2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SE: Longer and Mightier

Published: Saturday, November 17, 2018 | 12:54 AM

2018vwtiguan475The Volkswagen Tiguan has been completely redesigned for 2018. Most notably adding 10 inches to the length for more cargo space, legroom, and an optional third row seat. Its shape more closely follows the new Atlas SUV and it sits on a new chassis. All of these changes add up to a more Crossover-like vehicle than the previous Tiguan.

Available in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium, this review will focus on the SE trim level.

The SE trim is generous equipped with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, plus heated washer nozzles, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control, simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8-inch touchscreen, satellite and HD radio, voice commands, two extra USB ports and the Car-Net Security and Service. The optional panoramic sunroof was not included in my test vehicle.

2018vwtiguanintA turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine powers the Tiguan producing 184 horses and 221 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Expect to get 22/city, 27/highway, and 24/combined mpg.

As always with Volkswagens the interior of the Tiguan is elegant with soft-touch materials and a well-finished look. Seats are comfortable and well cushioned for longer drives. Front and back legroom is ample except in the third row which should be saved for children or smaller adults.

With a quiet smooth ride, the Tiguan makes a great commuter vehicle as well as a decent road trip ride. Acceleration is quick and smooth which is helped by the turbocharger. Taking turns a little better than the Crossover it is, the Tiguan hugs the road on a twisty road, just don’t go too fast!

Looking to move up to a Crossover but would like something with style and finish? Give the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan a test drive.