The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is set to give its rivals in the crossover class stiffer competition than ever. More standard features and options have been added to most trim levels, including an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot. All models get a 184 horsepower 2.0-liter engine that's turbocharged for extra torque: 221 lb.-ft. at 4300 rpm, to be exact. It pairs with an eight-speed automatic (with TipTronic manual mode) to yield 29 highway miles to the gallon and 22 mpg around town with the standard front-wheel drivetrain. 4MOTION all-wheel drive is available throughout the lineup; with this option, fuel economy ticks down by a mere 2 mpg. An idle stop/start system is standard for maximum fuel efficiency, and the 15.9-gallon gas tank will get you a lot of miles between fuel stops.

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Standard Features by Trim Level

VW offers five main trim levels - the S, SE, SE R-Line Black, SEL, and SEL Premium R-Line, plus 4MOTION subtrims of the first four (the top trim comes standard with 4MOTION). The base S delivers a refined package of standard equipment, with the likes of a four-wheel independent suspension, automatic headlights, roof rails, power heated side mirrors, LED taillights, VW App-Connect, three USB ports (two in front for data and one in the back seat for charging), and some active safety features (see the Safety Technology section for details). The SE adds heated front seats, heated windshield washer fluid nozzles, a wireless charger for smartphones, and a CD player.

The SE R-Line Black has a few bonuses: a rear sport valance, a power panoramic sunroof, fog lights with low-speed corner illumination, 20-inch alloy wheels, and trim-specific badging and other details. The SEL adds some convenience with remote start and a navigation system, plus silver roof rails, the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, a power remote-open/close tailgate, dual-zone cabin temperature control, a heated steering wheel, and a third row of seating, bringing the passenger capacity to seven. VW's 4MOTION all-wheel drive is standard on the SEL Premium R-Line, and it also receives an adaptive front lighting system, a hands-free tailgate, power side mirrors with memory, an overhead-view camera, and a Fender Premium audio system. 


Safety and Technology

Volkswagen has packed a nice amount of advanced safety technology into all trim levels this time around. It's not that common for a base trim to come standard with a blind-spot monitor, but the entry-level 2020 Tiguan has one, along with front assist (that's forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection), rear traffic alert, and a rear-view monitor. The SEL adds a lane keeping system, and the top-shelf SEL Premium R-Line also gets an overhead monitor for a full view of the vehicle's surroundings. Passive safety features are plentiful, too, such as a crash-optimized front end, a full suite of air bags, front and rear crumple zones, and a reinforced safety cage for the utmost protection in a collision.