Tag: 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
Well, the 2018 Tiguan is finally out and available and there are a lot of things to take in about the SUV. The first is that it’s probably no longer a compact SUV at all, and more of a mid-sized or full-sized model thanks to some dimension changes. Not only that, but it’s handling and performance is a bit different now. Read on to learn all about what the 2018 Tiguan has to offer in its bigger and more imposing size, and find out whether or not it’s a vehicle that you’ll want to take on.
The Larger Tiguan
The 2018 Tiguan is significantly larger than its predecessor, and it needs to be because it’s cramming in another whole row. You can enjoy third-row seating in the vehicle and room for up to seven. The Tiguan has a wheelbase that’s grown by 7.3 inches, and an overall length increase of 10.6 inches. This creates the seating space necessary to fit in more passengers, and also takes the once compact Tiguan and pushes it up toward Toyota Highlander proportions. The upsize also adds weight to the Tiguan. There’s an increase in weight by about 373 lbs. which doesn’t help make the SUV feel any more speedy.
Volkswagen was wise to equip the 2018 Tiguan with their highly refined eight-speed transmission. This little beauty works wonders on the Tiguan and helps take the somewhat underpowered four-cylinder turbo engine and makes it feel good at the low end. Thanks to short gearing on the lowest gears and careful power distribution, the Tiguan can travel from 0 to 60 in just 8.6 seconds. It does so comfortably and never feels real sluggish, though once you climb past 45 things begin to slow down a bit. Overall the transmission feels very smooth, there isn’t much slipping going on and driving is significantly more enjoyable in the Tiguan for this reason.
Refined At Speed
Though the Tiguan is a bit rough when going over significant bumps, it offers a refined and quiet ride at top speeds. If you frequently travel along freeways that will take you to 70 or 80 MPH, you’ll enjoy the quiet and smooth ride that this SUV has to offer. The turbo four engine will take a bit of time to get you up to those speeds though, so patience is a must.
Solid Poor Weather Performance
Drivers that plan on taking their Tiguan through off the road much, or through snowy driving conditions should consider adding on 4-Motion all-wheel drive. Once added to the vehicle, it handles poor driving conditions exceptionally well. It won’t lose traction much even when traveling through mud or gravel, and can handle snowy roads with confidence that will let you travel even when the weather would keep other drivers indoors. That’s a major benefit of the Tiguan when outfitted properly.
Comfortable and Capable Inside
While the Tiguan looks nice on the outside, and its performance is at least decent for its price range, the inside is a breathe of fresh air. It looks well put-together and almost luxurious with the careful details added in here and there. The SUV is outfitted with mostly plastics and some metals here and there to create a stylish interior, and it feels a bit hard on many surfaces, but it still looks very nice. The seats are comfortable, lumbar support is decent, though it wouldn’t stand up to luxury standards. The infotainment system is also very nice. It looks like a low-cost version of Audi’s virtual cockpit, and manages to give quick and easy access to most of the functions. Overall the interior of the 2018 Tiguan is solid and makes riding in the SUV enjoyable, even if the folks in row three are decidedly cramped.
The 2018 Tiguan comes with some nice improvements. It’s a bit more sluggish than its predecessor, but that’s because it’s larger and offers more seating capacity. It’s a tradeoff that many buyers will be happy to take. If you need added seating space, and you don’t mind sacrificing a bit of performance, the Tiguan is a solid SUV that’s actually pretty enjoyable to use.
The old Volkswagen Tiguan is known for being a bit cramped and not all that capable in off-roading situations either. That’s very different from how the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 4Motion is. It’s a bigger and better version of the SUV that can handle adverse driving conditions capably If you’re looking for an improved version of the SUV that gives you more space and better handling characteristics, the 2018 Tiguan 4Motion could be just the vehicle for you.
Highly Capable Off Road Handling
The Tiguan 4Motion is clearly targeted toward drivers that like to travel on rougher roads, which is exactly why it comes with such a capable all-wheel drive setup. The all-wheel drive typically puts all the vehicle’s power to the front wheels, but can switch to full power at the rear and any mixture in between to create capable handling characteristics during slippery conditions.
While driving around, all you have to do to take full advantage of the stability systems on the SUV is switch settings over to off-road mode. Doing so gives you smoother acceleration, traction and stability controls that aren’t quite so sensitive, an improved locking ratio and an electronic differential lock and a more ready all-wheel drive system that can take on rougher situations. The change is significant from one drive mode to the other, and it’s immediate. As soon as you switch the dial you’ll feel safer and the vehicle will handle whatever conditions you throw at it a bit more effectively.
Designed for Comfortable Commuting More than Anything
Even though the Tiguan 4Motion is more than capable of heading out onto a dirt track and performing well, that’s not really what it’s key design focus was when it was put together. The vehicle is made for spacious comfortable seating more than anything else. That’s why Volkswagen added on over 10 inches of length to the vehicle, as well as 1.2 inches of width and 4.4 inches to the overall wheelbase. There’s ample room within with plush seats that are a real treat to sit on. The vehicle is also much more efficient than many off-roading vehicles, which is why it lacks some of the power that alternative options have. That just means that you can drive around town without burning through as much fuel, which is probably how most owners will use the Tiguan anyway.
The Tiguan 4-Motiion is an interesting in-betweener vehicle with three-row seating, capable handling characteristics and the interior features you would expect of a modern-day vehicle. It’s a serious upgrade from the old Tiguan and a fun vehicle to own for anyone that likes to get dirty from time to time.
While 2017 is nearly upon us, Volkswagen is hard at work on its 2018 model-year Tiguan. The latest crossover gets some exciting changes that are worth talking about, and we aren’t just talking about tech improvements that most models get between releases.
Made for Fuel Efficiency
Most crossovers today don’t care about fuel efficiency very much and they focus on power instead. This is a real mistake that Volkswagen isn’t making. Their 2018 Tiguan is focused specifically on fuel-efficiency, and it will show. There aren’t any figures out about the specific efficiency of this model, but buyers should expect great things from it anyway. The engine doesn’t put out flashy power figures, but it is completely designed for maximum efficiency figures, meaning that you should be able to drive surprisingly far on a single tank of fuel.
In order to make this crossover as efficient as possible, VW did have to make some changes to it. The automaker dropped down to a four-cylinder turbo-charged engine and they added on an eight-speed transmission. Doing this reduced the overall HP level slightly, but the automaker claims that it will boost efficiency figures nicely, while also enhancing acceleration at low speeds where it’s most needed.
Choose a Mid-Sized SUV
The current Volkswagen Tiguan is a decent-sized SUV, but it might not be quite large enough for some auto buyers with bigger families. That means they either have to jump up to the massive Touareg, or go to a different automaker in order to get the size that’s best for their actual needs. Well that is until now!
Volkswagen will be announcing another Tiguan option at the North American International Auto Show in 2017 in Detroit. This option will be longer and potentially have more seating space than the standard Tiguan does. Volkswagen is making two distinct changes on the model, giving it a longer wheelbase by 7.4″ and increasing its overall length by 10.7″. This creates enough space to add in a third row of seats and provide a total of two seating spots offering space for up to 7, or it adds a bunch more cargo room, the choice is yours.
Sitting on the MQB Platform
Volkswagen’s universal platform is the MQB and it’s known for offering good stability and excellent performance. If you are looking for a good solid VW vehicle, you won’t be disappointed with nearly anything that’s fitted on this highly tested platform. That’s why it’s good to hear that the Tiguan is going to be based on it as well.
There’s still a lot that we don’t yet know about the 2018 Tiguan, but it should bring some exciting changes for crossover owners looking to pick up a new vehicle. Whether they are interested in more interior space than the outgoing model, better fuel efficiency figures or exciting tech upgrades, all three will be available when the latest model finally hits the market, likely near the end of 2017.