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Key specs of the base trim
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- Responsive steering
- Crisp handling
- Highway stability
- Responsive transmission
- Premium interior
- First- and second-row comfort
- 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
Newly standard active safety features
Compact SUV seats five or seven
Front- or all-wheel drive
Turbo four-cylinder, eight-speed automatic
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
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What Is the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan?
The 2020 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 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan?
New standard active safety features include forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert. Volkswagen’s Car-Net telematics system is also standard and includes features like remote start, vehicle location and remote locking and unlocking free of charge for five years. There’s also a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot (data plan required).
The Tiguan now has a four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty instead of last year’s six-year/72,000-mile warranty, but it gains a two-year/20,000-mile free scheduled maintenance program.
What Features in the 2020 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, wireless device charging, a digital instrument panel and a Fender premium stereo. Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights and lane-keeping assist.
2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Vs. 2020 Honda CR-V: How Do They Compare?
The CR-V is more efficient than the Tiguan — its combined rating is 6 mpg greater (with all-wheel drive), according to EPA estimates — but that’s not the whole story. While the CR-V scores high when it comes to in-cabin storage, cargo space and rear-seat comfort, it’s modestly powered, and ride quality is firm. The Tiguan, by comparison, drives better while also delivering good room in its first and second rows of seats. The VW’s available third row is small, but the ability to carry a few extra kids in a pinch may make it worthwhile to some shoppers.
Should I Buy the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan?
The Tiguan is a well-rounded compact SUV that’s comfortable to sit in and engaging to drive, and in a recent compact SUV comparison test, it finished first in a field of seven.
Plenty of pep, well styled, I completely forgot about the third row of seats until I test drove it but those two extra seats really put it over the top for me. Read full review
Solid vehicle, but with annoying features.
The car has too many features that while designed to aid in safe operation are in fact distracting and of limited utility. The feature described as a navigation system is nothing more than a moving ... Read full review
The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan currently has 2 recalls
Crash and Rollover Test Ratings
New Car Program Benefits
48 months / 50,000 miles
48 months / 50,000 miles
36 months / 36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
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
5 years/60,000 miles
Dealer Certification Required
100-plus point inspection