Buy from Home. Buy from Home: Have your vehicle delivered to you and complete your paperwork at home. Learn More

TrueCar

Many Best Price Program dealers are offering to handle all aspects of your vehicle purchase without you ever needing to go into the dealership.

  • Have your vehicle delivered to you
  • Start your paperwork online; complete it at home
  • Enhanced sanitation and safety precautions

Look for the Buy From Home badge when choosing dealerships to connect with.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

Performance


#7 out of 15 in Compact SUVs

MSRP
$24,945
U.S. News Best Price Program

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 6.3

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan has only one available engine, and it’s slow to get this SUV up to highway speeds. This VW has a gentle ride, but many rivals have livelier handling.

  • "The Tiguan’s excellent steering and pedal response -- expected attributes of any VW -- contribute to an overall driving feel that’s among the best in the segment. Highway ride is firmer than that of some other small SUVs, but excellent seats, a quiet cabin and superior steering feel qualify the new Tiguan as an excellent long-haul companion." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "Though the Tiguan is enjoyable enough to drive, don't expect VW GTI levels of playfulness. Unlike the previous version, the new Tiguan is not among the sportiest small SUVs, falling behind its main rivals, the Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
  • "I must warn you that there will more than likely be multiple occasions where you will want for more power, as the 184 horsepower from this tweaked 2.0-liter engine is abruptly disappointing, particularly on the heavier AWD models. And then there's the troublesome gas mileage to worry about." -- Jalopnik (2018)

Acceleration and Power

All 2020 Tiguans come with a 184-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

This engine has decent power for driving around town, but it’s extremely underpowered off the line and when trying to pass or merge on the highway.

The Tiguan gets below-average fuel economy for the compact SUV class. It returns an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

  • "There's little to encourage the driver, given its sluggish throttle response and numb steering." -- Autotrader
  • "While the Tiguan’s turbocharged engine generates impressive horsepower and torque, a base Tiguan is a whopping 450 pounds heavier than a base Honda CR-V. City scooting and highway cruising are barely impacted, but the added mass is evident in highway merging and passing situations." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "The new engine is sluggish off the line as we climb from Denver up into the surrounding mountains, snaking through twisting ribbons of pavement and rough dirt roads aboard a front-wheel-drive Tiguan with three rows. … Even in the meat of the rev range … the engine feels coarse and resistant. It doesn't help that the eight-speed automatic transmission is occasionally lazy to downshift, although this can be mitigated by switching the shift lever into Sport." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)

Handling and Braking

While previous-generation Tiguans had sporty handling and responsive steering that made the SUV fun to drive, the current generation puts the focus squarely on ride comfort. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

  • "The 2020 VW Tiguan is a relatively large, comfort-focused machine. … The Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 are considerably more enjoyable to drive, just as quick and more efficient. Yet the Tiguan has the European feel on its side. It moves down the road with a certain sophistication and solidity that's the hallmarks of a Volkswagen." -- Autotrader
  • "On the plus side, the Tiguan rides like a dream. It tracks confidently down the highway. Potholes and expansion joints are of little concern … while bumpy dirt roads don't transmit much in the way of nasty vibrations into the cabin. Germany engineered the Tiguan to satisfy Americans' preference for easy driving, and in that respect it's spot-on." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)
  • "The key downside to the new Tiguan's ballooning size is that it loses the previous-generation's Golf-on-stilts character, which made it one of the more entertaining small crossovers to drive. The new Tiguan is less eager. It rides softly and rolls considerably in corners. … Volkswagen clearly prioritized quiet comfort over athleticism, and the Tiguan tracks straight down the freeway and features a quiet and plush ride, qualities that will please family-minded shoppers." -- Car and Driver (2018)
U.S. News Best Price Program

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

MSRP: $24,945 - $38,795

  • Lower Monthly Payments
  • Get the Real Price Online
  • See What Others Paid

More than 150,000 car shoppers have purchased or leased a car through the U.S. News Best Price Program. Our pricing beats the national average 86% of the time with shoppers receiving average savings of $3,206 off MSRP across vehicles.
Learn More »

Find the Best Price

Enter your zip code to get local pricing.

Get Dealer Quotes

To get dealer quotes, enter your zip code.

Search Used Listings

To search used listings, enter your zip code.

Change Location

Enter your zip code to see listings near you.

Please enter a valid zipcode

Best Price Program

Interested in a New?

Use the U.S. News Best Price Program to find great deals and get upfront pricing on the.

Dismiss