The stylish design of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan helps to set the compact SUV apart from the competition, but it’s the roomy interior with standard third-row seating that truly differentiates it. Volkswagen’s turbocharged engine is efficient and provides substantial power.
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is offered in six trims: S, SE, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium and SEL Premium R-Line. It seats as many as seven. The Tiguan is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.
For 2019, an alarm system is standard on all trim levels. The SEL and SEL Premium models now include Volkswagen’s “Digital Cockpit,” a configurable display that transforms the gauge cluster to include navigation, audio details and important vehicle data. Park distance control also becomes standard on those upper trims. Additionally, a new Jet Black package is available for the SEL R-Line. Highlights include black exterior accents and 19-inch black alloy wheels.
The second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan adds 10 inches in length, which gives the compact SUV a stronger presence on the road. A nod to classic SUV design, the Tiguan’s shape gives the crossover a nostalgic look. The more traditional boxy design is a nice contrast to the swoopy offerings from many competitors. The contrasting colors on our SE trim review vehicle, with a long-wearing matte black finish on the lower portions of the vehicle, add style and utility. While few will use the Tiguan as an off-road vehicle, the dent resistant plastic panels, steep approach and departure angles, and 7.9 inches of ride height lend themselves to gravel- and snow-covered roads.
Standard equipment includes halogen headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, heated mirrors with turn-signal indicators and 17-inch alloy wheels. Moving up to the SEL trim adds fog lights, a power liftgate and 18-inch wheels. Options include 19- and 20-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding mirrors, a panoramic sunroof and a hands-free power liftgate. R-Line trims differentiate themselves with unique bumpers, wheel arches, side skirts and trim.
The 2019 Tiguan’s interior is spacious and inviting. Front-wheel drive models are equipped with three-row seating. The first two rows provide comfortable accommodations for five adults. The third row allows for two extra passengers, but the snug space limits their usefulness. Volkswagen’s efforts have yielded a driver-friendly cockpit. Gauges are carefully positioned, and the SUV’s controls are easily accessible. The standard multi-function steering wheel adds function and convenience. Cargo space is increased over the previous model. Three-row models do lose a considerable amount of space, but the 12 cubic feet left over is enough for grocery store runs and morning commutes with backpacks and duffel bags. Folding the third row yields 33 cubic feet of cargo capacity and a total of 65.7 with all the seats folded. Two-row models provide 37.6 cubic feet of space, which is expandable to 73.5 with the second row folded.
Standard features include cloth upholstery and manual climate control. SE and SEL models feature dual-zone climate control, heated leatherette seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Additional options include leather seats, a heated steering wheel and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine makes 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The Tiguan can tow up to 1,500 pounds. The front-wheel-drive model’s EPA fuel economy ratings are 22/29 mpg city/highway. All-wheel drive models are just behind that, at 21/29 mpg city/highway.
Tiguan models with all-wheel drive feature a configurable active control system. The system provides four settings: onroad, offroad, snow and custom offroad. Additionally, the onroad setting offers four options: normal, sport, comfort and individual.
The turbocharged engine’s performance is adequate for daily driving. The engine’s torque provides uneventful highway passing and purposeful daily city driving. Unfortunately, the size of the SUV plays a role in the vehicle’s overall driving dynamics, and the Tiguan feels heavier on the road than some of the competition, including the Mazda CX5 and Honda CR-V.
All 2019 Tiguan models are equipped with Volkswagen’s MIB II touchscreen infotainment system. The smartphone/tablet-inspired touch sensor provides greater ease of use than traditional touchscreens. The technology allows for gesture controls, including pinch-zooming and swiping. Base models are equipped with a 6.5-inch display. The system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth, an SD card input and one USB port. All other Tiguan models are equipped with an 8-inch display. The upgraded infotainment includes three USB ports, satellite radio and HD Radio. Optional infotainment features include navigation and a 12-speaker Fender premium audio system.
A rearview camera and Volkswagen’s automatic post-collision braking system are standard. Available safety and convenience features include forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring, blind spot monitoring with rear traffic alert, lane keeping assist and automatic high beams. An overhead view camera and park distance control help in crowded parking lots. Adaptive cruise control makes long highway trips easier.
The 2019 Tiguan S starts at $24,295, not including a $995 destination charge. Adding all-wheel drive brings the base price to $25,595 plus destination. Our review vehicle, the SE, provided a nice set of standard features, including an 8-inch infotainment system, blind spot monitors and three rows of seating for $27,985, including destination charges and a $295 paint option.
Discussing the Tiguan without mentioning value is almost impossible. Volkswagen has created a three-row SUV with a strong feature set for a surprisingly affordable price. Unlike many competitors, the base model front-wheel drive arrives with a third row and the same engine and transmission as the top model. The driving dynamics might leave some wanting, but the Tiguan does everything that a compact SUV is expected to do on the highway and around town. The optional all-wheel-drive system makes the Tiguan a great choice for owners in winter climates.
Volkswagen’s 2019 Tiguan offers attractive styling, plenty of room for passengers and a long list of technology and safety features for an affordable price. Base models include three-row seating and share the same engine and transmission as the top-trim vehicles. Families will find the compact SUV offers great utility and value.
By Chris Brewer (Last Updated 7/31/2019)
Chris Brewer is an automotive writer and photographer from Northeast Florida. Chris is a regular contributor to numerous automotive magazines and runs Jacksonville’s Cars & Coffee. Brewer also works as the director of communications for The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, a world-renown automotive event and two-time winner of the International Historic Motoring Event of the Year.
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