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2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

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$24,295 — $38,895 MSRP
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5-7 Seats
24-25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Responsive steering
  • Crisp handling
  • Highway stability
  • Responsive transmission
  • Premium interior
  • First- and second-row comfort

The Bad

  • Modest high-speed passing power
  • Gas-pedal lag when starting off
  • Ride quality with 20-inch wheels
  • Third row uncomfortable for adults
  • Hard plastic dash trim not great for resting knee
  • Some functions needlessly complex
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan
  • Compact SUV seats five or seven
  • Turbo four-cylinder, eight-speed automatic
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Automatic emergency braking available
  • Six-year/72,000-mile warranty

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2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What's the best compact SUV for 2019? To find out, we put seven popular models against one another in multiple days of testing. Watch the video to see what we thought.

What Is the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan?

The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact SUV that can seat five or seven people, depending on the model. It's powered by a 184-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are offered, and competitors include the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4.

What's New on the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan?

There are no significant changes this year.

What Features in the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Are Most Important?

A choice of touchscreen multimedia systems is offered, one with a 6.5-inch screen and one with an 8-inch display. Both include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Available features include leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, keyless access, push-button start, a digital instrument panel and a Fender premium stereo. Available active safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a blind spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.

Should I Buy the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan?

The Tiguan is one of the rare small SUVs to offer a third-row seat, and even though that third row isn't the most comfortable place to sit, it's nice to have in a pinch. We wish cabin materials were as nice as they are in some other VW models, but we like the amount of cargo space this SUV offers.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
104 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Great car!

by Zguller from Georgetown, Indiana on December 5, 2019

I recently leased a Volkswagen Tiguan. So far so good! Drives smoothly. Feels more spacious than it looks. Great gas mileage. Although the third row is tight, it’s nice to have for when it’s needed. Read full review

(5.0)

I love this car, it is everything I have wanted.

by KimKelch from O'Fallon, MO on December 2, 2019

This vehicle purchase was a long time in the making, I researched all comparable size SUv's. This VW Tiguan is amazing, drives nice, very reliable, very comfortable, good in all types of weather, and ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volkswagen

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    72 months / 72,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 72,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific)

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles

  • Powertrain

    5 years/60,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    100-plus point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tiguan received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

A

Infant seat

A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A

Booster

(second row)

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker

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