Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen Tiguan

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Pros: Generous cargo room; well-finished interior; good ride quality with composed handling

Cons: Third-row seat is cramped; powertrain occasionally feels lackadaisical

CG Says: Volkswagen’s compact crossover SUV is redesigned for 2018, gaining more space, new styling, and a host of new technology features. The all-new second-generation Tiguan rides a larger platform that is 10.6 inches longer than its predecessor. The extra length provides more cargo room and creates space for an available third-row seat, for 7-passenger capacity. (The Mitsubishi Outlander is the only other compact SUVs that offers a third-row seat.) The shorter, two-row, first-generation Tiguan continues for at least a couple more years as the Tiguan Limited (see separate report). The new Tiguan’s sole powertrain is a 184-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive is optional; interestingly, the third-row seat is standard on front-drive Tiguans and is available on AWD models as a $500 option. Available safety features include blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning and mitigation, forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, and automatic post-collision braking. Other available features include adaptive LED headlights, a hands-free power liftgate, and adaptive cruise control. The first-generation Tiguan is one of the oldest designs in the compact-SUV segment, so it was high time that VW introduced a new version. The redesigned Tiguan hits the mark with its spacious cabin, well-designed technology features, and classy styling inside and out. The available third-row seating is a handy addition, but it cuts into maximum cargo volume a bit and it’s cramped enough to be suitable mainly for small children. Dynamically, the Tiguan offers a comfortable, absorbent ride with composed handling, but some shoppers might wish for a bit more powertrain pep and responsiveness.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 7
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices S: $26,245
AWD S: $27,545
SE: $29,980
AWD SE: $31,280
SEL: $33,450
AWD SEL: $34,750
SEL Premium: $37,150
AWD SEL Premium: $38,450

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Volkswagen Tiguan
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 4

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