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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

Interior


#7 out of 15 in Compact SUVs

MSRP
$24,945
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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

The 2020 Tiguan’s cabin is attractive and quiet, but some materials don’t match the quality of rivals’ interior components. That said, there is an abundance of user-friendly technology inside. The seats are comfortable and supportive, but the available third row is too small for most adults. Cargo room is great in both two- and three-row configurations.

  • "… the plastics and rubbery dash pad look and feel a bit cheap, though." -- Autotrader
  • "VW has always delivered when it comes to interior design and craftsmanship, and the 2019 Tiguan SUV continues the tradition." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "Overall materials are good quality. We also noticed very little road or wind noise on our many highway miles." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)

Seating

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

The seats are comfortable and supportive, and the first two rows are pretty spacious. The Tiguan is one of the few compact SUVs with an available third row, though that space is only suitable for children.

For securing child safety seats, the Tiguan has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, in addition to a tether-only connection for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the lower anchors can be hard to maneuver around.

  • "The Tiguan is impressively spacious on the inside. The third-row seating is best-suited for kids, but it gives the Tiguan something most rivals don't offer." -- Autotrader
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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." -- 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, and smartphone integration via Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and MirrorLink. VW’s upgraded Car-Net system with Wi-Fi capability also comes standard.

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

The Tiguan comes with plenty of tech features that are all easy to operate. The touch screen responds quickly to inputs, and the center stack controls are well-placed. The Digital Cockpit is another exciting feature. It displays the SUV’s speedometer, fuel, audio, and navigation information on a large and customizable screen.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection.

Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, and a surround-view parking camera system.

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  • "The cabin is host to easy-to-use electronics, sensibly placed controls, a decent amount of storage space and the same high-quality switchgear found throughout Volkswagen's lineup." -- Autotrader
  • "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 capacity depends on seating configuration. Three-row Tiguans have 12 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, 33 cubic feet with the third row folded down, and a total of 65.7 cubic feet with all the rear seats folded. Two-row models have even more room for cargo, with 37.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 73.5 cubic feet with them folded down.

The maximum cargo capacities for both two- and three-row configurations are above average for the compact SUV class. The cargo area is deep and wide, and there are several compartments throughout the cabin for tucking away small items. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

  • "Keep in mind, though, that the Tiguan's third row does reduce cargo capacity. With it, cargo space is perfectly average for the segment at 65.7 cu ft. with all rear seats down and 33.0 cu ft. with the second row raised. Without the third row, there's 73.5 cu ft. and 37.6 cu ft., respectively, which is up there with the best. The trunk floor is usefully wide and deep, and it sits noticeably lower without the third row." -- Autotrader
  • "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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