The current generation of RAV4’s biggest rival has been around for a couple of years. It was launched in 2016 and the latest reports are suggesting that we are about to wait for another year to see changes. Most likely, the 2020 VW Tiguan will come with no important novelties. We expect base design characteristics to remain the same, while minor tweaks in terms of color options and new standard equipment are possible.
The Tiguan definitely won’t mind this lack of changes. This is still generally a good crossover, which much more pros and than cons. It offers a spacious and well-built cabin, with even a little bit of premium touch. On the other side, the biggest complaint goes to the powertrain department. The North American model comes with a lackluster gasoline engine, which is also pretty thirsty. In Europe, things are a little bit better, as there are more efficient diesel options in the offer.
2020 VW Tiguan Design
As we already mentioned, the 2020 VW Tiguan will continue without more important changes. We are about to see a familiar design, which is based on the company’s well-known MQB platform, which is reserved for pretty much all small vehicles from VW Group. Therefore, you can count on typical VW qualities. In practice, this means good driving characteristics. This crossover features pretty direct handling and acts pretty well on the road. Also, it is very spacious, with plenty of cargo space.
In terms of the styling, this is a typica VW model. It looks decent, though most rivals are more exciting. Still, this classical approach has a couple of benefits, as it is able to attract wider masses, as well as to remain relatively fresh for a little bit longer time. Therefore, we don’t expect to see any major changes in the near future, even for a mid-cycle refresh.
This is where Tiguan really shines. A spacious and upscale interior is one of the main reasons for amazing sales numbers, as it is now the best-selling vehicle from this German manufacturer, even in front of the legendary Golf hatchback.
One of the reasons why this model stands out from the crowd is the fact that we are talking about the only compact crossover that offers three rows of seats. Of course, the third row isn’t very spacious, but definitely brings an extra dose of practicality. When it comes to cargo capacity, you can count on 12 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, 33 cubic feet behind the second row, and a maximum 65.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down and these are definitely above-average numbers for the class.
Besides plenty of space, this crossover offers very well interior quality. The 2020 VW Tiguan will continue in the same way, delivering a good quality of materials and pretty stylish dashboard layout.
Tech and Safety
In terms of tech features, 2020 VW Touareg could come with a couple of additions, but we have to say the current model already stands pretty well in this aspect. All models come with things like 6.5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a six-speaker sound system. Of course, there is much more in higher trims, where you can also get digital instrument cluster, a navigation system, an 8-inch touch screen, HD Radio, satellite radio, a nine-speaker premium Fender stereo, push-button start, remote start and much more.
In terms of safety, a rearview camera is the only standard safety feature. Fortunately, you can get much more in higher trims, such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist etc.
2020 VW Tiguan Engines
We’ve already mentioned that powertrain is probably one of the weakest points of this crossover. In North America, the only engine in the offer is a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. It isn’t particularly powerful, neither fast, but things become even worse once you realize that mpg ratings go around 22 in the city and 29 on the highway. Most rivals are way better in this aspect.
Fortunately, things are a little bit better on abroad markets, where you can opt for the infamous 2.0-liter TDI. This one features pretty good mpg ratings and delivers plenty of torque.
2020 VW Tiguan Release Date and Price
Considering that there are no bigger changes to come, the 2020 VW Tiguan should hit the market sometime late in the year. The price should also remain pretty much the same. The current model goes in a range between 24.000 and 39.000 dollars. Competition in the segment is pretty tough. Of course, the RAV4 dominates, but there are also amazing models like Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forster, Ford Escape etc.