Volkswagen announces that its brand new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan has been specially designed to meet the needs of the North American customers, it’s the kind of thing that can make its Spidey pictement feel. The compact crossover segment is incredibly competitive and the second generation Tiguan is lagging behind. Having a non-luxury European manufacturer mixing it with the popular Asian and American brands offers consumers another alternative.
The renewed SUV push is now underway to try to compensate for the lost time, starting with the three-row Atlas and continuing with the second-generation Tiguan considerably larger than its Euro-centric predecessor. The new larger Tig is one of the biggest entries in the compact-crossover segment, with its 185.1-inch length exceeding the old Tiguan’s by almost a whole foot and eclipsing.
If the new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is not as fun as before, it is at least much more mature in its aesthetics. Its nicely pleated, square appearance is among the most agreeable designs of its class. The interior also rises towards the upper end of the segment: the dashboard looks and feels high-end, with clearly organized HVAC and audio controls and a large 8.0-inch touch screen with a crisp appearance in all trim except the S base that gets a 6.5 inch screen. The leather upholstery found in the SE and SEL models is convincing, while the first Premium SEL gets real leathers and a configurable, high-tech digital gauge cluster that is not far from Audi’s virtual cockpit system. The availability of active safety features is not as widespread as in the CR-V, but VW offers direct collision warnings and blind controls as standard on the SE models and above (and optional on the S).
This increase in height means an increase in weight. Two-wheel models include over 300 pounds compared to the outbound model and four-wheel-drive variants earn more than 200 pounds. The 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, the only option in the 2018 Tiguan, provides 184 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, a 16-bhp decrease but a 14-pound lump. The engine is mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission that powers the front wheels, and models with all-wheel drive are secured to the rear wheels whenever necessary.
While the Tiguan S base has an attractive base price of $ 26,245, less than a three-row Rogue, better-equipped finishing levels can be expensive, especially when you add $ 1,300 to 4Motion. The normally-equipped SE model operates for $ 31,280 with four-wheel drive and two rows of seats; This is probably the best value.