There’s no denying that the best-selling Volkswagen Tiguan doesn’t get the fame it should in America. Its mid-cycle refreshed 2022 model made its way onto the U.S. News and World Report’s list of the top ten compact SUVs and Car and Driver’s Editor’s Choice list.[a][b] Surprisingly, we don’t see more of the fun-to-drive, spacious, and accommodating Volkswagen Tiguan on the road as much as it should be. It's a great commuter vehicle with its fuel efficiency, a reliable family hauler with its seating capacity and interior space, and a light towing and hauling machine with the amount of interior cargo room and towing capacity it provides. The SUV gives drivers the option of three rows of seating to hold up to seven passengers and provides ample cargo room in the back, depending on your traveling needs. It's an affordable SUV with luxury qualities, even more so if you buy a step up from the base model, the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan SE.
With an MSRP of $30,220, which is just around $5,000 more than the base model, you would think the second lowest trim level wouldn’t have much more to offer besides a few minor details.[c] However, that is not the case with the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan SE. Its exterior benefits from added style and premium convenience features, and you will appreciate the rich interior upgrades in style, comfort, convenience, and technology. With that being said, it is our pleasure to present an overview of the exceptional Volkswagen SUV model, the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan SE.
No matter which trim level of the Volkswagen SUV best-seller you decide to buy, you’ll be driving away in an attractive, sporty, and eye-catching versatile SUV. However, when you upgrade from the base model to the mid-level 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan SE, you and any bystanders are in for a treat. Besides the sleek and bold styling every model displays, the Tiguan SE takes the visual and functional appeal up a notch.
Roof rails are included with every 2022 Tiguan to be used as an anchor to secure cargo or to mount a cargo box, ski rack, or other accessories to the roof. If you choose the Tiguan SE model, the rails' stylish silver appearance adds a touch of luxury to their usefulness as opposed to the black rails of the base S trim. Additionally; instead of the standard 17-inch alloy wheels, the Tiguan SE delivers slightly better performance and a more prominent presence with upgraded 18-inch alloy wheels. With a choice of six exterior paint colors, the refined SE can be personalized to showcase your personality and style, whether you prefer to steal the show with the all-new Kings Red Metallic or Oryx White or simply blend in with Pyrite Silver Metallic.
When it comes to convenience, you will love the rain-sensing wipers and power-operated rear liftgate that come standard with the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan SE. You could always add them to the base model by purchasing a package, but why bother when you can spend a little more and get them standard along with many other features of the SE model? With the rain-sensing wiper system activated, you won’t need to worry about turning your wipers on, adjusting the speed, or shutting the windshield wipers off since the system will automatically do it for you based on the moisture it detects. You can say goodbye to struggling to manually open the liftgate to access the cargo area when your hands are full of groceries. With the Tiguan SE, you can open it with the push of a button remotely.
After a mid-cycle refresh, every 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan can be found with a richer standard interior than previous models. From heated seats for the cooler months to a user-friendly digital driver display, its interior has been modernized for a greater visual appeal and to increase your comfort and convenience while out on the road. The 2022 Tiguan SE, on the other hand, delivers a wealth of desirable and practical luxurious amenities inside without breaking the bank. If you're searching for a reasonably priced trim slightly more luxurious than the base model, you won't need to seek beyond the SE. Do you prefer the sophisticated look, feel, and aroma of a leather interior? Great! The Tiguan SE boasts V-Tex leatherette seating and a leatherette-wrapped steering wheel available in three colors; Cinnamon, Storm Gray, or Titan Black, and without the hefty price tag that leather comes with.
What’s more, besides rich materials without the price of luxury, is the premium power-adjustable eight-way driver’s seat with four lumbar positions for the ultimate support and comfort no matter the length of your ride or the harshness of your day. What about the convenience of automatic dual-zone climate control with an air vent for the second row? Or the simplicity of an auto-dimming rearview mirror? Sometimes it's the little things that count the most, and the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan SE has all of them as standard equipment. It's even available with extra amenities like a panoramic sunroof if you prefer your SUV's interior to have more fresh air and sunshine flowing through it.
While the five-seat option is available with higher-level trims, like the base model, the Tiguan SE is one of the few in its class to offer three rows of seating. Even if you don't need all seven seats, you can use the interior's impressive 65.7 cu.ft. of cargo space with the second and third-row seats folded down. You have the choice to accommodate a few additional passengers in the rear if necessary, which is a feature that not many of the model’s rivals have. Plus, with the flexibility of the 40/20/40 split-folding second row, the Tiguan can be fitted for each drive based on your passenger and hauling needs.
Safety is at the core of every Volkswagen, right alongside reliability and practicality. Besides new touch-sensitive controls, sleek-looking digital displays, and standard smartphone connectivity, the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan SE goes above and beyond by providing the most advanced standard safety and driver assistance technology. If you’re looking for an affordable SUV without sacrificing the benefits of today’s technology, the Tiguan SE is worth checking out.
Every 2022 Tiguan comes with active blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, and front assist, courtesy of the Volkswagen IQ.DRIVE driver assistance suite. These tools alert you and countersteer or apply the brakes to your Tiguan if there is a potential collision about to happen. However, upgrading from the base model to the Tiguan SE will bring you even more peace of mind on the road. Take a look at these added features:
These driver and safety assistance features are available with the base model for an added price; however, with the SE, they come standard. Along with the many other technologies and interior and exterior features you won't find with the base model, the SE's technology will give you more confidence behind the wheel. You'll also appreciate the larger eight-inch infotainment center display with voice control and the convenience of starting the car remotely, so it's as warm or cool as you want it to be before you even get in.