The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan launched Tuesday will get a normal kind of refresh that updates the compact SUV’s know-how and styling however leaves the bones of the automobile alone. What you see and contact will look somewhat bit totally different, however the Tiguan’s mechanical components and spaciousness stay the identical.
Although Volkswagen will inform you that the Tiguan has “new” exterior styling, it’ll be exhausting to select from last year’s model. The bumpers and grille have been tweaked and there are new wheel designs up and down the lineup, however the general form stays the identical. The simplest method to select a 2022 Tiguan will likely be from the entrance for fashions with the out there LED gentle strip that runs horizontally by the grille, tucked in behind the outstanding VW badge.
2022 Volkswagen Tiguan
Sportier R-Line styling touches are actually discovered on the highest two trim ranges, the SE R-Line Black and SEL R-Line. Rounding out the trim choices are the bottom S and the SE, leaving the Tiguan with 4 trims in comparison with final yr’s 5.
Underneath the hood, the Tiguan solely has one engine possibility: a 184-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-4 that’s mated to an 8-speed automated transmission. Entrance-wheel-drive is commonplace on all trim ranges, with all-wheel drive elective. For 2022, the Tiguan will solely supply its kid-sized third row on FWD fashions.
Although the third row is borderline unusable for anybody with legs, the second row stays an enormous energy for the Tiguan. It slides ahead and again round 6-inches to open up extra passenger room or cargo room, and with it slid again can simply match grownup sized passengers in nice consolation.
The large inside updates come on the know-how facet, an 8.0-inch digital instrument cluster is now commonplace, with a ten.0-inch cluster discovered on the highest trim stage that options much more customization choices. A 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen is commonplace on the S solely and options Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity. All different trims get the bigger 8.0-inch touchscreen operating VW’s latest multimedia system, and add on wi-fi Android Auto/Apple CarPlay in addition to a wi-fi charging pad (placing these choices collectively makes quite a lot of sense).
The Tiguan has additionally gone touch-crazy on this refresh. Beginning on the SE, the common local weather controls have been swapped for contact controls and on each of the R-Line fashions, there’s an R-Line steering wheel that features extra contact controls for each thumbs. Whereas the controls do supply haptic suggestions to keep away from some undesirable button presses, each setups really feel barely extraneous. It makes the inside look a bit extra futuristic, however these local weather controls are nonetheless tougher to make use of whereas the Tiguan is in movement and altering the amount utilizing a contact slider on the steering wheel is a little bit of an train in frustration. I get it, the brand new Tiguan has to look extra up to date than the pre-refresh mannequin, however to have that come on the lack of some ease of use for passengers is irritating.
Commonplace security options embrace ahead automated emergency braking, blind-spot displays, and rear visitors alerts. The S might be upgraded with a security bundle that features adaptive cruise management with cease and go, lively lane management, and a extra superior blind spot system that may countersteer if you happen to attempt to merge into an occupied lane. These options are all commonplace on the SE and up, with a surround-view digicam system, park help, and automated excessive beams additionally elective.
We’re nonetheless ready on remaining gas economic system and pricing particulars forward of the 2022 Tiguan’s arrival within the third quarter of this yr. Volkswagen did verify that the bottom variations of the Tiguan would see a value improve, although the worth of the highest trim stage would truly fall in comparison with final yr’s high trim. That is prone to make some room on the backside finish for the forthcoming Taos, which VW truly considers to be in the identical class however will likely be smaller than the jumbo Tiguan.
The Tiguan’s spatial strengths stay intact on this refresh and general, I’d say the know-how updates are an enchancment (wi-fi smartphone connectivity is wonderful when you strive it the primary time). However the extra difficult answer isn’t at all times the higher one and I’ll miss my local weather dials when they’re ultimately gone fully.