2022 Volkswagen Tiguan review: Compassionate conservative

The updated Tiguan has a bright, smiling face.

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Even if it is a compact SUV, the Tiguan is a great deal. Not only is it Volkswagen’s best-selling model in the US, it is also the German automaker’s most popular nameplate globally. So, for the redesign of this vehicle, VW played smartly on the safe side, perfecting the Tiggy with a few minor improvements rather than throwing it all away and starting from scratch. This conservative approach isn’t the most exciting, but it’s hard to argue with the results.

I do not like

  • Stop-start could be smoother
  • Slightly lethargic throttle

New, but you may not notice it

If you can’t find the differences between the updates Tiguan and the model coming out, I can’t blame you. Visually, little has changed – and that’s not a bad thing. This SUV has always been designed cleanly and maturely, dressed in a style that, if it doesn’t quicken the pulse, is pretty much guaranteed to age well. The same cannot necessarily be said of the new Hyundai Tucson, eg.

So what’s new for 2022? Starting front and center, the Tiguan’s face has been reworked and the body has sharper lines here and there. LED headlights are standard and some models come with illuminated grille trims. New wheel designs are offered, with sizes ranging from 17 to 20 inches. As for the paint colors, Oryx White and Kings Red join the palette and, on the back, the Tiguan name is now located in the center of the tailgate for a more exclusive look.

Compassionate Conservative

The conservatism of the Tiguan reaches its cabin. Though maybe it’s not as good as what? Mazda CX-5 deals, the Tiguan’s appointments are undoubtedly close to the top of its class, easily surpassing the Ford Escape And Toyota RAV4. This top-of-the-line SEL R-Line tester has acres of soft plastic, decent quality leather, and vibrant contrasting color stitching and piping. Everything is well built and solid, plus the ergonomics offer little to complain about.

For added convenience, keyless access with push button start, on-board Wi-Fi and heated front seats are all standard. From the SE model onwards you also get remote start and dual-zone climate control with touch-sensitive controls for fan speed and temperature. Sounds like a terrible idea, but they basically work as well as a physical switch or dial, responding instantly and accurately. It’s the same story with the Tiguan’s touch-sensitive steering wheel controls. They work much better than what you get in some Mercedes-Benz models these days.

The interior of this SUV is elegant and comfortable.

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An 8-inch digital instrument cluster is standard, but the more imaginative Tiguan on offer comes with a 10.3-inch. On top of that, the S models feature a 6.5-inch touchscreen, while all other variants feature an 8-inch panel. Unfortunately, the infotainment system that thrives on this crisp, easy-to-reach display is mediocre. This multimedia array is mostly performant, but the user interface is far from the most intuitive in the industry. But hey, if it’s a problem you can always use it Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Both smartphone mirroring systems are standard.

The electrically adjustable eight-way front bucket seats of the Tiguan SEL R-Line have all the topographical variations of Florida (read: they’re flat), but despite being less contoured than a bowling green, these chairs are still surprisingly livable, being both of support that properly angled for long-range comfort. The rear bench is just as cool, seemingly tailor-made for lanky adults because it offers miles of head and leg room.

Front-wheel drive Tiguans come with a third-row seat, something that can come in handy in a pinch, but all-wheel drive variants are only two-row. The installation rate of third-row seats in all-wheel drive variants was only around 10%, so the automaker canceled it for 2022. There is a lot of cargo space in this SUV. You get 37.6 cubic feet of space behind the second row seat and up to 73.4 when the rear seat is folded down, which you can conveniently do from the cargo area by pulling a couple of latches. The front-wheel drive models are slightly less roomy but still very spacious.

Lower the rear seat back and this vehicle can carry a lot of load.

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No surprises, no problems

If you’re familiar with the Tiguan, there are absolutely no surprises under the hood of the 2022 model. This SUV is once again motivated by a 2.0-liter I4 turbo and, as before, delivers 184 horsepower and 221 foot-pounds of torque. . On paper, these figures seem rather meager, but the Tiggy’s performance is surprisingly strong. It has no problem accelerating at any speed and feels very punchy from 2,000 rpm to around 4,500. While this engine’s peak figures haven’t changed, it has been tuned to offer more mid-range punch and be more efficient.

This sleek SEL R-Line model with 4Motion all-wheel drive is expected to return 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Combined, it’s rated at a competitive 24 mpg. In mixed racing I’m averaging almost that much. An entry-level front-wheel drive Tiguan is, of course, slightly more efficient, with a speed of 23 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway. Anyway, the vehicle is slightly cheaper than last year. Depending on the model and trim, it is about 1mpg more efficient.

Refinement has always been a hallmark of Volkswagen’s EA888 2.0-liter turbo engine, which does a convincing job of mimicking a good V6. In this application, the engine is smoother than ever, with almost no vibration felt in the passenger compartment. Sure, it can seem a little gruff at times, but it’s never intrusive. The Tiguan’s standard eight-speed automatic transmission is just as refined, swapping gears quickly as needed and willingly downshifting when you need a boogie. Punctual and polite, this change is all you can ask for.

As always, Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter turbo-four is a little gem.

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Despite all the virtues of this broadcast, it has a couple of minor downsides. Firstly, the standard fuel-saving auto-start and stop system, while super-fast, is a bit jerky, causing the engine to vibrate when it starts up again. And secondly, the Tiguan feels a little soft when taking off from a standstill, as if the throttle response is muffled. This is a minor complaint that can be corrected by being a little more aggressive than normal with the pedal.

The refinement of a luxury car

When pushed, the Tiguan takes it all calmly. No, he’s not eager to play, but the Tiguan can handle problems without a problem. Whether you’re pounding it in corners or bombing bad back roads, this SUV feels rock-solid, as if its frame is made of depleted uranium or some other incredibly dense material. The Tiguan apparently has zero chassis flex and emits no squeaks or rattles, which makes it feel more like a luxury vehicle than something built by a mass market manufacturer.

That structural rigidity results in a super refined ride. The Tiguan is solid on the bumps, but never punitive, even with 20-inch wheels. Its ride is also surprisingly free of vibration or grit, which further underlines its rival luxury refinement. As for the steering feel, it’s a competitive class: light to the touch but fast enough to feel agile.

Accident prevention, front collision warning, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic warning are all standard. Up the ante, Volkswagen’s IQ Drive suite of aids is also included on all but the base S model, and there it is priced at just $ 895. That includes lane keeping assistance, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and rear cross traffic alarm. Travel Assist – VW’s version of adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality and lane centering – is also bundled. In the Tiguan, this feature works as advertised, smoothly adjusting the vehicle’s speed as needed and keeping it between lines, although the lane-centering system isn’t as solid as in other manufacturers’ vehicles.

you could do A lot worse than the Volkswagen Tiguan of 2022.

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One of the best

The updated Tiguan is expected to be available at Volkswagen dealerships shortly. If you’re buying one of these SUVs, four trim levels are on the menu for 2022 instead of five like last year. The leaner range now includes the high-quality S, SE, SE R-Line Black and SEL R-Line, the model evaluated here. This example costs about $ 38,000 including $ 1,995 in delivery charges, which is not at all unreasonable given how expensive the vehicles have become. The base model costs around $ 10,000 less, with the S set-up starting at $ 27,190, a starting price that puts the Tiguan in line with its competitors.

Thanks to its spacious and richly furnished interior, over-the-road sophistication and generous features, the Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 is one of my favorite compact SUVs. I easily prefer it to a Chevy Equinox, Ford Escape or Toyota RAV4, but if it’s better than a Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson o Mazda CX-5 is harder to tell. Still, the fact that you can mention this VW in the same sentence as those segment leaders is great for the automaker and even better for the drivers.

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