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2022 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2022 Hyundai Tucson: Which Is Better?

The freshly updated 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan goes up against the all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson. Which is better?

Quick Facts

  • The Tiguan offers a third-row seat.
  • The Tucson is Hyundai’s bestselling model globally.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Front Right in Silk Blue Metallic
The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan in Silk Blue Metallic

Base Price: $25,995 / Read our 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

What we like: Spacious interior; available third-row seat; handsome updated styling.

What we would change: Third row with FWD only; improve the fuel economy; add a second engine choice.

Overview: The Volkswagen Tiguan has been revised for 2022 but remains one of its class’s largest entrants and one of the few to offer a third-row seat. However, that back bench is small, and when in use, it eats up most of the cargo space. It also is available only with front-wheel drive. Therefore, most Tiguan SUVs are five-seaters, and in that configuration, they provide plenty of passenger room and 37.5 cubic feet of luggage space behind the rear seats or 73.5 cubic feet with all seats folded. A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque returns as the sole engine, mated to a responsive 8-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy edges up slightly but still trails segment leaders at 23/30 mpg city/highway with FWD and 22/29 mpg with AWD (R-Line 21/28 mpg).

What’s new for 2022: For 2022, the Tiguan’s styling is tweaked, and the interior is revised, highlighting standard digital instrumentation. Forward-collision warning is now standard, as are heated seats, and the lineup has been trimmed to four models.

Features and technology: The 2022 Tiguan is offered in S, SE, SE R-Line Black, and SEL R-Line trim levels. Only the top trim comes standard with all-wheel drive; it’s optional on the others. The SE includes forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, heated seats, a third-row seat, and two USB ports. The SE adds adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and blind-spot intervention (optional on the S). It also upgrades to an 8-inch infotainment display with wireless smartphone mirroring and adds wireless charging, a power driver’s seat, a power liftgate, among other features. The SE R-Line Black features black 19-inch wheels and exterior accents and a panoramic sunroof, parking sensors, and ambient lighting. The SEL R-Line gets leather, ventilated front seats, 20-inch wheels, a larger digital instrumentation display, navigation, premium audio, automated parking, and more.

What does the future hold: Since the Tiguan was just updated, we’d expect only minor equipment changes. See 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan models for sale near you

2022 Hyundai Tucson

2022 Hyundai Tucson in Metallic Red
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson in Metallic Red

Base Price: $24,950 / Read our 2022 Hyundai Tucson Review

What we like: Choice of powertrains including a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid; generous cargo space; rear-seat legroom; great warranty.

What we would change: Tone down the styling; add knobs for the audio system; ditch the pushbutton shifter.

Overview: All-new for 2022, the Hyundai Tucson is longer and wider than before. Its new body has distinctive new styling (though it may not be for everyone). Inside, there’s more passenger and cargo space. The latter increases to a generous 38.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 74.8 cubic feet with the seatbacks folded.

The base engine is upgraded to a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 187 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with an 8-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional on all trim levels. The fuel economy is 29 mpg with FWD and 26 with AWD. There’s also a Tucson hybrid that uses a 1.6-liter turbo and a 6-speed automatic and makes a total of 180 horsepower. With standard AWD, its fuel economy is 37–38 mpg. A plug-in hybrid is also set to join the lineup and offer an estimated 28 miles of EV range.

What’s new for 2022: The Hyundai Tucson is completely redesigned for 2022.

Features and technology: The standard Tucson is offered in SE, SEL, and Limited trim levels. The SE includes an 8-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assistance, and a driver-attention monitor. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and Safe Exit Warning arrive with the SEL, including front seat heating and a power driver’s seat. The SEL can be upgraded with a $2,600 Convenience Package and a $1,700 Premium Package that add many of the features standard on the Limited. The Limited includes smartphone-as-key, adaptive cruise control with lane-centering, a surround-view monitor, a blind-spot-view monitor, leather, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation, a digital instrument cluster, wireless device charging, parking sensors, and a panoramic sunroof. The Tucson Hybrid’s trim levels are Blue, SEL Convenience, and Limited.

What does the future hold: A sporty Tucson N Line model will join the lineup later in the year. See 2022 Hyundai Tucson models for sale near you

Tiguan vs. Tucson: Strengths Comparison

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2022 Hyundai Tucson Interior
Top: The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior
Bottom: The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Interior

Volkswagen Tiguan Benefits: NHTSA 5-star safety rating; available third-row seat.

Hyundai Tucson Benefits: Available hybrid and plug-in hybrid; better fuel economy; long warranty; free scheduled maintenance.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2022 Hyundai Tucson: Which Is Better?

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2022 Hyundai Tucson
Top: The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan in Silk Blue Metallic
Bottom: The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Steele Blue

Both have similar tech features and interior space. Buyers who need occasional third-row seating or who prefer more restrained styling will want the VW. Those looking for a hybrid or a dedicated sporty model will choose the Tucson. The Hyundai also is less expensive and has a better warranty.

See 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan models for sale or See 2022 Hyundai Tucson models for sale near you

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 Hyundai Tucson
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.0-liter turbo I-4 2.5-liter I-4
Horsepower 184 hp @ 4,400 rpm 187 hp @ 6,100 rpm
Torque 221 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm 182 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission 8-spd automatic 8-spd automatic
Fuel Economy 26 mpg (23 city/30 hwy) 29 mpg (26 city/33 hwy)
Also Available AWD hybrid; plug-in hybrid; AWD
Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 10 years/100,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety 5 stars n/a
Max Seating Capacity 7 5
Wheelbase 109.8 inches 108.5 inches
Overall Length 185.1 inches 182.3 inches
Width 72.4 inches 73.4 inches
Height 66.3 inches 65.6 inches
Turning Diameter 37.7 feet 38.6 feet
Headroom, Front 39.6 inches 40.1 inches
Headroom, Rear 39.1 inches 39.5 inches
Legroom, Front 40.2 inches 41.4 inches
Legroom, Rear 36.6 inches 41.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.0 inches 57.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.9 inches 56.0 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 123.9 cubic feet 108.2 cubic feet
EPA Cargo Volume 37.5/73.5 cubic feet 38.7/74.8 cubic feet

Joe Lorio
Joe Lorio
Joe Lorio is an author specializing in automobiles. He says, “I have been into cars ever since I started with Matchboxes, and have been sharing my opinions about them for almost as long. Granted, I was pretty young at the time, but my parents really should have listened to me when I told them not to buy an Austin Marina.”

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