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About The Volkswagen Tiguan

Vehicle Summary

Unveiled by German automaker Volkswagen in 2007, the Tiguan is a compact crossover SUV with seating for up to seven—depending on the specific trim configuration. Over the years, the Volkswagen Tiguan has a reputation for offering a comfortable ride and a surprising amount of space for a crossover SUV, making it a popular option for growing families. 

In 2018, the Tiguan began its second generation of production with a complete redesign, offering even more storage space, leg room, and a standard third-row. If you've been on the lookout for a stylish yet capable crossover SUV, it may be time to check out the Tiguan for yourself. 

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Q: Is the Volkswagen Tiguan four-wheel drive?

A: On all model years of the Volkswagen Tiguan to-date, front-wheel drive is standard. However, 4MOTION all-wheel drive is an optional add-on with every trim, including the base trim. All-wheel drive differs from four-wheel drive in that drivers don't need to switch the vehicle into 4x4 mode to enjoy extra traction; all-wheel drive vehicles automatically send power to the wheels that need it most. 

Q: What is 4MOTION on the Volkswagen Tiguan?

A: 4MOTION is Volkswagen's unique and innovative all-wheel drive system, which actually utilizes features of both four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. In normal driving conditions, the 4MOTION system will send power to either the front or rear wheels. When low traction is detected, it is designed to measure each wheel's traction and send additional power to the wheels in-need. 

Q: What does BlueMotion mean?

A: BlueMotion technology was first released in Volkswagen vehicles in 2006, including the Tiguan. Specifically, vehicles with BlueMotion technology have features such as an aerodynamic body design, revised engine mapping, automatic stop-start, and a programed battery-charging system. 

Q: Does the Volkswagen Tiguan have a third row?

A: In the first generation of Volkswagen Tiguan production (2007-2017), two-row seating was standard across all trim levels, but the 2017 Tiguan did offer an optional third row. For the second generation of production (2018-present), the Tiguan comes standard with three rows. 

Volkswagen Tiguan Trim Configurations

Tiguan trim configurations have varied greatly throughout the years, with special editions also being offered for certain model years. The following trim descriptions are based on the 2018 model year unless otherwise noted. 

Volkswagen Tiguan Limited

  • 16-inch wheels 
  • Rearview camera 
  • Five-inch touchscreen display 
  • Split-folding rear seat 

Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line (2016 and earlier)

  • Sportier exterior features 
  • Stainless steel sport pedal covers 
  • Body-colored side skirts 
  • Stainless steel door sills 

Volkswagen Tiguan S

  • 17-inch wheels 
  • Bluetooth connectivity 
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen display 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 

Volkswagen Tiguan SE

  • Standard driver-assistance features 
  • Dual-zone climate control 
  • Eight-inch touchscreen display 
  • Simulated leather upholstery 
  • Keyless entry and ignition 

Volkswagen Tiguan SEL

  • Panoramic sunroof 
  • 18-inch wheels 
  • Navigation system 
  • Power liftgate 

Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium

  • Leather upholstery 
  • Heated steering wheel 
  • Nine-speaker sound system 
  • Adaptive LED headlights 

Volkswagen Tiguan Wolfsburg Edition (2017)

  • All-season tires 
  • Silver roof rails 
  • Sport suspension 
  • 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

Reliability Research

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Volkswagen Tiguan an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks the Volkswagen Tiguan 24th out of 26 among Compact SUVs.

  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Volkswagen Tiguan is $579, compared to an average of $454 for Compact SUVs and $556 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 1.4 times per year, compared to an average of 0.9 times for Compact SUVs and 1.4 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 10% for the Volkswagen Tiguan, compared to an average of 10% for Compact SUVs and 12% 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 2006-2020 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 09/01/2021. Learn more.


Reviews for Volkswagen Tiguan

Overall Rating

4.3 out of 5 (122 reviews)

Carmax made me love buying a car!

This car more than met my prerequisites. It was no more than 3 years old, at a great price and with low mileage. Nice mid-size SUV with decent MPG. Handles well and is comfortable. This base model does not have all the technology a lot of people want today but I wasn’t looking for that. The only negative is the rear cargo space is less than I hoped but then I was used to a minivan. Carmax made the process so easy and without stress that I may have been prejudiced to love the Tiguan before I even drove it!


  • Ride and Handling: smooth riding and hold the road well when turning
  • Styling: attractive body design
  • Value:


  • Interior Space: slope of the roof and height of cargo bed limit stowing capacity

- Joanne Search, 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Tough to beat the Germans for quality engineering

Drivability, quality and simplicity in the cabin. I'm sold on VW/Audi for best driving cars with simple, no nonsense dashboards and quality materials - all for a reasonable price with no repair sticker shock. Yeah, they cost a few dollars more, but they're worth every penny. Not quite a BMW (owned a 325 conv), but not that expensive either, and repairs are far, far cheaper. I own a GTI which I like even better. If you can handle it, reach for the Tiguan with the suspension options (for even bigger grins).


  • Ride and Handling: the best for the buck
  • Dashboard: simple, black on white - no nonsense
  • Styling: European styling beats the Asian/US styles by far

- $Bill Citizen, 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan

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