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2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

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$25,245 — $39,095 MSRP
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5-7 Seats
24-25 MPG
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2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Aaron Bragman

Volkswagen has teased a few details about the upcoming 2021 Tiguan SUV, expected to arrive in the U.S. later in 2020. The brand’s best-selling model globally is getting a new front and rear styling treatment, one that VW promises looks more dynamic and sporty than the current model. VW also released a teaser image of the new model, and from the illustration, it looks as if the Tiguan’s styling will be in line with the rest of the VW lineup, more closely resembling the cars than the other larger SUVs.

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A few details have also been released. The 2021 Tiguan will now feature standard LED headlights, with the top trim versions getting the automatic cornering functions that adjust the beams — but the U.S. will not get the new “matrix-style” adaptive headlights that the European market will see.

The current powertrain lineup will continue unchanged, with the only engine being a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 184 horsepower mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive are available. Diesel and plug-in hybrid electric models will remain for Europe only for now, but VW did state that it’s looking at a more performance-oriented version for the U.S. in the future.

On the inside, the new Tiguan will retain the five- or seven-passenger seating configurations, but the interior is set to receive a few updates, including a new multimedia system and a new stee...

Volkswagen has teased a few details about the upcoming 2021 Tiguan SUV, expected to arrive in the U.S. later in 2020. The brand’s best-selling model globally is getting a new front and rear styling treatment, one that VW promises looks more dynamic and sporty than the current model. VW also released a teaser image of the new model, and from the illustration, it looks as if the Tiguan’s styling will be in line with the rest of the VW lineup, more closely resembling the cars than the other larger SUVs.

Related: Coronavirus Car Deals: 3 2020 VW Models (and 3 Last-Chance Cars) Worth Interest at 0%

A few details have also been released. The 2021 Tiguan will now feature standard LED headlights, with the top trim versions getting the automatic cornering functions that adjust the beams — but the U.S. will not get the new “matrix-style” adaptive headlights that the European market will see.

The current powertrain lineup will continue unchanged, with the only engine being a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 184 horsepower mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive are available. Diesel and plug-in hybrid electric models will remain for Europe only for now, but VW did state that it’s looking at a more performance-oriented version for the U.S. in the future.

On the inside, the new Tiguan will retain the five- or seven-passenger seating configurations, but the interior is set to receive a few updates, including a new multimedia system and a new steering wheel mirroring the one that was introduced in the new 2020 Atlas Sport Cross. VW says that the Travel Assist safety systems are also set to get upgrades.

As for when the new Tiguan will be on sale, Europe is set to get the new version first, with the U.S. opening preorders in the summer for deliveries later in the year.

Cars.com’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

The VW TIGUAN is a very reliable vehicle I love.

by TIGUANFAN from Clarinda on December 23, 2020

So far this vehicle meet my safety requirements and I need. I like the wireless interconnected equipments I like very much. This wireless feature is very helpful for my safe of the vehicle. Read full review

(5.0)

LOVE my Tiguan

by KMCB from KNOB NOSTER, MO on December 6, 2020

This SUV is amazing. We travelled to Nebraska recently to visit family and it was a great drive. The drive is always smooth in the Tiguan and it's very comfortable. I love the features (Sunroof, ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volkswagen

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    MY 2015-MY 2017 vehicles / 75,000 miles, MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles, MY 2020 and newer vehicles/ 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    For vehicles purchased on or after January 5, 2021: Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever occurs first) limited warranty; model-year 2018-2019, 1 year/12,000 miles (whichever occurs first) limited warranty; model-year 2020 and newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever occurs first) limited warranty

  • Dealer Certification Required

    100-plus point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    2 year 24-Hour

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

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.

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