2018 Volkswagen Tiguan First Impression | Edmunds

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan First Impression

Volkswagen is apparently on a three-row roll these days. Shortly after the introduction of the three-row Atlas just a few months ago, it has revealed another three-row crossover, the 2018 Tiguan. Referred to by some as the Tiguan LWB (which stands for long wheelbase), this new Tiguan is 10.7 inches longer than the current model, with as much as 57 percent more cargo space. The wheelbase itself is up 4.4 inches (to 109.9 inches total), and with that extra space, you get a sliding second row along with an available third row of seating.

Power for the Tiguan now comes from an updated version of VW's 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, which puts out 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. That's actually less power than in the current Tiguan engine but more torque. The Tiguan will continue to come with front-wheel drive as standard (all-wheel drive is optional), but the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will now be paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Volkswagen hasn't released fuel economy figures yet, but the old Tiguan got about 21 mpg combined, so we expect similar numbers from this updated version of the VW SUV.

With Tiguans of the past, we've lamented the lack of high-tech crash avoidance technology and limited cargo space, but this one seems to solve both of those problems. The extra storage-space part we've already mentioned, but a slew of upgraded safety features are coming to the Tiguan as well. A rearview camera is standard, and optional features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with autonomous braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning with steering assist. There's also an available 360-degree camera, which is pretty rare for this segment. Other standard features include tech goodies such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while optional items include a panoramic sunroof, a foot-operated power tailgate and a Fender premium sound system.

All of this new tech makes the Tiguan much more appealing, but it's really icing on the cake at this point. Previously, we've been big fans of the way the Tiguan drives and how it handles on curvy roads, especially considering its smooth ride quality. As a combination, that's hard to find — many competitors sacrifice one virtue for the other. We also like the VW interior trim, with an upper-class feel and lots of high-quality trim. The Tiguan definitely feels extremely well-built and attractive, even when it's standing still. So now this good-to-drive, high-quality German crossover has lots of modern tech to fit your fancy as well. If you're looking for the kind of vehicle that Volkswagen offers and you just so happen to need three rows, this may be one to wait for.

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