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Volkswagen Tiguan named a 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Feb 24, 2021

  • Tiguan is one of 41 vehicles to be named a 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK
  • This is the third year in a row Tiguan receives an award from IIHS

Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that the 2021 Tiguan was named a 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) when equipped with LED headlights and the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) w/ dynamic cornering headlights, which are standard on the SEL Premium R-Line trim (not available on other 2021 Tiguan trims).

To qualify for a 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, vehicles must have good ratings in each of the Institute’s six crashworthiness evaluations. They must also have good or acceptable headlights and available front crash prevention that earns advanced or superior ratings in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations. The 2021 Tiguan earns good ratings in the six crashworthiness evaluations. The Front Assist system—standard on all Tiguan models—receives a superior rating for vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention and an advanced rating for vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention.

Volkswagen’s Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist) is intended to warn drivers of potential frontal collisions (Forward Collision Warning) with vehicles and pedestrians, and in some cases provide automatic braking assistance (Autonomous Emergency Braking). Within physical system limits, Forward Collision Warning warns the driver of potential critical front-end collision situations, both acoustically and visually by a warning symbol in the instrument cluster if the car is traveling above 18 mph. Furthermore, an automatic jolt of the brakes can warn the driver of the danger. If the driver fails to brake, Autonomous Emergency Braking is activated to help slow the vehicle.  If the car is traveling below 18 mph and the system detects a potential front-end collision, Autonomous Emergency Braking activates without a prior acoustic and visual warning. If the brake pedal is applied but the driver brakes too lightly, the brake pressure is increased by the system (Braking Support).

In addition to Front Assist, other driver assistance features offered on the 2021 Tiguan include: standard Blind Spot Monitor (Side Assist) and Rear Traffic Alert, and available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist), Park Distance Control; High Beam Control (Light Assist); and Overhead View Camera (Area View).

The Tiguan provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems, including six airbags, and a number of standard electronic safety systems, such as an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Volkswagen’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.

Starting at $25,245 MSRP for front-wheel drive models and $26,545 for 4Motion® all-wheel drive models, the 2021 Tiguan is available in in five trims—S, SE, SE R-Line Black, SEL, and SEL Premium R-Line—and is offered with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. For 2021, Tiguan democratizes driver assistance features by making Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) standard on SE models, and adds the next-generation MIB3 infotainment system to all but the base trim.

IIHS launched its front crash prevention rating program in 2013 to help consumers sort through the maze of available technologies and zero in on the systems it determines to be most effective. For more information on IIHS, visit All IIHS ratings are available at


About Volkswagen
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Arteon, Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, Golf, Golf GTI, Jetta, Jetta GLI, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen online at or to learn more.


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This information and any vehicle specifications are preliminary and subject to change.

Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They may differ in other countries.

LED headlights and Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) w/ dynamic cornering headlights standard on SEL Premium R-line models. Not available on other 2021 Tiguan trims. 2021 IIHS “Top Safety Pick” is based on “good” ratings in six crashworthiness tests plus no less than an “acceptable” rating for available headlights, and no less than an “advanced” rating for both front crash prevention tests. For vehicle test details visit

All prices provided are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price and exclude destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

Airbags are supplemental restraints only and will not deploy under all crash circumstances. Always use safety belts and seat children only in the rear, using restraint systems appropriate for their size and age.

Driver-assistance features are not substitutes for attentive driving. See Owner’s Manual for further details, and important limitations.


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