2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Features, Safety Rating and Fuel Economy

October 15th, 2019 by

The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover SUV. Its design resonates with the exclusive Volkswagen crisp trims and formal look yet spacious inside. Once classified among the smallest crossover SUVs, the latest VW Tiguan has grown to become one of the biggest in its class.

The 2019 Tiguan is 11 inches longer than the 2018 model, giving the occupants plenty of legroom, extra cargo room and excellent outward visibility. If you want maximum seating capacity, the three-row seat arrangement will create room for seven passengers. By folding down the third row, you can increase the trunk size with room to seat five.

Under the hood, the Tiguan has a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine which generates 184 horsepower. You can pick a front-wheel or all-wheel drive (AWD) version, all with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan models have a similar body style.

Volkswagen Tiguan Safety RatingWhat’s New for 2019?

In 2018, the VW Tiguan had an overhaul, leaving little room for changes in the 2019 release. The mid-range SE trim comes with an alarm system as standard, while all-wheel drive is standard for the SEL Premium trims.

For the Volkswagen Tiguan SEL, a digital cockpit instrument panel and parking sensors come as standard. The SEL Premium comes with a high-end audio system among other standard features.

Safety Rating

Looking at safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the SUV five stars in crash tests. However, they have reported the driver door to have opened during the side impact test. The crossover earns four stars when it comes to stability, according to the NHTSA.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan high scores in most fronts. The car receives the ‘Good’ rating in safety, the highest on the IIHS crash test scale. They also rate it highest in forward-collision prevention when fitted with emergency braking features. The child seat latch anchors of the car get the ‘Acceptable’ rating.

Every VW Tiguan in the 2019 series comes with front, front-side and curtain airbags. Other safety features in the SUV include the anti-lock braking system, stability control and traction control.

The SEL and SE trims support blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. The SEL Premium comes with the lane-keeping assist as well as adaptive high-beam control LED headlights.

You may upgrade your Tiguan with safety features like rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.

Fuel Economy

All trims of the 2019 VW Tiguan run on a 184 horsepower, turbocharged, 4-cylinder engine. Front-wheel drive is standard for all models with an option for the Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

With a 2.0-liter TSI engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, the Tiguan produces a torque of 221 pound-feet. The drivetrain feeds the crossover with enough power to accelerate smoothly without getting sluggish.

There may be a decrease in gas mileage while driving in all-wheel-drive at lower speeds, so we recommend switching over to Sport mode to achieve the most efficient fuel mileage possible.


The 2019 VW Tiguan is quite efficient on fuel consumption. Its EPA rating for fuel consumption is 29 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city. Those figures are impressive for a vehicle of its size. Driving the crossover in the front-wheel system is more economical on fuel than all-wheel drive.

On real-world tests, some testers have reported the VW Tiguan to exceed 30 mpg in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive mode. The automobile performs better than most other mid-size SUVs in their class. The 2019 Tiguan is a perfect match for drivers who spend a lot of time on the road.

Performance and Standard Features

The engine of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan builds power rapidly enabling you to overtake slower automobiles with ease. It takes surface irregularities nicely, keeping the occupants unruffled when traversing rough roads. The cabin is incredibly quiet except for occasional roars when the driver presses the accelerator too hard.

With a flat-bottom steering wheel resembling that of the Volkswagen GTI, navigating the most challenging roads cannot be more relaxing. On the freeway, the Tiguan gives you the comfort you need to drive tirelessly for hours.

MPG Of 2019 Volkswagen TiguanInterior and Storage

While some of its rivals have more legroom in the second row, the Tiguan compensates with adequate space for a third row. The vehicle accommodates seven people, though taller adults may not like the back seat. The last row has 38.9 inches of headroom and 38.7 inches of legroom.

The entry-level Tiguan S has cloth seating and the front seats offer partial power adjustment. As the Tiguan goes up in trim, it comes with more features like leather seats, a panoramic sunroof and full power seat adjustments. Interior quality is superior to most competitors in the compact SUV category.

The abundance of storage bins and bottle holders on doors allows you to stay organized. There is even a dedicated space under the cargo floor to keep the retractable cargo cover.


Volkswagen has loaded the Tiguan with a ton of performance and infotainment features. Car-Net, the SUV’s infotainment system has a large, stylish and intuitive touchscreen interface.

Drivers who prefer their mobile device interface on car systems can utilize the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay features which is standard in this model. The SEL Premium trim takes music to the next level with a nine-speaker, 480-watt Fender sound system.

Different Versions

If you are considering buying a 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan, you will find four main trims on the market. The cost across the different Tiguan versions varies with features and mode of transmission.

Tiguan S – starting at $24,300:

• 17-inch wheels
• Roof rails
• Heated side mirrors
• Cloth upholstery
• Rearview camera
• 6.5-inch touchscreen display
• Front-wheel or all-wheel drive
• Optional – Driver Assistance package that adds forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert

Tiguan SE – starting at $26,700

• Driver Assistance package
• Heated washer nozzles
• Keyless entry and ignition
• Dual-zone climate control
• Simulated-leather upholstery
• Heated front seats
• 8-inch touchscreen display
• Front-wheel or all-wheel drive
• Optional – panoramic sunroof

Tiguan SEL – starting at $31,800

• Panoramic Sunroof
• 18-inch wheels
• Power liftgate
• Remote start
• Front and rear parking sensors
• Front-wheel or all-wheel drive
• Car-Net Security & Service (which offers remote access to the vehicle through a smartphone app, automatic crash notification and monitoring services for young drivers)
• Car-Net Guide & Inform (which displays real-time traffic, weather and nearby fuel prices)

Tiguan SEL Premium – starting at $37,200

• Adaptive LED headlights
• Automatic wipers
• Hands-free liftgate
• Leather upholstery
• Heated steering wheel
• Nine-speaker premium Fender sound system
• Extra driver assistance features including a surround-view parking camera system, lane departure warning and intervention and automatic high-beam control

Tiguan SEL and Premium SEL R-Line – starting at $38,900

• Builds off the SEL and Premium SEL trim levels
• 19-inch wheels for the SEL
• 20-inch wheels for the Premium SEL
• Sportier exterior styling element

By visiting your local , you could find the different types of VW Tiguans on the lot, current specials and discounts and VW incentives.

The Verdict

If you need a spacious car to accommodate your family and luggage comfortable, go for a 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan. It carries up to seven people and its fuel consumption compares similarly to SUVs in a smaller class. It drives smoothly and keeps you entertained with its modern infotainment system.

Residents of Highland Park (Illinois) and the surrounding areas can visit us at Muller Volkswagen to view our collection of VW Tiguans. Contact us today for more information.

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