Volkswagen has certainly had their ups and downs in recent years. However, their current approach of making larger, more comfortable vehicles; and then selling them to Americans at attractive prices, is a real crowd pleaser. That formula is now being tested on their all-new compact utility, the 2018 Tiguan.
The first thing you notice about the second generation Tiguan is how overly roomy it is inside.It may still be considered a compact crossover, but the feel is far more midsize.
The new Tiguan still looks a little like the original, but VW’s modern, angular theme is much more evident. The very long rear doors not only speak to all the space inside, but indicate the Tiguan now rides on a stretched wheelbase version of VW’s flexible MQB platform. It’s more than 10-inches longer overall than before.
The interior is not only roomy, but well put together, and feature packed. Our test SE trimmed model was just one step up from base trim, yet includes an 8-inch touchscreen, push button start, dual zone automatic climate control, plus a host of safety features.
It’s in the 2nd row that you experience all that extra space the most.Legroom is equal to many midsize entries, and seats back here are very cozy as well.A much cozier 3rd row is standard in front-wheel drive Tiguans, but optional with all-wheel drive. Folding the second and third row generates a mostly flat load floor. A very light rear hatch lifts almost on its own, with power assist fitted to upper trim levels.
Motive power comes from a revised 2.0-liter turbo I4 with standard automatic stop/start. Horsepower is rated at 184, and torque at 221 lb-ft. As you might guess, this is no rocket. However, the Tiguan handles great for its class with quick steering and a nimble chassis.
For all of our impressions of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, be sure to catch MotorWeek episode #3741 that begins airing June 15, 2018. For a listing of the public television stations that broadcast MotorWeek, go to motorweek.org and click the “About The Show” tab at the top. MotorWeek is also seen Tuesday evenings on the Velocity cable network.
With the new Tiguan, and the larger Atlas, Volkswagen is clearly pulling out all the stops to gain U.S. market share.
The cosmetics may be unremarkable; but the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is a comfy, competent handling, well thought out American-style crossover.