For 2018, the all-new 2018 Tiguan is both large and wider than its predecessor. Built on VW’s award winning Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture, the Tiguan now offers increased interior space and 58 per cent more cargo space in the five-seat model. The increased size of the Tiguan even allows for an optional third-row seat that can be added on all trim levels. The exterior look is conservative and smart,
Under the hood is a revised 2.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection TSI four-cylinder engine, now mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. There is slightly less horsepower this time around (184 versus 200) but more torque with full 184 horsepower at 4,400 rpm and 221 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,600 to 4,300 rpm.
For Canada, the Tiguan arrives in three trim levels: the base Trendline (front-wheel drive), Comfortline and Highline which offer as standard “4Motion” all-wheel drive with economy, snow and off-road driving modes. Standard equipment across the lineup includes LED daytime running lights and taillights, Bluetooth phone connectivity, “App-Connect” smartphone integration (supporting Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink), automatic headlights, air conditioning ( automatic climate control in Comfortline and Highline trim), 18-inch wheels on Highline models, and a six-speaker audio/infotainment system with colour touchscreen display. Options include a third row seat package ($750) Plus the An optional Driver’s Assistance Package ($1,470) adding adaptive cruise control, around-view camera, lane-keep assist, automatic high-beam control and remote start. Total price came to $41,395 plus freight ($1,795) and Air Conditioning Excise Tax ($100).
Interior wise, the Tiguan features a clean, minimalist, neat look will always satisfy the more discerning of drivers with high quality fabrics, plastics and fittings. A generous 38 cubic feet of cargo space is available behind the rear seats, if you forgo the minuscule third-row seats. Note the optional third row seat is, what Volkswagens calls “5 + 2,” meaning it’s really tiny, and best for small kids, but you can cram two adult in there for very short trips.
As for fuel economy, 4Motion-equipped models are rated at 11.3 L/100 kilometres in city driving, 8.8 L/100 km on the highway and 10.2 L/100 km combined to sum up, the Tiguan offers impressive ride and handling, clean styling and wonderfully neat and well featured interior. Highly recommended. A top buy in this sector.
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan: Priced from $28,925 Price as tested $41,395 plus freight PDI and AC Tax.