2022 VW Tiguan Review | What's new, price, mpg, pictures

2022 VW Tiguan Review | What's new, price, mpg, pictures

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The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan is the company’s most popular nameplate, both here in the U.S. and abroad. It’s one of the few compact SUVs that offers a third row of seating, small though it may be. As a result, the Tiguan hits that sweet spot for a lot of buyers by offering loads of space without resorting to overpaying for something larger they don't really need. It also gets a number of improvements for the 2022 model year as part of a mid-cycle update that will only help to make it more appetizing to customers.

That said, it's not among our top-recommended small SUVs. Top rivals are more spacious, more efficient and have higher-quality interiors – a few are also more exciting to look at or drive. There's also the matter of internal competition: there are other Volkswagens in the same size ballpark that we like better. The new Taos is excellent, and although smaller than the Tiguan, still offers family friendly space inside. Then there’s the all-electric VW ID.4, which is not only efficient, but spacious and fun to drive. If you can do without the third row, both of those other VW options are more worthy of your consideration.

Interior & Technology | Passenger & Cargo Space | Performance & Fuel Economy

What it's like to drive | Pricing & Features | Crash Ratings & Safety Features

What's new for 2022?

For 2022, The Tiguan gets a midcycle refresh with light tweaks to styling, tech, safety, trim lineup and pricing. As for looks, it gets revised bumpers, new LED lighting, new badge lettering, VW’s new logo and new wheel designs. Kings Red Metallic and Oryx White paint options are added to the palette.

Inside, VW did away with the analog gauges in favor of two different Digital Cockpit options. The infotainment system in the SE trim and up is upgraded to VW’s MIB3 software, and offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also an available wireless phone charging pad. Touch-haptic controls replace physical buttons and knobs for both the climate control system and steering wheel, but don't go as far down the button-less path as the ID.4 (for the better). All but the base Tiguan come standard with VW’s IQ.Drive suite of driver assistance equipment (more on that in the Safety section below).

What are the Tiguan’s interior and in-car technology like?

The interior is styled conservatively, but the addition of the new digital instrument panel for 2022 livens things up for the driver. Everything is easy to use and find. Material quality is going to depend a bit on how you spec your Tiguan, but be prepared to meet some hard plastics in the cabin. As expected for a crossover, the driving position is high, and visibility is phenomenal thanks to a tall roof, and low windowsills and dashboard.


All Tiguans now get a Digital Cockpit digital instrument panel, but the size differs by trim level: 8 inches standard with a 10-inch upgrade. The “Climatronic Touch” climate interface with slider controls is available, and feels like a huge upgrade to the manual HVAC dials in the S trim. You can also find touch controls on the top trim’s steering wheel. These don’t take any extra thought or attention to use compared to the traditional buttons found in the S, thanks in part to the haptic feedback they provide. The lower trims have a 6.5-inch color touchscreen (below left), but the SEL Premium R-Line gets an 8-inch infotainment system with proximity sensor and voice control (below right). Although these systems aren't particularly flashy in appearance, they're easy to use.

How big is the Tiguan?

The VW Tiguan is pretty big for a "compact" crossover. It's indeed one of the most spacious in the segment and you should find more family-friendly space than in most competitors, but it's also not a class leader in terms of rear seat or cargo room. The Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and 2022 Hyundai Tucson best it, while the Toyota RAV4 matches it. One Tiguan advantage, though, is the back seat's sliding capability that lets you bring kids closer to you up front (good for wiping noses) or expanding cargo volume.

The Tiguan has another ace up its sleeve, too: a third-row seat that comes standard on all front-wheel-drive models. It's no longer an option for al-wheel-drive versions. Although primarily intended for children, and for infrequent use, only the Mitsubishi Outlander and the slightly larger Kia Sorento offer three rows in this general size class. Note that cargo space is reduced with the third-row seat, pictured below right.

What are the Tiguan’s fuel economy and performance specs?

The sole engine option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four producing 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission directs that power to either the front wheels or the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system available on all trims. There are no shift paddles on the steering wheel, but you can select your own gears using the manual mode on the gear lever.