The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan debuts with an enhanced exterior and refined interior. This best-selling vehicle from the brand now boasts an array of new standard and optional tech features, all while preserving Volkswagen’s renowned fun-to-drive essence, spacious cabin, and impressive feature lineup. The Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the best-selling midsize crossover SUVs and this refresh ensures it keeps up with the trends.

Offered in four distinct trim levels—S, SE, SE R-Line Black, and SEL R-Line—the 2022 Tiguan showcases an expanded accessibility to cutting-edge in-vehicle technology. Every 2022 Tiguan model is furnished with the 8-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit instrument cluster, while the top-tier trim offers an upgraded 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro. Notable standard features encompass LED headlights and taillights, KESSY® keyless entry with push-button start, Car-Net featuring Wi-Fi capability, heated front seats, Driving Mode Selection, Front Assist, and Side Assist.

In 2022, the Tiguan undergoes a striking exterior makeover, featuring bold design enhancements that amplify its purposeful stance. The SUV now boasts sharper lines, aligning it with design elements first introduced in the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport. The front end receives a complete overhaul, showcasing a distinctive, low-slung bumper beneath a broad grille housing Volkswagen’s redesigned logo at its core. Flanking the grille are redesigned LED headlights, a standard feature on all Tiguan models, and the option for an illuminated grille light line. The vehicle’s distinct side profile is maintained, highlighted by a robust character line extending the length of the car. Roof rails come in black for S and SE R-Line Black models, and silver for SE and SEL R-Line models. At the rear, standard LED taillights frame new upscale lettering for the model’s name, now centrally positioned below the logo. The 2022 Tiguan introduces Oryx White and the all-new Kings Red to its available exterior color options.

Both Tiguan R-Line trims showcase R-Line badging, accompanied by R-Line bumpers and body-color-matched side sills.

Across all trim levels, newly designed aluminum alloy wheels take center stage. S models feature 17-inch wheels, SE models upgrade to 18-inch alloys, SE R-Line Black models sport 19-inch black alloy wheels, and SEL R-Line models boast 20-inch wheels. Tire sizes vary, with Tiguan S trims equipped with 215/65 all-season tires, SE models with 235/55, SE R-Line Black with 235/50, and SEL R-Line with 255/40.

The new Tiguan interior combines spaciousness and sophistication, featuring upgraded comfort, convenience, and a wealth of advanced technology. Starting your journey is more convenient than ever with standard KESSY® keyless access and push-button start, with remote start becoming standard from the SE trim. Standard heated front seats enhance comfort, and optional features include a heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats. Base models offer a leatherette steering wheel, while SE models make it standard; SE R-Line Black comes with a perforated leather-wrapped R-Line sport steering wheel, and SEL R-Line models feature a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel.

Interior color options include Titan Black, Storm Grey, Cinnamon, and Noisette. Tiguan S models feature cloth seats; SE and SE R-Line Black models have leatherette seating surfaces, while SEL R-Line trims boast leather seating surfaces. The SE and SE R-Line Black front seats include an 8-way power driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment and a 6-way adjustable passenger’s seat. SEL R-Line models add 3-position driver-seat memory and an 8-way power passenger’s seat with 2-way lumbar adjustment.

Tiguan’s seating versatility remains a standout feature. Front-wheel-drive Tiguan models offer three rows of seating as standard, accommodating up to seven with a 50/50 split third row that folds down for additional cargo space. Cargo space measures 12 cubic feet behind the third row, expanding to 33 cubic feet behind the second row and 65.3 cubic feet with all seats folded. With 4Motion all-wheel drive, 2022 Tiguan models come with two rows, including a 40/20/40 rear bench, providing 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 73.4 cubic feet with the seats folded.

Dual-zone Climatronic® automatic climate control is standard on Tiguan SE and above, now featuring touch-sensitive controls in the center stack. Natural-language voice control is available for the upgraded system, responding to commands like “Hello Volkswagen. I’m hot” or “my feet are cold.” SE models and above come with Wireless App-Connect and wireless charging for compatible devices.

R-Line models showcase a 15-color LED ambient lighting system that synchronizes with the Driving Mode Selection feature. This system offers indirect white light in the Normal profile, red light in the Sport profile, and blue light in the Eco profile. The driver can customize colors using Manual or Custom mode.

To bring the outside in, Tiguan offers an optional panoramic glass tilt-and-slide sunroof. This aerodynamically and acoustically optimized roof features an opening glass panel at the front and a fixed glass panel at the rear, complete with pinch protection and an electrically operated one-touch sunshade. The expansive sunroof is available on the SE trim and comes standard on top trims.

Incorporating cutting-edge technology, all 2022 Tiguan models showcase Volkswagen’s innovative MIB touchscreen infotainment systems. Distinguishing itself, these displays employ a capacitive-touch sensor similar to smartphone and tablet technology, enabling intuitive controls such as swiping and pinch-zooming, in contrast to the more traditional resistive touchscreens that require pressure. Standard App-Connect smartphone integration facilitates seamless connectivity for compatible devices, allowing users to operate select smartphone apps directly on the vehicle’s display through platforms like Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and MirrorLink®.

The Tiguan S trim comes equipped with the MIB2 Composition Color unit, featuring a 6.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display. This infotainment system is complemented by two USB-C ports and Bluetooth® technology for compatible devices.

For all other Tiguan models, the third-generation modular infotainment matrix (MIB3) takes center stage. The MIB3 system features a glass-covered 8.0-inch display, incorporating wireless App-Connect with multi-phone pairing for seamless switching between compatible devices. Enhanced voice recognition further elevates the user experience, and the system is equipped with four USB-C ports, including one dedicated to charging. Tiguan SE and SE R-Line Black models are equipped with the Composition Media unit, boasting HD radio and SiriusXM® with 360L (3-month Premium Plan trial). SEL R-Line models feature Discover Media, showcasing a redesigned navigation system with simplified and enhanced map designs, intuitive route options, quick access to frequently visited locations, and advanced route management. With a Car-Net Hotspot subscription and Plus Nav package, maps can be automatically updated with the latest traffic and construction information.

Equipping all Tiguan models with cutting-edge technology, the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit system is a standard feature, providing drivers with a fully digital instrument cluster. The S, SE, and SE R-Line Black models are equipped with an 8-inch display offering two views and customizable widgets to showcase a range of vehicle information. Stepping up, SEL R-Line models enhance the experience with a 10.25-inch fully configurable Digital Cockpit Pro. This advanced system offers three views, including full-screen navigation for equipped models, and an extensive array of 21 viewing options. These options cover a wide spectrum of information, including car status, navigation, driving data, phone information, driver assistance features, and more, providing drivers with a comprehensive and customizable digital display.

Tiguan SE models and beyond elevate the audio entertainment experience with the inclusion of the most advanced platform—SiriusXM with 360L. This next-generation platform seamlessly integrates satellite and streaming content delivery, providing a unified and comprehensive in-vehicle entertainment experience. Offering more choices than ever, it grants access to over 10,000 hours of SiriusXM’s recorded On Demand content and a broader selection of live channels, accessible through a subscription (three-month Platinum Plan trial package included).

SiriusXM with 360L introduces personalized “For You” recommendations, tailoring content suggestions based on individual listening habits. These recommendations are conveniently displayed on screen in an easily accessible and user-friendly format. The enhanced sports play-by-play feature simplifies the process of locating the listener’s favorite team when it’s game time. Additionally, individual listener profiles empower multiple drivers and passengers to personalize their preferred channels, enhancing the overall customization of the listening experience.

The Tiguan offers two speaker configurations to cater to diverse audio preferences—most models are equipped with a standard six-speaker system, while the SEL R-Line trims boast the Fender Premium Audio System, featuring nine speakers. The Fender Premium Audio System is the result of a meticulous collaboration between Fender, renowned experts in music amplification, and Panasonic®. Engineered to recreate the emotional impact of a live performance for all occupants, this system elevates the in-cabin audio experience.

Powering the Fender Premium Audio System is a robust 480-watt, 12-channel amplifier, delivering arena-sized sound throughout the Tiguan cabin. The system comprises nine speakers, including the innovative Super TwinTM front-door speakers and a BassmanTM subwoofer. The Super Twin units, featuring 200-mm dual voice-coil woofers, are precisely designed to enhance front-stage imaging and bass response. Meanwhile, the Bassman subwoofer, equipped with a single voice-coil setup, ensures the signature Fender audio experience is enjoyable across all rows, providing a well-balanced and immersive audio environment.

Volkswagen Car-Net, introduced in the 2014 model year, has evolved into the next generation of connectivity, offering an updated mobile app, five years of complimentary services, and new subscription options. For the 2022 model year, Car-Net Services are categorized into three areas: Remote Access, Safe & Secure, and Hotspot. Vehicles equipped with the MIB3 system can access additional online features through a paid subscription, enhancing navigation and infotainment capabilities. The Carrier of Choice program, launched in 2021, enables customers to choose a data plan from either VerizonTM or T-Mobile® for their Volkswagen vehicle.

Car-Net Remote Access, available at no extra cost for five years from the vehicle purchase date, empowers owners to interact with their vehicle remotely via the mobile app. Features include remote start and stop (if equipped), door lock and unlock, honk and flash of lights, last parked location, and remote vehicle status display showing estimated fuel level, mileage, and door and window status. MIB3-equipped MY22 vehicles gain additional features like trip statistics and advanced in-vehicle voice control with “Hello Volkswagen.”

VW Car-Net skills for Amazon AlexaTM enable voice commands on Alexa-enabled devices, allowing users to send remote commands, such as honking the horn, from the comfort of their homes.

For vehicles with factory-installed navigation, Car-Net offers a Parking Information feature powered by ParkopediaTM. Users can locate off-street parking and send destinations or points of interest directly to their car from the app.

Vehicle Health Reports provide diagnostic information, automatically generated each month and sent to the owner’s email address. Car-Net notifies owners when scheduled service is due and facilitates easy scheduling through the app.

Family Guardian services include Speed Alert, Boundary Alert, Curfew Alert, and Valet Alert, providing peace of mind for different driving scenarios. Roadside Call Assist is available if the vehicle is disabled.

Enrolling in the DriveViewTM program through Car-Net may lead to discounted insurance rates and allows users to monitor driving habits, contributing to an overall driving score visible in the app.

Car-Net Safe & Secure, a paid subscription service at $159 per year, offers Information Assistance, Emergency Assistance, Automatic Crash Notification, Anti-Theft Alert, and Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance.

Car-Net Hotspot provides internet access for up to four connected devices simultaneously at 4G LTE speed. Verizon or T-Mobile customers can add their Volkswagen vehicle to their existing data plan, while others can set up an unlimited plan for $20/month.

Additional annual paid subscription packages for Hotspot enhance navigation and infotainment for MY22 VW owners with a factory installed MIB3 system. The Plus Nav package ($49/year) offers online route updates, traffic reports, fuel prices, and parking information. The Plus Speech package ($9/year) provides advanced voice controls, and the Plus Online Radio Package ($8/year) offers online internet radio with 30,000+ stations and podcasts. Media streaming apps like iHeartRadioTM and TIDALTM can be accessed at no extra charge (existing accounts required).

The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan is propelled by a sophisticated 2.0-liter version of the EA888 four-cylinder engine. This turbocharged direct-injection engine, based on the renowned EA888 architecture, employs a modified four-stroke cycle known as the Budack cycle, a variation of the Miller cycle, to enhance combustion efficiency. This engine delivers an exceptional blend of power, efficiency, and responsiveness. Generating 184 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and reaching a peak torque of 221 pound-feet at just 1,900 rpm, the Tiguan ensures robust performance across a wide range of driving conditions. All Tiguan trims are paired with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard across all trims, the Start/Stop system contributes to improved fuel efficiency by automatically halting the engine during idle moments, such as when the brake pedal is held at a red light. The engine restarts promptly when the brake pedal is released.

Tiguan models with front-wheel drive feature 15.3-gallon fuel tanks, while those equipped with 4Motion all-wheel drive have slightly larger 15.9-gallon tanks. According to EPA estimates, front-wheel drive models achieve fuel efficiency ratings of 23 mpg in city driving, 30 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg in combined driving. For 4Motion all-wheel drive models, S and SE variants are rated at 22 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg in combined driving, while R-Line 4Motion models achieve 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg in combined driving.

Tiguan models equipped with a dealer- or port-installed trailer hitch have a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 lbs.

In 2022, the Driving Mode Selection feature is standard equipment across all Tiguan models, offering drivers a versatile and customizable driving experience. This system includes four distinct modes, each tailored to different driving preferences:

Normal Mode: This mode provides a well-balanced driving experience, offering a standard and versatile setting for everyday driving scenarios.

Sport Mode: Tuned for a more dynamic driving experience, Sport mode enhances throttle response, increases steering weight, and adjusts the settings for the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to deliver a more spirited performance.

Eco Mode: Engineered for optimal fuel efficiency, Eco mode adjusts shift points, throttle response, and climate control settings to maximize fuel economy compared to other drive modes.

Individual Mode: This mode allows drivers to tailor specific aspects of the driving experience according to their preferences. Customizable settings include steering and throttle response, Adaptive Cruise Control, and climate control.

By offering these diverse driving modes, the Tiguan ensures that drivers can select the setting that best suits their preferences and the driving conditions, enhancing both performance and efficiency based on individual needs.

The Tiguan offers the option of equipping the 4Motion with Active Control all-wheel-drive system, a sophisticated system designed to engage proactively before wheelspin occurs, minimizing traction losses. This advanced 4Motion system features a control function tailored to specific driving conditions.

During low-load situations or coasting, the system operates with front-wheel drive, and the rear wheels are decoupled to conserve fuel. However, the rear wheels can seamlessly engage within milliseconds when needed. This engagement is facilitated by the center differential, activated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump.

A control unit continuously calculates the optimal drive torque for the rear wheels, managing the closure of the multi-plate clutch through the activation of the oil pump. The oil pressure increases the contact pressure at the clutch plates proportionally to the desired torque at the rear axle. This allows for a continuous adjustment of torque distribution between the front and rear wheels, with a maximum of 50 percent torque sent to the rear axle.

In addition to the longitudinal action of the center differential, the electronic differential locks, integrated into the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, provide lateral assistance. This system can selectively brake a slipping wheel, facilitating a smooth and stable transfer of drive power to the wheel on the opposite side, ensuring uninterrupted traction and stability. The combination of these longitudinal and lateral control mechanisms enhances the Tiguan’s performance in various driving conditions.

All Tiguan models equipped with 4Motion all-wheel drive feature the Active Control system, providing the driver with the flexibility to choose specific vehicle profiles based on driving conditions. The system offers four primary settings: Onroad, Snow, Offroad, and Custom Offroad. Within the “Onroad” setting, there are additional options: Normal, Sport, Comfort, and Individual. These settings adjust various operating parameters for drive systems such as the engine, transmission, steering, and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), as well as traction-assistance systems like Hill Descent Assist and Hill Start Assist. The user interface is intuitive, featuring a rotary knob and a push button.

Onroad Mode:

  • The default setting, automatically adjusts drive distribution between the two axles based on road conditions.
  • Pressing the button triggers the driving profile selection screen on the infotainment display, offering “Normal,” “Sport,” “Eco,” and “Individual” drive modes.
  • Fine-tunes engine control, gearbox, steering, and optional ACC within each selected mode.

Snow Mode:

  • Flattens the accelerator pedal response curve to mitigate unintentional wheelspin.
  • Transmission upshifts earlier to optimize traction.
  • Traction Control System (TCS) communicates with the accelerator pedal and wheel speed sensors to reduce engine power when slippage is detected.
  • ACC switches to the more defensive “Eco” driving profile in Snow mode.

Offroad Mode:

  • Similar throttle and transmission characteristics to Snow mode.
  • Allows manual control of transmission shifting via Tiptronic®.
  • Deactivates Start/Stop system.
  • Relaxes Electronic Stability Control (ESC) for off-road situations.
  • Activates Hill Descent Control on gradients over 10 percent (adjustable via brake or throttle).

Custom Offroad Mode:

  • Enables the driver to customize steering, engine, and transmission behavior.
  • Allows adjustments to Hill Descent Assist and Hill Start Assist.

In Offroad mode, the ABS programming allows brief wheel lockup before reducing brake pressure, facilitating the buildup of material (e.g., gravel or sand) in front of the wheel to enhance braking effectiveness. This ensures the car remains steerable while reducing stopping distance. Custom Offroad mode provides a tailored off-road experience, allowing drivers to optimize various parameters based on their preferences and specific driving conditions.

The Tiguan features a robust and well-engineered suspension system designed to enhance both on-road and off-road performance. The front suspension is a strut-type design mounted in a lightweight, one-piece, strengthened steel subframe. It incorporates lower control arms and long-travel coil springs, contributing to a smooth and controlled ride. The rear suspension is a sturdy four-link system, specially designed to handle the challenges of off-road driving and accommodate the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

The Tiguan is equipped with electro-mechanical power steering with variable assistance, adding to its enjoyable driving characteristics. At highway speeds, the steering provides a firm and direct feel, enhancing stability, while at lower speeds, such as during parking, assistance is increased for easier maneuverability.

The braking system on the Tiguan complements its athletic performance. The front features 13.4-inch-diameter vented discs, and the rear has 11.8-inch-diameter solid discs. The system includes a brake disc drying feature, designed to remove water from the rotors to optimize braking performance in wet conditions. Other features of the braking system include Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD) and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA), contributing to effective and controlled braking. Additionally, all Tiguan models come with an electronic parking brake for added convenience. This comprehensive suspension and braking system package contributes to the Tiguan’s overall performance, ensuring a balanced and confident driving experience.

The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan prioritizes occupant safety through a combination of passive and active safety features:

Passive Safety Features:

Airbags: Tiguan comes equipped with six airbags as standard, including front and side airbags for front passengers and side curtain airbags for outboard seating positions.

Automatic Post-Collision Braking System: This system automatically applies the brakes in certain crash scenarios, reducing residual kinetic energy and the chance of additional damage after a primary collision.

Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS): In the event of certain types of collisions, ICRS shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and activates the hazard lights to enhance safety.

Active Safety Features:

IQ.DRIVE® Advanced Driver Assistance Technology: This suite includes hands-on semi-automated capabilities, offering features like lane centering, adaptive cruise control, and more.

Travel Assist: Enables partially automated hands-on driving on the highway from 0 to 95 mph, utilizing adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.

Front Assist: Warns drivers of potential frontal collisions with vehicles and pedestrians and provides automatic braking assistance in certain situations.

Side Assist (Blind Spot Monitor): Alerts drivers to vehicles in adjacent lanes using radar sensors and provides visual and acoustic warnings.

Active Side Assist: Can countersteer to keep the car in the lane and offers lane-change assistance.

Rear Traffic Alert: Detects vehicles approaching from the side while reversing and provides visual and acoustic warnings. Can apply the brakes to prevent collisions.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) Stop & Go: Maintains a set speed and distance to the vehicle in front, even in stop-and-go traffic.

Lane Assist: Actively countersteers to keep the vehicle in its lane and provides warnings if unintentional lane departure is detected.

Emergency Assist: Brings the vehicle to a stop if the driver is incapacitated, monitoring driver attentiveness.

Park Distance Control: Uses ultrasonic sensors to monitor the vehicle’s surroundings and provides warnings when approaching obstacles.

Park Assist: Automatically steers the car into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces.

Dynamic Road Sign Display: Detects and reads road signs, displaying information on the infotainment screen and instrument display.

Light Assist: Automatically switches between high and low beams based on driving conditions.

Area View: Uses four cameras to provide an overhead view of the vehicle’s surroundings.

These safety features contribute to a comprehensive safety package for both preventive and reactive measures, enhancing the overall safety of the Tiguan.

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