Volkswagen Tiguan Trim Levels Explained

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Before you lease or finance a Volkswagen Tiguan, you have to decide which of our Tiguan SUVs for sale is best for you. Getting a car that is perfect for you is about more than just color or the model itself. You also have to decide on a trim! On this page, we will explain all of the VW Tiguan trim levels and what exciting features come with each. Differences in trims can range between MPG, specs, design details, and more. Keep reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Tiguan variants.

The Five VW Tiguan Trim Levels


The Volkswagen Tiguan comes in five variants: S, SE, SE R-Line, SEL, and SEL R-line. Each one is excellent and contains a lot of similar standard features. See what each one of the Tiguan trim levels offers below:

The VW Tiguan S

This variant comes with cloth upholstery, a 6.5" touchscreen infotainment system, heated side mirrors, three 12V power outlets, 17" multi-spoke two-tone alloy wheels, smartphone connectivity, a USB port, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. It also comes standard with safety features like blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic headlights, and pedestrian detection. These standard features make the base trim level quite impressive.

The powertrain is a 2.0L TSI®, DOHC, in-line 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that provides 184 horsepower. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This is the powertrain on all of the VW Tiguan trim levels.

The VW Tiguan SE

This variant gives shoppers synthetic leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a three-month SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, additional USB ports, heated front seats, automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and an upgraded 8" touchscreen system. You also get access to Volkswagen Car-Net for five years and a wireless smartphone charger.

The VW Tiguan SE R-Line

The Tiguan R-Line editions are all about style and performance. This trim gives you 20" black machined alloy wheels, fog lights with a corner-illuminated feature, and a panoramic sunroof. You'll also notice unique R-Line design elements on the grille, badging, side sills, bumpers, and intakes.

Added safety features include front & rear parking sensors, park distance assisting, and more.

The VW Tiguan SEL

What's the difference between the Tiguan SE vs. SEL? Great question. Both are great. But the SEL trim offers luxury appointments many cars in its sector can't provide. Enjoy an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power liftgate, navigation, remote start technology, wireless smartphone connectivity, a heated steering wheel, and Volkswagen's Digital Cockpit, which comes with a 12.3" digital gauge cluster.

Additional safety features include lane departure warning, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and more.

The VW Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line

This top-of-the-line variant gives you everything you could want and more. On the exterior, enjoy 20" two-tone machined alloy wheels, genuine leather upholstery, a hands-free liftgate, adaptive front-lighting system, heated windshield washer nozzles, a Fender premium sound system, and more.

The drive itself gets a huge upgrade too. Upgrades include 4MOTION® all-wheel drive, a four-wheel independent suspension, an eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® and Sport mode, and electromechanical power steering. You'll enjoy driving more than you ever have before.

Frequently Asked Questions About the VW Tiguan Trim Levels

How many trims are available on the 2021 VW Tiguan?

There are five available trims. As mentioned above, they are the S, SE, SE R-Line, SEL, and SEL Premium R-Line.

What are the differences across Tiguan trim levels?

Above, we list out the key differences from each trim. In general, opting for the more advanced trim level means more technological features, safety features, convenience features, and luxury appointments. If you know what specs you definitely want in your car, you can make a list and let your Volkswagen specialist know. They will be able to tell you which trim is best for you from there.

What does SEL stand for?

SEL stands for "Special Edition Limited."

Pick Your Favorite Trim, Then Visit Us in Atlanta

No matter which trim you ultimately decide on, we know you will be glad you chose the Volkswagen Tiguan. The Tiguan is one of the most popular and good-looking vehicles on the road and is loved by many. If you have any further questions related to VW Tiguan trim levels, please give us a call. We would be happy to chat with you!

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Performance
  • 2.0l TSI®, 16-Valve, DOHC, in-Line 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Engine With Intercooler and Direct Fuel Injection
  • 4-Wheel Independent Suspension
  • Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-Pressure Distribution, and Hydraulic Brake Assist
  • Electromechanical Power Steering With Variable Assistance
  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Start-Stop System
  • 2.0l TSI®, 16-Valve, DOHC, in-Line 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Engine With Intercooler and Direct Fuel Injection
  • 4-Wheel Independent Suspension
  • Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-Pressure Distribution, and Hydraulic Brake Assist
  • Electromechanical Power Steering With Variable Assistance
  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Start-Stop System
  • 2.0l TSI®, 16-Valve, DOHC, in-Line 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Engine With Intercooler and Direct Fuel Injection
  • 4-Wheel Independent Suspension
  • Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-Pressure Distribution, and Hydraulic Brake Assist
  • Electromechanical Power Steering With Variable Assistance
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • Start-Stop System
  • 2.0l TSI®, 16-Valve, DOHC, in-Line 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Engine With Intercooler and Direct Fuel Injection
  • 4-Wheel Independent Suspension
  • Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-Pressure Distribution, and Hydraulic Brake Assist
  • Electromechanical Power Steering With Variable Assistance
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • Start-Stop System

  • 2.0l TSI®, 16-Valve, DOHC, in-Line 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Engine With Intercooler and Direct Fuel Injection
  • 4-Wheel Independent Suspension
  • 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive
  • 8-Speed Automatic Transmission With Tiptronic® and Sport Mode
  • Active Control
  • Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-Pressure Distribution, and Hydraulic Brake Assist
  • Electromechanical Power Steering With Variable Assistance
  • Start-Stop System
Technology
  • 1 USB-C Data Port
  • App-Connect
  • Blind Spot Monitor (Side Assist), Rear Traffic Alert
  • Bluetooth® Technology With Audio Streaming for Compatible Devices
  • Composition Color Touchscreen Sound System With 6.5 Color Display, and AM/FM Radio
  • Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist)
  • Pedestrian Monitoring (Included in Front Assist)
  • Premium Color Multifunction Display (MFD)
  • Volkswagen Car-Net® Remote Access With 5-Years Standard
  • 2 Front USB-C Data Ports and 1 Rear USB-C Charging Port
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • App-Connect With Wireless Capabilities
  • Blind Spot Monitor (Side Assist), Rear Traffic Alert
  • Composition Media Touchscreen Sound System With 8 Color Display, Proximity Sensor, AM/FM/HD Radio and Voice Control
  • Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist)
  • Keyless Access With Push-Button Start
  • Pedestrian Monitoring (Included in Front Assist)
  • Premium Color Multifunction Display (MFD)
  • Siriusxm® With 360L With 3-Month Trial Subscription
  • Volkswagen Car-Net® Remote Access With 5-Years Standard
  • Wireless Smartphone Charger and Bluetooth® Technology With Audio Streaming for Compatible Devices
  • 2 Front USB-C Data Ports and 1 Rear USB-C Charging Port
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • App-Connect With Wireless Capabilities
  • Blind Spot Monitor (Side Assist), Rear Traffic Alert
  • Composition Media Touchscreen Sound System With 8 Color Display, Proximity Sensor, AM/FM/HD Radio and Voice Control
  • Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist)
  • Keyless Access With Push-Button Start
  • Park Distance Control
  • Pedestrian Monitoring (Included in Front Assist)
  • Premium Color Multifunction Display (MFD)
  • Siriusxm® With 360L With 3-Month Trial Subscription
  • Volkswagen Car-Net® Remote Access With 5-Years Standard
  • Wireless Smartphone Charger and Bluetooth® Technology With Audio Streaming for Compatible Devices
  • 2 Front USB-C Data Ports and 1 Rear USB-C Charging Port
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • App-Connect With Wireless Capabilities
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Rearview Mirror
  • Discover Media Touchscreen Navigation System With 8 Color Display, Proximity Sensor, AM/FM/HD Radio and Voice Control
  • Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist)
  • Keyless Access With Push-Button Start
  • Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist), Blind Spot Monitor (Side Assist), Rear Traffic Alert
  • Park Distance Control
  • Pedestrian Monitoring (Included in Front Assist)
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Remote Opening and Closing Power Liftgate
  • Remote Start
  • Siriusxm® With 360L With 3-Month Trial Subscription
  • Volkswagen Car-Net® Remote Access With 5-Years Standard
  • Volkswagen Digital Cockpit
  • Wireless Smartphone Charger and Bluetooth® Technology With Audio Streaming for Compatible Devices
  • 2 Front USB-C Data Ports and 1 Rear USB-C Charging Port
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • App-Connect With Wireless Capabilities
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Rearview Mirror
  • Discover Media Touchscreen Navigation System With 8 Color Display, Proximity Sensor, AM/FM/HD Radio and Voice Control
  • Fender® Premium Audio System
  • Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist)
  • Hands-Free Easy Open and Easy Close Liftgate With Remote Opening and Closing
  • High Beam Control (Light Assist)
  • Keyless Access With Push-Button Start
  • Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist), Blind Spot Monitor (Side Assist), Rear Traffic Alert
  • Park Distance Control
  • Pedestrian Monitoring (Included in Front Assist)
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Remote Start
  • Siriusxm® With 360L With 3-Month Trial Subscription
  • Volkswagen Car-Net® Remote Access With 5-Years Standard
  • Volkswagen Digital Cockpit
  • Wireless Smartphone Charger and Bluetooth® Technology With Audio Streaming for Compatible Devices
Interior
  • 12V Power Outlets: 1 in Front Console, 1 in Rear Console, and 1 in Cargo Area
  • 6-Way Manually Adjustable Front Seats
  • 7-Seat Configuration With 3rd-Row Seating and 40/20/40-Split Folding 2nd Row
  • Carpeted Cargo Area With Tie-Down Hooks
  • Cloth Seating Surfaces With Quilted Rhombus Design
  • Manual Air-Conditioning
  • Multi-Function Steering Wheel
  • 10-Way Power Driver's Seat Including Power-Adjustable Lumbar Support
  • 12V Power Outlets: 1 in Front Console, 1 in Rear Console, and 1 in Cargo Area
  • 7-Seat Configuration With 3rd-Row Seating and 40/20/40-Split Folding 2nd Row
  • Carpeted Cargo Area With Tie-Down Hooks
  • Climatronic® Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control With 2nd-Row Air Vent
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leatherette-Wrapped, Multi-Function Steering Wheel
  • V-Tex Leatherette Seating Surfaces
  • 10-Way Power Driver's Seat Including Power-Adjustable Lumbar Support
  • 12V Power Outlets: 1 in Front Console, 1 in Rear Console, and 1 in Cargo Area
  • 7-Seat Configuration With 3rd-Row Seating and 40/20/40-Split Folding 2nd Row
  • Carpeted Cargo Area With Tie-Down Hooks
  • Climatronic® Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control With 2nd-Row Air Vent
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel With R-Line Badge
  • Stainless Steel Pedal Caps
  • V-Tex Leatherette Seating Surfaces
  • 10-Way Power Driver's Seat Including Power-Adjustable Lumbar Support
  • 12V Power Outlets: 1 in Front Console, 1 in Rear Console, and 1 in Cargo Area
  • 7-Seat Configuration With 3rd-Row Seating and 40/20/40-Split Folding 2nd Row
  • Carpeted Cargo Area With Tie-Down Hooks
  • Climatronic® Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control With 2nd-Row Air Vent
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leatherette-Wrapped, Heated Multi-Function Steering Wheel
  • V-Tex Leatherette Seating Surfaces
  • 10-Way Power Driver´S Seat Including Power-Adjustable Lumbar Support With 3-Position Memory Function
  • 12V Power Outlets: 1 in Front Console, 1 in Rear Console, and 1 in Cargo Area
  • 5-Seat Configuration With 40/20/40-Split Folding 2nd Row
  • Carpeted Cargo Area With Tie-Down Hooks
  • Climatronic® Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control With 2nd-Row Air Vent
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Interior Ambient Lighting
  • Leather-Wrapped, Heated Steering Wheel With R-Line Badge
  • Stainless Steel Pedal Caps
  • Vienna Leather Seating Surfaces
Exterior
  • 17" Wide Multi-Spoke Two-Tone Machined Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights With Coming/Leaving Home Feature
  • Black Roof Rails
  • LED Taillights
  • Power-Operated, Heated Side Mirrors
  • 17" Wide Multi-Spoke Two-Tone Machined and Gloss Black Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights With Coming/Leaving Home Feature
  • Black Roof Rails
  • Heated Windshield Washer Nozzles
  • LED Taillights
  • Power-Operated, Heated Side Mirrors
  • 20" Black Machined Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights With Coming/Leaving Home Feature
  • Black Roof Rails
  • Foglights With Low-Speed Corner-Illuminating Feature
  • Heated Windshield Washer Nozzles
  • LED Taillights
  • Power Tilting/Sliding Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power-Operated, Heated Side Mirrors
  • R-Line® Design Grille, Badging, Intakes, Side Sills, Bumpers, Exterior Trim & Body-Color Lower Cladding
  • 19" 5-Spoke Gray Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights With Coming/Leaving Home Feature
  • Fog Lights With Low-Speed Corner-Illuminating Feature
  • Heated Windshield Washer Nozzles
  • LED Taillights
  • Power Tilting/Sliding Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power-Operated, Heated Side Mirrors
  • Silver Roof Rails
  • 20" Two-Tone Machined Alloy Wheels
  • Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS)
  • Automatic Headlights With Coming/Leaving Home Feature
  • Foglights With Low-Speed Corner-Illuminating Feature
  • Heated Windshield Washer Nozzles
  • LED Headlights
  • LED Taillights
  • Power Tilting/Sliding Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power-Operated, Heated Side Mirrors With Memory Feature
  • R-Line® Design Grille, Badging, Intakes, Side Sills, Bumpers, Exterior Trim & Body-Color Lower Cladding
  • Silver Roof Rails
Safety
  • Driver and Front Passenger, Front and Side Thorax Airbag Supplemental Restraint System
  • Electronic Stability Control, Anti-Slip Regulation, Electronic Differential Lock, and Engine Brake Assist
  • Front Safety Belts, Height-Adjustable, With Pretensioners and Load Limiters
  • Latch (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) Child Seat Anchor Points
  • Rear View Camera System
  • Side Curtain Protection® Head Airbags, Front and Rear
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Driver and Front Passenger, Front and Side Thorax Airbag Supplemental Restraint System
  • Electronic Stability Control, Anti-Slip Regulation, Electronic Differential Lock, and Engine Brake Assist
  • Front Safety Belts, Height-Adjustable, With Pretensioners and Load Limiters
  • Latch (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) Child Seat Anchor Points
  • Rear View Camera System
  • Side Curtain Protection® Head Airbags, Front and Rear
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Driver and Front Passenger, Front and Side Thorax Airbag Supplemental Restraint System
  • Electronic Stability Control, Anti-Slip Regulation, Electronic Differential Lock, and Engine Brake Assist
  • Front Safety Belts, Height-Adjustable, With Pretensioners and Load Limiters
  • Latch (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) Child Seat Anchor Points
  • Rear View Camera System
  • Side Curtain Protection® Head Airbags, Front and Rear
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Driver and Front Passenger, Front and Side Thorax Airbag Supplemental Restraint System
  • Electronic Stability Control, Anti-Slip Regulation, Electronic Differential Lock, and Engine Brake Assist
  • Front Safety Belts, Height-Adjustable, With Pretensioners and Load Limiters
  • Latch (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) Child Seat Anchor Points
  • Rear View Camera System
  • Side Curtain Protection® Head Airbags, Front and Rear
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Driver and Front Passenger, Front and Side Thorax Airbag Supplemental Restraint System
  • Electronic Stability Control, Anti-Slip Regulation, Electronic Differential Lock, and Engine Brake Assist
  • Front Safety Belts, Height-Adjustable, With Pretensioners and Load Limiters
  • Latch (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) Child Seat Anchor Points
  • Rear View Camera System
  • Side Curtain Protection® Head Airbags, Front and Rear
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Horsepower @ rpm184 hp @ 4360 - 6000 rpm184 hp @ 4360 - 6000 rpm184 hp @ 4360 - 6000 rpm184 hp @ 4360 - 6000 rpm184 hp @ 4360 - 6000 rpm
Maximum Torque @ rpm221 lbs-ft @ 1600 - 4360 rpm221 lbs-ft @ 1600 - 4360 rpm221 lbs-ft @ 1600 - 4360 rpm221 lbs-ft @ 1600 - 4360 rpm221 lbs-ft @ 1600 - 4360 rpm
DrivetrainFront-Wheel-DriveFront-Wheel-DriveFront-Wheel-DriveFront-Wheel-DriveAll-Wheel-Drive
Seating Capacity77775
Passenger Volume123.9 cu ft123.9 cu ft123.9 cu ft123.9 cu ft101.1 cu ft
Cargo Volume12 cu ft12 cu ft12 cu ft12 cu ft37.6cu ft
Cargo Volume w/ Rear Seat Folded65.7 cu ft65.7 cu ft65.7 cu ft65.7 cu ft73.5 cu ft
Payload1146 lbs1146 lbs1146 lbs1146 lbs937 lbs