2020 VW Tiguan (Changes for the USA Model)

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The new model of 2020 VW Tiguan for the USA market is not bringing big changes. Well, most of them are for the infotainment system. Cosmetic updates and restyling are coming next year. Engineers will also revisit the power room. Volkswagen Tiguan belongs to the compact SUV segment, but it offers three rows of seats. Another highlight of this lineup is an R-Line package, which is a cool upgrade for some trim levels.

The crossover SUV comes with the same lineup as before. Under the hood is a 2.0 engine with 185 horsepower. The driving impression is not going to stun you, but the vehicle is very comfortable to ride. The third row is a cool addition, but it is suitable for children only. The safety is ok, with some lacks. If you are looking for a crossover with top marks, then you should browse the premium category of compact SUVs.

Finally, the infotainment offer of the 2020 VW Tiguan is pretty decent, with a 6.5-inch display at the center of a dashboard. Upper trim levels are coming with a larger screen and more options (Apple CarPlay for example). The price doesn’t bump too high with these extras.

2020 VW Tiguan changes

What’s new for the 2020 VW Tiguan?

We expected a bigger mid-cycle update of the crossover launched in 2016. However, the 2020 VW Tiguan comes with some notable changes. Volkswagen applied the same upgrades for the Golf hatchback. Now, the Tiguan crossover is using more safety features. VW added forward collision alert and emergency braking. A blind-spot monitor is now standard.

Going up the trim levels, the offer becomes richer. The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line restyling brings parking sensors, panoramic moonroof, and unique wheels. For the SEL model, the company adds automatic wipers, heated steering wheel, and the auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Here are the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Colors

Nine paintjobs are available for ten trim levels of the 2020 VW Tiguan. Upper trims are coming with fewer options. Premium schemes are Platinum Grey, Deep Black Pearl, and Pyrite Silver Metallic. The rest of the lineup is offering Habanero Orange, Dark Moss Green, Cardinal Red, Stone Blue, and Blue Silk.

Interior paints are mostly Storm and Titan. Depending on a trim level, you are getting cloth, leatherette, or leather upholstery. Some models also offer unique combinations, such as saffrano and black leather for the Premium R-Line SUV.

2020 VW Tiguan interior

2020 VW Tiguan Specs

The compact crossover is using only a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as the source of power. Without additional options, the Tiguan can’t be so popular among buyers. Still, the existing drivetrain is proven as a durable and cheap for maintenance. Its total outputs are 185 hp and 220 lb-ft of torque. Small turbochargers are boosting the numbers, and the crossover returns respectable gas mileage. By using the front-wheel drive, drivers can get 22/29 mpg. The all-wheel drive, popular 4Motion system is consuming 21/29 mpg.

Outside the US, the Volkswagen Tiguan is using a smaller petrol displacement. It is a 1.4-liter drivetrain. However, a 2.0-liter diesel is more popular and it creates 150 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque.

Since the Tiguan is closely related to the Golf hatchback, we could see the hybrid drivetrain on the SUV as well. The GTI version of the iconic car is combining the conventional powertrain with electric batteries to deliver more power and better fuel economy.

7-Seat Interior and Trim Levels

It is very interesting – the 2020 VW Tiguan offers a three-row seven-seat layout, although it is a compact crossover. Well, rear seats are cramped and only children can sit at the back. Still, the rest of the interior is pretty stylish. We can position the Volkswagen’s offer somewhere between the standard and premium segment.

There are ten different configurations for the new Tiguan. S, SE, and SEL are the base trim levels. All of them are available with the 4Motion AWD upgrade. The top package, SEL, will also offer Premium and R-Line versions, or the combination of these two as the top-notch offer. The third-row seats are an optional upgrade for this model and it costs $600. In other countries, the standard crossover comes with seating capacity for five persons, while the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is a 7-seater.

2020 VW Tiguan seven seat suv

2020 VW Tiguan Coupe Might Arrive Next Year

The German carmaker has a few interesting concepts and platforms for future vehicles. We already mentioned the hybrid SUV, but the coupe-like crossover is also an eye-catching idea. Launched at the most recent Shanghai Auto Show, the coupe concept caused a lot of attention. Experts immediately paired it with Tiguan. Well, in this case, you can forget about the third row. We still don’t know if this version heads to the US.


The base version of the crossover carries the S badge and costs $24,500. The 4Motion model increases the price by $1,300. If you are willing to pay more, SE boosts the value by $3,000, and the SEL exceeds $31,000. R-Line model will cost $34,000, Premium $37,500, and the top of the class combination of these two packages is going to be just shy of $40k.

Source: MotorTrend

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