2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan photo
  1. Original MSRP$24,595 - $37,550
  2. Fuel Economy22/27 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSUV

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan photo
  1. Original MSRP$24,595 - $37,550
  2. Fuel Economy22/27 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSUV


By Matt Keegan (Last Updated 4/18/2018)

The compact SUV segment is hotter than ever, and Volkswagen’s entry in this category is the Tiguan. Redesigned for 2018, the Volkswagen Tiguan entices with a roomy cabin, gracious handling and a long list of technology amenities.

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover SUV that can be configured to seat five or seven passengers. The Tiguan is sold in S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium trims, and it’s offered with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

As an all-new model, the 2018 VW Tiguan represents a clean-sheet redesign. The new model is longer than its predecessor and offers a notable increase in cargo space. The 2018 Tiguan features an updated engine and a new eight-speed automatic transmission.


Volkswagen’s familiar three-slat horizontal grille graces the Tiguan’s front fascia and is offset by wraparound headlamps. A large lower grille opening with distinctive lighting rounds out that look. A high beltline, 17-inch wheels and wheel-well accents bring attention to the profile.

The list of standard exterior features includes automatic halogen headlights, roof rails, LED taillights, LED daytime running lights, fog lights with a cornering function and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals. Optional equipment includes LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, a hands-free power liftgate, power-folding side mirrors with puddle lights and 18-, 19- or 20-inch wheels.


The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan features a refined and spacious cabin. Front-wheel-drive models come standard with three rows of seats, while all-wheel-drive models have two rows of seats with an optional third row. The first two rows are roomy; the third row offers space for two and is most useful for pre-teens.

The cabin offers clean, yet unobtrusive, lines along with premium materials and superior fit and finish. The front seats are firm, yet comfortable, and the second row has a 40/20/40-split design. The Tiguan provides up to 37.6 cubic feet of storage space behind the second row and up to 73.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the second row folded. Three-row models provide 12 cubic feet of space behind the third row.

Standard equipment includes cloth upholstery, air conditioning and a tilt-and-telescoping steering column. Optional items include real or simulated leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient lighting, heated power-adjustable front seats and a heated steering wheel.


The 2018 Tiguan delivers a smooth ride quality that should be pleasing to most drivers. Front-wheel drive is standard, and available all-wheel drive sharpens the Tiguan’s handling in rain and snow. The sole engine choice is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder power plant that generates 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, and it’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

This Volkswagen has an EPA rating of up to 22/27 mpg city/highway. When properly equipped, the Tiguan can tow up to 1,500 pounds.


The Tiguan offers technology features buyers in this segment expect. Base models come with a 6.5-inch touch screen, a stereo with AM/FM radio, a USB port, an auxiliary input jack, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, a rearview camera and Bluetooth connectivity. The list of upgrades includes satellite radio, HD radio, navigation, a premium nine-speaker Fender sound system, an 8-inch touch screen and keyless entry and ignition.

Available driver-assistive technologies include adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, an overhead-view parking camera, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist and forward collision warning with emergency braking and pedestrian detection.

Specs & Features


  • Available colors

  • Pure White
  • Platinum Gray Metallic
  • Cardinal Red Metallic
  • Deep Black Pearl Metallic
  • Dark Moss Green Metallic
  • Silk Blue Metallic
  • White Silver Metallic
  • Habanero Orange Metallic
  • Body style

  • Suv
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Wheel Diameter: 17.0 X 7.0 Inches
  • Tire Type: 215/65r17 H
  • Available exterior features

  • Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Mirror Color: Body-color
  • Rear Spoiler: Roofline
  • Exhaust Tip Color: Chrome
  • Rear Spoiler Color: Body-color
  • Exhaust: Dual Tip
  • Grille Color: Chrome
  • Window Trim: Black
  • Rocker Panel Color: Black
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Door Handle Color: Body-color
  • Dimensions

  • Width Without Mirrors: 72.4 Inches
  • Ground Clearance: 7.9 Inches
  • Angle Of Approach: 26.2 Degrees
  • Width: 72.4 Inches
  • Length: 185.1 Inches
  • Height: 66.3 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 109.8 Inches
  • Break-over Angle: 19.0 Degrees
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 5247 Pounds
  • Rear Track Width: 61.8 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 3777 Pounds
  • Angle Of Departure: 23.3 Degrees
  • Front Track Width: 62.2 Inches


  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Rear Vents: Second Row
  • Armrests: Rear Center With Cupholders/Rear Folding
  • Air Filtration
  • Power Locks: Auto-locking
  • Shift Knob Trim: Leather
  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Urethane
  • Interior Accents: Metallic-tone
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Single
  • Floor Material: Cargo Area Carpet/Carpet
  • Telematics systems

  • Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth
  • Entertainment

  • Radio Data System
  • Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/IPod/iPhone
  • Connected In-car Apps: App Marketplace Integration
  • Total Speakers: 6
  • Antenna Type: Mast
  • Speed Sensitive Volume Control
  • Radio: AM/FM/Touch Screen Display
  • Infotainment: Android Auto Ready/Apple CarPlay Ready
  • Seats

  • Bucket Front Seats
  • Upholstery: Cloth
  • Rear Seat: Sliding
  • 6-Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • Third Row Seat Folding: Flat
  • Adjustable Rear Seats
  • Flat-Folding Rear Seat
  • 6-Way Manual Driver Seat Adjustments
  • 40-20-40 Split Rear Seat
  • Third Row Seat Type: 50-50 Split Bench/Split-folding
  • Dimensions

  • Passenger Volume: 123.9 Cubic Feet
  • Max Seating: 7
  • Front Shoulder Room: 57 Inches
  • Cargo Volume Third Row Down Only: 33 Cubic Feet
  • Interior Volume: 135.9 Cubic Feet
  • Leg Room 3rd Row: 27.9
  • Rear Legroom: 36.5 Inches
  • Cargo Volume All Rear Seats Down: 65.7 Cubic Feet
  • Front Legroom: 40.2 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 39.6 Inches
  • Rear Headroom: 39.1 Inches
  • Head Room 3rd Row: 33.8
  • Shoulder Room 3rd Row: 47.8
  • Standard Seating: 7
  • Seating Rows: 3
  • Cargo Volume: 12 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 55.9 Inches


  • Drivetrain

  • Axle Ratio: 3.33
  • Fuel Efficiency

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City: 22
  • Highway: 27
  • Combined: 24
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 4 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 2.0
  • Horsepower: 184
  • Torque: 221
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 8-speed Shiftable Automatic
  • Type: A
  • Gears: 8
  • Performance Specifications

  • Aerodynamic Drag: 0.35
  • Turning Circle: 37.7
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Multi-link
  • Front Suspension Type: Lower Control Arms
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Shock Type: Gas
  • Rear Spring Type: Coil
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Gas
  • Front Spring Type: Coil
  • Front Struts: MacPherson


  • Warranty information

  • New Car Basic Warranty: 72 Months/72000 Miles
  • Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 72 Months/72000 Miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 84 Months/100000 Miles


NHTSA Ratings

  1. Overall Rating

  2. Frontal Crash

  3. Side Crash

  4. Rollover

Safety Features

  1. Child Safety Door Locks
  2. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  3. Energy Absorbing Steering Column
  4. Rearview Monitor: in Dash
  5. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  6. Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
  7. Crumple Zones: Front/rear
  8. Camera System: Rearview
  9. Impact Absorbing Bumpers
  10. Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
  11. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  12. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  13. Impact Sensor: Door Unlock/fuel Cut-off/post-collision Safety System
  14. Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  15. Rollover Stability Control: Standard
  16. Steel Body Panels
  17. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  18. Safety Brake Pedal System
  19. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  20. Automatic Hazard Warning Lights
  21. Brake Assist: Standard
  22. Side Curtain Airbags: Standard

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