The Volkswagen range is evolving and at the heart of this evolution is the elegant new Mk8 Golf. It is therefore entirely appropriate for the rest of the range to follow the rhythm, and the latest innovation to obtain the brand’s new look is the 2022 Tiguan. The mid-size crossover now sports a family look, a completely renovated cabin and the latest safety and technology equipment.
And the Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 really looks clean – probably because it visually shares a lot with the latest Golf. New design elements include standard LED headlights and taillights, a larger grille, a bold “TIGUAN” wordmark on the trunk lid, and a new bumper with larger air vents. In the United States, Tiguan is available in four different flavors: S, SE, SE R-Line and SEL R-Line. And third row seats and all-wheel drive will be available as an option on SE and higher models.
In terms of style, the Tiguan S base gets standard 17-inch wheels, while the SE gets 18-inch wheels, the SE R-Line gets 19-inch wheels – as well as some blackened trim – and the -topping range SEL R-Line gets 20 inch wheels and the same dark standard features throughout the R-Line range. The Tiguan also sports two new exterior color options for 2022: Oryx White and Kings Red. With this facelift, VW says that not only does the Tiguan look more like the Golf, but also its siblings SUV, the Atlas Cross Sport and the Touareg on the European market.
|wheels||Third row||All-wheel drive|
|S||17 inch||N / A||N / A|
|SE R-Line||19 inch||Optional||Optional|
|R-Line SALT||20 inch||Optional||Optional|
But most of the major changes to the 2022 Tiguan are in the cabin. The SUV sports a new multifunction steering wheel, as well as a redesigned central battery that houses a redesigned touch screen. This central screen runs the latest VW infotainment system, dubbed MIB3, and now each Tiguan comes standard with a group of digital instruments. The basic digital instrument cluster is 8.0 inches and the optional display is 10.0 inches (standard on SEL R-Line).
The Tiguan S is fitted as standard with fabric seats, available in Titan black or Storm gray, while the mid-range SE and SE R-Line models benefit from standard imitation leather in four different colors: Titan black, Storm gray, cinnamon and Horizon. The last two color options are new for 2022. Meanwhile, the SE R-Line, at the top of the range, has genuine leather seats in four different color options: Titan Black, Storm Gray, Noisette and Barrell Craft .
Another novelty for 2022 is the VW Travel Assist security suite. With features such as adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go as well as lane-keeping assistance, equipment is optional on the base Tiguan, but standard on mid-range models .
Fueling the Tiguan is the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from last year. And it still produces the same 184 horsepower (137 kilowatts) and 221 foot-pounds (300 Newton meters) of torque. European buyers will receive a hot Tiguan R with 315 hp (235 kW), as well as a more efficient plug-in hybrid with 241 hp (180 kW), but VW says it has no plans for a hybrid version here at United States. A Tiguan R for the States is still under study.
US buyers interested in the new Tiguan will have to wait. While the updated SUV goes on sale in Europe next month, it won’t arrive in the U.S. until next year. And Volkswagen won’t release pricing information until the SUV begins in the United States.