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 it introduced the Tiguan, VW has sold more than 910,000 of these compact crossover SUVs worldwide. The U.S. gets a long-wheelbase version of the Tiguan that is available with three rows of seats.
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 2021. The U.S. and Canada get the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan in the fall of 2021.
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 3rd-row seat
- Standard automatic emergency braking
What We Don’t
- All 3-row models are FWD only
- Not especially fuel-efficient
- 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
The 2022 VW Tiguan S, a front-wheel-drive (FWD) model with three rows of seats, 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.
All Tiguan models above the S model are 2-row/5-seaters with 4Motion all-wheel drive (AWD).
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 the IQ Drive safety suite with 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.
All 2022 VW Tiguans with 4Motion AWD get 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 there is a car in your blind spot when you are trying to change lanes.
IQ Drive is standard on all other Tiguans. This safety suite includes a forward-collision warning (with automatic emergency braking), lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and Emergency Assist, which will bring this VW to a stop if it determines the driver is unresponsive.
These Tiguan models also have Travel Assist, a semi-autonomous driving aid that uses sensors and a camera to help you steer, accelerate, and slow this VW. Also, if the Tiguan has Dynamic Road Sign Display, it will automatically adapt its speed to the posted limits.
In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash testing, earlier Tiguans 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 strongly suspect it will display a European sophistication while having entertaining driving manners, but perhaps not quite up to the sporty dynamics of a Mazda CX-5.
A quick note about cargo space: A 2-row Tiguan has 37.5 cubic feet of space behind its second row. That compares favorably to the Mazda CX-5 (30.9 cu ft) and Subaru Forester (30.1).
Fold the rear seat down, and the Tiguan provides a whopping 73.5 cu ft of cargo room.
Other Cars to Consider
2021 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.
2021 Mazda CX-5 – The Mazda CX-5 offers sporty driving manners and a luxurious interior at an economy car price point.
2021 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?
The new 2022 Tiguan hits the U.S. market in the fall of 2021.
How many Tiguans has VW sold worldwide since it came out in 2007?
VW has sold nearly a million Tiguans since the compact crossover SUV arrived in 2007. You 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?
Only the base 2022 VW Tiguan, the front-drive S model, comes standard with the folding 3rd-row seat and seven seats. A 3rd-row seat is not available in any other Tiguan.
Where is the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV built?
The 2022 Tiguan, like the 2021 model, is built in Puebla, Mexico. The U.S., for the record, gets only the long-wheelbase model, which has a particularly roomy cargo hold.
Is there a smaller VW SUV?
Yes. It’s called the VW Taos. This subcompact VW SUV, about the size of an Audi Q3, also is built in Puebla, Mexico. It’s powered by a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower.
With the 2022 Tiguan, VW has improved upon its hot-selling compact crossover SUV with refined styling, a dramatically better interior, and cool features like digital gauges. Only one model, the base Tiguan S, has three rows of seats, VW evidently seeing its Tennessee-built Atlas as a better 3-row people hauler. Find a Volkswagen Tiguan for sale