The Tiguan has earned some excellent safety scores, at least from the insurance industry's watchdogs. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says the VW crossover earns its Top Safety Pick award, since it rates as "good" in each of its testing categories for the current model year, including roof-crush strength.
In the past, the Tiguan has earned five-star ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but since the federal agency revised its criteria for the 2011 model year, it hasn't retested the crossover.
Volkswagen has kept its commitment to safety and top-notch occupant protection with the Tiguan. Standard features include front side airbags, side-curtain bags, and stability control, while rear side thorax airbags—not often available in this class—are an option. On all-wheel-drive models, hill descent control is also standard, to help control speed on steep slopes.
Advanced safety features such as a rearview camera, parking sensors, blind-spot detectors, and lane-departure warning systems are not offered on the Tiguan. However, outward visibility is better than typical for this class of vehicle, with the tall seating position not only affording a great view forward but also rearward for parking and lane changes.