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The second-generation Tiguan is one of the largest models in the small SUV segment. That growth allows for an optional third row (standard on FWD versions) and an enormous second-row seat. While the 184-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder feels responsive in daily driving, acceleration is rather slow: it takes more than 10 seconds to reach 60 mph from a stop. Fuel economy of 25 mpg on regular gas is good for the class. The transmission is mostly smooth. Handling is capable and secure and the ride is comfortable. The cabin is among the quietest in the segment, with just a bit of engine noise when revved. A variety of advanced safety features, such as forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and rear cross-traffic warning, are standard starting on the SE trim.

Road Test

Once among the smallest compact SUVs, the redesigned 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan has grown into one of the biggest in the category. It offers driver and passengers plenty of interior space and good outward visibility. It has lost a bit of the youthful dem...

Highs

  • Roomy interior
  • User friendly controls

Lows

  • Engine gets noisy when revved
  • Slow acceleration

Best Version to Get

The SE trim is the best bang for the buck. It includes forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a power driver's seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, and automatic climate control. Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibility com...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 6 year/72,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 6 year/72,000 miles
  • Rust through: 7 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/36,000 miles
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (184 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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