The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan was a latecomer to the compact crossover utility class, arriving a decade after Honda, Toyota, and Ford had already made small SUVs some of Canada’s most popular vehicles. A larger, more-sophisticated Tiguan arrived in 2018.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2022, the Tiguan is refreshed with updated styling, and some new equipment, including AWD, which is now standard across the line.
VW offers the Tiguan in Trendline, Comfortline, and Highline R-Line trims. All use a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed transmission, and AWD.
Trendline trim’s key features are 17-inch wheels, forward collision avoidance, blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats and steering wheel, LED headlights/taillights, six-speaker audio, digital gauges, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen.
Comfortline models add 18-inch wheels, lane keeping and traffic jam assist, a power tailgate, passive keyless entry, adaptive cruise, 8.0-inch touchscreen, auto-dimming mirror, dual-zone A/C, rain-sensing wipers, wireless phone charging, power driver’s seat, and leatherette upholstery.
A Comfortline R-Line Black Edition trim adds 19-inch wheels, panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, and ambient lighting.
Finally, Highline R-Line models gain 20-inch wheels, 360-degree camera views, premium audio, heated rear seats, adaptive headlights, front wiper de-icer, ventilated front seats, road sign recognition, and automatic high beams.
Volkswagen’s fuel consumption estimates are 10.6/8.0 L/100 km (city/highway) for Trendline and Comfortline trims, while R-Line versions are rated for 11.0/8.3 L/100 km.
Comfortline offers a panoramic sunroof as an option; the only other item to add is third-row seating.
The Tiguan faces off against the almost impossibly popular Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape. This segment is also home to the Nissan Rogue, Mitsubishi Outlander, Mazda CX-5, Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Jeep Cherokee, and Subaru Forester.