Besides being slightly down on power in comparison to its opponents, there isn't much that this crossover does wrong. All models are equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 184 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. An unobtrusive eight-speed automatic transmission shifts gears smoothly, and FWD and AWD are on offer.
Four trim levels are available: S, SE, SE R-Line Black, and SEL R-Line. The three lower trim levels are FWD by default, but AWD is available as an optional extra. The third seating row is only fitted to FWD models, however, as the AWD components take up some room in the rear compartment.
The base Tiguan S rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and has LED headlights, heated exterior mirrors, cloth upholstery, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, and the brand's eight-inch Digital Cockpit. All models have safety gear like blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning. Going up the trim hierarchy adds equipment like a larger touchscreen, a larger gauge cluster display, leather or leatherette upholstery, larger alloy wheels, and a power-adjustable driver's seat. Only the top SEL R-Line has a Fender sound system and hands-free access.
There aren't many packages to choose from since VW has already equipped the Tiguan to a high standard. On the base S, the IQ.DRIVE Package & S Convenience Package looks like excellent value at $895. With adaptive cruise control, lane assist, rain-sensing wipers, a leatherette steering wheel and more, this is a box we'd definitely tick. On the SE, a panoramic sunroof will add $1,200 to the bill. Other than these upgrades, the options list is limited to accessories like a bike holder, a cargo box attachment, and a hood deflector.