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While many SUVs have been tripped up on new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests, the Volkswagen Tiguan passed with flying colors. Thanks to one area of improvement, the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan earns the highest IIHS award for the year. What did the Volkswagen SUV do to earn a Top Safety Pick Plus award?

The Volkswagen Tiguan earns the highest IIHS award this year thanks to its headlights

This 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Earns Highest IIHS Award
The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV | Volkswagen

The IIHS reported yesterday that the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan managed to snag the Top Safety Pick Plus award. On all of the crashworthiness tests performed, the Tiguan earned the highest score of “good.” These are the most critical tests, such as the front impact for the driver, passenger, and roof crush strength.

The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan received high scores in crash avoidance and mitigation. The front crash prevention system, for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian, both received good scores.

A new part of the Top Safety Pick and Top Safty Pick Plus award is related to the headlights. The Tiguan’s headlights received an “acceptable” score, the second highest option. The headlights have been holding many new SUVs back from the Top Safety Pick Plus award, but the Tiguan has new and improved headlights. In 2021, the Tiguan’s poor-rated halogen headlights held it back from a better score.

The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus award

The IIHS crash test for the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan | Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Like many modern SUVs, the Volkswagen Tiguan received a redesign in 2018 that increased its size. Thanks to that, it is now classified as a midsize SUV. On the overall evaluation, the 2022 Tiguan received the highest score. Overall, the areas like structure, safety cage, and driver injury measures all impressed the IIHS.

In 2022, the IIHS Top Safety Pick criteria received an update. There are six crashworthiness tests that vehicles have to earn a rating of “good” to qualify. The scoring goes from good, acceptable, marginal, to poor. Vehicles must earn good ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness tests.

The first tests are the small overlap front: driver-side, small overlap front: passenger-side. Followed by the moderate overlap front, side: original test, roof strength, and head restraints/seat tests. The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan performed well in all areas, including the side test. These high scores helped the Volkswagen Tiguan earn the highest IIHS award this year.

Keep an eye out for more Top Safety Pick Plus winners

A few midsize SUVs have snagged the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus award along with the Tiguan. For instance, the 2022 Ford Explorer, Mazda CX-9, and Toyota Highlander received the Top Safety Pick Plus award. Even though it is still a safe vehicle, the 2022 Kia Telluride missed out on the Top Safty Pick Plus award this year. Only one pickup truck passed the new testing for the seat belt reminder, and that was the 2022 Toyota Tundra crew cab.

Much of the testing was updated this year, which explains why some usual contenders missed out on an award. The IIHS and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are constantly updating and changing the test to ensure the roads are safer.

While the Volkswagen Tiguan earned the highest IIHS award this year, hopefully, it can also continue receiving high scores for 2023.


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