Redesigned for the 2018 model year, the Volkwagen Tiguan jumps on the market with distinct exterior accents, competitive performance, ample interior comforts, and top-notch safety features. While the MSRP and trim levels have yet to be confirmed, there’s still plenty we do know about this quality compact SUV. For an in-depth look, here’s a guide to the all-new 2018 VW Tiguan.
Compared to its European equivalent, the new Tiguan enters the U.S. market with a body that’s 10.7 inches longer and a wheelbase that’s 4.4 inches larger. In addition, it comes standard with LED taillights, 17-inch alloy wheels, and chrome bars in the grille. It also offers 19-inch wheels as an available upgrade.
Even though the 2018 Tiguan features just one engine option, it certainly doesn’t lack in performance. Under the hood sits a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder direct-injection engine that pairs nicely with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Both components allow this vehicle to output a respectable 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque.
You can boost performance with a few optional upgrades as well. An automatic stop/start system features fuel-boosting technology to extend your driving potential, while a 4MOTION all-wheel-drive powertrain with Active Control technology transfers torque between the front and rear wheels when necessary to help you tackle low-traction surfaces with ease.
The 2018 VW Tiguan is a spacious SUV that’s more than capable of meeting all your cargo needs. In fact, it offers an astounding 57 percent more cargo storage than its European counterpart. It also has plenty of room to accommodate your family and friends. The second-row seat slides forward and backward seven inches, and the available third row bumps up the seating capacity from five to seven passengers.
Other notable amenities include heated front seats with leather surfaces, a heated multi-function steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, black soft-touch materials, and metal and carbon-fiber accents. Available features include a hands-free Easy Open rear liftgate and panoramic sunroof for taking in the gorgeous skies.
Additionally, there are several tech-based systems designed to keep everyone entertained on the road. These include an 8-inch infotainment screen conveniently located on the dashboard, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a Fender premium audio system.
The Tiguan doesn’t stop there; it also boasts an optional 12.3-inch digital information cockpit display with Classic, Off-Road, Driver Assistance, and Navigation modes so you can easily track your vehicle’s performance and location.
Advanced Safety Features
The 2018 Tiguan really does make a statement in terms of safety and security. It features a standard rearview camera to help you drive with peace of mind while reducing the chances of colliding with unseen obstructions. However, it seems that the top features to look out for are those available as upgrades.
These include advanced systems such as forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and automatic post-collision braking. We round out this section with pedestrian monitoring, which uses a radar sensor, visual and audible warnings, and applied braking to keep you and others safe on the road.
With so much on offer, the 2018 VW Tiguan is a well-crafted SUV worth checking out.