2023 VW Tiguan Preview: Changes, Specs, Features

After the recent mid-cycle update, it became clear that the current generation of VW’s compact crossover has a few more years before it receives a complete overhaul. That also means that the 2023 VW Tiguan is about to continue in the same way, without notable changes. Simply, the 2022 model has brought a new styling, new interior features and other updates that there is reason to believe we could see anything more notable just a year later.

Therefore, the next year’s model will continue to offer familiar design characteristics. This SUV has a lot of good things to offer, starting from the optional third row, well-built cabin, lots of standard and available equipment, composed handling etc. On the other hand, the biggest complaints go to the engine, which lacks power and feels less refined than engines from several rivals.

As there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2023 VW Tiguan will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2022.

2023 VW Tiguan

2023 VW Tiguan Design

As we’ve just mentioned, the recent update has brought a lot of interesting novelties, so we have no doubt that the 2023 VW Tiguan is about to continue in the same way. Of course, it will continue with the same styling, which has brought a little bit of Golf Mk8’s flavor and which, generally, looks more mature than the pre-facelifted model.

Besides the nice look, this SUV also offers a good chassis setup, which makes it feel robust and stable. The ride quality is on the firm side but you get quite composed handling. For comparison, it’s nowhere near Mazda CX-5 in this aspect, but definitely offers more athleticism than some comfort-oriented rivals, such as Nissan Rogue or Hyundai Tucson.

Interior

The cabin is arguably one of the Tiguan’s strongest points, as it has always been. Compared to most rivals, this SUV looks a little bit more upscale from the inside and seems one step closer to the premium segment. The style and materials aren’t as fine as those found in Mazda CX-5 but on the other hand, the build quality is excellent. VW models are famous for durable interior materials, so we have no doubt that the 2023 VW Tiguan will also offer a cabin that won’t be worn out even after a decade of use.

2023 VW Tiguan Interior

Besides good overall quality, the Tiguan also offers a high level of practicality. It is one of the rare compact crossovers that comes with the optional third row, though you shouldn’t expect too much from this one in terms of space. Also, the cargo area offers some quite good numbers. You may count on about 37.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 73.4 cubic feet in two-row models, while three-row models offer around 12 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 33 cubic feet behind the second, and 65.3 cubic feet in total.

Features

When it comes to standard and available features, we don’t expect too many changes for the next year. Most of the things should remain the same as in the current model, which already seems pretty generous in this aspect. All models come standard with goodies like push-button start, keyless entry, 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, and an 8-inch digital gauge cluster.

Additionally, you can get upgrades like 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, wireless device charging, remote start, a panoramic sunroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control etc.

2023 VW Tiguan Engine

Things under the hood won’t change either. The 2023 VW Tiguan will continue with the same 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. It’s less powerful than rivals, which also have an impact on acceleration. More importantly, the engine doesn’t feel particularly refined, especially when compared to Honda’s excellent 1.5-liter turbo-four, found in the CR-V. The engine comes in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which does a quite decent job.

The fuel economy isn’t impressive either. You may count on about 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is below average for the segment. Models with all-wheel drive are even thirstier and return around 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

2023 VW Tiguan Release Date

2023 VW Tiguan Release Date and Price

We expect that the 2023 VW Tiguan will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2022. The current model starts at around 27.000 dollars and we don’t believe that a more notable increase could happen.

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