What Can a Tiguan Tow?

The Tiguan may be a compact SUV, but it’s pretty powerful on the road. Case in point:

With a Tiguan, you can pull up to 2,200 pounds. That means you can bring your small or midsize camper anywhere you’d like and haul some other big stuff… like what? Let’s see.

Can a Tiguan Tow an Enclosed Trailer?

You bet. A 6x12 enclosed trailer weighs roughly 1,200 pounds empty, so you can haul 1,000 pounds of cargo with your Tiguan at any given time. Now you can move house without having to rent a whole truck!

Can a Tiguan Tow a Boat?

Yes, as long as your boat and trailer weigh under 2,200 pounds. Many pontoons, speedboats, and other small boats fall within that weight limit, but always check before hitching it up to your Tiguan.

Can a Tiguan Tow a Jet Ski?

Jet Skis

Photo credit: Rennett Stowe

Yes. In fact, your Tiguan can tow two jet skis at a time! The average jet ski weighs 850 pounds, and most (if not all) trailers weigh less than 500 pounds. That means your Tiguan has the power it takes to haul your toys to the nearest lake. It can handle ATVs like a pro, too.

Towing Safety Tips All Tiguan Owners Should Know

It’s important to ensure safety while towing. You can’t go wrong with the following tips:

  • Keep the tongue weight under 15% of the loaded trailer’s weight. Pushing too much weight down on the hitch spells trouble.
  • Avoid potholes and dips in the road. While you should avoid dips and potholes anyway, take extra care to do so while towing something with your Tiguan. This is because dips and potholes will lower your Tiguan’s ground clearance and increase the risk of scrapes. If large enough, a dip or pothole can also throw off your trailer’s balance.
  • During a long trip, check your tire pressure every time you stop. Keeping your tires fully inflated improves the handling of your Tiguan while towing.
  • Tap your brakes when going downhill. Doing so helps you keep control over your Tiguan and the trailer and avoids overheating your brakes.
  • Stay at least four seconds behind the car ahead. Adding a considerable amount of weight to your overall vehicle doubles your car’s inertia. That means it takes longer for your car to stop. You should be safe as long as you leave a good amount of distance between your Tiguan and the car in front of you.
  • Use OEM towing parts. You need a hitch (part no. 5N0-092-730), ball mount (part no. 5N0-092-730), and trailer wiring harness. These components are important when it comes to safety, so you want to ensure that you get the best quality possible that guarantees proper fitment, which is OEM.