2022 Volkswagen Tiguan

Release Date: Fall 2021
Estimated Price: Starting around $26,000 (estimated)
  • Refreshed exterior styling
  • Digital gauge cluster and new touch-control wheel now standard
  • Powertrain carries over with software tweaks
  • Available wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Part of the second Tiguan generation introduced for 2018
Contact your local dealers about upcoming availability and pricing details.
2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Review
More cool technology features for VW's three-row small SUV
What is the Volkswagen Tiguan?

The Tiguan is Volkswagen's small SUV. It fits in the middle of VW's SUV lineup that consists of the bigger Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport and smaller, all-new 2022 Taos. Notably, the Tiguan offers an optional third-row seat, which means it can seat up to seven people. The third-row is meant for children only, but it's a rare feature to find in a small SUV.

The updated 2022 Tiguan gets a slightly sleeker look that brings it a bit more in line with the larger Atlas yet still retains some individuality. Beyond that, expect some new technology features and a more responsive engine.

What's under the Tiguan's hood?

The Tiguan's sole engine remains a turbocharged 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. While it's more powerful than competitors' base engines based on specs alone, we've found the current Tiguan to be rather lethargic in real-world driving. Fuel economy is also below average, making the Tiguan's four-cylinder perhaps its single biggest weakness.

Volkswagen says it's made software revisions for the 2022 Tiguan to liven up the engine's responsiveness, even though the listed power specs won't change. We'll reserve judgment until we can get behind the wheel and try it for ourselves. We're also interested in measuring fuel consumption to see if VW has been able to improve performance without sacrificing a bit of efficiency in the process.

How's the Tiguan's tech?

We like the Tiguan infotainment system, which we find to be easy to use. It'll get even easier in 2022, when you'll have the option of wirelessly integrating your smartphone through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, without a USB connection. Volkswagen is also expanding the availability of its impressive digital instrument panel (dubbed Digital Cockpit) to the entire lineup. Most models will come with an 8-inch display, with a 10-inch screen available on upper tiers.

Advanced driving aids, such as adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist, will be available across a wider range of trims this time around. The Tiguan's new Travel Assist system engages adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist at the touch of a button, and it can now be optioned even on the base model.

Most 2022 Tiguans will come with a touchscreen climate control system, which we initially weren't overly excited about. Our own Mark Takahashi recently made a video about this very thing. While a touch panel definitely doesn't improve upon a simple knob, VW has punctuated it with indents for the fan and temperature slider controls. The idea is that users will be able to adjust these settings without taking their eyes off the road. We'll reserve judgment until we try the system on the road.

The steering wheel will also now use touch controls rather than hard buttons. This is another change we were apprehensive about, but we've since experienced an almost identical wheel in the Volkswagen ID.4. In operation, it's not too different from a typical wheel since most of the "buttons" are uniquely shaped. Rather, the issue is the same as we had with the previous steering wheel — VW places too many controls at your fingertips, and it takes a while to learn the layout.

How's the Tiguan's interior?

The technology features Volkswagen is introducing will constitute the biggest visual and functional changes to the interior. The available colors for the cloth, faux leather and leather upholstery options have changed, and there's now configurable ambient lighting, but the interior is otherwise structurally the same. Expect the same spacious first and second rows and cramped-for-adults third row.

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A slicker exterior and additional (and more widely available) technology features should help boost the Tiguan's appeal against rivals such as the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. It still has the optional third-row seat too. We'll keep our fingers crossed that drivability and usability have been improved as well.

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