The current generation of VW’s popular compact crossover has just been updated. The 2022 model came with a lot of interesting novelties, starting from refreshed exterior and interior stylings, more features and other improvements. Considering all this, we are pretty sure that the current model has a few more good years before it receives a complete overhaul. That’s why we expect that the 2023 VW Tiguan will be a typical carryover model.
In other words, we expect familiar characteristics. This SUV offers a spacious and well-designed cabin, with a very good build quality. Furthermore, we like its composed ride and handling, as well as a quite long list of available and standard features. However, the Tiguan isn’t without flaws. Its engine lacks power, while fuel economy isn’t impressive either. Furthermore, many users found the infotainment system a little bit complicated.
Considering that there are no bigger changes expected for the next year, we believe that the 2023 VW Tiguan will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 VW Tiguan Design
Design-wise, this should be a typical carryover model. Of course, we count on all the novelties that were introduced with the 2022 model, which received a facelift. That update brought a new styling, where most of the changes came at the front. The new styling follows the brand’s latest design language, and you can notice that a lot of details are shared with the new, eighth generation of VW Golf.
Mechanically, things haven’t changed much since the initial launch of the generation. This model rides on a familiar MQB platform and offers a suspension setup that’s a little bit on a firm side. That’s the reason why this SUV feels quite composed on the road but on the other hand, there are many rivals that are more comfortable, including some of the class leaders, such as Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester.
The interior also received updates last year, with the new dashboard, new infotainment system and many other things. All in all, the cabin looks nice. It’s aging pretty well, thanks to its super-conservative design, though its strongest point is definitely the build quality. The materials are fine, while the fit and finish are excellent.
The Tiguan is one of the rare compact crossovers that’s available with three rows of seats. The front seats are spacious and comfortable, though we would like a little bit more support. The second row is as spacious and accommodates adults with ease. On the other hand, the third row is tight, which is something you would expect from a vehicle of this size, though still a pretty useful extra feature that you won’t get from rivals.
When it comes to the cargo area, the two-row model offers around 37.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 73.4 cubic feet, which is great for the class. On the other hand, the three-row model isn’t that impressive, though it still offers decent numbers. You may count on about 12 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 33 cubic feet behind the second, and 65.3 cubic feet in total.
We could see a couple of new features here and there, but most of the things should remain the same as in the current model. So, all models should come standard with goodies like push-button start, keyless entry, 8-inch digital instrument cluster, a 6.5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Mirror Link, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot.
Among upgrades, we expect to find dual-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, an 8-inch touch screen, a 10.25-inch digital cockpit, a nine-speaker Fender audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, two more USB ports, and wireless device charging.
All models should come standard with safety features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, rearview camera etc.
2023 VW Tiguan Engines
This aspect won’t bring any surprises. The 2023 VW Tiguan will carry on with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 184 horsepower. The engine comes in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission and while the overall performances are good enough for daily commuting, we have to say that most rivals offer better driving dynamics.
Another disappointing thing about this powertrain is fuel economy. It goes around 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, while models with all-wheel drive are even thirstier and go around 22/29 city/highway. Those are below-average numbers for the class.
2023 VW Tiguan Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 VW Tiguan will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 27.000 dollars.