Used 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited 2.0T SUV Review

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Read what other owners think about the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited 2.0T SUV.

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Absolutely capable - 2018 VW Tiguan Limited
Bry,10/16/2019
2.0T 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
I purchased this car back in August 2019. It was a year old with 13,000 miles on the odometer. I was cross-shopping this with a similarly equipped '18 Kia Sportage. Ultimately, I chose the VW due to the 6-year bumper-to-bumper warranty (that is fully transferable), Roadside Assistance, spare tire (the Kia had a stupid fix-a-flat kit), and lower insurance premium ($50 less a month versus the Kia). How I would rate it: -Ride/Suspension: 5/5. Surprisingly comfortable and composed on Florida's pockmarked roads. Suspension feels tight as a drum. -Handling: 4/5. Highway feel is effortless but around town it can feel a bit cumbersome and light. -Interior: 4/5. Great interior materials and trim pieces, even though it is an older interior from VW. -Engine/Transmission: 3.5/5. Engine sounds gruff at low speeds but is eerily silent on the highway. Transmission is a bit quick to shift at low speeds and sometimes dawdles if there is not enough input from the driver. But when it's right, it's right. One of the better 6-speeds. -Fuel Economy: 3.8/5. I'll preface this by saying I spend about 65% of my time on the highway. On the highway I can expect to get 29-30 MPG consistently and in the city I can get around 22. Combined I am averaging almost 27-28 MPG on premium fuel (the only drawback). Overall, yes, the new one is a lot more exciting but it looks bloated in my opinion. The Limited works just fine for me and I have the peace of mind with the warranty and service intervals that are better than most of the competition (10k miles for oil changes).
Tiguan Gas Guzzler
ED Salas,04/28/2019
2.0T 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Everything is great, except for the gas mileage. Braking is a little weak. Kids love it. Comfort for normal sized adults.

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited 2.0T SUV

What’s new

  • The Tiguan Limited is the new name for the previous-generation Tiguan
  • Less standard equipment compared to last year
  • Part of the first Tiguan generation introduced for 2009

Pros & Cons

  • Premium interior materials
  • Cabin is quiet at highway speeds
  • Limited cargo space and rear-seat legroom
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Lackluster crash test results
  • No high-tech accident avoidance features available


Which Tiguan Limited does Edmunds recommend?

There's not much to think about when buying the Tiguan Limited. Make sure to get one with the optional Premium package since it adds some desirable features, including keyless ignition and entry, cruise control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Full Edmunds Review: 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited SUV

Overall rating

Volkswagen is selling two Tiguans for 2018. There's the fully redesigned Tiguan, which is bigger and has an available third-row seat and new safety features. Then there's the 2018 Tiguan Limited. Volkswagen is selling the old Tiguan alongside the new one and calling it the Limited.

Why get the old Tiguan Limited? Well, there's not much of a reason, actually. The new Tiguan is better in just about every regard. The main draw is the price. VW sells the Tiguan Limited at a lower price than the new model. Overall, however, we'd suggest going with the new Tiguan or one of the other top small SUVs out this year, such as the Chevrolet Equinox, the Honda CR-V or the Mazda CX-5.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited models

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited comes in just one configuration. It's powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (200 horsepower, 207 pound-feet of torque) connected to a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional.

Standard equipment includes 16-inch steel wheels, a 40/20/40-split sliding and reclining back seat, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a driver information display, and a 6.3-inch touchscreen display.

Opting for the Premium package gets you keyless ignition and entry, cruise control, smartphone integration including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a cargo area cover. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are also optional.

Driving

The Volkswagen Tiguan Limited's turbocharged engine is plenty powerful for commuting and passing on a highway, and its six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and quickly. Handling is secure but not particularly athletic.

Comfort

The cabin stays quiet at highway speeds, and rough pavement is ably smoothed out by the Tiguan Limited's suspension. The front seats should be comfortable on long drives, too.

Interior

There is an abundance of headroom all around, but rear occupants will find their legs a little more pinched (especially with taller folks up front) than they would in most rivals. The reclining rear seat is certainly welcome. Its sliding functionality allows you to bring kids a little closer to the front or free up more cargo space.

Utility

Even with the seats slid forward, there's only 23.8 cubic feet available — an average-size competitor such as the Mazda CX-5 has a lot more. Putting the rear seats down yields only 56.1 cubic feet, making it one of the smallest compact crossovers. It's barely more capacious than subcompact SUVs such as the Jeep Renegade.

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited in Virginia is:

$60.83 per month*
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