2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited SUV

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited
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$22,250 - $24,225
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited
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What’s new

  • Fully redesigned with more room and a third row
  • More fuel-efficient than last year
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Part of the second Tiguan generation introduced for 2018

Pros

  • Lots of space for passengers and cargo
  • Third-row seating can be useful in a pinch
  • Now offers comprehensive driver safety features
  • Revised tech interface is sharp, intuitive and quick to respond

Cons

  • Still ranks low in fuel economy, despite revised engine
  • Optional larger wheels make for a bumpy ride
Volkswagen Tiguan Limited years
2018


Which Tiguan Limited does Edmunds recommend?

The base Tiguan S is a great value, with standard three-row seating (optional with all-wheel drive), a rearview camera and roof rails for weekend adventurers. But if you can stretch your budget, the SE is a smart buy. Upgrades includes keyless entry and ignition, simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats and a larger touchscreen tech interface. The SEL and SEL Premium offer a few more amenities, but we think the SE will hit the sweet spot for most buyers.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

With the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, it looks like the German automaker is finally ready to offer a small crossover SUV that many Americans will want. Though entertaining to drive, the previous generation Tiguan fell short of the competition because of its small cargo space, mediocre fuel economy and, more recently, a lack of now common driver safety aids such as blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning. The Tiguan's premium price didn't help its case either.

For 2018, however, the Tiguan is thoroughly overhauled. It rides atop a new platform that underpins Volkswagen models ranging from the compact Golf hatchback to the new three-row Atlas SUV. This Tiguan even shares its new muscular shape and style with the Atlas. It's also 10 inches longer than its predecessor, which VW uses for more cargo space, more legroom, and an optional third-row seat that's small but handy if you need to cart around a couple of extra kids.

Some of the Tiguan's traditional strengths carry over, including a quiet and comfortable ride, top-notch cabin materials, and a user-friendly tech interface that's now even easier and quicker to use. These upscale touches no longer exact a price premium either.

Overall, we think the new Tiguan is worth a look alongside other roomy small crossovers such as the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue. 

Notably, we picked the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan as one of Edmunds' Best Small SUVs for this year.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan comes in five trim levels: Limited, S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium.

All 2018 Tiguans are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Note that the engine's power varies slightly depending on the trim level you pick, as detailed below. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

The Limited (it's the base trim, so the name is somewhat misleading) has an engine with 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. That engine is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard features for the Limited include 16-inch wheels, black cloth upholstery, a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a 5-inch touchscreen display, and an audio system with radio, CD player and SD card reader.

The next step up is the Tiguan S. This Tiguan, as well as all other remaining trims, has a slightly different four-cylinder engine that makes 184 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration should be very similar compared to the Limited, but the 184-hp engine is more fuel-efficient. It's also connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Additional S features include 17-inch wheels, roof rails, heated side mirrors, automatic headlights, adaptive foglights, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, a USB port, a six-speaker sound system and VW's Car-Net App Connect, which controls select smartphone apps from the touchscreen and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

The optional Driver Assistance package adds forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

The SE includes those Driver Assistance features, plus heated washer nozzles, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control, simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8-inch touchscreen, satellite and HD radio, voice commands, two extra USB ports and the Car-Net Security & Service (remote access to the vehicle through a smartphone app, automatic crash notification, and monitoring services for young drivers). A panoramic sunroof is optional on the SE.

The SEL comes standard with the sunroof and adds 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, remote start, adaptive cruise control, navigation and Car-Net Guide & Inform (displays real-time traffic, weather and nearby fuel prices).

Finally, the SEL Premium adds adaptive LED headlights, automatic wipers, a hands-free liftgate, a digital gauge cluster, leather upholstery, a nine-speaker premium Fender sound system, and extra driver assistance features including a top-down parking camera system, lane departure warning and intervention, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic high-beam control.

The R-Line package offered on SEL and SEL Premium trims includes larger wheels (19-inch for SEL, 20-inch for SEL Premium), sportier exterior styling elements and, for the SEL, front and rear parking sensors.

Driving

More a quiet, comfortable cruiser than a sporty curve machine, the Tiguan features a punchy turbo four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed transmission. The engine lags from a standstill, however, and overall fuel economy is not especially impressive compared to that of competitors.

Acceleration

The Tiguan's turbocharged engine feels punchy when you put your foot down at speed.

Braking

It feels more buttoned-down than some other small crossover SUVs, but it's still shy of being a sporty driving experience.

Drivability

We're not fond of how the Tiguan reacts slowly when you take your foot off the brake pedal and go for the gas. The delay is pronounced enough that you'll need to look for larger gaps in traffic when making turns into oncoming traffic.

Off-road

Optional all-wheel drive and 7.9 inches of ground clearance should give the Tiguan enough capability to handle moderate bumps and ruts en route to trailhead, campsite or kayak launch. Automatic hill descent control and a customizable off-road mode come with all-wheel-drive models.

Comfort

A quiet, comfortable ride remains one of the Tiguan's strengths. The front seats should be comfortable on long drives.

Seat comfort

The cloth upholstery is more durable than it is comfortable, but cushioning remained supportive on an hourlong drive. Simulated leather is available in middle two trims; real leather is reserved for the top trim. The latter is more attractive and luxurious but doesn't breathe as well on a hot day.

Ride comfort

You'll likely enjoy the quiet, comfortable ride for your daily commute. We recommend against larger wheels since the 19-inch wheels on SEL Premium test car produced a sharp, heavy impact when running over sunken manhole covers. The 17-inch wheels on the base model proved much more forgiving.

Interior

The classy interior that looks and feels solid and well-built — another traditional Tiguan strength — remains intact. Design and parts influenced by (and perhaps borrowed from) the Atlas SUV give the Tiguan a much-needed style update.

Utility

The Tiguan's ultimate utility depends on whether you opt for a third-row seat. The three-row Tiguan offers less cargo space overall, but it still measures up well to the rest of the field. The standard roof rails give a head start for outdoor adventure seekers and their gear.

Technology

The 2018 Tiguan comes with VW's latest infotainment and safety systems. Overall, it's an appealing mix of features.

Audio & navigation

A revised tech interface is a key highlight on new Tiguan. The base S trim gets a 6.5-inch touchscreen; others get an 8-inch display. The interface is similar to earlier models, but the system has quicker responses. The top trim gets a nine-speaker Fender premium audio system.

Smartphone integration

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink come standard. Certain functions, such as remote door locking and unlocking, can be controlled via the VW smartphone app.

Driver aids

Glaringly absent from earlier models, the new Tiguan offers a comprehensive list of driver aids. Essential features (blind-spot monitoring, auto emergency braking) are optional on the base trim and standard for everything else. You can get more safety features on the upper trims.

Consumer reviews

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

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

The Little Crossover that Can (Nearly)
Jaeson Welch,08/28/2018
I selected this model because I wanted a small vehicle that could still handle well in all weather conditions and offered a modest towing capacity. So far, the Tiguan Limited has been the perfect fit within my price range. Note that I haven't owned the car long enough to know much about its reliability and long-term performance. I can say some things about it, from my first month of ownership: The best thing is having extra power when I need it (with the sports-boost mode, I no longer fear merging or matching traffic speeds). The crossover size fits nicely in my garage and provides ample storage for my small family. Although the car is not as stylish as other small SUVs, I managed to get mine in blue (very rare for the Limited), and that's given it a bit more charm. My biggest complaints are the seats and the air conditioning -- mine has the cloth interior and it's very scratchy. Also, the seats may not be comfortable for people under a certain height. The problem with the AC is the vents have almost no pivot range. It's practically impossible to get airflow where you want it.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$22,250
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 5100 rpm
MSRP
$24,225
MPG
19 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 5100 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Tiguan Limited safety features:

Forward Collision Warning
Warns driver if a frontal collision, including with pedestrians, seems imminent. If necessary, can apply automatic emergency braking.
Blind-Spot Monitor
Uses rear radar sensors to warn driver of vehicles in adjacent lanes. Also illuminates icon in side mirror when a vehicle enters blind spot.
Lane Assist
Warns driver with flashing LED of vehicles in blind spot. Can also apply countersteering to nudge vehicle back into its lane.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall3 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover18.5%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Marginal
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

Volkswagen Tiguan Limited vs. the competition

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V

Volkswagen Tiguan Limited vs. Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V has been one of the front-runners in this segment for years, and it's easy to see why. Redesigned for 2017, the CR-V boasts a roomy interior and an outstanding blend of comfort and performance. Fuel economy from either CR-V engine is substantially better than the Tiguan's. However, the CR-V can't be ordered with a third row, and its base engine is less powerful than the Tiguan's.

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Volkswagen Tiguan Limited vs. Mazda CX-5

Also redesigned in 2017, the Mazda CX-5 boasts engaging handling abilities that make it more fun to drive than most crossovers. But this SUV isn't all about zipping around turns — indeed, it has one of the most luxurious cabins in the class. On the downside, the CX-5 is a little slow to accelerate, it can't quite match the cushy ride quality of rivals, and there's no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connectivity (yet).

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Volkswagen Tiguan Limited vs. Volkswagen Atlas

Although the Tiguan offers a third row, that third row is short on legroom and is really only suitable for children. If you need true seating for six or seven, the Volkswagen Atlas is the way to go. Unlike many three-row crossover SUVs, the Atlas can easily seat a couple of adults in its third row. Cargo space is phenomenal, too. However, the Atlas is more expensive than its smaller sibling, and most Atlas trim levels are powered by a thirstier V6 engine.

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More about the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited

It's been a long time coming — the redesign for the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, that is. Introduced in 2009, the Tiguan carried over largely unchanged every year while most of its major competitors went through at least one full redesign in that same period. But now that the new Tiguan is here, it's clear that VW intends to play hard in the competitive small crossover class.

The new Tiguan's changes are most apparent in the muscular exterior styling with design elements borrowed from Volkswagen's larger Atlas SUV. Ten inches longer in overall length than the previous-generation Tiguan, the new model presents an almost wagonlike profile, combined with the high-riding crossover stance. The additional length — the result of switching to a new global platform that underpins everything from the Golf hatchback to the Atlas — helps solve complaints about tight rear legroom and cargo space that plagued the outgoing model. It also allows for a third row of seating.

You can get the Tiguan without the third row, but you'll have to get an all-wheel-drive model to do it. Volkswagen may be making an assumption that those who desire all-wheel drive are likely to be outdoor enthusiasts who prize cargo utility over seating arrangements. To that end, a two-row Tiguan offers a healthy 73.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. Get the three-row and that shrinks to 65.7 cubic feet, still a respectable amount of space for a crossover in this price range. 

The Tiguan uses an updated version of its long-serving 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, but now it pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission rather than an outdated six-speed. The new powertrain combination returns 24 mpg combined, which is just average given the fuel economy of some competitors. (The new Chevrolet Equinox, for example, offers several engine choices and up to 32 mpg combined.)

One of the biggest changes, however, is that the new Tiguan finally offers a full suite of driver assistance technologies. The previous generation offered almost none of the now common driver safety aids buyers have come to expect, including blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. The new Tiguan offers those and several more, either as standard or optional features.

The new Tiguan still has many of the previous model's traditional strengths, including a quiet and comfortable ride, top-notch cabin materials, and a user-friendly tech interface that's now even easier and faster. But you'll also like that the Tiguan no longer commands the price premium it once did. Previous versions were priced higher than many competitors, without obvious merit beyond a more upscale interior.

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