2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

Interior


#6 out of 16 in Compact SUVs

MSRP
$24,295
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2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

While the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan has an upscale cabin, some competitors outshine it. However, it’s one of the few compact SUVs to offer third-row seating. It also has an abundance of standard and available tech features. Cargo room is great as well, and the two-row Tiguan has more cargo space than nearly every other class rival.  

  • "VW has always delivered when it comes to interior design and craftsmanship, and the 2019 Tiguan SUV continues the tradition." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Overall materials are good quality. We also noticed very little road or wind noise on our many highway miles." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)
  • "The interior, too, rises to the top end of the segment: The dashboard looks and feels upscale, with clearly organized HVAC and audio controls and a large, crisp-looking 8.0-inch touchscreen display in all but the base S trim, which gets a 6.5-inch screen. The leatherette upholstery found in SE and SEL models is convincing, while the top SEL Premium gets real hides and a high-tech, configurable digital gauge cluster that's not far off from Audi's Virtual Cockpit system." -- Car and Driver (2018)

Seating

Seven-seat Tiguans have either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, while five-seat models only have AWD. Cloth upholstery is standard. Leatherette or leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The first two rows have plenty of space. Unlike most compact SUVs, the Tiguan has third-row seating, though that space is best left for kids. Most other three-row SUVs have more room in their third rows, though they tend to be larger vehicles overall.

For securing child safety seats, there are two full sets of LATCH connectors for the Tiguan’s rear outboard seats, as well as an additional tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The IIHS says the lower anchors can be difficult to maneuver around.

  • Seats are on the firm side but supportive with good bolstering. The padded center armrest is in just the right spot, but is missing the convenient ratcheting height-adjustable feature offered on other VWs. … The available 3rd-row seat is pretty small, and probably only fit for short trips with even shorter occupants, but it’s a nice feature to have in a pinch." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • It's a little tight on head room, but your youngest kids will be perfectly fine back there into their early teenage years, unless your family is freakishly tall." -- Jalopnik (2018)
  • "Inside is where the new Tiguan really shines. The seats are comfortable and supportive, even though the power lumbar adjusts only in and out. The second row is very roomy, but the third row is tiny. Getting to the wayback is helped by an easy-to-reach lever that also allows the second row to recline and slide." -- Consumer Reports (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Tiguan include a 6.5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, and smartphone integration via Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Mirror Link.

Available features include Volkswagen Digital Cockpit – a 12.3-inch digital display which replaces the more traditional gauge cluster – as well as an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, a nine-speaker premium Fender stereo, two more USB ports, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, a sunroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

A few safety features are available too, such as lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, and adaptive cruise control.

The Tiguan has plenty of standard tech features, including some – such as Mirror Link, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto – that are optional or unavailable in rivals. The touch screens have crisp graphics, and there are physical controls for some settings. The Digital Cockpit is another highlight, displaying lots of vehicle data, including navigation, so you don’t have to look away from the road for long.

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  • "Starting with the second-tier SE model (S is the base), VW's new MIB II infotainment takes center stage. Integrated smoothly into the center stack, the 8-inch display boasts clear and bright graphics." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)
  • "We're also fans of VW's MIB II infotainment system, which offers a competitive suite of connectivity features (including VW's Car-Net subscription-based services); bright, easy-to-read displays; and snappy response times to inputs (i.e., you're not stuck wondering whether your tap or finger swipe registered). … Despite all of the touchscreen functions, VW wisely stuck to 'analog' volume and tuning knobs, which we find much easier to access and operate than virtual controls." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • "By far the coolest tech is the Digital Cockpit. … Similar to Audi's Virtual Cockpit, it replaces the traditional gauge cluster with a fully customizable 12.3-inch screen. Between a virtual speedometer and tachometer it displays a variety of information like audio, fuel economy or navigation. I found it really cool that I never had to look over to the center screen to see the map." -- CNET (2018)

Cargo

Cargo room in the Tiguan depends on your seating setup. Three-row models have 12 cubic feet behind the rear seats, 33 cubic feet with the third row down, and a total of 65.7 cubic feet behind the front seats. Two-row models have a bit more space, with 37.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 73.5 cubic feet with them folded down. The two-row Tiguan has more room than most other compact SUVs with the rear row folded. There are several pockets throughout the cabin for stowing smaller items. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

  • "Five-passenger models provide an impressive 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space. … A motion-activated rear tailgate is triggered by waving your foot under the bumper and will automatically close itself after detecting the key fob has moved out of range." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The main benefit of the new Tiguan's stretched body is improved cargo space. … The new one boasts 65.7 cubic feet when equipped with the third-row seat, or 73.5 in two-row form-numbers that compare favorably with the best in the compact-SUV class." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • "Thoughtful touches include bottle holders built into all doors, a dedicated place under the cargo floor to store the retractable cargo cover, and the ability to lower sections of the second row using levers in the cargo hold." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
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