2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Drops a Trim, Adds Some Price

Volkswagen cleans up its compact Tiguan SUV quite nicely for 2022, sharpening up the crossover’s nose and enhancing its interior somewhat. The updated Tiguan appears more muscled and a bit more premium, which is fitting, because it now costs more.

The entry-level Tiguan S model sees a year-over-year increase from $26,440 to $27,190, while the 4Motion all-wheel-drive option (available on every Tiguan save for the top-level SEL R-Line, which comes standard with it) sees its price jump from $1,300 to $1,500. This effectively raises the price of every all-wheel-drive Tiguan versus last year.

Nevertheless, the VW remains in the ballpark of competitors such as the Honda CR-V, which starts at $26,575; the Toyota RAV4, which starts at $27,465; and the Nissan Rogue, which starts at $27,000. If you’re wondering how compact SUVs got so expensive, blame the growing subcompact SUV segment—the Tiguan, like most of its competition, now lives above a smaller, cheaper offering; in this case, the new-for-2022 Taos.

Volkswagen largely keeps the Tiguan’s trim level structure intact for 2022, which means the SUV is available in S, SE, SE R-Line Black, and SEL R-Line. Last year’s second-from-the-top SEL trim is gone. See below for each trim level’s details and equipment changes:

Tiguan S: The base Tiguan is not so basic anymore. Heated seats are now standard, joining 17-inch aluminum wheels, full-LED exterior lighting, a proximity key, remote engine starting, an 8.0-inch digital gauge cluster, and a third-row seat (only on front-wheel-drive models). Opting for all-wheel drive adds $1,500; the only other major option is the IQ.Drive safety package that includes blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, and auto-dimming mirrors.

Tiguan SE: Upgrade to the SE, and you’ll get larger 18-inch wheels, an 8.0-inch touchscreen (the S gets a 6.5-inch unit), wireless phone charging, faux leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver’s seat, auto-dimming mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, and a power tailgate. Buyers also get the S’s IQ.Drive safety gear; a panoramic sunroof adds $1,200, while all-wheel drive adds $1,500.

Tiguan SE R-Line Black: As its name implies, the Tiguan SE R-Line Black gets a blacked-out exterior treatment with 19-inch black-painted wheels, black accents on its more aggressive R-Line front and rear bumpers, black roof rails, a black headliner, and a smattering of chrome bits inside and out. The regular SE’s panoramic sunroof is standard, as is ambient interior lighting, front and rear parking sensors, and real leather wrapped around its steering wheel.

Tiguan SEL R-Line: The range-topping SEL R-Line gets standard all-wheel drive, as well as most of the Black model’s gear—though not its blacked-out style. That means 20-inch silver-finish wheels, LED grille accents, adaptive headlights, automatic high-beam controls, a parking assist feature, 360-degree parking cameras, road sign recognition, a larger 10.3-inch digital gauge cluster, in-dash navigation, a Fender audio system, a hands-free power tailgate, a heated steering wheel, leather seating, ventilated front seats, and a power passenger seat.

All of this year’s SEL R-Line gear is included for thousands less than what VW charged for last year’s SEL R-Line model—marking the one price reduction in the 2022 Tiguan family. However, given how well-equipped the rest of the lineup is, the mild price hikes on the S and SE trims are justifiable.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Pricing

  • Tiguan S: $27,190 +$1,500 for AWD
  • Tiguan SE: $30,690 + $1,500 for AWD
  • Tiguan SE R-Line Black: $33,490 + $1,500 for AWD
  • Tiguan SEL R-Line: $37,790

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