Refreshed for 2022, the Volkswagen Tiguan got a new face and tech improvements. The seemingly modest updates also included new LED headlights, helping the compact SUV secure a Top Safety Pick Plus award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In addition to conducting a series of crash tests, the organization evaluates the quality of a vehicle’s headlights across all trims. Despite solid crash-test scores, lower trims of the 2021 Tiguan employed halogen headlights that received a poor rating, causing it to miss out on IIHS’ top award previously.
A vehicle’s headlights help determine whether it qualifies for a Top Safety Pick or the highest Top Safety Pick Plus designation because headlight quality plays a significant role in a vehicle’s overall safety. According to an IIHS study, headlights with good ratings reduced crashes by 19% when compared with poor-rated headlights, while acceptable or marginal headlights reduced crash rates by 15% and 10%, respectively.