The 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan receives a few cosmetic tweaks following last year's refresh. Introduced in 2017, the Tiguan has become Volkswagen's top seller worldwide.
Choosing Your Volkswagen Tiguan
The 2023 Tiguan continues in four trim levels: S, SE, SE R-Line Black, and SEL R-Line. Pricing starts at $27,885 and climbs to $38,615 for the SEL R-Line.
All Tiguan models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. The S and SE trims start with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel is available for $1,500. The SEL R-Line comes exclusively with AWD. All models use an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Towing capacity for all models is 1,500 pounds.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Front-drive versions of the 2023 Tiguan can seat up to seven across three rows. Although the third row is designed for children, the Tiguan is one of the few compact crossovers to offer it. AWD models have a two-row interior with room for five.
Cargo space behind the third is row limited to 12 cubic feet, about the same as a small sedan. The Tiguan offers 37.6 cubic feet behind the second row and 73.5 cubic feet with it folded. Overall capacity is above average for this class.
Standard driver assistance technology includes automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The IQ.DRIVE Package for the S adds adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. The package comes bundled with the S Convenience Package, which provides an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic wipers, and a leatherette-wrapped steering wheel. All of this costs $895 on the S and comes standard on the SE.
Moving up to the SE R-Line Black brings front and rear parking sensors. The SEL R-Line also gets automatic high beams, surround-view cameras, road sign recognition, and an automated parking system.
The infotainment system for the S includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen, six speakers, two USB ports, wi-fi capability, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The SE trims gain an eight-inch touchscreen, wireless device charging, and satellite and HD radio.
Navigation and a nine-speaker Fender sound system are exclusive to the SEL R-Line.
For buyers who don't mind manual climate control and manual cloth seats, the S may offer a satisfying level of equipment. Standard fare includes heated front seats, heated windshield washers, proximity key access, remote start, a digital gauge cluster, roof rails, full LED exterior lighting, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The aforementioned IQ.DRIVE Package and Convenience Package provide a good deal more for $895.
The 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan offers a commendable balance of price to features at each trim level. We think the SE does the best job pulling together what buyers want most in a compact crossover, including value.