What Kind of Engine & Performance Does the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Have?

By Product Expert | Posted in VW Tiguan on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 9:21 pm
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The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is only two model years off its most recent redesign. As a subcompact crossover SUV, it doesn’t try to be something it’s not. The Tiguan is neither a sports car nor is it a pushover. The Volkswagen Tiguan combines utility like cargo space and seating with an added dose of power over similarly sized sedans. Read on below to get specifications on the Tiguan’s engine and performance.


A 2.0L inline 4-cylinder engine may not seem like much, but the Tiguan uses a turbocharged version in each of its trim levels. This engine works with an 8-speed shiftable automatic and either front-wheel drive or the Volkswagen signature 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive technology.

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Fuel Economy

The Tiguan has decent fuel efficiency. As an SUV, it does use more gas than a sedan, but not too much more. Most trim levels get 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, for a combined mpg of 25. The higher trim levels only reach 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, making for a combined mpg of 23. It’s not a big difference, but the thirstier trim doesn’t have a much bigger fuel tank, shortening its range.

Engine Performance

The engine in the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan might be one of the hardest working in its class. The turbo reaches 184 horsepower and generates 221 lb-ft of torque. It’s not built to be a racing machine, but it should have the torque to get through some rough terrain, especially with 4MOTION® equipped models.

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Test Drive the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

If you want to make sure the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan has enough power and torque to get you where you need to go, you can sign up for a test drive at Carter Volkswagen to get a feel for it. Contact us online, over the phone or in-person on the lot today!