2018 Volkswagen Tiguan review

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Volkswagen Tiguan highlights

Customer rating


  • Spacious interior
  • Optional third row
  • Easy-to-use multimedia interface


  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Trails competitors in EPA-estimated fuel economy

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 27 highway, 23 combined

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan marks the start of its second generation

2018 is a year of many changes for the Tiguan, Volkswagen's compact SUV. A complete redesign gives it styling inspired by the larger Atlas SUV. Inside, you'll find the Tiguan has premium-feeling materials, easy-to-use technology, and plenty of space for passengers and cargo. It also offers an optional third-row seat that boosts seating capacity to seven. The third row is small but useful if you have smaller children to carry. To avoid confusion as you shop for a 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, note that the company offered a 2018 Tiguan Limited, which was a special version of the first-generation model sold at a discount. If you prefer the compact size and styling of the first generation, go with the Tiguan Limited. If you want the latest tech and more cargo space, stick with the second-generation Tiguan.

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What is new for the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan?

  • The Tiguan is available in a variety of new trims, including the SE and SEL Premium.
  • The Sport and Wolfsburg Edition trims have been discontinued for 2018.
  • Tiguan trims have been upgraded with Third Row Seat, Cloth Seats, Fold-Away Third Row, Blind Spot Monitor, Automated Cruise Control, Remote Start, Heated Steering Wheel, Parking Sensors, Lane Departure Warning, and Power Hatch/Deck Lid as standard equipment this year.
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The SEL trim now comes with Leatherette Seats as standard equipment.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan trims

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  • Adds leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, emergency braking, eight-inch display screen, and three USB ports.

  • View all Volkswagen Tiguan SEs in stock


  • Adds adaptive cruise control, remote opening liftgate, and available remote start. Remote start functionality may require the purchase of a subscription plan and/or a compatible device like a smartphone. See the owner's manual or manufacturer website for more information.

  • View all Volkswagen Tiguan SELs in stock

SEL Premium

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

1. Seating for seven

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Finding a small SUV that fits more than five passengers can be tricky, but the Tiguan comes standard with a third row and seats seven. All front-wheel-drive 2018 Tiguans have seven seats, but on all-wheel-drive models, the third-row pop-up seats are an available option. Choosing a seven-seat Tiguan gives you more flexibility to drive your friends and family than you would find in comparably sized SUVs.

2. Simple tech connectivity

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The Tiguan makes it easy to listen to your favorite music or podcasts on the road by connecting seamlessly with your devices. The 2018 Tiguan comes standard with Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto capability. These connect with the Tiguan's six-speaker audio system or the premium audio system that's standard on the SEL Premium trim. All 2018 Tiguans have USB charging ports—you'll find one on the base trim, and three on higher trims.

3. Plenty of driver-assistance features

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These days, technology can help you reach your destination. The Tiguan makes the most of the latest tech, with a suite of driver aids including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic braking. These are standard on all but the base trim; at that level, you'll need a Tiguan with the driver-assistance package to get these features. The highest trim, SEL Premium, comes with additional driver aids like adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist.

4. Room for all your toys

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Whether you're having fun with a jet ski or getting chores done with a yard trailer, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is up for the job. All trim levels of the 2018 Tiguan come standard with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which can tow an estimated 1,500 lbs, when properly equipped.

The Tiguan also comes standard with roof rails, which supplement the interior cargo space. With that capability, you'll never have to leave your toys behind.

5. Available All-Wheel Drive

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The 2018 Tiguan offers available all-wheel drive at every trim level—perfect if you live in a snowy climate or just like to get off-road whenever possible. All trims offer Volkswagen's 4Motion® all-wheel-drive system, which is designed to provide great stability and control no matter where you're driving.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is a luxury car that customers love. They like the smooth ride, the luxurious interior, and the sporty exterior. The car is also good for around town and perfect for a little getaway.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Volkswagen Tiguan an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Volkswagen Tiguan 27th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Volkswagen Tiguan features and specs

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Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Cloth Seats
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 40.2"/M 36.5"/R 27.9"

Head room

F 39.6"/M 39.1"/R 33.8"

Front tires


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More about the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

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  • Cardinal Red Metallic

  • Dark Moss Green Metallic

  • Deep Black Pearl

  • Habanero Orange Metallic

  • Platinum Gray Metallic

  • Pure White

  • Silk Blue Metallic

  • White Silver Metallic


  • Golden Oak and Black

  • Saffrano Orange and Black

  • Storm Gray

  • Titan Gray

Interior details

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan comes standard with seating for seven. This SUV has a middle bench, and two pop-up seats in the third row. All-wheel-drive models come with five seats, although the third row is an available option. The base level of the Tiguan comes with cloth seating, while the SE trim offers leatherette upholstery, heated seats, and blind-spot monitoring. That trim also has three USB ports, including one in the back seat. The Premium SEL trim offers the most upscale finishes, including leather seats and a heated steering wheel.

Child seat details

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan has LATCH anchors in the outboard seats of the middle row. All three seats in the middle row have car seat tethers and headrests, so they can all be used to install car seats with seat belts. The third-row seats do not have car seat tethers. Although technically three car seats could be installed in the third row, it may be difficult to get them all to fit.


All trims of the Volkswagen Tiguan come with a 184-hp, 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine. The Tiguan can travel from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph (according to the manufacturer, when new). The 2018 Tiguan gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, and 23 mpg combined with all-wheel drive.

The 2018 Tiguan also comes standard with independent suspension and an eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® and Sport modes.

Year comparisons

2009-2017 Volkswagen Tiguan (First Generation)

The first generation of the Volkswagen Tiguan had seating for five and did not offer the option for a third row. The vehicle was was smaller overall—built more like a crossover. It was 174.5 inches long, with 23.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. The first-generation Tiguan had a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine that produced 200 horsepower. The 2017 model came standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity.

2018-Present Volkswagen Tiguan (Second Generation)

The second generation of the Volkswagen Tiguan comes standard with seating for seven, though all-wheel-drive models come standard with seating for five. The second-generation Tiguan is about 10 inches longer than the previous generation and has additional cargo space. This generation introduces driver-assistance features, which are available on every trim level and standard on all but the base trim.

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