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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

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$24,945 — $38,795 MSRP
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5-7 Seats
23-25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Responsive steering
  • Crisp handling
  • Highway stability
  • Responsive transmission
  • Premium interior
  • First- and second-row comfort

The Bad

  • Modest high-speed passing power
  • Gas-pedal lag when starting off
  • Ride quality with 20-inch wheels
  • Third row uncomfortable for adults
  • Hard plastic dash trim not great for resting knee
  • Some functions needlessly complex
2020 Volkswagen Tiguan exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan
  • Newly standard active safety features
  • Compact SUV seats five or seven
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Turbo four-cylinder, eight-speed automatic
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard

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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan?

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact SUV that can seat five or seven people, depending on the model. It’s powered by a 184-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are offered, and competitors include the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4.

What’s New on the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan?

New standard active safety features include forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert. Volkswagen’s Car-Net telematics system is also standard and includes features like remote start, vehicle location and remote locking and unlocking free of charge for five years. There’s also a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot (data plan required).

The Tiguan now has a four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty instead of last year’s six-year/72,000-mile warranty, but it gains a two-year/20,000-mile free scheduled maintenance program.

What Features in the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Are Most Important?

A choice of touchscreen multimedia systems is offered, one with a 6.5-inch screen and one with an 8-inch display. Both include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Available features include leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, keyless access, push-button start, wireless device charging, a digital instrument panel and a Fender premium stereo. Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights and lane-keeping assist.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Vs. 2020 Honda CR-V: How Do They Compare?

The CR-V is more efficient than the Tiguan — its combined rating is 6 mpg greater (with all-wheel drive), according to EPA estimates — but that’s not the whole story. While the CR-V scores high when it comes to in-cabin storage, cargo space and rear-seat comfort, it’s modestly powered, and ride quality is firm. The Tiguan, by comparison, drives better while also delivering good room in its first and second rows of seats. The VW’s available third row is small, but the ability to carry a few extra kids in a pinch may make it worthwhile to some shoppers.

Should I Buy the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan?

The Tiguan is a well-rounded compact SUV that’s comfortable to sit in and engaging to drive, and in a recent compact SUV comparison test, it finished first in a field of seven.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
46 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Amazing Ride

by Tiguan Lover from Rochester, MN on October 9, 2020

This car has so much style and elegance along with power and durability. Best car I have ever owned. Will be enjoying it for many years! Read full review

(5.0)

Like the new Tiguan

by Barry from Rochester on October 2, 2020

This is my third Tiguan. This model has more interior room. It has better performance than ever. I have no worries about reliability as the previous two were great Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T S

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volkswagen

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific)

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles

  • Powertrain

    5 years/60,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    100-plus point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tiguan received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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