After years of struggling to gain a foothold in the American crossover market, Volkswagen finally came to grips with the fact that size does matter -- at least in the world of crossovers. This year, it gave the American buyer what it wanted: a compact crossover with room for people and cargo, thanks to its extra 10 inches in length. It also gained a new, more muscular appearance. With this redesign still fresh, we expect no changes when the 2019 Tiguan debuts.
Visually, we expect no updates, and honestly, that shouldn’t be a shock, as the 2018 Tiguan’s redesign gave this model the more rugged look that American buyers prefer. On top of this new look, the current Tiguan shows off its ability to haul cargo and people, as it can tote up to seven passengers and up to 73.5 cubic feet of cargo -- improvements of two passengers and 17.4 cubic feet.
Under its hood, we also expect no changes, as the 2019 Tiguan should continue to use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Tiguan comes standard in front-wheel drive, but buyers can also choose all-wheel drive.
The redesigned Tiguan hasn’t undergone IIHS or NHTSA testing just yet, so there are no official ratings at this time. The previous Tiguan did in the small-overlap test, but construction updates on the new-generation model should overcome this flaw. The 2018 Tiguan also has a number of advanced safety systems available, including automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise, lane-departure warning, and more. These features should remain options in 2019.