The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited lacks the bells and whistles of its more modern sibling, but it still comes at a tempting price point. If you love Volkswagen’s style but don’t need too much equipment, it might be just your speed.
What's New for 2018
The Tiguan Limited returns without significant changes for 2018.
Choosing Your Volkswagen Tiguan
The Tiguan Limited is Volkswagen’s designation for the the first-generation Tiguan, which was succeeded in 2017. The Limited provides fewer and less sophisticated features, but it’s substantially cheaper.
All Tiguans are powered by Volkswagen’s classic 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to the wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. The Tiguan Limited still allows a choice between either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
In fact, the drivetrain choice is the only “trim” designation VW provides on the aging Tiguan. After a $900 destination fee, the front-drive Tiguan Limited starts from $23,150, which is more than $2,000 cheaper than a modern Tiguan in the base S trim. The difference shows in elements like the Limited’s wheels, which are basic 16-inch steel units. Still, all models do come with a five-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a backup camera, and heated side mirrors. Otherwise, standard features are basic – single-zone climate control, cloth seats, and a basic sound system.
The all-wheel-drive Tiguan starts at $25,125, but it doesn’t add any standard features other than VW’s 4Motion drive system. Mileage doesn’t suffer too much: the EPA estimates 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined with all-wheel drive compared to 20/26/23 for FWD models.
A Premium Package adds back some creature comforts for a price of $1,295. Included are a 6.33-inch touchscreen with app compatibility, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless access and push-button start, a leather-wrapped shifter, roof rails, a USB port, and (thankfully) cruise control.
Regardless of whether you need all-wheel drive or not, we think it’s worth adding the Premium Package for the few extra features. Even after adding the package, the Limited is more than $1,000 cheaper than a Tiguan—a bargain for buyers who don’t need the latest and greatest.