2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Buyer's Guide

Volkswagen’s entry-level crossover model undergoes a dramatic change for 2018, evolving into a significantly larger vehicle with optional third-row seating. The update is part of a VW plan to increase its presence in the utility vehicle segment in a bid to boost consumer appeal in North America, where buyers are continuing to move away from the small and mid-size cars the company is known for.

Though the Tiguan is a returning nameplate, the redesigned model is part of a VW product offensive that will see it add seven all-new SUVs and crossovers to its range by the end of 2018.

Tiguan will still compete against company crossover stalwarts like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. Its added size and optional third row, however, will find it being cross-shopped with a different subset of that group including the Nissan Rogue (also available as a seven-seater) and the Chevrolet Equinox, which is strictly a five-seater but boasts one of the roomier interiors in the class.

VW says it designed the Tiguan to give it more presence, but adds that the new look also resulted in a better off-road approach angle, but also a lower lift-in height for the cargo area, suggesting a more well-rounded vehicle than the outgoing model.

The redesign brings to the Tiguan the virtual cockpit customizable gauge cluster as an option. This is similar to the slick digital display that has received overwhelming positive response in recent Audi models.

Standard technology includes smartphone integration for both Apple and Android users, as well as a backup camera. Unsurprisingly, there’s a wide range of active safety options, including adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning and automatic braking and pedestrian monitoring, blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert and lane departure warning and assist.

Enhancing interior flexibility is a second-row seat that slides for and aft and splits 40/20/40; out back, the optional hands-free power tailgate works for opening and closing the door.

Like the outgoing Tiguan, this new one will use a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but in a tuning biased toward torque rather than horsepower. Its 184 hp is a notable cut from the 200 offered by the old model, but adds 14 lb-ft of torque, for 221 total. Sure to complement those power figures is an eight-speed automatic transmission and optional 4Motion all-wheel drive.

Look for the new Tiguan to come in familiar Trendline (with front- or all-wheel drive), Comfortline and Highline trims when it arrives at Canadian dealerships in summer 2017.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Specifications

There are 5 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $28,925 MSRP
9.7
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
184 hp @4400 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
Trendline FWD $28,925 5 SUV
Trendline FWD 184 hp @4400 rpm 221 ft-lb @1600 rpm 8-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
Trendline FWD 185.1" 72.4" 65.3" 109.8"
Trendline FWD
Trendline FWD Cloth Seats
Trendline FWD
Trendline FWD
Trendline 4MOTION $31,175 5 SUV
Trendline 4MOTION 184 hp @4400 rpm 221 ft-lb @1600 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
Trendline 4MOTION 185.1" 72.4" 65.3" 109.8"
Trendline 4MOTION
Trendline 4MOTION Cloth Seats
Trendline 4MOTION
Trendline 4MOTION
Comfortline 4MOTION $34,325 5 SUV
Comfortline 4MOTION 184 hp @4400 rpm 221 ft-lb @1600 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
Comfortline 4MOTION 185.1" 72.4" 65.3" 109.8"
Comfortline 4MOTION
Comfortline 4MOTION Premium Synthetic Seats
Comfortline 4MOTION
Comfortline 4MOTION
Comfortline 4MOTION *Ltd Avail* $35,175 5 SUV
Comfortline 4MOTION *Ltd Avail* 184 hp @4400 rpm 221 ft-lb @1600 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
Comfortline 4MOTION *Ltd Avail* 185.1" 72.4" 65.3" 109.8"
Comfortline 4MOTION *Ltd Avail*
Comfortline 4MOTION *Ltd Avail* Premium Synthetic Seats
Comfortline 4MOTION *Ltd Avail*
Comfortline 4MOTION *Ltd Avail*
Highline 4MOTION $39,175 5 SUV
Highline 4MOTION 184 hp @4400 rpm 221 ft-lb @1600 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
Highline 4MOTION 185.1" 72.4" 65.3" 109.8"
Highline 4MOTION
Highline 4MOTION Leather Seats
Highline 4MOTION
Highline 4MOTION

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Owner Reviews: 2018 Volkswagen / Tiguan

Average Rating

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan

by Stickhandle on 10-18-2012
Top end of the low end
The base model is affordable if you can find one used. It has won Top Safety Pick, and the base model has lots of great standard features. I like the design and it's a pleasure to drive. It handles well and has some pep. One downside is you have to use premium gas, which today means about a 15% premium every week or about $600 a year in cost although the gas mileage is better and you have less repairs to worry about. A very good utility vehicle.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan

Trim: 2.0T
by J123456 on 10-17-2012
Absolutely love this car
Ever since I purchased this vehicle I have had nothing but amazing things to say about it. From it's fantastic fuel economy (well over 600kms/tank), to it's incredible horsepower... it's a totally reliable well-taken care of vehicle. I am going to be incredibly picky as to who purchases it from me, because I absolutely love this car, but when I finally do sell it, I will be incredibly sad to see it go. It's been such a joy driving.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2010 Volkswagen Tiguan

Trim: Highline
by LuxuryBroker on 10-15-2012
Great SUV for All Types of Roads and Any Driver
Ive been a pround VW owner for the past 5 years, the style and driving of the german engineering is very hard to compete against. My previous 2005 VW Passat TDI however although older, was a much better built and better fuel efficient.

The Pros:
The 2010 Tiguan 4Motion features amazing Interior Design and Comfort. The full size Panoramic Moon-Roof is simply put WOW. The Tiguan is a small but stylish SUV with plenty of interior room and comfy sits 4-5 adults. Everything in the car is software controlled, from windows, to hand parking.

The Drive: if you havent driven a german car yet, than you must do so, the cars are build to last, it feels like you are driving a tank and not a car.

The Cons:
Although it averages 10.9L/100 km in the City and 9L/100 km on the Hwy (which isnt too bad for a 4x4 SUV) , it does take Premium Fuel, giving the car less than desirable overall fuel economy :( .. Pricey Syntetic Oil Changes.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
4/5
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