2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

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Key specs

Base trim shown


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Seating capacity

185.1” x 66.3”


Front-wheel drive



4 trims

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan review: Our expert's take

It's been a long time coming, but a redesigned 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan has landed in the U.S. at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Volkswagen Tiguan compact SUV is overdue for a freshening and it arrives in a big way. Bigger, in fact, than the European version that's already on sale. The U.S.-market Tiguan comes with an extended wheelbase compared with the overseas version and the extra length makes room for an available third row.

The 2018 version measures 185.2 inches long, 10.7 inches longer than the outgoing Tiguan. It's similar in size to the Nissan Rogue (184.5 inches) and Kia Sorento (187.4 inches) and they also have available third rows. Volkswagen maintains there's a little edge built into the Tiguan with a 26-degree approach angle for off-roading.

The Tiguan’s interior design is nearly identical to the GTE Active Concept and the European Tiguan. The extra wheelbase and length are good for up to 57 percent more cargo room than the current model. The second row slides fore/aft 7 inches and folds in a 40/20/40 split. Third-row seating is standard on front-wheel-drive models and optional on all-wheel-drive versions.

Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit is an available reconfigurable instrument display that can show navigation information between the traditional speedometer and tachometer gauges. Keeping up with the technology theme is standard mobile integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which mirror navigation, phone and streaming music to the VW’s multimedia display. Optional equipment includes heated front seats, heated steering wheel, foot-activated power tailgate and panoramic sunroof.

Under the Hood

Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 184 horsepower and 221 pounds-feet of torque, which pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and Volkswagen’s 4Motion with Active Control all-wheel drive with four driver-selectable modes for on- and off-road driving is optional.


The 2018 Tiguan takes its safety content up a notch with the addition of an available forward collision warning system with automatic braking, a popular feature that the Tiguan has been lacking. Other optional safety features are a blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and an automatic post-collision braking system that automatically brakes after a collision

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Not at all what I expected

I have a 2018 vw tiguan 4 motion SEL 90,000 Kms -stored during summer - have had so much trouble with it . I’m ready to ditch it . Engine light on -they found all kinds of issues with thermostat housing leaking coolant and the coil spring broken along with ball joint . Then there’s the control arm bushings that are separated and need replacing . All this happened since my last visit 3 months ago ;( My recommendation: do not buy this version . It’s sad because I waited for the new version of the Tiguan before buying . Guess I should have waited a little longer 🙁


Love this car!!

I love my Tiguan. I have seen some complaints about the seats not being comfortable, However, I find mine to be vastly more comfortable then other cars I have been in. I have the SEL Premium so that may have something to do with it. That being said, The car is beautiful and all of my friends just love it many saying they wish they had a car like mine. Three of them are currently looking at getting a Volkswagen as their next car. Overall, it rides nice, has great features at a price point that could not be beat, and the car does pretty well on mileage in my opinion. I still walkout and see my car and think "wow that is a great looking car." The only issue I have is a pretty trivial one, the sports mode which has a fantastic "zip" uses a bit too much gas. I would buy this car over and over again. I love it I also have never had a problem on any of my trips to and from NY and Florida


Looks nice, not reliable

Had a 2018 Tiguan SE for 7 years, was a great car for the first 5 though its acceleration was weak and it sometimes felt jumpy in the highway, even with new engine coils and spark plugs. In addition to regular maintenance, I would always take it in for a tune up before roadtrips and got any necessary maintenance required. With less than $70k miles on it, during a roadtrip the engine lost the ability to accelerate while on the interstate, after $1,000 in repairs plus a hotel and a delayed trip, it did it again at 74k miles, leaving me stranded in a different state again. That cost me $900 of repairs, a rental, and 3 days of missed family time. This car is unreliable and I would. It recommend it. The interior and body were great, loved the pano sunroof.

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Based on the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
New car program benefits
72 months/72,000 miles
84 months/100,000 miles
72 months/72,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2016-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
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