Surya Solanki
Automotive Editor - August 15, 2017

Expert Rating

3.5 (Good)
22 City / 27 Highway

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan OVERVIEW

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan grows up in its second generation, giving buyers access to a third row of seats while maintaining the smaller, more nimble character of a compact crossover SUV.

What's New for 2018

The Volkswagen Tiguan is completely redesigned for 2018.

Choosing Your Volkswagen Tiguan

The Tiguan is only available with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that generates 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but 4Motion all-wheel drive is available across the line for an additional $1,300. Front-wheel-drive models return 22 miles per gallon in city driving, 27 on the highway, and 24 mpg combined. Models with all-wheel drive return an economy of 21 mpg in city driving, 27 on the highway and 23 mpg combined.

The Tiguan adds a third row of seats for 2018 – it's standard on all front-wheel-drive models, but is (bizarrely) a $500 option on all-wheel-drive models.

The Tiguan is available in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium.


This $26,245 (including a $900 destination charge) variant is the entry-level trim but comes well-equipped. There are LED running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels and a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen system. Cloth upholstery is standard. Among the options, you should opt for the Driver Assistance Package – it adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection.


The SE trim, priced at $29,980 adds an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a 10-way power adjustable driver seat, leatherette upholstery, and keyless entry to the Tiguan S' roster of standard equipment. The Driver Assistance Package is standard, although customers can add a $1,200 panoramic sunroof. The standard 17-inch wheels can also be replaced with a different style in the same size for no charge.


The SEL variant starts at $33,450. In addition to the elements on the lower trims, the SEL trim gets an upgraded eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 18-inch wheels, and adaptive cruise control. The panoramic sunroof is standard. An optional R-Line Package is a late availability item for SEL and SEL Premium models and (as of this writing) hasn't been priced yet. In the SEL trim, this pack includes 19-inch wheels, cosmetic tweaks to the bumpers and side-skirts, stainless steel pedals, and automatic parking assistance.

SEL Premium

The range-topping SEL Premium demands $35,150. The headlining feature is Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, although owners should appreciate the LED headlamps, leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, a memory function for the driver's seat,, automatic parking assistance, and interior ambient lighting. The R-Line Package gets 20-inch rollers instead of the SEL's 19-inch alloys, although it's otherwise unchanged.

CarsDirect Tip

Unless you're very crunched for funds, there's next to no reason to buy a Tiguan S over the pricier Tiguan SE. While the latter adds $3,735 to the price, that's a bargain for all the standard safety and comfort equipment the SE adds. Also, unless your brood includes smaller children, pass on the third-row – it's only suitable for regular use by younger kids.

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