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
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 - The base trim of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan, the S trim includes standard features such as a rearview camera, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility, a six-speaker audio system, and more.
- SE - The SE trim of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan includes everything found on the S trim as well as heated front seats, an eight-inch touchscreen display, leatherette seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more.
- SEL - The SEL trim of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan includes everything found on the SE trim as well as front and rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, a built-in navigation system, adaptive cruise control, and more.
- SEL R-Line - The SEL R-Line trim of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan includes everything found on the SEL trim as well as R-Line interior and exterior styling elements.
- SEL Premium - The SEL Premium trim of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan includes everything found on the SEL trim as well as driver's seat memory, a heated steering wheel, leather seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and more.
- SEL Premium R-Line - The SEL Premium R-Line trim of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan includes everything found on the SEL Premium trim as well as R-Line interior and exterior styling elements.
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
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan measures 185″L x 72″W x 66″H.
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan features a spacious and stylish interior that is every bit as comfortable as it is attractive. Depending on the trim configuration that you choose, the 2019 Tiguan comes equipped with black cloth seats, gray cloth seats, black leatherette seats, gray leatherette seats, golden oak/black leatherette seats, black leather seats, gray leather seats, or saffrano orange/black leather seats. In terms of interior space, the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan comes available as both a three-row, seven-seat model, or a two-row, five-seat model. 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 two-row 2019 Tiguan provides 73.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row folded down while the three-row model provides 65.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third row folded down.
Child Seat Details
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is able to fit two car seats in its second row and can easily accommodate all types of car seats, including latch car seats, rear-facing convertible car seats, forward-facing convertible car seats, and booster car seats. With seating for up to seven depending on the model that you choose, the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is certainly a fine choice to consider if you are looking for a roomy family vehicle.
2009-2017 Volkswagen Tiguan (First Generation)
The Volkswagen Tiguan was first released as a 2009 model and remained in its first generation through the launch of the 2017 model. The first-generation Volkswagen Tiguan was designed to be a sporty and athletic SUV and was powered by a 200 hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Starting in 2015, a rearview camera was made a standard feature on the first-generation Volkswagen Tiguan and has remained a standard feature on all subsequent models.
2018-Present Volkswagen Tiguan (Second Generation)
The second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan - which began with the release of the 2018 model - featured a slightly longer wheelbase, updated interior and exterior styling, a new 184 hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and a wide range of new standard and available technology features such as pedestrian monitoring and automatic emergency braking.
Lease vs Buy
There are several key pros and cons to consider when it comes to choosing between leasing or buying a car. While CarMax doesn’t lease vehicles, you may be interested in thinking about the pros and cons of leasing versus buying. Leasing a car often means that you may have lower monthly payments and little to no down payment, and it also means that you may be subject to fees such as excessive mileage fees or wear and tear fees. When you lease a car it also means that you will not have full ownership of your vehicle. Buying a car outright, on the other hand, can mean higher monthly payments but full ownership.
New vs Used
Whether you should purchase a car used or new ultimately comes down to your budget and preferences. Model for model, a new car tends to be more expensive than the same model used, but it does offer advantages such as no wear and tear. If you purchase a used car from a trusted and reputable dealership, though, you know the vehicle has been carefully chosen and received a multi-point review.
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When new, the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan included 6-year/72,000-mile (whichever occurs first) basic coverage and a 6-year/72,000-mile (whichever occurs first) powertrain coverage. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply. See Warranty Information Booklet for complete details. The balance of this warranty may apply on some vehicles. See store for details.
RepairPal gave the Volkswagen Tiguan an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Average.
- Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Volkswagen Tiguan is $730, compared to an average of $537 for compact SUVs and $719 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
- Frequency According to RepairPal, Volkswagen Tiguan owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.9 times per year, compared to an average of 0.3 times for compact SUVs and 0.5 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
- Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 12% for the Volkswagen Tiguan, compared to an average of 12% for compact SUVs and 13% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010-2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.
*RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 12/31/2018. Learn more.
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan FAQ
Q: What engine is in the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan?
A: The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan comes equipped with a 184 hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine.
Q: Does the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan have All-Wheel Drive?
A: Yes. The 2019 Tiguan offers VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.
Q: What is the fuel economy of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan?
A: The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan gets an EPA estimated 25 MPG combined city/highway when equipped with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission.1
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan can tow up to 1,500 pounds, when properly equipped, and can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 9.7 seconds.2
According to EPA estimates, the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan’s tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 355 grams per mile. This estimate is based on a brand-new model. Visit fueleconomy.gov for more details.
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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.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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