2019 Volkswagen Tiguan gets new headlights, earns Top Safety Pick Plus
Vehicles built before July integrate 'poor'- or 'marginal'-rated headlights.
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan has earned a Top Safety Pick Plus award after receiving new headlights partway through the current year's production run.
The crossover had already aced all six Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash evaluations, with top ratings for its front-crash prevention system, however the two available headlights were initially deemed 'poor' or 'marginal.'
The company rolled out new curve-adaptive LED headlights starting in June, replacing the marginal-rated units. The Tiguan's base halogen reflectors carry forward the existing poor rating, however.
The Tiguan is only the second Volkswagen model to qualify for a 2019 safety award, following the GTI's Top Safety Pick designation. Lackluster illumination is apparently holding back many of the German automaker's other models including the Arteon, Atlas, Golf, Jetta and Passat, all of which received either 'poor' or 'marginal' headlight ratings.