2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium: All New Inside and Out

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | 6:35 PM

2018TiguanSELPremium475It’s been a while since the Volkswagen Tiguan has seen any changes (it received a refresh in 2011), but for 2018 it debuted with a whole new look. A longer wheelbase means it has extra room for a third row seat. Being wider, means more elbow room, extra length means more legroom and greater cargo space. With the greater space comes greater weight and the turbocharged engine strains a little when accelerating from a dead stop.

2018TiguanSELPremiumintThe Tiguan is a crossover and is available in four trims: S, SE, SEL, and SEL with Premium package, this review will focus on the SEL with Premium package.

The top of the line SEL with Premium package features a panoramic sunroof, 480-watt Fender sound system, 20 inch wheels, power liftgate, front and rear heated leather seats, heated steering wheel, and a special 12.3 inch digital dash. This is in addition to LED taillights, LED daytime running lights, start/stop engine (thank goodness this can be turned off with a push of a button), rear view camera, roof rails, and automatic post-collision braking. Third row seating is standard on all front-wheel drive models.

A four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter engine powers the Tiguan. It produces 184 horses and 221 lb-ft of torque. This is a decrease of 16 horses but a bump in torque of 14 lb-ft over last year’s model. Expect to get 22/city, 27/highway, and 24/combined mpg.

The interior of the Tiguan benefits from Volkswagen’s Euorpean styling with leather seats, and soft touch materials throughout. Seating and legroom is plentiful in the front and second-row due to the additional length and width of the vehicle, but as with most crossovers the third row seats should be used only by children or short jaunts. It’s pretty cramped back there.

2018TiguanSELPremiumrearThe fully digital cockpit is great with its 12.3-inch digital display and navigation. An 8-inch touchscreen operates the audio features and other controls and is easy to use and see.

With all seats in use there is a roomy 12 cubic feet of cargo space available. Fold down the third row seat and that jumps to 33 cubic feet and a whopping 65.7 feet when both rows are down.

Acceleration from a stop is a bit pokey, but once it gets up to speed the Tiguan shines with great passing acceleration and cruising speeds. The ride is firm but forgiving, giving the Tiguan a gentle ride and the cabin is whisper quiet. Steering is firm and cornering athletic.

Looking for a crossover with a whole new attitude? Give the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium a test drive.