More Value, More Features: VW Unveils Refreshed 2022 Tiguan Compact SUV
The Tiguan remains VW's bestselling vehicle, both nationally and globally.
Volkswagen has been on a roll lately when it comes to all-new and refreshed versions of vehicles in their lineup. The latest vehicle to receive a refresh in the Brand's lineup is also their bestselling model, the Tiguan compact SUV. For 2022, VW adds new technology features to its bestseller, while also introducing refreshed styling. Read on to find out more about what's new with the 2022 VW Tiguan. NOTE: Any and all pricing discussed in this article includes a mandatory destination fee, but does NOT include any applicable taxes, or other fees.
Starting with the exterior, the refreshed 2022 VW Tiguan gets a revised front end design, which includes a new front grille that incorporates the new VW emblem, as well as a new front headlamp design with integrated LED daytime running lamps (DRL's). The lower front fascia features a sportier design, and the lower air curtains are now integrated into the front bumper. Moving to the side, the new Tiguan features new aluminum-alloy wheel designs that range in size from seventeen inches (17") to twenty inches (20"), and the previous black side skirts have been replaced by color-keyed side skirts with a chrome insert. The rear of the new Tiguan, like the front, also features the new VW logo on the rear liftgate, as well as 'TIGUAN' lettering below it. The dual-outlet exhaust system has been revised, and like the side skirts, the previous black rear bumper diffuser has been replaced with a color-keyed unit that features a chrome insert.
Moving into the interior of the refreshed 2022 VW Tiguan, you'll find that the steering wheel has been lifted from the all-new 2021 iD.4 compact electric vehicle (EV). Like the front grille and rear liftgate, that steering wheel also features the new VW emblem. The new Tiguan features the MIB III suite of infotainment systems, which offers standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration (wired on all models, with wireless on upper trims). The Digital Cockpit has also been revised, but carries over from the previous model. Aluminum foot pedals, as well as lighted aluminum interior trim panels, are included on the top SEL R-Line trim. Previously a feature reserved for upper trim levels, all 2022 Tiguan trim levels (including the base S trim) now feature standard heated seats for the driver and front passenger, adding to the Tiguan's value proposition. SE, SEL, and SEL R-Line models now also feature touch-sensitive "Climatronic" dual-zone climate controls. All models except for the base S trim receive the standard iQ.Drive suite of active driver assistance technologies, which include Front Assist (forward collision warning (FCW) and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection), Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RTCA), Side Assist (blind spot monitoring, or BLIS) adaptive cruise control (ACC) with stop-and-go, Travel Assist (semi-autonomous driving assistance), and Emergency Assist. The Tiguan S will still include some active driver assistance technology, such as Front Assist, Side Assist, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RTCA), and can also be optioned with the iQ.Drive active driver assistance suite found on all other Tiguan models. The trim level lineup is unchanged from the previous Tiguan, consisting of base S, mid-level SE, luxury-oriented SEL, and sporty SEL R-Line.
The sole powertrain option for the refreshed 2022 VW Tiguan remains the 2.0L "TSI" Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine (known as the "EA888"), producing a modest 184 horsepower, and 221 lb. ft. of torque. That engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and Front Wheel Drive (FWD) or VW's "4MOTION" All Wheel Drive (AWD) System are both available. However, buyers of "4MOTION" Tiguans can no longer opt for third-row rear seating, which comes as standard equipment on Front Wheel Drive (FWD) models. VW produces the Tiguan at its main assembly plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. Pricing hasn't yet been announced for the revised 2022 VW Tiguan, although 2021 VW Tiguan pricing ranges from $25,245 for a base S FWD trim, to $39,095 for a loaded SEL R-Line 4MOTION AWD model. The all-new 2022 VW Tiguan arrives at VW dealerships nationwide in September of 2021, and official pricing will be announced closer to that date. What do you think of the refreshed 2022 VW Tiguan? Let us know in the comments down below, and stay tuned right here to DriveTribe for more information as it becomes available!