2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Starting MSRP: $25,345 - $37,550

Estimated MPG: 22 city / 27 hwy

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

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.

By Matt Keegan
Last Updated 08/01/2017

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.

Exterior

Exterior

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 handsfree power liftgate, power-folding side mirrors with puddle lights and 18-, 19- or 20-inch wheels.

Interior

Interior
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.

Performance

Performance

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.

Technology

Technology

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.