2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

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of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan. Base trim shown.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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.

New for 2018

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 Androi...

Vehicle Overview

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.

New for 2018

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.

Safety

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


2018 Tiguan Video

The redesigned 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is about as different as you can get from its predecessor, which was a smallish compact crossover VW once billed as "the GTI of SUVs." The new Tiguan is big, and its family friendly - but is it as fun to drive?

Latest 2018 Tiguan Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

The best and nicest car I have ever owned.

by Crystal Buchanan from Kingsport tn on June 19, 2018

This car is amazing it has lots of room and lots of nice features. If you are looking for a nice suv you wont be goin wrong if you purchase this vehicle. Read full review

(5.0)

Best looking compact SUV

by Mike from sarasota on June 18, 2018

The vehicle looks sleek and german.. very audi/BMW like... I love the turbo engine especially in sport mode.. well built.. the touch screen is perfect in function and appearance.. 3 little items that ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan currently has 5 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
marginal

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
marginal

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    72 months / 72,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 72,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tiguan received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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