Volkswagen
Tiguan
2019
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Matthew Keegan
Contributing Editor - December 12, 2018

Expert Rating

3.0 (Good)
MPG
21 City / 29 Highway

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2019 Volkswagen Tiguan OVERVIEW

The second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan rolled out in 2018, bringing with it a larger and more competitive model. This compact SUV offers a fresh look, decent value, and a roomy interior. The third row, however, is simply unsuitable for most passengers.

What's New for 2019

The most significant changes for 2019 include the available of certain technologies and driver-assistance features on more trims. An SEL Premium R-Line specification is new.

Choosing Your Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact SUV with room for five. Some trims offer a third-row seat, which increases seating capacity to seven. However, the seats are quite small and only suitable for short drives. Volkswagen offers the Tiguan in standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive for $1,300 extra.

All models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. This engine works with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and achieves an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 combined. Standard features include automatic headlights, aluminum-alloy wheels, and power mirrors. The optional third-row seat costs $595 on all-wheel-drive models.

Volkswagen offers the Tiguan in six trims:

S

Volkswagen prices the Tiguan S from $25,290 (all prices include the $995 destination charge). This model comes with automatic on/off halogen headlights, LED taillights, power adjustable side mirrors, and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Inside, the S comes with cloth seats, a 6.5-inch display, a six-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth. A Driver Assistance Package ($450) brings forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian monitoring, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

SE

Priced from $27,690, the SE brings in heated washer nozzles and keyless entry with push-button start. This model also includes ambient lighting, imitation leather seats, a power driver’s seat, blind-spot monitoring, front assist, an eight-inch touchscreen, HD Radio, satellite radio, and three USB ports. A panoramic sunroof and two front illuminated reading lights costs $1,200.

SEL

The Tiguan SEL begins at $32,790. Volkswagen supplies this trim with remote start, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof with ambient lighting, and a power liftgate. Other upgrades include navigation, a digital cockpit, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and park distance control. There are no packages available on SEL models.

An SEL R-Line variant is available for a starting price of $34,640. An appearance package, the R-Line adds 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and R-Line front bumper trim and badging.

SEL Premium

The all-wheel-drive-exclusive SEL Premium starts at $38,190. This model includes LED headlights and daytime running lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a hands-free power liftgate, ambient lighting, a heated and leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, imitation leather seats, and a nine-speaker Fender audio system. Added safety features include active blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, high beam control, and an overhead view camera.

An SEL Premium R-Line model is available for a starting price of $39,890. It builds on the SEL Premium and adds 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and R-Line trim and badging.

CarsDirect Tip

The base 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan S is well equipped and an ideal place to start your shopping. It's the only trim without standard driver assist features, but you can get them for only $450.

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