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The Volkswagen Tiguan has several trim levels to suit the taste and lifestyle of any car shopper. But which unique trim feature and level will catch your attention?

To start, let’s understand what it means when we refer to trim levels. A trim level also referred to as a trim package, identifies a vehicle by a set of specific special features. The entry-level model is often called the “base” model and the higher the trim level, the more features and additions it has.   

When you shop for a car, you want to make sure you pick the best vehicle trim that suits your personality, your budget, and needs. Some people prefer the base model for its practicality and lower overall cost. Higher trim levels come with more and better features but boast a higher price tag.

Let’s look at some of the unique differences in trim levels on the Volkswagen Tiguan. We hope that our comparison will help you narrow down the trim that is right for you!

How many trim levels are on the Volkswagen Tiguan?

There are 5 trim levels on the Volkswagen Tiguan. This two- or three-row SUV comes in five trim levels: S, SE, SE R-Line Black, SEL, and SEL Premium R-Line.

What is the difference between the Tiguan S and SE?

The Tiguan S is the base model and delivers impressive performance and plenty of tech and comfort features for you to enjoy. Some notable interior features include seven-seat or five-seat configuration, cloth seating with quilted rhombus design and 40/20/40 split-folding second row. In regards to safety and technology, the S boasts the following:


  • Composition Color 6.5-in. touchscreen display
  • App-Connect®
  • Forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring
  • Blindspot monitor with rear traffic alert
  • Rearview camera

The SE includes most S features, plus/or the following interior and safety/tech features:

  • V-Tex leatherette seating
  • Heated front seats
  • Ten-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support
  • Leatherette-wrapped steering wheel
  • Climatronic ® dual-zone automatic temperature control
  • Composition Media 8-in. touchscreen display
  • SiriusXM® satellite radio
  • Wireless device charging

What are some unique features of the VW Tiguan SE Black R-Line?

We then continue to climb the ladder in terms of features with the SE Black R-Line. This package includes most SE features as mentioned above, plus/or power tilting/sliding panoramic sunroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel with R-Line badge, stainless steel pedal caps. In regards to the technology, the SE Black R-Line also includes park distance control to ensure safe and accurate parking.

What’s the difference between the SEL and SEL Premium R-Line?

The most upgraded trim levels on the VW Tiguan are the SEL and SEL Premium R-Line.

The SEL includes most SE Black R-Line features as listed above, plus/or:

  • Remote power liftgate
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Discover Media 8-in touchscreen
  • GPS Navigation System
  • Volkswagen Digital Cockpit
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-keeping system
  • Whereas the SEL Premium R-Line takes it up just a notch by including most SEL features, plus/or:
  • Nine-speaker Fender ® premium audio system
  • High Beam control
  • Overhead view camera
  • Leather seating
  • Hands-free easy open and close lift-gate
  • Driver memory settings

In conclusion:

It’s important to understand the different trim levels on each car so that you ultimately choose features that you actually want and don’t overpay for features that you don’t want. Volkswagen Atlanta invites you to test drive your favorite 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Trim and find out which trim level is perfect for you. View our Tiguan Inventory by Clicking Here.

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