CR-V.
2020 Mazda CX-5 – The Mazda CX-5 offers sporty driving manners and luxurious interior at an economy car price point.
2020 Kia Sorento – Need a third row but don’t want an SUV that’s too large? Consider the Sorento, which is packed with equipment and has a better warranty than the VW.
Used Audi Q5 – This premium 5-seater from VW’s corporate cousin is smaller inside and will have less in-car technology, but its quality, luxury, power and overall driving experience are superior. Go through Audi’s certified pre-owned (CPO) program.
Used Volkswagen Touareg – You can find a low-mileage 2017 VW Touareg on Autotrader for about the price of a new Tiguan. The Touareg is more of a premium vehicle, and it shares its platform with the sporty Porsche Cayenne.
Questions You May Ask
When does the new 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan go on sale?
VW says the new 2022 Tiguan will hit the U.S. market in the fall of 2021. In Europe, though, the new Tiguan goes on sale this summer.
How many Tiguans has VW sold worldwide since it came out in 2007?
VW has sold more than 910,000 Tiguans since the compact crossover SUV arrived in 2007. Tou may not see that many in the U.S., but the Tiguan is the best-selling SUV in Europe.
Which Tiguan models have the 3rd-row seat?
The base 2022 VW Tiguan, the front-drive SE, comes standard with the folding 3rd-row seat. A third-row seat is optional on the other three available Tiguan models.
Where will the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV be built?
The 2022 Tiguan, like the 2021 model, will be built in Puebla, Mexico. The U.S., for the record, gets only the long-wheelbase model, which has a particularly large cargo hold when the third seat has not been ordered.
Is there a smaller VW SUV?
Yes. A smaller subcompact VW SUV, about the size of an Audi Q3, arrives in 2021, about when we expect the 2022 Tiguan.
With the 2022 Tiguan, VW has improved upon its compact crossover SUV. We like that it’s compact but still long enough for an optional 3rd-row seat, and that it has a better safety suite along with cool new digital gauges that add a welcome dash of technical flair.
The only problem we see? The new Tiguan goes on sale in Europe this summer, but we have to wait until the fall of 2021 for it to arrive. Find a Volkswagen Tiguan for sale