Once among the smallest compact SUVs, the current Volkswagen Tiguan has grown into one of the biggest in the category. It offers driver and passengers plenty of interior space and good outward visibility. It has lost a bit of the youthful demeanor of its predecessor with this newfound space, but it remains one of the better handling small SUVs.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard. FCW, AEB, BSW, and RCTW standard from 2020.
Road Test

Once among the smallest compact SUVs, the current Volkswagen Tiguan has grown into one of the biggest in the category. It offers driver and passengers plenty of interior space and good outward visibility. It has lost a bit of the youthful demeanor of its predecessor with this newfound space, but it remains one of the better handling small SUVs. At the same time, VW was able to boost the Tiguan's fuel economy to 25 mpg overall on regular fuel, a strong showing for the class, especially considering its size. (The previous Tiguan required premium.)

At 185 inches long, the new Tiguan is a whopping 11 inches longer than the previous generation. That's also two inches longer than the Chevrolet Equinox and four inches longer than the Honda CR-V. The added length not only allows for an immense backseat and generous cargo area, but for an optional third-row seat as well (which comes standard on front-wheel-drive versions).

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD, Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (184 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"There was an engine air flow sensor and pump that are part of the exhaust system that failed, causing the check engine light to come on"

Anonymous, PA (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Other/unsure

"The front camera/sensor had to be reset as the automatic braking and associated systems did not work."

Eric S., NY (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Lane assist caused my car to try to go across three lanes on the expressway, it took complete control of the vehicle, not letting me stay in my lane and headed me towards the concrete barrier."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"While driving on the expressway the lane assist system took over completely, trying to steer me across 3 lanes into the concrete divider. It fought me while I tried to maintain control and I was zig zagging across 3 lanes, trying to steer, brake, stay in one lane. It was terrifying to have no control over my car. I managed to not die, amazingly. It was a miracle no one hit me and I didn't hit another car or the concrete barrier. I took the car to the dealership and they experienced the same issue, surprising since usually when they have it, the car acts perfectly. The dealership claimed all the wheels were out of alignment, which I don't understand as I didn't hit anything, no curb, no potholes, yet all 4 wheels were out of whack. They said due to the misalignment the lane assist took over as it read a problem. It cost a bundle as that wasn't covered under the wonderful 6 year warranty. I have disabled the lane assist as I no longer trust it and am quite frankly afraid to drive it with that system in place, now. So much for extra safety. I'd love to get a different car but right now can't afford to do so. I do not recommend this car at all, dangerous."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Previous owner put illegal tint on the windows that we did not realize until after we paid for the car. We could not return it. Dealer was horrible but finally got it removed. We are not sure if it damaged the defroster yet."

Anonymous, FL (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Locks and latches

"The latches in the car trunk area that drop the seats do not work and have not worked since I got the car. VW dealer where I bought the car looked at it but did not fix it."

Anonymous, (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Mirrors

"Mirror was removed due to be sure it was working properly, dealer reinstalled incorrectly and now it creaks when I shift it to night mode. Not sure it can be fixed."

Anonymous, FL (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sunroof

"The sunroof leaks, apparently a factory defect that VW knew about but put out there anyway. My car smells like mildew and is unsafe to drive in my opinion."

Anonymous, (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Sunroof had a terrible leak over passenger seat. I noticed it in May 2019 and brought the car back to the dealer who kept the car for 3 months. They wound up buying me out of my lease and giving me a new car."

Anonymous, NY (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"There is something loose in the front doors especially drivers side."

Anonymous, (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Noticed there was debris underneath the factory pain during walk around after purchase."

Anonymous, HI (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The paint job I have on my new vehicle is flawed. When it rains, the stains stay on the car irregardless of what wax I use."

Annette M., NM (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"within 30 days of a maintenance the right rear caliper malfunctioned and went through a entire brake pad."

Janette P., CA (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen freezes up

"Could not use blue tooth. Can not change radio station by button. Only manual tuning. Setting would not work."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"The check engine light came on. VW tried to fix by use of a soft wear fix, but it did not work. Now I need to bring in the car again so they can try to figure it out"

Alan K., FL (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"The drive belt shredded and also damaged the oil system."

Anonymous, MA (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Directional shutters that control HVAC would get stuck causing hot air to blow on drivers side. Spacer washer had to be installed behind console to allow gears to sync to control shutters. Repair took 5 trips to dealership to figure out what was causing the issue. Some trips were wasted because issue was sporadic and dealership could not replicate the issue. On 3rd trip, took vehicle directly to dealership while problem was occurring, only to be told VW could not replicate the issue. Only fixed after two more trips, and head mechanic took apart the gear housing behind the console, identified and fixed the problem."

Anonymous, MD (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Electronic ignition

"It would start shaking on the highway and lights starting flashing without warning. We took it in three times before Volkswagen resolved the issue completely. Now it is working perfectly again."

Anonymous, (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"We brought the vehicle to the dealer with approximately 2,400 miles complying of an electrical problem: warning lights constantly coming on. Later that day the dealer informed us they were going to replace the motor and issued us a loaner vehicle for the duration of the repair. Since that repair the vehicle has been trouble free and my wife and I love the Tiguan."

Anonymous, NY (2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

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