The popular Volkswagen Tiguan crossover returns this 2019 model year with more to offer, yet with a reduced MSRP (down $300 from 2018). There are six trim levels for drivers to choose from: S, SE, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium, and SEL Premium R-Line. They all get the same turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, which produces 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Unlike its competitors, the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-9, the Tiguan offers an optional third-row seat to fit two more passengers - an advantage that makes it the ideal vehicle for many who initially found themselves considering a different vehicle.



Comfort & Convenience

The base S trim is outfitted for a modest level of comfort and convenience, with standard features such as heated side mirrors, a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat, a rearview camera, and cloth upholstery. A bump up to the SE, though, will get you keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control, simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. For those interested in an additional touch of luxury, a sunroof is available. The next-level SEL comes standard with the sunroof and adds a power liftgate, remote start, and adaptive cruise control, while the SEL Premium adds automatic wipers, a hands-free liftgate, leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel. The SEL R-Line and the Premium SEL R-Line build on the SEL and the Premium SEL, respectively, but their differences are mainly aesthetic: larger wheels and sportier exterior styling elements.

Safety and Technology

There are some pretty impressive safety features available for the '19 Tiguan. While the base S trim does not come with the advanced active safety features, upgrading to the optional Driver Assistance package adds forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The SE includes these features as standard, while the SEL adds front and rear parking sensors plus Car-Net Security & Service, which offers remote access to the vehicle via smartphone as well as automatic crash notification and monitoring services for young drivers. The SEL Premium adds LED headlights, a surround-view parking camera system, lane departure warning and intervention, and automatic high-beam control.

The standard technology features are fairly impressive right out of the gate. Offered as standard for the base S trim is a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth capability, a six-speaker sound system, and the Car-Net App Connect by Volkswagen, which controls select smartphone apps from the touchscreen infotainment system and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The next-level SE upgrades to an 8-inch touchscreen, satellite and HD radio, and voice commands, while the SEL adds a navigation system in addition to Car-Net Guide & Inform, which displays weather, nearby fuel prices, and traffic in real time. The range-topping SEL Premium is decked out with a nine-speaker premium Fender sound system in addition to the aforementioned bells and whistles.

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