VW’s Revamped 2022 Tiguan; VW Intros AWD ID.4

Tiguan is VW’s best selling vehicle worldwide.  For model year 2022, the U.S. version gets a new expressive face with LED headlights, eight-inch Digital Cockpit instruments (10.25-inch optional) and keyless entry and start.  Other available features include Climatronic Touch (steering wheel with touch controls), 15-color ambient lighting and Park Assist (self-parking steering).  

VW’s Front Assist and Side Assist are standard on all trims.  VW’s IQ.DRIVE is optional on the base “S” model; standard on second-level trim SE and up to SEL R-Line.  It adds adaptive cruise control with stop and go, plus Lane Assist.

VW describes the Tiguan’s exterior as sharpened and the interior as redefined.  MSRP starts at $27,190.  Heated front seats are standard, while heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats are optional.  Leatherette wraps the steering wheel on lower trims, upper ones get a leather-wrapped sports wheel.

Tiguan SE and high get touch-screen climate controls with voice commands.  You can say, “Hello Volkswagen, my feet are cold.”  Then the Tiguan will toast your popsicle toes.  The infotainment screen’s capacitive touch-sensor doesn’t need much pressure to operate it.  It responds to sliding and pinching motions.  

All Tiguans models have Drive Mode selection.  You can tailor steering effort and throttle response.  

Expect the two-motor all-wheel-drive version of VW’s ID.4 battery electric vehicle by late this year.  Scott Keogh, VWoA’s CEO, says it costs $3,600 more than the rear-drive version.  Leases start at $439 per month.  VW is pushing leasing nationwide as a means of retaining control of the vehicle’s battery for recycling purposes.  Meanwhile, VW’s preparing an addition to its Chattanooga plant in order to build the ID.4 during June 2022. Expect a shorter-range ID.4 priced less than $35,000.