By on May 11, 2021

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan isn’t about to take a back seat to the Taos.

While the latter is going to make a lot of news as a new small crossover in the brand’s lineup — indeed, I will have my first sampling next week, with a review later in May when the embargo lifts — the already-existing Tiguan isn’t going anywhere. And VW is using a refresh to remind us of that fact.

As per usual, the changes are minor — a new front end, new wheels, and new colors.

Inside, a digital cockpit is standard, along with wireless charging and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connections. A suite of driver-assist tech called IQ.DRIVE will be standard on all but the base model, and trim levels are simplified.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan

The front-end changes included standard LED lighting and an available light-up VW logo, and top trims get “sportier” bumpers and side sills. The taillights are LED, too.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan

Meanwhile, the rear badging is moved and centered so that the Tiguan can match up with other VWs. Exciting news here, people.

The new available wheels are offered in sizes from 17- to 20-inches.2022 Volkswagen Tiguan

Inside, the standard digital cockpit is 8 inches, with a 10-inch screen available. Heated front seats are now standard, with heated steering wheel and cooled seats available.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan

All but the base model get haptic touch interfaces for the climate controls, and R-Line models get similar controls for the steering wheel. Available features will include premium audio, leatherette or leather seating, power front seats, and interior ambient lighting.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan

The IQ.DRIVE system will include forward-collision warning and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring, blind-spot monitor, rear-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, travel assist, and emergency assist. Base Tiguans get front assist (FCW and AEB), side assist (blind-spot monitoring), and rear-traffic alert, and the IQ.DRIVE system can be added.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan

Other available driver-aid tech will include automatic high beams, parking assist, and road-sign recognition.

The 2.0-liter four-cylinder (184 horsepower/221 lb-ft of torque) and eight-speed automatic transmission carry over. There will be four trim levels — S, SE, SE R-Line Black, and SEL R-Line.

Pricing has yet to be announced, and the refreshed Tiguan is slated to reach dealers in the third quarter of this year.

[Images: Volkswagen]

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7 Comments on “2022 Volkswagen Tiguan: Digital is the Name of the Interior Game...”


  • avatar
    theflyersfan

    …so this is why my sister and brother in law got such a good deal on their just purchased 2021 Tiguan! Given no powertrain changes, and they didn’t want the virtual dash anyway, probably not a big loss and pocket the extra money. And I can’t figure out the sudden illuminated front badge craze. With all of the debris that can nail the front of your car, that just seems like an unnecessary repair just waiting to happen.

    May the sunroof not leak and ruin the headliner, may the wipers work in the worst weather, may the windows roll up and down when you need them to (not when they want to), may the a/c not dump gallons of water on your passenger’s feet, may the interior plastics not crumble to dust, may the water pump make it past 70,000 miles, (inhale), may the exterior lights work past 3-4 years because LED assemblies aren’t cheap, may the interior electronics not fritz out and leave one in the dark…and did I miss anything?

    And while I’m dreaming, may my Reds finally win a World Series (1990 was a long time ago) and the Flyers discover what the playoffs are like again…sigh.

  • avatar

    VW, digital – that is all I needed to know. There are less painful ways to move arounds.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    I’m reading digital dash, 17-20in wheels, gorgeous interior, IQ DRIVE and then:

    “The 2.0-liter four-cylinder (184 horsepower/221 lb-ft of torque) and eight-speed automatic transmission carry over. ”

    Shouldn’t this also have eleventy hundred horsepower or something?

  • avatar
    DedBull

    Our 2019 is no GTI fighter, but I would say the power is fine for everyday use. Maybe it’s just because I grew up driving low power cars, but I have no complaints about the Tiguan power wise. The early 2018s were supposedly a lot worse, but subsequent software update TSBs have corrected that issue.

    While I love the big engine/small car dynamic for my toys, I don’t see the need to shove a high horsepower mill into these mom-mobiles.

  • avatar
    NeilM

    Regarding more power, perhaps VW doesn’t want to intrude into Audi territory, where the Q3 has an optional 228 HP engine.

  • avatar
    sgeffe

    I just looked at VW’s Web site because I wanted to figure out what the bloated, whale-like thing with slit windows, a beltline that looked neck-high for a small-statured individual, and a VW badge that I saw whilst trundling through the soul-sapping construction zone behind a fool driving ten-under was. An Atlas Sport. Picture a 1st-generation Chrysler 300 on stilts with a hatchback and a wagon body (somehow the Magnum’s windows didn’t seem as short), and you’d have it!

    In a vehicular environment festooned with shapeless blobs on stilts, that one looks particularly awful!

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