Spacious and tech-friendly.
Are you looking for a vehicle that offers plenty of space without being overwhelmingly large? If so, the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is a good choice. The 2019 Tiguan is one of the few compact SUVs that offers seating for up to seven passengers while sporting ample cargo space. This makes the Tiguan a great choice for growing families or people who regularly carpool on the run to school or work. The 2019 Tiguan is available with all-wheel drive and has standard features including Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.
Here's what you'll learn in this 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan review:
Key Specs & Features
- 184-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine
- Available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive
- Seating for five to seven passengers, depending on the configuration
- 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space on five-seater models
- Standard 6.5-inch touchscreen, with available eight-inch touchscreen
- Standard rearview camera
- 19th - Best SUVs under $20,000
5 Reasons to Buy
1. LOTS OF SPACE
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is designed for people who need plenty of space, and as such, is one of the only compact SUVs that has third-row seating. In addition, the Tiguan has plenty of cargo space—2019 five-seater models have 37.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats, while seven-seater models have 33 cubic feet of cargo space when the third row is folded flat. Even when the third row is in use, you'll still have about 13 cubic feet of available cargo space.
2. DRIVER-ASSIST FEATURES
The Volkswagen Tiguan is a great SUV if you're looking for driver-assist features. Emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear traffic alerts are available on all trims of the 2019 Tiguan. They're standard in most trims, but in the base trim (S) you'll need to opt for the Driver Assist Package to get these features. In addition, adaptive cruise control is standard on trims SEL and higher, while lane-keep assist is standard on Premium trims.
3. SMARTPHONE INTEGRATION
All models of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan come standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect. That makes it easy for you to connect your smartphone to the Tiguan's infotainment system without distraction, and you'll be able to control your apps using the car's touchscreen. The Tiguan comes standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen on the S trim, while higher trim levels come with an eight-inch touchscreen.
4. GREAT GAS MILEAGE
The 2019 Tiguan comes standard with a 184-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine—the only engine available. The 2019 Tiguan with its 2.0L engine gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined in front-wheel drive and 24 mpg combined in all-wheel drive.1 At the same time, the turbo delivers great acceleration, giving you the feeling of tons of power.
5. UPSCALE OPTIONS
The base level of the Tiguan comes with cloth seats; however, all other trim levels come with leatherette upholstery, excluding Premium trims, which sport genuine leather. In addition, all trims except the S come with heated front seats and a 10-way power-adjustable driver seat. Going further, available options like a panoramic sunroof and premium sound system add to the Tiguan's upscale feel.
What You Need to Know
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Trims
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is available in six trims: S, SE, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium, and SEL Premium R-Line.
As for Volkswagen Tiguan configurations, the S, SE, SEL and SEL R-Line trims come standard with seven seats and front-wheel drive. However, all-wheel-drive models of these trims come standard with five seats and the option for seven seats. The Premium trim levels come standard with all-wheel drive and five seats as well, though they also offer the option for seven seats.
Here's what else you can expect from each trim:
- S: Cloth seats, black roof rails, 6.5-inch display screen
- SE: Leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, eight-inch touchscreen, USB ports, standard driver-assist features including emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring
- SEL: Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, adaptive cruise control, and parking distance control
- SEL R-Line: Engine start-stop system, bumper R-line styling, interior R-line badge on steering wheel
- SEL Premium: Leather seats, heated steering wheel, three-way memory function for driver’s seat, overhead-view camera, lane-keep assist
- SEL Premium R-Line: Adds R-line badge to interior and exterior
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Colors
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is available in the following colors:
- Cardinal Red Metallic
- Dark Moss Green Metallic
- Deep Black Pearl
- Habanero Orange Metallic
- Platinum Gray Metallic
- Pure White
- Silk Blue Metallic
- White Silver Metallic
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan has a spacious interior. In general, front-wheel-drive Tiguans come with seating for seven, while all-wheel-drive Tiguans come with seating for five; however, the all-wheel-drive models are available with optional seating for seven passengers as well. The base-level 2019 Tiguan comes with cloth seats and a 6.5-inch display screen, while higher trims come with synthetic or genuine leather and an eight-inch display screen.
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The Bottom Line
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is a great compact SUV if you're looking for something that can carry up to seven passengers in style. Meanwhile, optional leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, and driver-assist features make the Tiguan a real upscale ride for you and six others.
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>1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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