Road Test: 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Highline

Road Test: 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Highline


Price: $41,395 (as tested)

Engine: 2.0L turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I4

Trans: 8-speed automatic with Tiptronic

Power: 184 hp@ 4,400 rpm

Torque: 221 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

Curb Weight: 4,043 lbs./ 1,834 kg

Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) 11.3/8.8


New for 2018: The Volkswagen Tiguan was completely redesigned for 2018 featuring a great new look, a larger interior, and a standard 3rd row of seating. Coming in at 10-in. longer than the outgoing model, the 2018 version utilizes a new platform that is also found in the vehicle’s such as the Golf and Atlas, with the latter also offering many of its styling cues for the new Tiguan.

Segment Competitors: Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Equinox, Jeep Cherokee, Toyota Rav4, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Mitsubishi Outlander,

The Skinny: The Tiguan was definitely due to undergo some major changes as it has remained relatively unchanged since it’s introduction back in 2007, save for a facelift in 2011. The new look of the Tiguan is very reminiscent of the recently introduced Atlas, and we could not mean that in a more positive way. Longer, larger and overall better looking than its predecessor, the new Tiguan carries over the comfortable ride and top-class interior and should make a sizeable splash in its segment.

Pros: Loved the new look both inside and out. Offers one of the most luxurious interiors in its class and provides a fun driving experience not found in some of its competitors.

Cons: Good luck getting a full-sized adult in the 3rd row, albeit that was obviously not who it was designed for.

The Verdict: It seems we say this often, but the Tiguan is truly a part of one of the most currently competitive segments in the entire automotive industry here in North America and was definitely due for a redesign. With an overall larger size, adequate fuel economy and performance, and a great new look, we would be very surprised if VW haven’t swayed some buyers there way.

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