Mike's Car Review: The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium w/4MOTION

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium

They told us this was coming and we're here. We live in a crossover SUV world. They are the biggest selling single type of vehicle after pickup trucks, and pretty much every manufacturer makes one or more of them---in varying sizes.

As you can imagine, in that crowded a field, it's tough to stand out. And that brings us to the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan.

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium

The Tiguan has been available for 12 years now---and it's in its second generation. It's a right-sized, cleanly styled people carrier with a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, making 184 horsepower and connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy, according to EPA estimates, is pretty good---21 miles per gallon city, 29 highway. And the SEL Premium model I've been driving this week also has Volkswagen's 4MOTION all-wheel drive, so it's ready to go when the snow finally starts falling in the Sierra.

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium

The base price of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium with 4MOTION is $37,195 and that comes with a very lengthy list of standard equipment:

  • Anti-slip regulation.
  • Engine brake assist.
  • Electronic brake pressure distribution.
  • Hydraulic brake assist.
  • Electronic stability control.
  • Electronic differential lock.
  • Intelligent crash response system.
  • Rear view camera system.
  • Tire pressure monitoring system.
  • 19-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires.
  • Automatic LED headlights and LED daytime running lights.
  • LED taillights.
  • Adaptive front lighting system.
  • Halogen fog lights.
  • Low-speed cornering lights.
  • Power folding heated side mirrors with position memory and integrated turn signals.
  • Rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers with heated washer nozzles.
  • Rear window wiper and washer.
  • Silver roof rails.
  • Power tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof.
  • Dual-zone climate control with second-row air vents.
  • Heated, leather-wrapped three-spoke multifunction steering wheel.
  • Tilting and telescoping steering column.
  • Heated 10-way power driver's seat with lumbar support and position memory.
  • Heated six-way manual front passenger seat with height adjustment.
  • 40/20/40 split folding rear seat, sliding and reclining, with armrest.
  • Leather seating surfaces.
  • Front center console with cupholders, armrest and storage.
  • Carpeted cargo area with tie-down hooks and folding tonneau privacy cover.
  • Auto-dimming inside rear-view mirror.
  • Ambient interior lighting, front footwell lights and illuminated vanity mirrors.
  • Illuminated door sill scuff plates.
  • Carpeted floor mats, first and second rows.
  • Overhead view camera.
  • Park distance control, front and rear.
  • Volkswagen Digital Cockpit (fully configurable digital gauge cluster).
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop & go.
  • Forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring (front assist).
  • Active blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.
  • Lane keeping system.
  • High beam control.
  • Remote engine start.
  • Keyless access.
  • Pushbutton start.
  • Remote power liftgate with hands-free open and close.
  • Navigation.
  • Fender Premium audio system.
  • Apple CarPlay.
  • Bluetooth.
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio (limited free trial).
  • Electric parking brake.
  • Anti-theft alarm with engine immobilizer.
  • VW Car-Net (App Connect, Guide & Inform, Security & Service).

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium

Again, that's all standard for $37,195. And that's all. Volkswagen is one of the manufacturers that packages trim levels a certain way and avoids the complexity of extra-cost options. So, with $995 destination charge, the bottom line on the window sticker for the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium with 4MOTION is $38,190. Which is competitive in its class and within a few bucks of the average price of a new car these days.

With its German engineering, attention to detail, high-quality materials and workmanship, the Tiguan is a solid choice in this crowded field. And with 4MOTION, it's very much worth cross-shopping against competitors like the Subaru Outback.

Mike Hagerty

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