2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Review & Road Test Video in OLIVE BRANCH, MS

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 The Tiguan is VW’s best selling model and for its second generation it receives some changes to the exterior and interior, I don’t wanna do the thing today… just kidding BOOOOOOM a mid cycle refresh.

The front end gets more aggressive styling with standard LED headlights, while the rear is mainly unchanged, but still has those fake exhaust outlets that we all love. The Tiguan with the 5 seat configuration like our SEL R-line trim here will have 37.6 cu-ft behind the 2nd row. Tiguans with 3 row seating have 12 cu-ft behind the 3rd row, but our trim only has 2-rows because there’s no 3-row option on AWD Tiguans for this year… which means I don’t have to squeeze my 6’4” body into a compact SUV’s 3rd row. YES!!! Something worth mentioning is cargo flexibility with the 40/20/40 split seats, and with the 2nd row folded down you’ll have 73.4 cu-ft to work with, which is bigger than the Toyota Rav4 and Mazda CX-5.

Moving inside the cabin, seating is spacious. Thanks to it’s long and boxy dimensions, the Tiguan is very accommodating. I’ll also note the rear seats have a slight recline for more comfort, but if you want a USB C charge port in the rear, that’s not standard, and you’ll only be able to have one, (yes just one USB C port) if you option for it. I like when there’s storage on the dash like this just for more versatility, and the small phone slit right here. But I do wish they didn’t skimp out on the length of the armrest right here so I won’t have such a journey getting back to it after using the infotainment. Speaking of which, there’s a standard 6.5 inch but our model has the upgraded 8 inch screen with available wireless apple carplay and android auto and wireless charging. I’ll also point out that this VW has a volume knob, and not that dreaded haptic touch system that you’ll see in the GTI or the iD.4. Thanks VW! There’s also an available 10.25 inch digital gauge cluster which can show a navigation screen which is a cool feature. Apple carplay and android auto come standard, with available wireless connectivity and wireless charging, making this interior even easier to operate with less distracted driving. But if you do find yourself distracted, the good thing is forward collision mitigation and blind spot monitor come standard. The bad thing is if you’d like more safety tech like adaptive cruise control and even lane keep assist in your Tiguan, you’ll have to move up from the base model, or shell out the money for an S convenience package & IQ.Drive.

All Tiguans come with a 2.0L turbo 4 cylinder engine making 184 horsepower (184hp/ 221 lb-ft) linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It would have been great to have a hybrid option, seeing that fuel economy is pretty low for the segment especially with the 4motion AWD (FWD 23 city/30 hwy, AWD 21 city/ 28 hwy) I don’t think you’ll be winning any drag races with this but if there’s a curvy road on your way to pick up the kids, this definitely has fun potential. The steering has a nice weight to it, seating keeps you in place without squeezing you too much, visibility is great thanks to these tall windows, and even with the 20 inch wheels on this trim, the ride isn’t too harsh. All in all, this works if your looking for a daily driver with a refined ride quality.

The Tiguan comes in 4 different trims: S, SE, SE R-Line Black, and the SEL R-Line. Pricing for the base S trim starts at ($26,490) not including destination and includes all of the standard features mentioned earlier, 17 inch alloy wheels, roof rails, power folding side mirrors, keyless entry with push button start, and a 6-speaker auto system. Move up to the SE trim for ($30,120) for added features like a power liftgate, faux leather seats with power driver’s seat, the upgraded 8-inch touchscreen with wireless apple carplay and android auto, wireless charging, dual zone climate control, and that SINGLE rear usb-c port. The top of the line SEL R-Line trim starting at ($37,320) adds 20 inch wheels, hands free liftgate, leather seats with power adjustable passenger seat, navigation, 360 degree camera, that 10.25 inch digital gauge cluster, and Fender sound system. That’s a lot of good options on the Tiguan that you may not have on your old car.

So if you’d like to know “your cars value” so you can sell or trade it in for a new Tiguan or something like it, make sure you go on KBB.com. There’s a link in the description with the details. But there is a reason that the Tiguan is still VW’s best seller… …And that reason doesn’t have to be a need for speed, because if you’re looking for a compact SUV with a well built cabin, solid tech, and roomy interior, maybe bigger could be better.

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