STATUS: Unchanged for 2020 - The current Tiguan design was influenced by North American bigger-is-better preferences. The result is enough interior space for an optional third-row seat, which is available for most models and standard for the premium trim levels. The one and only engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift controls is also standard. The optional all-wheel-drive's control modes allow adjustment of the transmission and steering settings, according to driver preference and road conditions. The cabin's comfortable seats, excellent visibility and plenty of first- and second-row legroom and headroom are also plusses. There's obviously more overall cargo volume than in the previous Tiguan, but not as much as in the Honda CR-V. The base S FWD model (add $2,200 for AWD) comes with plenty of equipment, including a 6.5-inch touch-screen, roof rails and a sliding, reclining and split-folding second-row bench. Upper trims can also be augmented with an R-Line grouping with sporty interior/exterior designs and big 20-inch wheels.
Base price (incl. destination): $25,300
Type: Midsize utility vehicle
Engine (h.p.): 2.0-liter I-4, turbocharged (184)
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Layout: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 22/29/25 (FWD)
Base weight (lb.): 3,780