The Volkswagen Tiguan is the most successful SUV “Made in Germany” in Europe. Volkswagen says it is able to sell 500,000 units each year and the number keeps rising and rising. And now with the recent release of the 2018 Tiguan, things are set to get even better.
Although the Tiguan is a perfectly all-rounded vehicle guaranteed to appeal to shoppers in the small crossover SUV segment, Americans are not particularly impressed as much as their European counterparts. Reason being the competition is fierce in its class and it takes more than just innovation to keep things interesting.
The previous model fell short of the competition because of its unimpressive driving aids, mediocre fuel economy, and modest cargo space. But Volkswagen seems to have learnt the lesson and thoroughly updated the 2018 model. For 2018, buyers should be in the lookout for new features in addition to Tiguan’s traditional strengths.
The new model offers a useful third row seating, there’s lots of passenger and cargo space, the tech interface is sharp and intuitive, and the driver safety features are now comprehensive. Most of the changes aforementioned are among a raft of redesigns brought about by the use of a new platform underpinning most of Volkswagen’s newly released cars.
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Moreover, the new Tiguan 2018 has grown in size thanks to new dimensions. It now has better head, shoulder, hip room – you name it. Moreover, passengers will now appreciate its third row space as well as cargo space – features that come in handy especially when you have kids to cart around. Add its traditional strengths such as top-notch cabin materials, quiet and comfortable ride, and a user-friendly tech interface and you have yourself a capable and appealing SUV.
But not everything is milk and honey for the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan. The small crossover segment is awash with other similarly competitive rivals that include Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox, and Nissan Rogue that promise to give it a run for its money when it finally goes for sale.
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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium Interior
Being the top of the range model, the Tiguan SEL Premium features some of the most upscale materials, with every surface covered in soft-to-touch materials. The seat and ride comfort is comfortable as well.
For daily commute, passengers will find the Tiguan SEL Premium to be weirdly quiet. However, the optional nineteen-inch wheels it comes fitted with might produce a sharp-heavy impact. Inside, the interior looks classy and solidly built.
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Even tall passengers will find the interior space comfortable, at least for the first and second-row seat. The layout of the dashboard is modern and uncluttered. The instrument panel, steering wheel, climate controls, and touchscreen all resemble those in Atlas SUV.
When it comes to the utility, it all depends on whether or not you decide to opt for the optional third-row seat. While it still measures up well to the rest of its rivals, the cargo space of the three-row Tiguan is less in overall.
Standard features include a digital gauge cluster, a top-down parking camera system, and a nine-speaker premium Fender sound system.
Exterior Changes & Redesigns
As already told, the new dimensions have grown compared to the previous model. The new dimensions are: length – 185 inches, width – 72 inches, and height – 66 inches. But weirdly though, unlike most modern vehicles coming off of a redesign, the new model adds some few pounds. Curb weight now stands at 3,858 lbs up from 3,777 lbs.
The all-new 2018 Tiguan steps out with a new size and shape. It now gains sharper, chiseled edges unlike its predecessor which took a rounded approach. Upfront, the new model carries over the bumpers, grille, and lower fascias unchanged.
The only aesthetic change the new model seems to come with is around back, where the pronounced flyline runs from the front fender all the way to the back. Save for that, the exterior of the VW Tiguan is by and large a carryover from before.
Some of the standard features available include automatic wipers, adaptive LED headlights, and a hands-free liftgate, and sportier exterior styling.
Exterior colors include Cardinal Red Metallic, Habanero Orange Metallic, dark Moss Green Metallic, Silk Blue Metallic, Deep Black Pearl, White Silver Metallic, Platinum Gray Metallic, and Pure White.
Engine Specs & Performance
In spite of the laudable changes the new model comes with, pedal-happy drivers will be disappointed by the less power it offers compared to before. The turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine available beneath its hood now pumps out 184 horsepower instead of 200 as before. Nonetheless, torque has increased by fourteen pounds feet.
An eight speed automatic is standard.
EPA also says the new model returns more efficiency. The new 2018 Tiguan now has a fuel economy of 21 mpg in combined city and highway cruising for the all-wheel-drive option, and 22 mpg in combined city and highway cruising for the front-wheel-drive model.
Price & Release Date
No definitive release date has been announced by Volkswagen pertaining the Tiguan release date. As for the price, expect the S to go for sale for an MSRP starting from $25,345, the SE - $29,080, SEL - $32,550, and the SEL Premium from $36,250.
Two rivals stack up high in this regard – the Honda CR-V and the Chevrolet Equinox. The CR-V is a top-selling SUV going for sale for an MSRP starting from $24,985. Some of the strengths it enjoys include a spacious passenger and cargo space, a turbocharged engine delivering thrift and zest, plentiful and thoughtful storage areas, and a comfortable ride quality. On the downside however, the touchscreen can prove finicky to use a times, and the base engine is thirsty.
The Equinox on the other hand is yet another solid bet for shoppers looking for a reasonably sized SUV. It backseat, unlike most SUV in its class, provides copious passenger space, the interior is quiet, the engine is quick, and glides smoothly even on rough surfaces. On the flipside however, it fails to impress in terms of the cargo room which is less than most of its rivals, the four-cylinder version is notoriously sluggish, and the interior quality leaves a lot to be desired.