CARS.COM — Volkswagen's smallest SUV was once one of the least competitive in the class, falling behind in drivetrain refinement, technology and fuel economy. For 2018, a redesign changes everything. The 2018 Tiguan is bigger, more fuel-efficient, and loaded with new safety and convenience technology.
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Outside, the Tiguan's styling is understated and mimics the larger three-row 2018 Atlas SUV with a clean, horizontal face and defined body creases. It grows this year and includes a standard third row on front-wheel-drive models (optional on all-wheel-drive versions) and more cargo room than the previous generation.
Inside, the look is again straightforward and minimalist, with more upscale materials and a clean design. On the tech front, Volkswagen's Digital Cockpit is an available reconfigurable instrument display that can show navigation information between the traditional speedometer and tachometer gauges. Another tech leap for the Tiguan is standard mobile integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
How does the new model compete against the slew of popular compact SUVs? We pitted the Tiguan against six other compact SUVs to determine which is the best compact SUV for 2017. Stay tuned for the results of our 2017 Compact SUV Challenge on Sept. 18 to find out. In the meantime, check out the gallery above.