2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Review: Quick Take

Lee Bailie
by Lee Bailie


Engine: 2.0L I4 Turbo
Output: 187 hp, 221 lb-ft
Transmission: 8AT, 4WD
US fuel economy (MPG): 24 Combined
CAN fuel economy (L/100KM): 9.8 Combined
Starting Price (USD): $27,885 (inc. dest.)
As-Tested Price (USD): $36,140 (inc. dest.)
Starting Price (CAD): $35,645 (inc. dest.)
As-Tested Price (CAD): $42,640 (inc. dest.)

Coming into our massive 2022 AutoGuide Compact SUV Comparison test presented by NRS Brakes, we thought the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan was one of the more intriguing entries.

A facelift for 2022, combined with a torquey turbocharged four-cylinder, and a long list of standard features, there was potential for the Volkswagen to surprise.

That it finished mid-pack in our 11-vehicle comparison says less, in my view, about the Tiguan’s relative merits and more about the depth of competition in the segment. Generally, the Tiguan performed well in our test, receiving high marks for front seat comfort, braking, handling, ride comfort and powertrain. But, to win a competition as packed with strong contenders as this one, an entry needs to be exceptional, rather than merely very good. In this instance, the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan falls into the latter category.

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Revised Styling

For 2022, the Tiguan receives a styling update that includes a new front fascia with redesigned LED headlights, a new VW logo and an available illuminated grille. At the rear, new LED taillights and Tiguan wordmark highlight the changes. On the inside, updates include improved materials, adjustable ambient lighting, and new interior colors.

For our comparison, Volkswagen loaned us an SE R-Line Black 4MOTION tester (Comfortline R-Line Black in Canada). It includes R-Line exterior trim (black accented grille, front bumper, side sills, badging and more), 19-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped multifunction R-Line steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, illuminated scuff plates and more.

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From a styling perspective, the Tiguan retains a conventional, boxy SUV shape, but its new grille, LED headlights and taillights, adds extra flair to car’s overall appeal. It doesn’t carry the most emotional styling, but the Tiguan is handsome, and its interior is much improved.

The refreshed interior, with its new steering wheel, improved trim materials and gorgeous 8-inch Volkswagen Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster impresses, as does its front seating and overall comfort level. Its boxy shape also provides for good front and rearward visibility.

Great for Cargo, Adequate for Rear Passengers

Despite a strong showing in many categories, the Tiguan down was ultimately weighed down significantly in two: rear seat comfort and fuel economy.

SEE ALSO: Subaru Forester vs Volkswagen Tiguan Comparison

For rear seat comfort, the Tiguan’s low score, which tied the Bronco Sport for second worst behind only the Compass, is due to a lack of headroom. While the rear seat provides plenty of legroom, our taller testers had to tilt their heads to fit back there due to the presence of a panoramic sunroof.

As for cargo capacity, the Tiguan was one of the higher rated entries in our test with 73.4 cu-ft. (2,078 litres) of available space when the rear seatbacks are folded down, and 37.6 cu-ft. (1,065 litres) when they’re upright. Like many others in our comparison, towing in the Tiguan is limited. Its 1,500-pound (680 kg) rating is puny but shouldn’t impact the Tiguan’s overall appeal.

Torquey But a Bit Thirsty

On the road, the Tiguan’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (184 hp / 221 lb-ft.) impressed with strong acceleration from rest and good passing power at speed. Its 8-speed automatic transmission and 4MOTION all-wheel drive put the power to the ground smoothly and give the Tiguan a planted feel on the road.

The Tiguan’s ride and handling fared well in our test overall, with a generally smooth ride, refined road manners and strong braking. We noted, however, that it isn’t as adept at swallowing up bumps and absorbing cracks on rougher surfaces, as the Forester, Rogue, and Tucson are.

On the fuel economy front, the Tiguan is a bit thirsty. Its 24 mpg (9.8 L/100 km) combined figure is the second worst in our test, ranking ahead of only the Bronco Sport.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan: The Verdict

Overall, the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan has a lot going for it. Its styling update, high degree of standard features, and general comfort rank high in our books. Add in a powerful, yet refined powertrain, and it’s a desirable option in the compact SUV segment. And, depending on one’s needs, its tight rear seat headroom and subpar fuel economy may not be serious negatives. As they say, your mileage may vary.

But they were negatives in our test, and they helped to relegate the Tiguan to the realm of the very good, but not great.


What is the 2022 Tiguan comparable to?

The Volkswagen Tiguan matches up with a large cross-section of compact SUVs. Vehicles like the Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V. 

What is the difference between a 2021 Tiguan and a 2022 Tiguan?

The vehicle received a facelift inside and out, that updated key components like the lights, grille, and steering wheel. 

How much will the 2022 Tiguan cost?

 The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan starts at a price of $27,885 ($35,645 CAD) after destination charges.

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Lee Bailie
Lee Bailie

With more than 20 years of industry experience, which includes automotive retail, motorsports PR, and writing and editing for various automotive publications, Lee is an AutoGuide freelancer, and car guy to the core. For nearly a decade and a half, he has married his two consuming passions together – journalism and the automotive industry. Whether it’s providing coverage on debuts from an auto show floor, writing road test reviews, or previewing a new model coming soon, Lee is eager to share his passion for the automotive industry with his readers. He is a long-standing member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) and won a feature writing award in 2018.

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  • Jason Julian Jason Julian on Nov 03, 2022

    My 2019 4Motion Tiguan regularly gets 30mpg on highway trips and is extremely comfortable during long drives.