The 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan has a new look and a slew of new features to help it compete in the crowded compact SUV/crossover market.
Because of the likes of Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape, you can’t let your SUV offerings become monotonous. As a result, VW has refreshed the inside and exterior of the Tiguan and increased the number of standard amenities in the entire line.
Redesign Exterior & Interior
The new 2023 Tiguan includes an 8-inch digital gauge display, heated front seats, and a more robust portfolio of active safety technologies, including automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.
LED headlights and taillights, a bigger front grille, new badging at the back, and wheel options ranging from 17 to 20-inches in diameter are all standard features on this year’s Tiguan.
It’s not just the vehicle’s exterior that has undergone a meticulous evolution; the interior now features a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen and the digital instrument cluster. Optional displays include an 8-inch touchscreen and a 10.25-inch digital gauge.
The 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan is still one of the few compact SUVs with a third row of seats. They’re better suited to babies and toddlers, but the extra seating options could be a big selling point for many car buyers. This three-row seating configuration is standard on FWD Tiguans but not on any of the AWD variants.
Under The Hood
The 2023 Tiguan’s engine is the only thing that hasn’t been changed. The turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine produces 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. The Tiguan isn’t the sportiest small SUV on the market, but it’s easy to drive and offers a fair performance punch when necessary, thanks to an 8-speed automatic transmission and direct steering.
The standard and R plug-in hybrid versions of the next-generation VW Tiguan will be offered. In 2023, Volkswagen will launch the Tiguan R, a high-performance plug-in hybrid SUV.
However, the VW Touareg R PHEV, which was released last year, is the first plug-in hybrid Volkswagen R model. With a 250 kW 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, the VW Touareg R has an electric motor with a 100 kW (gross) output driven by a 17.9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Instead of the V6, the VW Tiguan R PHEV is anticipated to employ a 2.0-liter single-turbo inline four-cylinder gasoline engine, which is both cheaper and more efficient.
According to Europe’s WLTP, the pure electric range of the next-generation VW Tiguan Hybrid and next-generation VW Tiguan R PHEVs should be around 100 kilometers or 62 miles, which is double that of today. During the announcement of the Accelerate strategy in March, Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstätter stated that “we will still need combustion engines for some time, but they should be as efficient as possible, so that the next generation of our core products—all of which are world models—will also be fitted with the latest generation of plug-in hybrid technology with an electric range of up to 100 kilometers,” according to Autoweek.
2023 Volkswagen Tiguan Pricing
We predict the 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan to have an introductory price of approximately $26,000 for the entry-level variant in FWD type.
There are five trim choices in total: S, SE, SE R-Line Black, SEL, and SEL Premium R-Line. Only the range-topping SEL Premium R-Line comes equipped with AWD. Adding AWD to cheaper trims costs an average of approximately $1,500.
At its peak, a top-of-the-line Tiguan has an asking price of roughly $37,000. While that’s not cheap, it’s comparable to this VW’s immediate rivals.