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2019 Volkswagen Tiguan
Select a Different Model (12 Available): S
Fair Market Price $ 24535
MPG (EPA) 22 CTY /27 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 12/66 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 7/7
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2019 Volkswagen Tiguan MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior
  • Attractive styling
  • Prolific tech and safety features

You Won't Like

  • Uninspiring handling means it's no longer a "tall GTI"
  • Cramped third-row seat
  • Lackluster performance

New for 2019

All-new for 2018 and considerably larger than the old model it replaces, the Tiguan continues on into 2019 with minor changes to options and trim levels. An alarm system is now standard on the SE trim, and Volkswagen's Digital Cockpit and park distance control are new standard features on SEL. Mid-year, the SEL R-Line is supplanted by the SEL R-Line Jet Black, which adds unique exterior trim and wheels.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

The Tiguan is Volkswagen's smallest SUV, offering seating for up to seven across three rows. For 2019 there are six trim levels.

2019 Tiguan S: The base Tiguan comes with 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated power mirrors, automatic headlights, cloth seats, three-row seating (front-wheel drive models), a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with USB media port and six speakers.

2019 Tiguan SE: Step up to SE for such niceties as heater washer nozzles, keyless entry with pushbutton start, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power driver's seat, heated front seats, and 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with HD and SiriusXM radio and three USB ports

2019 Tiguan SEL: The mid-level trim adds 18-inch aluminum wheels, remote start, power liftgate, satellite navigation, and a Digital Cockpit (digital instrument cluster).

2019 Tiguan SEL R-Line: The sport-oriented version of SEL adds 19-inch aluminum wheels and R-Line badging, fancier bumpers, a rear diffuser in glossy black, and matching body-color wheel arch extensions and side skirts.

2019 Tiguan SEL Premium: Premium trim comes standard with all-wheel drive, power-folding mirrors with puddle lights, ambient lighting, rain-sensing wipers, leather seats, heated steering wheel, power driver's seat with memory, hands-free power liftgate, nine-speaker Fender sound system, and an overhead view camera.

2019 Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line: The performance (appearance) SEL contains 20-inch wheels and, like the SEL R-Line, there's R-Line badging, fancier bumpers, a rear diffuser in glossy black, and matching body-color wheel arch extensions and side skirts.

Performance and Fuel Economy

All Tiguans are powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four making 184 hp and 221 lb-ft mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-drive models are rated at 22/29 mpg city/highway, while all-wheel drive version return 21/29 mpg.

Safety

The 2019 Tiguan received a safety rating of Good in six IIHS crash tests, with Poor to Marginal ratings on headlight performance, depending on trim. The 2019 Tiguan received a front crash prevention designation of Superior by the IIHS—the VW fully avoided a collision in the 12-mph low-speed autobrake test, while in the 25-mph high-speed autobrake test, impact speed was reduced by 24 mph.

Optional on S (and standard on SE and above) is automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear traffic alert. SEL models add adaptive cruise control and park distance control, while SEL Premium models include active blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

Depending on options, the Tiguan has seating for five or seven. Five-seaters feature front/rear seat legroom at 40.2 and 38.7 inches respectively, with cargo space rated at 37.6 cubic feet behind the second row and 73.5 cubic feet behind the first row.

Seven-seat versions measure 40.2/36.5/27.9 of legroom front/second/third row and cargo space is 12 cubic feet behind the third row, 33 cubic feet behind the second row and 65.7 cubic feet with both rows folded.

Technology

The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan comes standard with a six-speaker stereo and 6.5-inch touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. SE models increase screen size to 8.0-inches and adds voice control and SiriusXM and HD radio. SEL models and higher add satellite navigation, while SEL Premium models receive a nine-speaker Fender audio system.

What We Think

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan arrived as a contender for 2018 SUV of the Year, and left empty-handed. Although we admired its up-to-date tech and appreciated the spacious second row, the "third row is a torture chamber." The 2.0-liter turbo-four, enjoyed in other Volkswagen models, is "sluggish and underwhelming," and overall, "driving dynamics are not what we expected from VW."

These sentiments were echoed in a Comparison Test against a 2018 Volvo XC60. In this matchup designed to assess whether luxury cars such as that Volvo are worth it at the $40,000 price point, we noticed that "VW let us down with its lower-quality materials and cut corners." Testers were once again "underwhelmed by the drivetrain" and concluded it "doesn't really excite in the same way most VW's sedans and hatchbacks do."

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2019 VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN SPECIFICATIONS
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FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Tiptronic® 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode
Trim
S
Class
Compact Utility
Horsepower
184@4400
Standard MPG
22/27
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
7/7
Package Invoice Retail

Driver Assistance Package

INCLUDES: Collision Warning System; Overtaking Sensor; Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Radar & Camera
$387 $450

Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter TSI

Std Std

Transmission, Tiptronic® 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode

Std Std

Exterior Color, Pure White

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Silk Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Platinum Gray Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Deep Black Pearl Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Cardinal Red Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Habanero Orange Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Dark Moss Green Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Pyrite Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Stone Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Hand Brake, Electronic

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Coming Home Device

CONTAINED IN: [TMP] Prism Mirror (PIO); [TRV] Rearview Mirror w/HomeLink® (PIO)
Grp Grp

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

CONTAINED IN: [TMP] Prism Mirror (PIO); [TRV] Rearview Mirror w/HomeLink® (PIO)
Grp Grp

Multi-Function Display Screen, 6.5-Inch with Wheel

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Refrigerated Storage Compartment, in Glove Compartment

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Luggage Net (PIO)

$80 $100

Prism Mirror (PIO)

INCLUDES: Coming Home Device; Garage Door Opener; Prism Rearview Mirror w/ Homelink® Garage Door Opener NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [TRV] Rearview Mirror w/HomeLink® (PIO)
$144 $180

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Phone

Std Std

Extended Range Remote Start (PIO)

$350 $450

Axle Ratio, 3.330

Std Std

Compass

CONTAINED IN: [TRV] Rearview Mirror w/HomeLink® (PIO)
Grp Grp

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 15.3 Gallon

Std Std

Start/Stop

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Bumpers, Front and Rear Body-Colored

Std Std

Bumperdillo® Protection Plate (PIO)

$118 $150

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [TGG] Splash Guards (PIO)
Grp Grp

Rear Door, Lifting Gate

Std Std

Roof Rails

Std Std

Roof Rack (PIO)

$300 $365

Splash Guards (PIO)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps
$170 $220

Side Steps (PIO)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [TTH] Trailer Hitch Kit (PIO)
$560 $695

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Rear Spoiler (PIO)

$450 $550

Doors, Front-Hinged Front ; Front-Hinged Rear Driver

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Cargo Area Cover (/Rear Parcel Shelf)

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Floor Covering

CONTAINED IN: [TGM] Rubber Mat Kit, Three-Row (PIO)
Grp Grp

Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber

CONTAINED IN: [TGM] Rubber Mat Kit, Three-Row (PIO)
Grp Grp

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy On Instrument Panel ; Alloy & Leather On Shift Knob

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Storage, Below Seat

Std Std

Rubber Mat Kit, Three-Row (PIO)

INCLUDES: Floor Covering; Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber
$235 $285

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

LED Lights, Side Indicator Lights

Std Std

Body-Color Heated Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals

Std Std

Prism Rearview Mirror w/ Homelink® Garage Door Opener

CONTAINED IN: [TMP] Prism Mirror (PIO)
Grp Grp

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

CONTAINED IN: [TRV] Rearview Mirror w/HomeLink® (PIO)
Grp Grp

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Rearview Mirror w/HomeLink® (PIO)

INCLUDES: Coming Home Device; Compass; Garage Door Opener; Rear View Mirror, Automatic NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [TMP] Prism Mirror (PIO)
$270 $325

Combination Assistance Kit (PIO)

INCLUDES: First Aid Kit; Roadside Assistance Kit NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [ARK] Roadside Assistance Kit (PIO)
$75 $99

VW Care (PIO)

$240 $240

Paint, Metallic

Std Std

Habanero Orange Metallic

$283 $295

First Aid Kit (PIO)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [ARK] Roadside Assistance Kit (PIO)
$25 $35

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 6

Std Std

Roadside Assistance Kit (PIO)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [ASK] Combination Assistance Kit (PIO); [AID] First Aid Kit (PIO)
$65 $85

Collision Warning System

CONTAINED IN: [P1J] Driver Assistance Package
Pkg Pkg

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor

CONTAINED IN: [P1J] Driver Assistance Package
Pkg Pkg

Parking Assistance

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Radar & Camera

CONTAINED IN: [P1J] Driver Assistance Package
Pkg Pkg

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

First Aid Kit

CONTAINED IN: [ASK] Combination Assistance Kit (PIO)
Grp Grp

Roadside Assistance Kit

CONTAINED IN: [ASK] Combination Assistance Kit (PIO)
Grp Grp

Seat Upholstery/Color, Titan Black Cloth

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Storm Gray Cloth

N/C N/C

Rear Seats, Split Bench 40/20/40 Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Cloth

Std Std

Seat, Third Row Bench

Std Std

Seating, 7

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front Bucket

Std Std

Audio System, Composition Color AM/FM Radio with Color Touch Screen and Digital Media Card

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P215/65HR17 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheel Locks (PIO)

$60 $80

Wheels, 17" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
84
Powertrain Warranty Miles
72000
Full Warranty Miles
72000
Powertrain Warranty Months
72
Full Warranty Months
72
Roadside Assistance Miles
36000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
36
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Volkswagen announces a College Graduate program for customers who finance or lease through Volkswagen Credit on select models. 01-02-2020
$500 Volkswagen announces a Military and First Responders Bonus Program on select models. 01-02-2020
$0 3.9% Financing for a maximum term of 75 Months - Volkswagen announces special APR financing on select models. 05-31-2019
$0 1.9% Financing availble for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Volkswagen announces special APR financing on select models. 05-31-2019
$0 3.4% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Volkswagen announces special APR financing on select models. 05-31-2019