The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan: Proof That Fuel Efficient SUVs Still Exist

June 10th, 2022 by

A close up of the grille of a dark blue 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line is shown.

Rising gas costs are hard on everyone, but they present unique challenges for busy families who still need to get the kids to school and all their activities. For these buyers, it’s critical to find an SUV with good fuel economy ratings. Luckily, that’s just what you’ll find at Bud Clary Auburn Volkswagen, your Seattle VW Tiguan dealer.

Parking a Tiguan in your driveway means big savings at the pump. Choosing a Tiguan doesn’t mean you’ll sacrifice great looks and cool technology features. The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan comes in four affordable trims, each offering plenty of in-cabin comfort and convenience features, as well as next-generation infotainment and driver-assist safety technology. The Tiguan is ideal for small families.

One look at the Tiguan lineup, and you’ll see that even the base S model is nicely equipped. Luxury seekers can select the top-of-the-line SEL R-Line and receive premium features like a Fender audio system and heated and ventilated leather seating. For the “Goldilocks” buyer looking for a just-right mix of value and luxury, either the SE or SE R-Line Black might be the answer. Here’s a complete buyer’s guide to the 2022 VW Tiguan.

The Perfect Marriage of Performance and Fuel Economy

All 2022 Tiguan SUVs come standard with a 184 horsepower four-cylinder that gets a turbocharged boost for spirited acceleration. Moms and dads will love the athletic handling of this model that the 184 horsepower provides because it will give them the driving enjoyment they want in a car that is still practical for the family. Errands are a lot more fun when your SUV precisely steers through corners and delivers sports car-like ride handling. Precision German engineering is center stage on the midsize Tiguan, especially with the 2.0-liter power plant. In addition to its impressive horsepower rating, the engine delivers 221 lb-ft of torque, allowing for up to 1,500 pounds of towing capability.

At the heart of the SUV’s driver-centric performance is a Driving Mode system that allows drivers to select from four settings: Normal, Sport, Eco, and Individual. Toggle to Normal for everyday driving, Sport for more rapid acceleration, Eco to optimize fuel economy, or create your own mode with Individual. The Tiguan is available in either front-wheel drive or 4Motion all-wheel drive.

As for fuel economy, Tiguan front-wheel drive versions get an EPA-estimated 23 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway.[a] Adding 4Motion all-wheel drive reduces the EPA-estimated fuel economy rating slightly, but for many buyers who like the added traction in wet, slippery driving weather, it’s a worthy sacrifice. S and SE 4Motion trims achieve an EPA-estimated 22 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway, while the R-Line 4Motion gets you an EPA-estimated 21 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.[a] Regardless of the drivetrain and trim you choose, your Tiguan is near the top of the category for fuel efficiency.

The black and brown interior of a silver 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan is shown.

Trims and Configurations

With its varied four-trim lineup, the Tiguan offers a model for just about every family’s budget and lifestyle needs. All trims feature seating for seven, including a split-folding second-row for easy third-row access and up to 73.4 cubic feet of cargo space. A refreshed exterior includes angular architecture with a bold, aggressive curb appeal. The Tiguan also comes standard with roof rails.

The base S includes LED headlights and taillights, along with a seat of power heated outside mirrors. Inside, you’ll enjoy heated front seats and a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, along with keyless access and a push-button start. The SE features heated windshield washer nozzles, rain-sensing wipers, and a power liftgate. The cabin receives a power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, and V-Tex leatherette seating.

Upgrading to the upscale SE R-Line adds a long list of extras, including 19-inch wheels, a panoramic power sunroof, trim-specific R-Line bumpers, cladding, and black grille, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel for a touch of cabin luxury. The infotainment touchscreen grows to 8 inches, and VW adds remote start, parking sensors, and a wireless device charger. You’ll also love the unique ambient cabin lighting with 30 color choices.

Atop the Tiguan lineup is the flagship SEL R-Line, a trim that includes standard 4Motion all-wheel drive, 20-inch wheels, and advanced headlights that rotate to illuminate the road as you turn. A hands-free Easy Open/Easy Close liftgate is also standard, along with a dramatic illuminated grille. The cabin features elegant leather seating, ventilated in the front, and seating for five passengers. Navigation is also standard, as is a configurable 10.25-inch digital driver display.

Connected Technology and Infotainment Features

Volkswagen infuses every Tiguan with generously sized touchscreens and smartphone connectivity, but the SEL R-Line’s highly advanced infotainment system will satisfy even the most discerning technophiles. It starts at the control hub, an 8-inch glass front capacitive touchscreen with wireless smartphone connectivity, and includes Discover Media, consisting of smart navigation with real-time traffic updates and crisp map displays.

The SEL R-Line is the only trim that comes with a 480-watt, nine-speaker Fender premium audio system. Designed specifically for the cabin, it includes a subwoofer and special Super Twin speakers mounted on the front doors. Together, the strategically placed speakers deliver rich bass tones and concert-grade sound–perfect for streaming your favorite playlist after dropping the kids off at school. Other Tiguan models receive a six-speaker audio system.

All Tiguan buyers can opt for a Car-Net connected services subscription and enjoy many of its robust app-based features for five years, compliments of Volkswagen. Car-Net includes three categories of services: Safe & Secure, Remote Access, and Hotspot. Safe & Secure includes a suite of services that include Automatic Crash Notification, which notifies live operators when a crash occurs, and Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance.

Tiguan owners can activate the standard 4G LTE Hotspot with a low-priced data plan that allows up to four connected devices. Car-Net Remote Access allows you to remotely lock/unlock the doors, sound the horn, and flash the lights. It can display the last parked location and even tell you the current fuel level. Remote Access also knows if you’ve left a window down or a door unlocked and will alert you automatically.

A couple is shown walking away from a blue 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan.

The Tiguan: Ideal for Families

Not only is the 2022 VW Tiguan stylish, athletic, and fun to drive: it is filled with safety features to help keep you on the road and help you get home safely. That’s a peace-of-mind achievement parents will love, especially since it’s augmented by systems like Intelligent Crash Response, which automatically switches on the hazard lights, unlocks the doors, and shuts off the fuel pump after a crash.

Volkswagen includes its IQ.DRIVE driver-assist safety suite on SE trims and above and offers it as an optional add-on for the base S. The system includes multiple safety systems designed to constantly monitor road conditions via cameras, sensors, and radar, alerting the driver to potential hazards and even intervening with emergency steering and braking to avoid or minimize the severity of a collision.

With so many great features, including seating for seven and fuel economy ratings that defy its midsize architecture, the 2022 VW Tiguan is a must-see for families. All VW models come with a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty and a Carefree Maintenance Program for free scheduled maintenance during the first two years of ownership. Save money and optimize your driving enjoyment in the refreshed midsize 2022 Tiguan.


[a]23 city/30 highway mpg (2022 Tiguan 2.0L, 8-speed automatic transmission). 22 city/29 highway mpg (2022 Tiguan 2.0L 4motion, 8-speed automatic transmission). 21 city/28 highway mpg (2022 Tiguan R-Line 2.0L 4motion, 8-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.