Better headlights boost Volkswagen Tiguan to highest award

August 11, 2022

The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan, a midsize SUV, earns a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety thanks to improved headlight offerings.

To earn either of the Institute’s two awards in 2022, vehicles must earn good ratings in six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength and head restraint tests. They must also be available with a front crash prevention system that earns advanced or superior ratings in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations.

For the lower-tier Top Safety Pick, at least one good or acceptable headlight system must be available. For the higher-tier Top Safety Pick+, good or acceptable headlights must be standard across all trims.

The 2022 Tiguan comes with two new headlight systems that both earn acceptable ratings. The previous year’s model missed out on the higher-tier award because poor-rated halogen headlights were offered on some trims.

The Tiguan’s standard front crash prevention system earns a superior rating in the vehicle-to-vehicle test and an advanced rating in the vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluation.

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