Over the years, the Tiguan has been revamped to stay enticing and stave off the segment rivals. The 2018 VW Tiguan comes with some major enhancements. The VW Tiguan is an important vehicle for the iconic German carmaker, beyond any doubt. The company unveiled it way back in 2007 to take on the breed of rising compact SUVs such as the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V. The first generation VW Tiguan was largely based on the Jetta and Golf, two other popular models of the brand, as it is.
2018 VW Tiguan – Immaculate Design
The 2018 VW Tiguan sports a fresh exterior styling and it is aimed more at family buyers than individuals. The new Tiguan is larger and made on the company’s enhanced MQB version. It is exactly 10.6 inches longer than the earlier model-this means more space in the cabin and enhanced cargo space. The size gain also leads to weight gain by 300 pounds but the advantages are quite obvious to overlook. It is now bigger than rivals like Nissan Rogue and Honda CR-V. The trims are S, SE. SEL and SEL Premium. Exterior color choices are deep black pearl, Pre white, Cardinal red metallic, Silk blue metallic etc.
The cabin of 2018 VW Tiguan is sleek and stylish. But more than that, it offers something you do not get in this segment- third row of seats. Only Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan Rogue can match it here. The third row, however, is not what you will call adult friendly. The 2nd row, however, is large and can be adjusted in many ways. The dashboard is sleek and streamlined and clutter is almost nonexistent. FWD models get the third row as standard and in AWD models, it is only optional.
2018 VW Tiguan – Power Expectations
The 2018 VW Tiguan is powered by a capable turbocharged 2.0-liter engine which gets mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission gearbox. The engine is neither particularly powerful nor can it outshine the rivals in fuel economy. But it will be good enough for urban driving needs most of the times. The engine makes 184 hp. The 4Motion AWD setup makes driving easier and you get selectable drive modes like snow, off-road, on-road etc.
The 2018 VW Tiguan leaves no stones unturned to woo the buyers with advanced safety features and the company also packs in plenty of amenities. The base S trim gets a 6.5-inch touch display while the rest get larger 8-inch screens to control infotainment features. In safety front, it gets nearly every feature one can think of. Of course, only the top trim gets maximum safety features. You get blind spot monitor, lane keeping assists, forward collision warning, automatic high-beam, surround-view camera, rear-view camera, reversing assistance etc.
Base trim gets LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear view camera, automatic post-collision braking, and roof rails. SE trim gets a panoramic sunroof, Fender sound system with 9 speakers, 20-inch wheels, and enhanced safety features. Top trim gets a heated steering wheel, 12.3-inch digital dashboard, and heated leather seats. The R Line package to add oomph to the exterior is optional. The infotainment setup supports Smartphone and Bluetooth.
2018 VW Tiguan – Price and Release Date
The VW Tiguan 2018 pricing begins at approx $26,500. The car is now available for sale.
VW Tiguan 2018 is a compact SUV that gets some nice enhancements. It’s styling and enhanced space makes it better suited for families. The safety features are top notch, cabin design is sleek and amenities are also decent. The only glitch is the somewhat underpowered engine and unavailability of other powertrain choices. Still, it offers solid value for money.