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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 4Motion Test Drive Review

The compact crossover market is getting extremely competitive with some exciting options for the new car shopper. Leading the pack are the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue and the Mazda CX-5. So how does an automaker trying to grab a larger piece of the pie distinguish itself from all the competition on the market? Well, that’s exactly what Volkswagen was thinking when they were redesigning and revamping the all-new Volkswagen Tiguan.

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is completely different from the aging outgoing model in many ways, but one thing you’ll definitely notice is that it is significantly larger. So large that Volkswagen was able to squeeze in a third row – which is quite rare for the compact crossover class. Let’s take a closer look at the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 4Motion Exterior:

Like the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is based on the brand’s new Modular Transverse Matrix platform. As mentioned above, the new Tiguan is much larger than the outgoing model. Sitting at a length of 185.1-inches, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is 10.6-inches longer than its predecessor and 8.5-inches longer than the model sold in Europe. Yes, Volkswagen only offers this extra large Tiguan in the U.S. market. The width of the new Volkswagen Tiguan comes in at 72.4-inches and the height comes in at 66.3-inches.

Looks-wise, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan features a very clean and crisp design language. Building on cues taken from the new Atlas, the Volkswagen Tiguan features a stylish front-end with a new grille and new LED headlamps. The rear-end is highlighted by a new LED taillight design that gives the Tiguan more character. Overall, there are modern lines that give this compact crossover a polished and stylish exterior.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 4Motion Interior:

Since the new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is larger on the outside, it means it’s also larger on the inside. The extra space gives the new 2018 Tiguan 58 percent more cargo room in the two-row model, but buyers can add on an optional third-row for extra seating.

Space-wise, the three-row model offers 33 cubic feet of cargo capacity when the third row is folded. With the second-row folded, you’ll have a total of 65.7 cubic feet of space to play with. The two-row model offers 37.6 cubic feet of space behind the second-row and a total of 73.5 cubic feet when the second-row is folded. To put that in perspective, you can essentially fit whatever you want in the Tiguan as it offers class-leading cargo room. Legroom-wise, front-row passengers get a total of 40.2-inches and second-row passengers get a total of 36.5-inches.

Our test model, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium with 4Motion, came with all the bells-and-whistles you could imagine. Some of our favorite features include the Digital Cockpit 12.3-inch cluster display (the ones you see in Audi models), an 8-inch touchscreen display with navigation, an astounding Fender audio system, heated steering, two USB ports in the front and one in the rear, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity.

Overall, the interior of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is quite an upgrade from the outgoing model. You have a slew of new technology options, extra room, and a fine use of high-quality materials.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 4Motion Performance:

Each 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan model is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces a total of 184 horsepower with a maximum torque of 221 lb-ft. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan runs from 0 to 60 mph in 9.1 seconds with a top speed of 114 mph. Fuel economy-wise, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan offers an EPA-rated 21/27 mpg*.

Our test model came with the optional 4Motion with Active Control all-wheel-drive system that includes four selectable modes for a range of different terrain options. The four different modes include Snow Mode, On-Road Mode, Off-Road Mode, and Off-Road Custom. Now, while we weren’t able to test the Tiguan on all these different terrains, we don’t really expect them to make the Tiguan an off-roading monster, since this is more of a family cruising crossover.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 4Motion Safety:

Our test model also came with a range of advanced safety and driver assist technologies including pedestrian monitoring, blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, park assist, lane keep assist, a rear view camera, and more. Our favorite driver assist feature has to be the overhead view camera, which gives you a range of different angles to view around your vehicle.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 4Motion Overall:

So, take everything you know about the Volkswagen Tiguan and throw it out the door because the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, in our opinion, is a totally different vehicle from what you’ve come to expect from this V-dub model. It’s larger, more versatile, packed with some outstanding tech features, and has a comfort level that is in some ways unmatched by its competitors. Prices for the new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan start at just $25,345**. If you’re in the market for a new compact crossover, makes sure you visit your local AutoNation-affiliated dealer to test drive the new Volkswagen Tiguan today.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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