2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical system and powertrain issues are among the top complaints from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

There’s been a lot of hype about the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan. As a family-friendly SUV, it’s expected to provide the space and features today’s consumer wants. It’s labeled as being “Sleek. Strong. Smart.” Yet, the complaints are stacking up about the defective electrical system, faulty powertrain and dangerous visibility.

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Problems with the Electrical System

As a modern SUV, the Tiguan should be equipped with the latest gear. Even though it might have everything that’s expected, nothing seems to work right.

One NHTSA complaint states, “My wife was driving our new 2022 VW Tiguan SEL. First incident was yesterday in which there was no audio from the car (radio, phone or otherwise). Second incident today, infotainment screen was blank (black) when put into reverse and no audio. After a little bit of driving the infotainment seemed to reset.”

VW knows that issues persist. Service Bulletin #TT 97 21 02 discusses problems with the wiring harness in the door, which is leading to faults and erratic actions. If consumers are hoping to put down a window with ease, they might be in for a shocker. Instead, the window and door locks could misbehave, which leaves the occupants looking less than “sleek” after all.

Problems with the Powertrain

A reliable powertrain makes the drive or breaks it. With this VW, it seems to focus more on the latter.

The last NHTSA complaint continues by saying, “During this drive, my wife reached a red light and came to a stop. When the light turned green and my wife attempted to accelerate, the acceleration was no longer working. There were several vehicles behind her that were stopped waiting for her to move. She had to turn the vehicle off and on again before it would work. At this point the infotainment and audio started working again too. I’m reporting this just as I received the information from my wife and will also report to VW. I have not had it inspected by the manufacturer or any other entity yet.”

It’s unfair to expect VW to use a reliable powertrain when the company is issuing other recalls about the silliest things. For example, NHTSA Campaign Number 21V853000 states that affected vehicles contain a loose brake pipe nut that allows brake fluid to leak out. With this condition, the stopping distance can become greater than expected and a crash could occur. Something so obvious should have never been missed and further proves that VW can’t possibly make an SUV “strong.”

Problems with the Visibility

The visibility of a vehicle has more to do with all of the auto glass than simply the ability to see out the windshield. With the Tiguan, exploding glass seems to be more of the problem.

A final NHTSA review states, “The contact owns a 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan. The contact stated while driving approximately 70 MPH, the sunroof exploded without impact. The contact stated that shattered glass fell inside the cabin of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer but was not yet repaired. The manufacturer was informed of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 624.”

Has Volkswagen owned up to this problem? Not in any public communication, but it’s possible the higher-ups are talking about it privately. Most likely, in ways that cover their own butts. All that’s been mentioned at this point is a sunroof water leak that’s occurring, as outlined in Service Bulletin #V6019042054353_4. Whether the sunroof leaks or explodes, it’s become evident that VW can’t create a “smart” vehicle either.

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • DON G

    HAVING THE SAME PROBLEMS with my 2022 Tiquan. Information system sometimes inoperable; audio often not available, but also cruise control shuts off unilaterally but icon indicating operation continues to be lit. VW Customer Service refers me the back to the dealer; Dealer service tried multiple times but can’t find a solution.

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