The 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan is the third generation of the popular compact SUV, selling more than 7.6 million units worldwide. The new Tiguan has been redesigned and improved in every aspect, from its sleek and powerful exterior to its spacious and modern interior. It also offers new hybrid and plug-in hybrid options, advanced driver-assistance features, and a refined driving experience. Now, we will look closer at what makes the 2024 Tiguan stand out in the crowded compact SUV segment.
New Design: Sharp and Sophisticated
The 2024 Tiguan has a distinctive and confident design that reflects its European heritage. The front end features a higher and wider grille with a horizontal LED strip that connects the standard LED headlights. The optional IQ.LIGHT HD matrix headlights, derived from the premium Touareg model, provide a high-tech lighting system with 38,400 multi-pixel LEDs that adapt to the road and traffic conditions. The Tiguan also has a lower drag coefficient of 0.28, which improves its aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.
The side profile of the Tiguan showcases its athletic and muscular proportions, with prominent wheel arches and a sloping roofline. The wheels range from 17 to 20 inches in size, depending on the trim level. The rear end of the Tiguan has a horizontal LED strip between the tail light clusters, which emphasizes its width and stability. The Tiguan also has a power-operated rear liftgate, which can be opened and closed with a foot gesture.
The 2024 Tiguan is available in eight exterior colors, including two new ones: Kings Red Metallic and Oryx White Pearl. The Tiguan also offers two new style-oriented trims: the SE R-Line and the SEL R-Line Black. The SE R-Line adds sporty elements such as a black grille, mirror caps, roof rails, and 19-inch wheels. The SEL R-Line Black goes even further with a black headliner, leather seats, exterior accents, and 20-inch wheels.
New Interior: Spacious and Digital
The 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan has a completely redesigned interior that offers more space, comfort, and technology. The Tiguan has a generous cargo capacity of 37.6 cubic feet behind the second row and 73.5 cubic feet with the second row folded. The Tiguan also offers an optional third row of seats, accommodating two small children or adults for short trips. The Tiguan is one of the few compact SUVs that offer a third row, along with the Mitsubishi Outlander.
The Tiguan has a modern and minimalist cockpit that integrates the latest modular infotainment matrix (MIB4) components. The Tiguan has a digital instrument cluster with a 12.9-inch display that can be customized to show different information and graphics. The Tiguan also has a large touchscreen infotainment system with a 15-inch display that has a new menu structure and graphics. The infotainment system supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Tiguan also has an optional head-up display that projects key information on the windshield.
The Tiguan has a new multifunction steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls and haptic feedback. The Tiguan also has a new multifunction driving experience switch with an integrated OLED display that allows the driver to select different driving modes, such as Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Off-road. The Tiguan also has an optional adaptive running gear DCC Pro, which optimizes the comfort and dynamics of the suspension. The Tiguan also has an optional pneumatic massage function for the front seats, which adds to the relaxation and well-being of the occupants.
The 2024 Tiguan has a high-quality, refined interior with premium materials and finishes. The Tiguan offers different upholstery options, such as cloth, leatherette, and leather. The Tiguan also offers different interior colors, such as black, gray, and beige. The Tiguan also has ambient lighting with 30 different colors to choose from, which creates a cozy and personalized atmosphere.
New Powertrain: Efficient and Electrified
The 2024 Tiguan has a new powertrain lineup that includes two new 48-volt mild hybrid options and two new plug-in hybrid options. The mild hybrid options use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 130 or 150 horsepower, depending on the version. The mild hybrid system uses a belt-driven starter-generator and a 48-volt battery to provide an electric boost and reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The mild hybrid options are available with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The plug-in hybrid options use a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower and an electric motor that produces 115 horsepower. The plug-in hybrid system has a 13-kWh battery that provides an all-electric range of around 62 miles, according to the WLTP cycle. The plug-in hybrid options also have a DC quick-charging function that can recharge the battery to 80% in about 30 minutes. The plug-in hybrid options are available with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The 2024 Tiguan also offers a conventional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system. The Tiguan can tow up to 1,500 pounds with this engine.
According to the EPA, the 2024 Tiguan has an impressive fuel economy rating of 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The Tiguan also has a start-stop system and a coasting function that helps save fuel.