Completely redesigned for 2018, the Tiguan became Germany’s small crossover SUV that Americans want. Though fun to drive, the Tiguan previous generation failed to compete because of the small cargo space, mediocre fuel economy, and of driver aids such as blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning.
This time the Tiguan was completely overhauled. It stands on a new platform that underlies the compact hatchback Golf and the new Atlas SUV. The Tiguan also shares new shapes and styles with Atlas. It’s 10 inches longer than the previous version, which VW uses for more cargo space, legroom, and optional third row seats that are handy if you need to transport some kids.
The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan continues to bring traditional strength, including the best cabin materials, quiet and comfortable ride, and easy-to-use technology interface. This upscale feature is no longer a premium price.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is a seven-passenger compact crossover SUV available in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium.
Standard equipment on base S models includes 17-inch wheels, adaptive foglights, automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, roof rails, a rearview camera, VW’s Car-Net App Connect, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, a USB port and a six-speaker sound system.
The optional Driver Assistance package for S models adds blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert and forward collision warning.
The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SE gets the Driver Assistance package plus keyless entry and ignition, heated washer nozzles, dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver seat, heated front seats, simulated leather upholstery, the Car-Net Security & Service, an 8-inch touchscreen, voice commands, satellite and HD radio, two extra USB ports. A panoramic sunroof is optional on the SE.
The SEL adds remote start, 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, a power liftgate, adaptive cruise control, Car-Net Guide & Inform and navigation.
The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium adds adaptive a hands-free liftgate, automatic wipers, LED headlights, a digital gauge cluster, a nine-speaker premium Fender sound system, driver assistance features such as automatic high-beam control, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning and intervention, a top-down parking camera system.
The R-Line package available for the SEL and SEL Premium trims. It includes sportier exterior styling elements, 19-inch wheels for SEL, 20-inch for SEL Premium, and front and rear parking sensors for the SEL.
All the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired to a new eight-speed automatic transmission and sends power to the front wheels. All-wheel-drive is optional and equipped with 4Motion Active Control, a system that lets the driver select between Off-Road, On-Road, Snow and Custom Off-Road modes. On-Road mode also lets the driver select between Sport, Normal, Eco and Custom modes. In performance testing, the 2018 Tiguan AWD accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds.
To achieve better fuel economy, all models have auto start/stop engine features. EPA fuel economy rating for the front-drive Tiguan at 24 mpg combined (22 city/27 highway), while all-wheel-drive models scored 23 mpg combined (21 city/27 highway).
One of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan main strengths is the classy interior that looks and feels solid and high-build quality. High quality materials are spread throughout the cabin. Climate controls, touch screens, steering wheel and instrument panel are similar to those found in Atlas SUVs. At this point, Tiguan feels more luxurious than most in this segment.
The driver’s seat offers a variety of adjustments, and the front passenger seat can be adjusted even on the base trim. Tall passengers will be happy with the abundance of leg room in the first and second rows. The panoramic sunroof does not interfere with the headroom. The third row is perfect for kids, which is expected in a vehicle of this size.
The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan utility depends on whether you choose a third row seat. Indeed, three rows offer less cargo, but still well up to the entire space. Standard roofing wheels provide convenience for outdoor adventure gear.
There are 12 cubic feet of space behind the third row. The two-row model has 37.6 cubic feet behind the rear seat, better than most in the class. Folding the second row opens 73.5 cubic feet or 65.7 cubes if you choose a third row seat. Properly equipped, the Tiguan can tow up to 1,500 pounds.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan will arrive to dealership lots across the country this summer 2017. It will compete against the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, 2018 Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue.
Official pricing for the base S will start at $26,245 (include a $900 destination charge), it’s a bit more expensive than the base 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. Add $1,300 If you want 4Motion all-wheel drive and $850 for the Driver Assistance Package. A fully-loaded Tiguan with all-wheel drive will reach $37,550. If you want a sporty look you can wait for the R-Line package, which will be available later this year, but it will add at least $1,495 to the bill.