2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

There are many changes that you will see with the new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan as it is based on the new Modular Transverse Matrix architecture. For example, the Tiguan has an abundance of interior space that now includes up to 58% more cargo space in the two-row model.

Trim Levels
Below is an overview of the different trims:
  • S trim - LED daytime running lights and taillights, halogen headlights, fog lights that have a cornering function, exterior heated mirrors with turn-signal indicators and 17-inch wheels
  • SE trim - chrome exterior package and a different set of 17-inch wheels 
  • SEL trim - power liftgate, silver roof rails and 18-inch "Nizza" wheels
  • SEL Premium trim - LED headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding exterior mirrors, puddle lights, Easy Open/Easy Close power liftgate (foot activated for opening and one-touch button for closing) and 19-inch "Victoria Falls" wheels
The exterior design also shows off the ruggedness of the Tiguan. The new bumper goes hand in hand with the 4Motion AWD system and its 26-degree approach angle, 23-degree departure angle and 7.9 inches of ground clearance.

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan features a new version of the original EA888 four-cylinder engine. This turbocharged, direct-injection engine utilizes a new innovation to the conventional four-stroke cycle that gives the owner a fantastic balance of power, responsiveness, and efficiency. The result is an overall improvement in fuel consumption and increased torque, compared to the 2.0-liter EA888 found in the 2017 model. 

This new technology that enables the new engine to have even better fuel economy also achieves two other key goals: power and efficiency. The peak 184 horsepower punches through at 4,400 rpm and maintains this power output until 6,000 rpm. The 2018 Tiguan's maximum torque is 221 lbs. per foot, and is reached at 1,600 and 4,300 rpm. Utilizing a modified piston crown, the compression ratio increases to 11.7:1. And finally, with as many as three injection sequences per stroke, the new TSI injectors are capable of pushing fuel to the cylinder at a high maximum pressure of 250 bar or 3,626 psi. 

4Motion with Active Control All-Wheel-Drive System
The 2018 Tiguan may also be fitted with the optional 4Motion System with Active Control all-wheel-drive. This feature activates before wheel spin can occur to eliminate traction loss by using a highly advanced control function that is based on very specific driving conditions. This feature can also help save fuel by decoupling the rear-wheels when coasting. Alternately, the rear-wheels can engage in fractions of a second when needed. This is done via the center diff and is activated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump. 

Active Control 
To give the driver even more control, all Tiguan models with 4Motion all-wheel-drive come with an Active Control feature, which gives the driver the option to select specific handling profiles based on driving conditions. Active Control has three pre-calibrated settings: On-road, Snow, and Off-road, as well as a Custom Off-road choice. The Active Control interface is a simple, yet intuitive single rotary knob with a push button. To choose between the various off-driving modes, simply turn the knob, while pushing the button will open a menu on the console screen to allow the driver to fine tune the On-road mode to their preferred setting. 

Interior Changes
Changes in the three-row models include a folding rear seat that gives you 33 cubic feet of space for your cargo and allows you to fold down the second row to make you cargo space huge with 65.7 cubic feet available. Even with all three rows in use you still get 12 cubic feet of cargo space to use.

The two-row models have even more cubic feet available for cargo, space starting at 37.6 cubic feet with passengers but going up to 73.5 cubic feet altogether. The 2018 version offers you 17.4 more cubic feet than the 2017 version. 

The Tiguan includes an available panoramic glass tilt-and-slide sunroof, a multi-function trip computer, Bluetooth connection status and navigation directions that can be equipped, and a digital cockpit display that can be reconfigured, positioned front and center for easy viewing by the driver.

The Tiguan S has a new 6.5-inch Composition Color unit touchscreen display that offers SD card and USB interfaces. It also has a rearview camera and comes with Bluetooth capability for devices that are compatible.

The SE, SEL, and SEL Premium models have 8-inch touchscreen displays of which the SE model includes the Composition Color unit while the SEL and SEL Premium models have the Discover Media System that includes navigation. The SEL Premium also has standard the Fender Premium Audio System, considered the most powerful audio system offered for the Tiguan.
Volkswagen is making more connected vehicles and working on the security of their vehicles as well. The Car-Net connectivity system is one of the major ways Volkswagen is moving forward in this endeavor. The features that Car-Net utilizes are "App-Connect", "Security & Service" as well as "Guide & Inform".

The 2018 Tiguan boasts many safety features, starting with its rigid laser-seam-welded body shell, and a shock-absorbing front end. The Tiguan features front and side-thorax airbags as well as Side Curtain Protection head airbags, in addition to safety belt pretensioners to ensure ultimate safety no matter where you sit. 

All Tiguan models come standard with Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS). In the event of a crash, these features will automatically unlock all doors, shut off the fuel, and switch on the hazard lights in any case where the airbags are deployed. 

Also standard on all models is the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. Being the only vehicle in its class to feature this technology as a standard option, this feature is based on the idea that a collision is, more often than not, a series of events that occur due to an impact, such as additional collisions into surrounding vehicles or objects. To address this, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System will apply the brakes when a collision is detected, thereby lowering the risk of additional damage by reducing residual kinetic energy.