2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

MSRP $24,945

Ranked #18 in Compact Suv

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 22, 2021

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Volkswagen is hoping to build on the growing demand for SUVs in the market. The weapon of choice for Volkswagen is its all-new 2020 Tiguan. The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan comes in a total of 10 Trims which includes both AWD and front-wheel drive configurations. The 7-seat configuration is available on the front-wheel-drive configuration while the 5 Seat configuration is available only on the AWD variants.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

It gets a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine as the common powertrain across the ten trim line-up and is priced at an MSRP range of $24,295-$38,895. With average interiors and fine cargo space, it faces rivalry from competitors such as the 2020 Kia Sorento, the 2020 Nissan Rogue, and the 2020 Mazda CX-5.

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Pros

7-Seater Configuration Available

Smooth Ride Quality

Immense Passenger and Cargo Space

Best in Class Warranty

Tech Loaded Intuitive Infotainment System

Cons

Engine lacks Punch

Not so fuel-efficient

What's New?

New Tweaked Engine Attention Assist Several customizable options

LED daytime running lights


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24945

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

184 hp @ 4400 rpm

torque

221 ft-lb. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.4/11.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

109.8 in.

length

61.8 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

3757 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

123.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

65.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1124 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/29 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

S$24,945 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan in Cardinal Red Metallic color
Cardinal Red Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

8.2

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

5.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.0

6.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.6

Overall Rating


The Tiguan has always been one of the top preferences for customers around the world who wanted a tough, rugged SUV that can do it all and be not heavy on the pocket. The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan aims to build on the same reputation with an updated features list and subtle changes. The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is offered in 6 trims but gets only a single powertrain, a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine. 

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

Available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configuration and as a 5/8 seater configuration, the Tiguan gets a good set of features to match the rising competition from the segment. It faces a rift with competitors such as the 2020 Kia Sorento, the 2020 Nissan Rogue, and the 2020 Mazda CX-5.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Front View
2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Rear View

8.2/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

5.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Features

8.2/10

"The Tiguan has a comfortable and well-equipped cabin, but its underwhelming engine and below-average fuel economy hold it back." - Cars.USNews 

Volkswagen has made some small changes in the Trims of the 2020 Tiguan. The Optional R-Line Trim makes its way into 2020 as a separate Trim. Customers have an option to choose among the 10 Trims depending on whether they want an AWD setup or a Front Wheel Drive Setup. All the trims come equipped with a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine as the common powertrain.  

Trims

S

SE

SEL

SEL R-Line

SEL Premium with 4Motion

SEL Premium R-Line with 4Motion

Price(2WD)

$24,295

$26,695

$31,795

$33,645

$37,195

$38,895

Price(4Motion)

$25,595

$27,995

$33,095

$34,945

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Features

Powered Heated Side Mirrors

Adds/Upgrades these from "S"

Adds/Upgrades these from "SE"

Adds/Upgrades these from "SEL"

Adaptive Front Lighting System

Heated Side Mirrors

 

4 Wheel Independent Suspension and Active Control(only on AWD version)

Heated Windshield Washer Nozzles

Remote Opening and Closing Power Lift Gate with Remote Start

Power Tilting and Sliding panoramic Sunroof

Hands Free Open and Close lift Gate

Leather Seating Surfaces

 

Automatic Headlights

Dual Zone Climate Control

Park Distance Control

R-Line Front Bumper & Badging

19-inch 5 Spoke Gray Alloy Wheels

20" Alloy Wheels

 

LED Taillights

Leather Seating

Silver Roof Rails

Start-Stop System

Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers

R Line Front Badging and Bumper

 

17" Alloy wheels

17" 2 Tone Alloy

18" Alloy Wheels

19"Alloy Wheels

Automatic LED Headlights with High Beam Control

 
 

Illuminated Glove Box and Black Roof Rails

Keyless Access with Push button Start

Fog Lights with low Speed Corner Illuminating Feature

2nd Row AC Vents

Side Mirrors with Memory Function

 
 

Color Multi-Function Display

2 Front USB and 1 Rear USB Port

Adaptive Cruise Control

VW Car-Net Guide with SiriusXM Travel Link Subscription

Heated Lower Windshield

 
 

Multi-Function Steering Wheel

Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel

Volkswagen Digital Cockpit

 

Auto Dimming Inside Rearview Mirror

 
 

Front Center Armrest with Storage Area

Forward Collision Warning Auto Emergency Brake

Volkswagen Car-Net Security with 6 Months Trial Subscription

 

Interior Ambient Lighting

 
 

6 Way Manually Adjustable Front Seats

10 Way Power Adjust Driver Seats with Lumbar Support

8" Touchscreen Navigation System with all features from "SE" Trim

 

3 Position Memory Function for Driver's Seat

 
 

7 Seat Configuration

Blind Spot Monitor

   

Overhead View Camera

 
 

40/20/40 split folding 2nd Row

Heated Front Seats

   

Fender Premium Audio System

 
 

6.5" Colored Touchscreen Sound System with AM,FM, VW Car-Net App Connect, Bluetooth, USB

8" Color Touchscreen Infotainment System with Proximity Sensor, SiriusXM and Voice Control with Pedestrian Monitoring

   

Rear Traffic Alert with Lane Keeping System

 
 

Rear View Camera and Rear Traffic Alert

     

Blind Spot Monitor

 
 

3 12V Power Outlets

         

Trim to Choose

The SEL Premium Trim packs in a lot of Premium Features with itself while the R-Line adds Sportiness to the overall design of the Tiguan. The 7 Seater Configurations are available only in the FWD trim and all trims of the Tiguan come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SEL trim offers a lot of Convenience Features for its price and would suit perfect most people, who wouldn't want the best Lighting Tech or Audio System. For People wanting a Tech Laden SUV, the SEL Premium trim will fit the bill well.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The engine delivers a generally flaccid response when you hit the gas -Cars.USNews.com

Engine and Transmission of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

Since its facelift in 2020, VW has persisted with its famed 2.0L Turbocharged Stratified Injection (TSI) Intercooled motor that generates 184hp and 221ft-lbs of Torque. The Motor is very refined and doesn't feel stressed even when pushed to the limits. The TSI motor generates class-leading Torque while the power Figure ranks among the best in the segment.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Engine

We particularly like the 4 Motion AWD technology offered in the Tiguan that makes it a Capable Off-Roader. The 4 Motion-equipped Tiguans however tradeoff their Off-Road Credentials with Performance as the heft of the 4WD system reduces the overall Performance.

Models

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Nissan Rogue

MSRP

$25,190

$25,345

$26,980

$25,795

Engine

2.0L I4 Intercooled TSI

2.5L I4

2.5L I4

2.5L i4

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

CVT

Horsepower

184 hp@ 4400 RPM

187 hp@ 6000 RPM

191 hp@ 6100 RPM

181 hp@ 6000 RPM

Torque

221 ft-lbs@ 1600 RPM

186 ft-lbs@ 4000 RPM

181 ft-lbs@ 4000 RPM

181 ft-lbs@ 3600 RPM

Transmission duties are performed by an 8 Speed Automatic Transmission that comes with a Tip Tronic functionality. The transmission is smooth in operation but the Turbo Lag from the 2.0L motor, somewhat makes the Transmission a bit Sluggish to respond at times.

Acceleration of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

As with the case of any Turbocharged Motor in the World, the Volkswagen Tiguan isn't the fastest to take off the line. This is because of 2 simple reasons. Firstly, the Turbocharger unit starts providing its Boost once the Motor revs past 1600 RPM before which, it offers a lot of Turbo Lag.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Acceleration

Secondly, the Tiguan's weight doesn't make the SUV feel agile or eager to respond to any throttle inputs as quickly as one would expect from an SUV of this class.

Models

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Nissan Rogue

0-60 MPH

N/A

8.7 sec

7.3 sec

N/A

Quarter mile

N/A

16.7 sec

N/A

N/A

Engine

2.0L I4 Intercooled TSI

2.5L I4

2.5L I4

2.5L i4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3847

3691

3794

3371

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.7

6.3

N/A

6.1

In terms of competition, we have the 0-60 mph and quarter-mile timings of only a couple of cars. With the given information it seemed quite obvious that the more powerful KIA Sorrento would be faster than the 2020 Mazda CX-5. While the Mazda takes 8.7 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph the Kia Sorento takes only 7.3 seconds.

Ride and Handling of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan comes standard with front-wheel drive while the 4Motion all-wheel drive is available in all trims as an option except for the top 2 trims where it is standard. The 4motion AWD drastically improves performance on wet road conditions or on roads "not taken". The Ride is comfortable courtesy of a good suspension tuning from Volkswagen while the road noise and exterior noise are very well contained. There is a little amount of body roll when the Tiguan is made to tackle corners fast but this is a feature, exhibited by other SUVs of the segment as well.

Braking of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

The Brakes of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan offer good stopping power and do well to make the Beefy SUV come to a halt in very little time.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Wheel

When it comes to brake pedal feel, however, we feel that the pedals feel a tad bit softer as compared to other Volkswagen Cars but they do the job well in most conditions.

Models

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Nissan Rogue

Brake Front (in.)

13.4

11.7

12.6

11.7

Brake Rear (in.)

11.8

11.9

12

11.5

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

136

N/A

N/A

 Tiguan but considering the numbers of last year (134Ft), we feel that the Tiguan will have similar timings. The Honda CR-V with its rugged construction has the best feel and performance from the Brakes while the Mazda ranks first from the bottom.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Fuel Economy

4.0/10

"The 2020 Tiguan with front-wheel drive earns an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway." - Cars.USnews

While the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan offers Class-Leading Torque and Power, the downside is that all this performance comes at the price of gas MPG. The thirsty engine and the hefty weight of the Tiguan can be held responsible for the "Ordinary" fuel economy figures and the low fuel tank capacity doesn't help the Tiguan's cause as well. 

Models

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Nissan Rogue

MPG (city)

20

25

24

27

MPG (highway)

27

31

29

35

MPG (combined)

23

28

26

30

Range (city/highway)

(miles)

337 / 444

370 / 459

414 / 545

377 / 479

Tank Capacity (gal)

15.3

14.8

18.8

14.5

The Nissan Rogue offers the best fuel economy in the Segment but it compromises on overall performance. The Subaru Forester has the Best range courtesy of its good mileage and a decent tank capacity.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior

8.0/10

"The Tiguan's interior is classically Volkswagen, which is to say that it is simple and functional but not particularly stylish or rich" - Caranddriver

Ergonomics and Comfort of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

The Cabin inside the Volkswagen Tiguan has to rank among the best in class in terms of build quality. All buttons have been properly placed while there are no inconsistencies in design or panel gaps. The Volkswagen Tiguan, despite its seemingly compact-looking dimensions, offers a good amount of space inside for passengers.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Seating

There is a good amount of legroom and shoulder room while the headroom will be adequate for most passengers except the taller ones. The second row in the Tiguan is particularly suited for Long Rides as the space offered is immense to stretch your legs or relax your muscles.

Models

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Nissan Rogue

Passenger capacity

7

5

7

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.6/57.0/40.2

39.7/57.1/41.0

40.3/59.1/41.1

41.1/57.5/41.1

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.9/55.8/38.7

39.0/54.8/39.6

39.1/58.1/41.7

39/55.9/38

The seats in the Volkswagen Tiguan offer good bolstering and support while providing adequate cushioning. The Seats have been cushioned in ways such that the body doesn't feel tired or sore after long hours of sitting inside the same.

Infotainment of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan comes with a plethora of features, to keep you entertained on your long weekend drives or office commutes. The Infotainment System screen comes in two sizes namely a 6.5" and an 8" unit depending on the trim you choose. The Unit is extremely simple to use, gives good feedback to user inputs, and offers a Lag-Free experience.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Infotainment Display

This is the list of Features available from the infotainment system of the 2020 Tiguan

  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play Compatibility
  • 8/6.5" Touchscreen Infotainment System with Navigation
  • SiriusXM Radio and Travel Link with 3 Months Subscription
  • VW Car-Net App-Connect with Voice Control
  • FM/AM Radio connectivity
  • USB Connectivity and Charging ports
  • Bluetooth Telephony and Connectivity to Multiple devices
  • VW Digital Cockpit

Interior Features of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

As expected from an SUV of this category, Volkswagen has bundled the 2020 Tiguan with a host of Interior Features. We have already discussed the features inside the Infotainment System above and will now be enlisting some of the important interior features.

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System
  • Auto-Dimming Inside Rear View Mirror
  • Overhead View camera and Rear View Camera
  • Power Adjustable Driver Seats with Memory Function
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Heated Leather Front Seats
  • Keyless Access with Push Button Start
  • Dual Zone Climate Control
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • 40/20/40 Split 2nd Row Seats

Cargo Capacity of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan offers 12 cu. ft. of cargo storage space with its 3rd Row up and 37.6 cu. ft. in its 5 Seater Avatar. This means that there is no shortage of space for carrying big suitcases or carry bags or camping equipment inside the Tiguan.

Models

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Nissan Rogue

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

37.6

30.9

12.6

31.6

For added utility and Practicality, Tiguan's second row can be folded down which liberates even higher storage space. In terms of in-cabin storage space, there are plenty of bottle holders and cubby holes inside the Tiguan's cabin. Passengers will also be happy with the number of storage compartments in the cabin of the Tiguan which are present under the armrests and the dashboard.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Exterior

5.0/10

It may not be the boldest compact crossover SUV, but the 2020 Tiguan has clean, simple lines that will age well -TheCarConnection

Exterior Dimensions of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

The Exterior Design of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV won't win any Fashion Contests or Style Awards. That being said, the Tiguan does look Handsome from all angles with its Precise Lines and well put together body. There are no panel gaps and Inconsistencies in the design of the exterior and the Tiguan has to be one of the best build SUVs in the segment.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Side View

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan on sale in the US today has a good road presence courtesy of its dimensions. The SUV doesn't look compact from any dimension and this translates into good interior space for the passengers and the Cargo Area.

Models

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Nissan Rogue

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3847

3552

3794

3371

Length(in)

185.1

179.1

189.0

183

Width(in)

72.4

72.5

74.4

72.4

Height(in)

66.3

66.2

66.3

66.5

Ground clearance (in)

7.9

7.5

6.9

8.2

Wheelbase (in)

109.8

106.2

110.8

106.5

Track width (in) F/R

62.2/61.8

62.8/62.8

64.3/64.7

62.8/62.8

The 109.8 inches of ground clearance in the Volkswagen Tiguan is the biggest in this comparison. This results in good water wading abilities and confidence while going over speed bumps or rocks/small boulders while off-roading.

Exterior Features of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan has a good set of Exterior Features which is in line with the other Volkswagens present in the US. The R-Line Trim and the other trims of the Tiguan have small exterior differences between them. Other Features include

  • Adaptive Front Lighting System
  • R-Line Front Bumper on R-Line models
  • Hands-Free open and Close Tailgate
  • Heated Wind Shield Nozzles
  • Park Distance Control
  • 4 Wheel Independent Suspension
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Heated Side Mirrors with Memory
  • Automatic LED Headlamps and Tail Lamps
  • Fog Lamps with corner illuminating features

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Safety

6.0/10

"The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Volkswagen Tiguan the highest rating of Good in all crash safety tests and a Top Safety Pick designation." - Cars.USNews

The Safety rating of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

The Tiguan has been one of the Safest SUVs in the segment. For the 2020 iteration as well, VW is leaving no stones unturned in offering all the Safety Features that are being offered in the other SUVs of the Segment.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

The NHTSA has graded the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan only for its side crash and rollover safety, in both these aspects its scores are well. While it gets a perfect 5 on 5-star rating on the former it scores only a four-star rating in the latter. As per the gradings of IIHS, the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan scores a "poor" grade for its headlights and average for the Latch: ease of use. In all the other aspects it gets the best grade possible, "Good".

Safety Features of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan 

  • ABS with ESC and Anti Slip Regulation
  • Electronic Differential Locking and Engine Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Intelligent Crash Response System
  • Side Curtain, Front, and Thorax Airbags
  • Seatbelts with Pre Tensioners and Load Limiters

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Competition

6.0/10

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2020 Honda CR-V

There is no denying the fact that the Honda CR-V is one of the Best SUVs in the segment. It flaunts an easy-to-understand infotainment system and best-in-class storage space. The CR-V additionally has a rich lodge that offers two lines of seating and has enough space to oblige grown-ups. The Tiguan however, is big on power and the 4Motion AWD makes it, a better proposition on the road less taken.

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2020 Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is one of the most Sportiest SUVs in the segment. The Mazda offers one of the Best 2nd Row Seating arrangements in the class as well. When it comes to the off-road ability, both the SUVs are nearly matched and have potent 4WD systems. The Volkswagen Tiguan scores high on the Infotainment System it has on offer and offers the added ability to carry 7 people on board.

2020 Mazda CX-5 

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2020 Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox is the American answer to what is essentially a market dominated by European, Korean, and Japanese SUVs. The Equinox offers good fuel efficiency and way more space in the Interior for both the 1st row and 2nd row of passengers. The Volkswagen Tiguan however has lot more power on tap and has the ability to ferry 7 people. The Tiguan also feels the better built among the 2 and the 4Motion AWD system makes it the better SUV among the 2 for off-roading.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox

 

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Final Verdict

With The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan, Volkswagen has tried to present to customers an SUV, which has the potential to do it all. The Tiguan has a very powerful engine that offers a huge torque and an AWD system that can do serious off-roading. The Tiguan offers probably the best build quality both in the Interiors and exteriors which will probably last longer than Most SUV's in this comparison "Combined". Hence, if fuel economy isn't your top priority and power, practicality and function are important to you more than anything else, the Volkswagen Tiguan is an SUV that should be on your bucket list as an option that you should probably go for.

2020 VW Tiguan

 


2020 Volkswagen Tiguan FAQs

What is the gas mileage offered by the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan?

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan measures a gas mileage of 20/27/23 for city/highway/combined respectively.

What is the cargo space offering like for the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan?

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan measures a cargo space of 37.6 cubic feet.

What is the engine configuration of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan?

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan gets a 2.0L inline-4 engine as the basic engine offering.

What is the price range of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan?

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan comes priced at an MSRP range of $25,190-$25795.

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