The Volkswagen Tiguan entered production in the 2007 model year and outside of some facelifts, not a whole lot has changed since then. While appealing, the Tiguan was always a little too small and a little too expensive to be a serious contender in the class. For 2018, that will changes as the all-new Tiguan goes for just right as the model grows 10.7 inches
With a larger cargo area and key new features, Volkswagen’s compact crossover is aiming to appeal to a much broader audience and improve sales against tough competitors like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and all-new Chey Equinox.
Sleek Design and Expanded Cabin
The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan features new, vibrant exterior colors as well as LED taillights and sleek lines. It’s 10.9 inches longer than the first generation Tiguan – a significant jump, but one that matches the size expansion of similar small SUVs in recent years.
The driver-oriented interior boasts a multi-function steering wheel inside a spacious cabin outfitted with refined seating surfaces. Optional heated seats and heated steering wheel help keep the focus firmly on driver and passenger comfort.
New Third Row Seating
An Easy Open hands-free rear liftgate is an option with the 2018 Tiguan, alongside third-row seating, which maxes out the Tiguan’s seating capabilities at seven passengers. The Tiguan becomes the third model in the class with a third row, in addition to the Nissan Rogue and Mitsubishi Outlander.
Some reviews of the Tiguan lament the cramped third row, but point out that cramped adults will enjoy the sliding second row while kids will be content in the smaller third-row seating. Configurations for this SUV are numerous: fold down one seat, the center seat, or an entire row with 40/20/40-split folding rear seating.
Overall cargo room has ballooned 57% over the old Tiguan, comparable in size and feel to a Nissan Rogue and notably larger than the first generation Tiguan. A second row that slides forward or backward a full seven inches allows for more leg or cargo room depending on your needs. A panoramic sunroof alongside greatly expanded cargo space and a 26-degree approach angle cements this SUV as Volkswagen’s pick for serious adventurers. All this extra room is squeezed out a smaller platform as the new Tiguan is built on the same platform as the Golf.
Engine and Powertrain
One thing surprising is that the Tiguan actually loses horsepower for 2018 sporting a 2.0-liter turbocharged 186 horsepower engine. This is a revised engine for more efficiency but a solid 221 pound-feet of torque. While still competitive for the class, the decrease in power and extra size may mean a decrease in oomph.
The all-new Tiguan will have an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy figures have not yet been revealed but look for the model to top 30 mpg on the freeway. The Tiguan will offer an off-road package with different settings for mountains, snow, highway, and custom conditions.
New Safety and Convenience Features
A variety of new safety features are available with the new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan. The rear view camera comes standard, as does the post-collision braking system, and automatic feature that slows the vehicle to six miles per hour after it’s been involved in a collision.
Other safety features are optional and include automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, pedestrian warning, and forward collision warning. Available 4Motion with Active Control lets the driver customize their driving mode to fit the current terrain.
The Tiguan’s redesigned interior includes options for Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit. This feature, with it’s 12.3″ screen, allows drivers to reconfigure how data and navigation details are positioned for enhanced safety and easier viewing. Car-Net is Volkswagen’s connected vehicle service, and is compatible with Android Auto, MirrorLink, and Apple CarPlay.
All these changes should make the Tiguan a solid offering when it goes on sale summer 2017. Stay tuned as more information on this all-new model becomes available. For info on VW’s smaller crossover, check out our article on the Golf Sportwagen Alltrack.