2018 Volkswagen Tiguan – Review and Road Test

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan – Review and Road Test


are you in the market for a compact SUV
does the word Teutonic leave you giddy instead of confused then maybe you need
to add the second generation Volkswagen Tiguan
to your consideration list it’s back there bigger than the original Tiguan
the second generation Tiguan has grown in size to better compete with the
expanding dimensions of the compact SUV segment and before I forget you can
still buy the smaller cheaper and less sophisticated previous generation Tiguan
now dubbed the Tiguan limited don’t get that Tiguan confused with this Tiguan
anyway a larger Tiguan means a roomier interior explore the rest of the cabin
and you’ll find comfortable seats a tasteful layout and a wealth of soft
high-quality materials if you dig a squishy – you’ll love the VW tiguan in
defiance of compact SUV convention the Tiguan comes with a standard third row
seat that for some reason costs $500 extra on all wheel drive models to
illustrate the third rows coziness here’s footage from the Detroit Auto
Show do I look happy lesson learned use the v-dubs third row
for children and only when this S&E demands it I’ve come too far in life to
die in the back of the Tiguan when not hauling displeased car
reviewers the rear quarters can carry a healthy 33 cubic feet of gear with a
third row stowed and an even healthier 37.6 cubic feet in to roti guan’s
speaking of the second row it slides reclines and offers 40/20/40 split
folding abilities for maximum human cargo flexibility convenient seat
releases make drop in the second row a cinch
while the wide rear cargo opening can be enhanced with some nifty options we’ve
seen tailgates before that open with the wave of a foot but Volkswagens done
something clever you’ve got your arms filled with heavy stuff you push a
button and then when you walk away the car will sense when the key has left and
it’ll automatically close the tailgate that one doesn’t have it before moving
on there are a few more interior details worth noting in cruise mode I like to
keep my hands at 8 and 4 and risk my arms on the armrest in the Volkswagen
Tiguan there’s literally no seat and steering wheel position where that is
possible and before you ask the armrest is not height adjustable so I guess it’s
back to 9 and 3 or even better wrists draped gently across the top command
seating command steering there’s also no latch on the center console though now
that I think about it yeah I guess a latch isn’t necessary
elsewhere the door panel bottle holders are huge so keep piling on those drinks
and handy storage spots on the dash and by the driver’s knee meaning your phone
and that role of medical tape you used to tape microphones to your chest will
always have somewhere to live and that last one might only apply to me moving
on many of the Tiguan finest attributes are
revealed once it’s in motion with light responsive steering and the
quiet cabin Volkswagen Tiguan is a good choice for long distance travels yes
there might be softer sprung SUVs but Volkswagens compact rides in a refined
and comfortable fashion despite being nearly 10 inches longer than the
previous Tiguan this Tiguan is still fairly easy to park thanks to a
reasonably tight turning circle and good visibility in all directions and a
complete absence of parking spots with which to demonstrate my point ah here we
go if you spring for the optional 360 camera and optional front rear parking
sensors this whole thing is even easier but this car doesn’t have it so watch we
back off a cliff or hey why don’t I just explode overcoming the Tiguan fairly
hefty curb weight is a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that
provides reasonable thrust but floor from a standstill and you’ll experience
some momentary lag while the turbo spool up that might seem nitpicky but in
situations like this where you have to cross a road or maybe you can’t see if
other cars are coming and you want to quickly blast through the danger zone
that instantaneous power is critical Mike I’ve got an idea for a song it
doesn’t rhyme the I don’t care danger town crédit send it to the label in normal
driving the engines turbocharged nature reveals itself through occasionally
surging throttle response while the 8-speed automatic is not the most
transparent transmission we’ve experienced but it works well enough the
powertrain also includes a standard and largely
inoffensive automatic engine start/stop system but note when the engine shuts
off of a stop light the AC compressor shuts down as well for that end DW
deserves a hearty high-five for including an off button even with an
automatic engine start/stop system fatigue wants combined EPA rating of 24
mpg is low for the category 4 perspective Honda CRVs aside from the
base trim are rated at 30 mpg combined if you need all-wheel drive BWS 4motion
all-wheel drive system is available for $1,300 the Volkswagen Tiguan has its
positives but price is not one of them a base Tiguan S trim equipped with apple
carplay and android auto rear seat vents Bluetooth a backup camera and an
exceptionally strong 60 or 70 mm Mile fully transferable warranty starts a
hair above $26,000 including destination charges placing its entry price above
competitors like the fun and lovely Mazda cx-5 be well rounded Honda CRV the
technology-rich Chevrolet Equinox the roomy Toyota rav4 and the Nissan Rogue
which like the Tiguan can be had with a third row seat select a more expensive
Tiguan and you can enjoy keyless access with push-button start an eight-inch
infotainment system replacing the pace 6.5 inch unit power seats leatherette or
genuine leather replacing the base cars cloth seats adaptive cruise control with
stop and go functionality front and rear parking sensors and a 12-point three
inch customizable digital instrument panel that can put navigation info right
in front of your face well kind of blow your face but you get the picture
as with most modern SUVs active safety aides are also available including blind
spot monitoring forward collision warning with pedestrian detection
automatic braking and a lane departure warning system that would be more
helpful if it also steered you back into your lane select an utterly loaded
premium trim with all-wheel-drive and the fancy
looking Arline package and you can expect an MSRP a touch higher than
$40,000 examine the competitive field and you’ll find more efficient less
expensive and more practical SUVs many of which boasts superior resale values
but if you want a handsome SUV with an amazing warranty satisfying road manners
and occasional use third row and a dusting of German heritage and you don’t
mind paying for the privilege the Volkswagen Tiguan is worth the spin you

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