For 2020, the Volkswagen Tiguan gets a few adjustments to make it more appealing to compact crossover shoppers. New for this year is a standard set of safety systems, and buyers now get five-year access to some of the company’s Car-Net vehicle integration services.
Powertrain and specs
All Tiguans come with VW’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. The Tiguan’s four-cylinder makes 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. While the only transmission on offer is an eight-speed automatic, there is still one choice to be made with the Tiguan’s powertrain: Buyers will need to decide whether they require VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system or if they can make do with front-wheel drive.
The front-wheel-drive Tiguans achieve a respectable EPA-rated 25 miles per gallon combined, but choosing the all-wheel-drive variant sacrifices some efficiency. The AWD Tiguans still manage a combined rating of 23 mpg and come with a slightly larger fuel tank to compensate for a lessened range.
Two-tone brown and black leather seating is available on the top-level SEL Premium R-Line, but buyers can choose between black and gray leather on lesser trims. The rest of the models come with either leatherette or cloth seating, once again available in either black or gray.
The Tiguan is one of a few compact crossovers that offers a third row of seats. The third row is standard on all front-wheel-drive Tiguans and optional on the AWD models, but either way, the third row will still come at the expense of maximum cargo capacity. The second row bench has a three-way, 40/20/40 split and, if so equipped, the third row has an even 50/50 split. For three-row models, maximum cargo capacity is 65.7 cubic feet, or 12 cubic feet with the third row upright. In the two-row models, the maximum cargo volume is slightly higher at 73.5 cubic feet with the second row folded down and 37.6 cubic feet with the seats up.