When I was doing research into various makes of SUVs, trucks and other vehicles capable towing, I never really knew that the Volkswagen Tiguan’s existed until I saw one driving down the road a few days before writing this article.
They don't have the best towing capacity that I've seen for an SUV/CUV but they did have just enough to be able to tow smaller items which would probably be more than enough for one or two people and the information is definitely worth something to somebody out there, I'm sure. Let's get into the article and see what how much these things can tow.
Overview of the Data For the Volkswagen Tiguan:
Engine Choices: There were no engine specs available for the Volkswagen Tiguan’s in the towing charts that I looked at so that did not affect anything as far as towing capacities were concerned and for the most part, most model years used a 2.0 L engine (exclusively) anyways.
Configurations: Having an AWD or 2WD model also did not affect the overall towing numbers for any of the VW's model years and was not mentioned in any of t2he charts either.
Towing Capacity: Over the years, from 2012-2019 the Volkswagen Tiguan’s had an overall towing capacity range from 1,500 lbs. and went all the way up to 2,200 lbs., for trailers that had a braking system installed. Now the overall capacities were slightly lower for trailers that did not have a braking system equipped, ranging from 1,500 pounds, going up to 1,650 pounds.
The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating for the Volkswagen Tiguan's included the weight of the vehicle itself with all of its factory-installed equipment, plus a full tank of gasoline, the engine oil and coolant, all vehicle occupants (150 lbs/68 kg per seating position) and cargo.
Each model year had a little different weight specs listed for things like the GVWR and GCWR, so I recommend you find the manual for your specific Tiguan and check those numbers to get an accurate number.
2019 & 2018 Models:
The 2018 and 2019 model years for the Volkswagen Tiguan had a pretty simple to understand towing capacity because they were the same for both braked and unbraked trailers and that was 1,500 lbs. for either type of trailer.
The braked trailer rating was a little lower than other model years I looked at and surprising because towing capacities usually increase over the years, in general.
So model years 2018 and 2019 were pretty easy to remember because the towing capacity was the same, along with a 220 lb tongue weight rating, which is roughly 15% of the towing capacity and pretty standard when it comes to towing specs.
2017, 2016, 2014, 2013 & 2012 Models:
The towing capacity for Volkswagen Tiguan’s made from 2012-2017 was a little bit different than the 2018 and 2019 models and came in at 2,200 lbs. for trailers with brakes and a lower capacity of 1,650 lbs. for trailers without brakes but the tongue weight stayed the same at that 220 pound maximum rating.
These towing specs did not apply to the 2015 models because they had a little bit different set of towing specs which I will get into shortly. I found it quite bizarre that certain towing specs were used for certain years and seemed to skip one or two years but that is what the owners manual's stated and I thought I would let you know in an attempt to save a little bit of confusion.
Now the 2015 VW Tiguan had a little bit different towing capacity numbers than we saw for the other model years we looked at and these were: 2,000 lbs. for trailers with brakes equipped and 1,650 lbs. for trailers without braking systems equipped but the tongue weight allowance was a lot higher, coming in at around at 500 lbs.
One thing I also wanted to mention was that there really was no range when it came to towing capacities for the VW Tiguan‘s, but rather an either/or type of option instead.
Resources For The Volkswagen Tiguan:
The owner's manuals for the Volkswagen Tiguan's were a little work to get ahold of and took some creativity to get the specs from them. For 2012 and newer models, you will have to go to Volkswagen's website and enter in your VIN number in order to look at the pdf manuals.
I did not post them here because the links that I used automatically expire in a short amount of time.
For model years 2011-2007, you will have to either order them online from VW's website or someplace else like Ebay, Amazon, etc. That is why I don't currently have the specs for these model years but I do plan on obtaining them and posting them at a later date.