The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan comes with a powerful turbocharged engine, spacious interior, and lots of technology.

What’s New for the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan?

Standing out from the crowd is easy in the stylish 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan thanks to its sharp exterior styling, featuring crisp lines in the sheet metal, distinctive LED lighting, and available 20-inch aluminum wheels. The Tiguan delivers a great driving experience with a turbocharged engine, standard 8-speed automatic transmission, and sporty suspension tuning. Luxurious interior options like leather seats and some impressive technology like a digital cockpit and Volkswagen Car-Net help the miles pass effortlessly. The Tiguan can handle any weather conditions when equipped with the advanced 4Motion all-wheel drive system.

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Body Style

Starting Price

MSRP $35,965





Fuel Economy

22 City / 29 Hwy (MPG)

Number of Seats


Seats 5-7

The Breakdown

Handsome styling

Lots of available technology

Available 3rd row

Two years of complimentary maintenance

Heavier than competitors

Not fuel efficient versus competition

2020 Tiguan Specs

Trims & Pricing

S - $25,965
SE - $28,115
SE R-Line Black - $31,315
SEL - $33,265
SEL Premium R-Line - $39,915

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Powertrain

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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan -

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan comes with a single powertrain option, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces a hearty 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is the only transmission choice. Power goes to the front wheels or all four when equipped with the optional 4Motion All-Wheel Drive system which costs about $1,500. The 4Motion system comes with different drive modes that adjust how the system responds to match road conditions like dry, snowy, or off-road.

Performance is not breathtaking in the Tiguan, but the engine and transmission work together to deliver good acceleration and solid fuel efficiency. The suspension tuning offers a sporty feel with good handling. The ride is comfortable, but may feel stiffer than its competition; and the larger wheel options can exaggerate the feeling of harshness. The Tiguan weighs more than its competition and this can be felt through the corners or when slowing down.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Fuel Economy & MPG

The 2020 Tiguan delivers decent fuel economy numbers, but does not lead the pack amongst its key rivals. The front-wheel drive models have an EPA rating of 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The heavier all-wheel drive models are rated to 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo Space

Volkswagen built the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan to offer something that most competitors don’t offer for the compact SUV segment, a third row. Available on models equipped with the all-wheel drive system, the third row gives the Tiguan the ability to seat up to 7 people, which is uncommon at this size. Without the third row, the Tiguan can seat five.

The Tiguan is offered with cloth, leatherette, or leather seat trim and heated front seats are available at the more affordable end of the trim options. If you want to really indulge, the top trim offers a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel. If you want to maximize cargo space, its best to skip the models with the 3rd row. Doing so will give you 37.6 cubic feet of space behind the second-row, which can be expanded by folding the rear seats down and increases cargo space to 73.5 cu-ft. Accessing the cargo area is a breeze thanks to an available motion-activated power rear liftgate that opens by simply waving your foot under the rear bumper with the key fob in your pocket.

Entertainment & Technology

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Technology is an area where the VW Tiguan excels and the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit is a great example. This system is an available option and replaces the traditional analog gauges with a digital display that can simulate a traditional speedometer, but can also use the full screen to display the navigation. This makes it easy to see the information you need in a spot that is easy to see. VW also offers an infotainment system in the dash with a large 8-inch touchscreen display. The system includes features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can connect your smartphone and access your favorite apps and media on the go.

Safety Features

Volkswagen bakes some impressive safety features into even the based S model 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan. The forward collision warning and emergency braking system will alert you if it detects a potential collision and will even apply the brakes to help slow the vehicle down. The blind spot monitoring technology helps you know when there is another car in your blind spot that you might miss. The IIHS awarded the 2020 Tiguan a Top Safety Pick, with a ‘good’ rating in all of the categories of crashworthiness.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Trims & Pricing

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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan S -

S – $25,965

All 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan models come with the same 184-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The S trim comes with 17-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, LED daytime running lights, cloth upholstery, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system that has integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Standard advanced safety features include blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and autonomous emergency braking.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan SE -
2020 Volkswagen Tiguan SE -

SE – $28,115

SE trimmed models gain an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, wireless phone charging, leatherette seat trim, heated front seats, automatic climate control, and unique 17-inch wheels. The panoramic sunroof is available as optional equipment at the SE level.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan SE R-Line Black -
2020 Volkswagen Tiguan SE R-Line Black -

SE R-Line Black – $31,315

The SE R-Line Black gains everything from the SE trim and adds on a special R-Line front bumper, 20-inch black aluminum wheels, fog lights, panoramic sunroof, black headliner, and tacks on a front and rear park distance control feature.

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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL -

SEL – $33,265

Tiguan models with the SEL trim gain a heated steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, adaptive cruise control, power liftgate, panoramic sunroof, 19-inch wheels, and rain-sensing wipers. The SEL also gains the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit display as standard equipment. Lane assist and adaptive cruise control are added as standard advance safety features as well.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium -
2020 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium -

SEL Premium R-Line – $39,915

The top-of-the-line SEL Premium R-Line gets everything from the SEL and adds on adaptive LED headlights, motion-activated power liftgate, leather seats, heated wipers, 20-inch wheels, a nine speaker Fender audio system, and all the R-Line components from the SE R-Line Black.


The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan benefits from 2 years or 20,000 miles of regularly scheduled maintenance covered, so you won’t pay a thing for those early maintenance items. There is also a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

What we think

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The 2020 VW Tiguan is a great compact crossover for someone who wants a stylish but outlandish little SUV. It offers a spacious interior, luxurious appointments, and with the third-row seats, room for the whole family. Add in a turbocharged engine and you have a small crossover that ticks all of the boxes.

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Jim Carlson

For Jim Carlson, a passion for cars goes back to riding in his uncle's 1971 Corvette! That established a lifelong interest in cars that hasn't subsided. Whether he's detailing a car, going for a drive, or walking through a car show, Jim takes the time to appreciate what makes a car 'go.' He’s especially fond of sports cars. Jim's reviews and articles are filled with a broad knowledge about cars, but he also puts to use his fiscal expertise, thanks to a Bachelor's Degree in financial management from the University of Minnesota, Morris.

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