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The small SUV with a big capacity.

Volkswagen Tiguan | CarMax

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan brings together the elegant styling, versatility, and practicality you require from a small SUV, plus the seating capacity inside to seat up to seven passengers with the available third row. Also boasting a strong selection of tech features inside, the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is the ideal vehicle for families and busy commuters looking for a runabout for everyday life.

While we currently do not have many 2020 Volkswagen Tiguans on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2020 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Volkswagen Tiguan with similar features.

Below are average prices for prior model years of the Volkswagen Tiguan.

  • 2016 - Average price less than $17,0001
  • 2017 - Average price less than $18,5001
  • 2018 - Average price less than $23,5001
  • 2019 - Average price less than $24,5001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan review:

Key Specs & Features

MPG:

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan, when equipped with the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, eight-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive, can achieve an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined—22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.2

Cargo Space:

  • Up to 12 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third-row seats
  • Up to 37.6 cubic feet of cargo volume with third-row seats folded down (or on models with all-wheel drive and two-row seating)

Seating Capacity:

  • Seats up to seven passengers in the three-row configuration
  • Seats up to five passengers in two-row configuration (only on models with all-wheel drive)
  • Up to 123.2 cubic feet of passenger volume in total

Engine Options:

  • 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 184 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque

Tech Features:

  • Forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility
  • Dual-zone climate control (SE models and upwards)

Rankings

The Volkswagen Tiguan has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists:

5 Reasons To Buy

1. The Convenience of Three-Row Seating

It cannot be understated just how convenient three-row seating is in a small SUV like the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan. A rarity among similar-sized vehicles, the three-row seating arrangement is not just available but standard on the 2020 Tiguan with front-wheel drive—models with all-wheel drive sport two-row seating as standard, though there is still the option of available third-row seating. And that third row means there's space for up to seven passengers and their belongings inside this roomy little SUV.

2. Small on the Outside, Big on the Inside

Volkswagen Tiguan: Backseats | CarMax

For a vehicle of this size, you can still expect plenty of space. A total of 123.2 cubic feet of passenger volume across those three rows of seats means even those in the smaller third row have more than enough room to sit comfortably. Additionally, 12 cubic feet of cargo volume in the standard configuration is plenty for things like groceries. But, if you need just a bit more space for luggage and other belongings, just fold those rear seats down and you get over three times the cargo volume—up to 37.6 cubic feet. Whether you prefer two extra seats or 25 cubic feet of extra cargo space, the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is not only roomy on the inside but flexible with how you can use that space, too.

Volkswagen Tiguan: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

3. Plenty of Features Even From Standard

No need to worry about missing out on certain features—the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan provides you with plenty, even from the base S model. From standard, you get a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, and forward-collision warning. On the SE model, you can expect features like dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, and heated front seats, as well as the R-Line Black exterior-styling package. Then on the range-topping SEL (and SEL R-Line) trims, you get full leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, a powered rear liftgate, and a nine-speaker Fender® sound system. No matter what trim level you go for, the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan has everything you need to make your time driving this vehicle as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

4. Intuitive & Easy-To-Use Tech

Volkswagen Tiguan: Tech Dash | CarMax

It's one thing for a vehicle to offer tons of tech and equipment but another for that same tech to be easy to use. Thankfully, the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan manages to do both very well. On the base model, you get a 6.5-inch touchscreen display to access in-car entertainment and tech, which goes up to an eight-inch touchscreen on the SE trim. Additionally, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration is seamless and included on the base model and upwards.

5. All-wheel drive available on any trim level

Being an SUV, you might expect the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan to offer the option of all-wheel drive for better handling and roadholding. And indeed that is the case—the 2020 Tiguan goes a step further by offering all-wheel drive at any trim level, not just top trims and configurations. And if you miss the standard third row of seating you lose when going with all-wheel drive, rear third-row seating is still available as an option!


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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • S: Includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and more.
  • SE: Unlocks the SE R-Line Black option package while adding keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, eight-inch touchscreen, and more.
  • SEL: Unlocks the SEL R-Line package and adds a panoramic sunroof, power liftgate, remote start, a nine-speaker Fender® sound system, and more.

Available Colors

  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Platinum Gray Metallic
  • Pure White
  • Pyrite Silver Metallic
  • Silk Blue Metallic
  • Stone Blue Metallic

Interior

  • 123.2 cubic feet of passenger volume
  • Seating for up to seven people—up to five on models with all-wheel drive and two-row seating
  • Up to 12 cubic feet of cargo volume in standard configuration
  • Up to 37.6 cubic feet of cargo volume either without third-row seating or with third-row seats folded down

Average CarMax Prices

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Volkswagen Tiguan.

  • 2016 - Average price less than $17,0001
  • 2017 - Average price less than $18,5001
  • 2018 - Average price less than $23,5001
  • 2019 - Average price less than $24,5001

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

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Safety and Reliability

RepairPal® Reliability Ratings for the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan4

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used Volkswagen Tiguans with similar features. Below are RepairPal reliability ratings for prior model years of the Volkswagen Tiguan.

  • Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating – 3.0/5.0
  • Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance: $730

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.Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.

NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is not currently rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Similar Vehicles

Toyota RAV4

The 2017 and 2018 RAV4 models are part of its fourth generation, first introduced in 2013, and feature 101.9 cubic feet of passenger volume and 38.4 cubic feet of cargo volume (2018 models). The 2019 model is the start of the brand-new fifth generation and features a striking exterior redesign, similar interior dimensions—98.9 cubic feet of passenger volume and 37.6 cubic feet of cargo volume—and an ace up its sleeve in the form of a new 2.5L four-cylinder engine. This new powerplant can achieve a remarkable EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined and 35 mpg on the highway.2

On fourth-generation (2017–2018) models, you get the following included as standard:

  • Suite of driver-assistance features
  • Rearview camera
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen interface
  • Six-speaker sound system with a USB port and Bluetooth® connectivity

For the new fifth-generation model (2019), standard features include:

  • Upgraded suite of driver-assistance features
  • Rearview camera
  • Seven-inch touchscreen interface
  • Apple CarPlay® compatibility
  • Six-speaker sound system with a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity

Chevrolet Equinox

Another small SUV recently seeing an update with a new generation is the Chevrolet Equinox. The 2017 model is the last of the second generation and includes a capacious 99.7 cubic feet of passenger volume and 31.5 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seats. The 2019 Equinox, part of the third generation which debuted in 2018, boasts an improved 103 cubic feet of passenger volume while still maintaining 30 cubic feet of cargo volume in the rear. All the above models are well-equipped with standard features including:

  • OnStar® communications technology, featuring an in-car 4G Wi-Fi hotspot5
  • Rearview camera
  • Seven-inch touchscreen interface
  • Six-speaker sound system (also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility on 2018–2019 models)
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Jeep Compass

For those looking for a small crossover SUV that can tackle more rough-terrain driving, look no further than the Jeep Compass. With the second generation of this vehicle arriving in 2017, the Jeep Compass offers plenty of space inside for a small SUV and a rugged exterior that can tackle both on and off-road driving. On the former point, the 2019 model Compass offers a vast 126.7 cubic feet of passenger volume inside while still having 27 cubic feet of luggage volume available—which can be increased to 59.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat. As for that rugged exterior, the Trailhawk trim option is what you're looking for if you want maximum off-road capabilities. This includes raised suspension, a Selec-Terrain system for navigating steep climbs and uneven terrain, and more besides. With plenty of room inside for passengers and cargo and an extra bit of grit for when the going gets tough, the Jeep Compass makes a great choice if you are after an adventure.

Additional comforts that come standard on 2017–2019 Compasses include:

  • Uconnect system with a five-inch touchscreen display (seven-inch on 2019 models)
  • Six-speaker sound system (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility on 2019 models)
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Air conditioning

The Bottom Line

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is a great small SUV for those who want plenty of space while still having a small footprint. The three rows of seats and room for seven people inside add extra versatility in a segment not usually known for having third-row seating. And when you wrap all this up in a user-friendly package that boasts a lengthy feature list from standard, the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan really becomes a great choice for your next ride.

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1Based on CarMax average prices from December 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures vary depending on factors like model year, specific trim level, transmission type, engine size, and drive-train. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
3Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
4RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability.
5Requires data plan and compatible device.
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