March 28th, 2019 by

Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased to announce that Cars.com has named the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan the “Best Compact SUV of 2019” for the second time in a row. The Tiguan competed against six strong contenders for the top rank in the Cars.com Compact SUV Challenge, and won over judges with its comprehensive package of exceptional driving dynamics, comfortable and quiet interior, and sophisticated multimedia system.

“We redesigned the Tiguan from the ground up last year to meet the needs of American drivers and their families,” said Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “Being named ‘Best Compact SUV’ two times in a row is validation that Tiguan is a serious competitor in the segment.”

“The Tiguan returns as champion on the strength of how it drives, and you give up nothing in roominess, media, safety and driver assistance features and cabin comfort for it,” said Jennifer Newman, Editor-in-Chief, Cars.com. “The Tiguan win is a decisive victory against the newest and best-selling in the class. It topped or tied in a staggering nine out of 16 categories: front seats, rear seats, multimedia and controls, interior quality, powertrain, handling, noise, cargo storage and child-seat fitment.”

The Cars.com Compact SUV Challenge focused on SUVs updated or redesigned since the site’s last compact SUV test in 2017 and invited back podium finishers (Volkswagen Tiguan, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5, the latter of which declined participation). Cars.com targeted higher-end trim levels with MSRP spanning from $34,000 to $40,000. Every SUV included all-wheel drive, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a sunroof, in-dash navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control and more. All included Apple CarPlay® integration and all but one Android Auto® integration. Scoring categories included front and backseat comfort and amenities, interior quality, cargo provisions, fuel economy, child-safety seat fitment, safety and driver-assistance features, handling, braking, ride quality and value. Testing resulted in the following ranking:

1. 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line
2. 2019 Subaru Forester Touring
3. 2019 Hyundai Tucson Ultimate
4. 2019 Honda CR-V Touring
5. 2019 Toyota RAV4 Limited
6. 2019 Jeep Cherokee Limited
7. 2019 Nissan Rogue SL

Starting at $24,295 MSRP for the S FWD, the 2019 Tiguan is available in seven trim levels: S, SE, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL R-Line Black, SEL Premium, and SEL Premium R-Line. Every Tiguan comes with the People First Warranty, America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty. The warranty provides coverage for six-years or 72,000-miles (whichever occurs first), and can be transferred to a subsequent owner throughout the remainder of its duration.

For more information, including scoring details, photos and videos from the Cars.com Compact SUV Challenge, visit www.cars.com/news.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 650 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

About Cars.com

Cars.com is a leading two-sided digital automotive marketplace that connects car shoppers with sellers. Launched in 1998 and headquartered in Chicago, the company empowers shoppers with the data, resources and digital tools needed to make informed buying decisions and seamlessly connect with automotive retailers. In a rapidly changing market, Cars.com enables automotive dealers and manufacturers with innovative technical solutions and data-driven intelligence to better reach and influence ready-to-buy shoppers, increase inventory turn and gain market share. In 2018, Cars.com acquired Dealer Inspire®, an innovative technology company building solutions that future-proof dealerships with more efficient operations, a faster and easier car buying process, and connected digital experiences that sell and service more vehicles.

Cars.com properties include DealerRater®, Dealer Inspire®, Auto.com™, PickupTrucks.com® and NewCars.com®. For more information, visit www.Cars.com.


This press release and images of the 2019 Tiguan are available at media.vw.com.

This information and any vehicle specifications are preliminary and subject to change.

Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They may differ in other countries.

All prices provided are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price and exclude destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

Always ensure that the child restraint system is positioned correctly, is securely attached to vehicle, and does not contact any of the safety belt buckles. See owner’s literature for details.

Driver-assistance features are not substitutes for attentive driving. See Owner’s Manual for further details, and important limitations.

6 years/72,000 miles (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty on MY2018 and newer VW vehicles, excluding e-Golf. Claim based on manufacturers’ published data on length and transferability of car and SUV Bumper-to-bumper/Basic warranty only. Not based on other separate warranties. Remainder of warranty coverage transfers to subsequent vehicle owner. See owner’s literature or dealer for warranty exclusions and limitations.

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