2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2018 MODEL
$25,195 - $37,550 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

Change is good! The German automaker Volkswagen totally redesigned the Tiguan for the 2018 model year and it is certainly catching some eyeballs. As a big compact crossover SUV, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan has targeted buyer's preference with its techs and price. It is one of the few compact SUV to offer three-row seating along with handsome amount of cargo space.

There is not much to choose in the powerhouse department as the 2018 Tiguan comes mated to a sole turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. An eight-speed transmission is also standard across all trims that sends power to the front wheels or the optional all wheel.


7.9/10
Features

 

6.9/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.9/10
Interior

 

6.9/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Some of the Tiguan's strength includes a quiet and comfortable ride, plush interior, and a user-friendly infotainment system. Still, it has its share of flaws. Its engine feels sluggish at highway speed and also gets mediocre fuel economy. VW has priced the Tiguan at $24,595 (FWD) for the base which does not seems to help the cause as rivals like the Honda CR V offers a lot more at the same price.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Features

7.9/10

There are four trims to choose from in the new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan: S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium. All the trims are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Each Tiguan also offers three row of seating and front wheel drive; however, all-wheel drive can be added to any trim for an additional cost of $1,300. Meanwhile, the AWD models only come standard with two rows, but a third row can be added to these models for an additional cost of $500.

Trims S SE SEL SEL Premium
MSRP (2WD) $24,595 $26,750 $31,090 $36,250
MSRP (4WD) $25,895 $28,050 $32,390 $37,550
Features

The S includes:

VW Car-Net App-Connect

Composition Color touchscreen sound system

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

The SE includes:

8” touchscreen sound system

Blind Spot Monitor

V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces

The SEL includes:

8” touchscreen navigation system

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

Remote start

The SEL Premium includes:

LED headlights

VW Digital Cockpit

Leather seating surfaces

Confused? We will help you find the best trim

The base VW Tiguan S makes for a great option with three-row seating, optional all-wheel drive, rearview camera and roof rails for weekend adventurers. Still, if you can stretch your budget then consider going for the SE which is a smart buy. It gets all the features of S trim and adds keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery, heated front seat along with a large touchscreen. The Volkswagen SE and the SEL Premium adds some more features but the 2018 Volkswagen SE has enough to meet all the needs.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Engine

6.9/10

"The Tiguan’s excellent steering and pedal response -- expected attributes of any VW -- contribute to an overall driving feel that’s among the best in the segment. Highway ride is firmer than that of some other small SUVs. While the Tiguan’s turbocharged engine generates impressive horsepower and torque, a base Tiguan is a whopping 450 pounds heavier than a base Honda CR-V. City scooting and highway cruising are barely impacted, but the added mass is evident in highway merging and passing situations."- Kelley Blue Book

Engine and Transmission

The 2018 VW Tiguan gets a sole turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 184 horsepower and 221-pound-feet of torque. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to both the front wheels or the optional all wheels which feels smooth but sometimes hesitates to shift quickly. The engine meanwhile has enough gusto to move the SUV effortlessly at city speed but it feels underpowered at highway speed.

Models Volkswagen Tiguan Chevrolet Equinox Honda CR V Mazda CX-5
MSRP $24,595 $24,575 $24,150 $24,150
Engine 2.0L inline 4- cylinder, 16V, turbocharged, TSI 1.5-liter turbo Inline 4 engine 2.4L Inline 4 Gas engine 2.5L Inline 4 Gas engine
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 6-speed automatic CVT Automatic 6-speed Automatic
Power 184 hp 170 hp 184 hp 187 hp
Torque 221 lb-ft 203 lb-ft 180 lb-ft 185 lb-ft

Acceleration

The Tiguan 2018 with the sluggish turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds. These numbers are unimpressive considering the similarly priced Honda CR V which is a second faster than the VW Tiguan.  The CR V is not just better than the Tiguan but it beats every other competitor in the segment and is one of the highest-ranking compact SUV in its class.

Models Volkswagen Tiguan Chevrolet Equinox Honda CR V Mazda CX-5
0-60 MPH 8.5 sec 8.5 sec 7.5 sec 8.3 sec
Quarter mile 16.2 sec @ 80 mph 16.9 sec @ 91.2 mph 15.8 sec @ 89 mph 16.3 sec @ 83.8 mph
Engine 2.0L 1.5L 2.4L 2.5L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 7.4 6.3 6.3 6.5

Braking and Handling

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan comes standard with front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive which fares better in wet road condition and on uneven pavements. Volkswagen has completely redesigned the Tiguan for 2018 while prioritizing comfort over sportiness. As a result, it delivers a smooth and cushioned ride but there is plenty of body roll around corners and the steering feels aloof at times.

Model Volkswagen Tiguan Chevrolet Equinox Honda CR V Mazda CX-5
Brake(in) 13.4 11.8 11.1 11.7
Brake (in) 11.8 11.3 10.2 11.9
Curb weight(lbs) 3777 3274 3307 3563
60-0 MPH (ft.) 134 119 129 135

The all-wheel drive on the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan makes for 7.9 inches of ground clearance which is ample height to handle some off-roading trails. The AWD variants also get hill descent control and customizable off-road mode. Brakes meanwhile are not the strongest in the segment as the Tiguan stops from 60 to 0 in 134 feet. The 2018 Chevy Equinox boasts strongest brakes in the segment while the 2018 Acura RDX has the worst braking capacity.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is the least fuel-efficient SUV in its class. It manages 22 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined with the front wheel drive. While, the all-wheel-drive versions are rated at 21/27/23 mpg. The Chevrolet Equinox and Honda CR V manage much better mileage as they both check in at 28 mpg combined.

Model Volkswagen Tiguan Chevrolet Equinox Honda CR V Mazda CX-5
MPG (city) 22 26 26 24
MPG (highway) 27 32 32 31
MPG (combined) 24 28 28 27

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior

7.9/10

"The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan uses quality materials throughout the cabin, which is well-insulated from outside noise. Though well-built, this Volkswagen trails some class rivals when it comes to interior styling, according to some critics. There are plenty of standard and available tech features, many of which are intuitive. The 3-row Tiguan has above-average cargo space, and the 2-row Tiguan has more cargo room than nearly every other compact SUV." Cars.usnews.com

Interior Seating and Comfort

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan offers a wide range of adjustments in the driver’s seat while the front passenger seat height also can be adjusted. Seats offer a good amount of cushioning and remain supportive on an hourlong drive.

The Tiguan seats seven people in the three-row model and five in two-row models. There is ample legroom in the first and the second row to accommodate even the tallest of the passenger but the third row is too tight for adults and is only good enough to accommodate kids. In fact, the third row is smaller than every other three-row SUVs. Seating feature includes:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Leatherette and leather upholstery (Optional)
  • Power adjustable driver seat (Optional)
  • Heated front seats (Optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (Optional)
Model Volkswagen Tiguan Chevrolet Equinox Honda CR V Mazda CX-5
Passenger capacity 7 5 5 5
Passenger Volume(ft cube) 123.9 103.2 105.9 103.6
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg (In.) 39.6/57.0/40.2 40/57.2/40.9 40.1/57.9/41.3 39.7/57.1/41
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg (In.) 39.1/55.9/36.5 38.5/55.5/39.7 39.2/55.6/40.6 39/54.8/39.6
Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg (In.) 33.8/47.8/27.9 N/A N/A N/A

Infotainment

The optional 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is easy to use and have clear graphics. The screen feels intuitive and easy to navigate. There are also physical buttons available on the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan which are within reach and helps minimize the use of touchscreen. One of the major highlights of the VW Tiguan is the Digital Cockpit which replaces traditional gauge cluster with a 12.3-inch screen that shows a variety of easily understandable vehicle data.

Cargo Space

2018 Tiguan’s cargo capacity depends upon whether it is a two row or three rows. The three-row Tiguan has average cargo space for a compact SUV while the two row has more cargo space than most but the Honda CR V. The CR V offers best in class cargo space with 76.0 cubic feet behind the second row.

The Tiguan meanwhile offers 12.0 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 33.0 cubic feet with the third row folded and a maximum of 67.7 cubic feet. The two-row VW Tiguan checks in at 37.6 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 73.5 cubic feet with them folded.

Model Volkswagen Tiguan Chevrolet Equinox Honda CR V Mazda CX-5
Behind 3nd Row(ft.cube) 12.0 N/A N/A N/A
With 3nd  row folded (ft.cube) 33.0 29.9 39.0 34.1
With All  Seats folded (ft.cube) 65.7 63.5 76.0 64.8

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Exterior

6.9/10

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan steps out with a new shape and a new size that won’t be instantly recognizable to past Volkswagen crossover owners. The new Tiguan eschews the former model’s rounded approach for sharper, chiseled edges and a more intimidating nose. It’s a contemporary look, albeit not very daring. The Car Connection

 Dimension and Weight

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is the longest compact SUV in the segment and the sharp creases add a taut and fresh look. Tiguan’s front profile copy/pastes the horizontal grille, bumpers and lower fascia from the Atlas. While the complex LED taillights gives the Tiguan’s rear semi-premium feel. The SEL and SEL Premium provides a richer look with LED headlight and LED daytime running lights, while the R line package gives a sportier look with larger wheels.

Model Volkswagen Tiguan Chevrolet Equinox Honda CR V Mazda CX-5
curb weight(lbs) 3777 3274 3307 3563
Length(in) 185.1 183.1 180.6 179.1
Width(in) 72.4 72.6 73.0 72.5
Height(in) 66.3 65.4 66.1 65.3
Ground clearance(in) 7.9 6.9 8.2 7.6
Wheel base(in) 109.8 107.3 104.7 106.3
Track width(in) F/R 62.2/61.8 62.2/62.2 63.0/63.7 62.8/6.2

Exterior Feature

  • Automatic headlight with coming/leaving home feature
  • LED taillights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • 17 inch alloy wheels

 

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Safety

The federal agency has yet not crash tested the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan but the IIHS has rated it as a “Top Safety Pick”. According to IIHS the SUV has earned a “Good” rating in each crash test but it gets a “marginal” score for its subpar headlights.

In terms of reliability, VW has covered the Tiguan with a six-year/ 72,000-mile limited warranty.

IIHS Rating

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

 

Crash avoidance and mitigation
Frontal crash prevention Superior
Headlights Marginal
LATCH Acceptable

Safety features

All the Tiguan’s model gets a rearview camera as standard along with VW’s post-collision braking system that holds the brakes after impact. VW has also made available forward collision warning with the automatic emergency braking system on all models. Blind spot monitors are also available for every trim while a surround view camera system and active lane control are available for top trims.

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR)
  • Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) 
  • Engine Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Driver and front passenger front and side airbag supplemental restraint systems
  • Side Curtain Protection head airbags
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child seat anchor points
  • 3-point safety belts for all seating positions
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

 

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Competition

Volkswagen Tiguan vs Honda CR V

There is no point denying the fact that the Honda CR V is one of the top-ranked compact SUV in the segment. It boasts a user-friendly infotainment system and best in class cargo capacity. The CR V also has a plush cabin that offers two rows of seating and has enough space to accommodate adults. It is also more fuel efficient than the VW Tiguan. The best thing about CR V is that you get all this at a fairly affordable price making it an obvious choice.

Volkswagen Tiguan vs Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 offers quick acceleration and a fuel-efficient engine. It also boasts one of the sharpest handling in the class. Mazda’s plush cabin and comfy two row of seating scores high as compared to rivals. Still, Mazda has some flaws, its infotainment system is not as intuitive as the Tiguan and also has less cargo space than the VW.

Volkswagen Tiguan vs Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox has gone under the blade for the 2018 model year and equals the VW Tiguan when pitted against each other. Equinox, however, has better fuel economy and more leg room in the second row. The Tiguan, on the other hand, has more cargo space and it seats seven as compared to five in the Tiguan. Choosing between the two depends upon what feature you want in your car.

 

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Final Verdict

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is decent compact SUV for families. It comes with two or three rows of seating. The two-row Tiguan has more space inside and in cargo area while the three-row brings down the cargo space. It is a good buy but not a smart buy as most in the competition offer similar features at a much lower cost than the German automaker.

Pros

Three-row seating

Spacious interior

User-friendly techs and features

Cons

Cramped third row

Subpar fuel economy

Optional large wheel makes ride bumpy

Unimpressive engine

What's New?

The Volkswagen has been completely redesigned the Tiguan for 2018 model year.



Styles

 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan in Platinum Gray Metallic color  2018 Volkswagen Tiguan in Pure White color  2018 Volkswagen Tiguan in White Silver Metallic color  2018 Volkswagen Tiguan in deep black pearl metallic color  2018 Volkswagen Tiguan in Cardinal Red Metallic color
Platinum Gray Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.9

Engine

6.9

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

7.9

Exterior

6.9

Comfort

8.5

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S

S

power
184 hp @ 4400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$25,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $25,195 MSRP (22/24/27) 184 hp @ 4400 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 7   Cardinal Red Metallic
  deep black pearl metallic
  White Silver Metallic
  Pure White
  Platinum Gray Metallic

 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 4Motion

S 4Motion

power
184 hp @ 4400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$26,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4Motion 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $26,495 MSRP (21/23/27) 184 hp @ 4400 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Cardinal Red Metallic
  deep black pearl metallic
  White Silver Metallic
  Pure White
  Platinum Gray Metallic

 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SE

SE

power
184 hp @ 4400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$28,930


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $28,930 MSRP (22/24/27) 184 hp @ 4400 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 7   Cardinal Red Metallic
  deep black pearl metallic
  White Silver Metallic
  Pure White
  Platinum Gray Metallic

 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion

SE 4Motion

power
184 hp @ 4400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$30,230


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4Motion 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $30,230 MSRP (21/23/27) 184 hp @ 4400 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Cardinal Red Metallic
  deep black pearl metallic
  White Silver Metallic
  Pure White
  Platinum Gray Metallic

 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL

SEL

power
184 hp @ 4400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$32,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $32,550 MSRP (22/24/27) 184 hp @ 4400 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 7   Cardinal Red Metallic
  deep black pearl metallic
  White Silver Metallic
  Pure White
  Platinum Gray Metallic

 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 4Motion

SEL 4Motion

power
184 hp @ 4400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$33,850


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4Motion 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $33,850 MSRP (21/23/27) 184 hp @ 4400 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Cardinal Red Metallic
  deep black pearl metallic
  White Silver Metallic
  Pure White
  Platinum Gray Metallic

 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium

SEL Premium

power
184 hp @ 4400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$36,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL Premium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $36,250 MSRP (22/24/27) 184 hp @ 4400 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 7   Cardinal Red Metallic
  deep black pearl metallic
  White Silver Metallic
  Pure White
  Platinum Gray Metallic

 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium 4Motion

SEL Premium 4Motion

power
184 hp @ 4400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$37,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL Premium 4Motion 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $37,550 MSRP (21/23/27) 184 hp @ 4400 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Cardinal Red Metallic
  deep black pearl metallic
  White Silver Metallic
  Pure White
  Platinum Gray Metallic

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