2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Reviews, Ratings, Prices - Consumer Reports
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 demeanor of its predecessor with this newfound girth, but it remains one of the better handling small SUVs.
Alerts
There are 12 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard. FCW, AEB, BSW, and RCTW standard from 2020.
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 demeanor of its predecessor with this newfound girth, but it remains one of the better handling small SUVs. At the same time, VW was able to boost the Tiguan's fuel economy numbers to 25 mpg overall on regular fuel, a strong showing for the class, especially considering its size. (The previous Tiguan required premium.)

At 185 inches long, the new Tiguan is a whopping 11 inches longer than the previous generation. That's also two inches longer than the Chevrolet Equinox and four inches longer than the Honda CR-V. The added length not only allows for an immense backseat and generous cargo area, but for an optional third-row seat as well (which comes standard on front-wheel-drive versions).

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD, Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (184 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"I purchased the Tiguan in December and the sunroof leaks began two months later, originating in the light/sunroof control module on the roof, dripping on the passenger seat. Thankfully, it only occurs when driving, not when parked. A recall was mailed in mid-March and I had the work done one week ago. Time will tell if the problem has been solved. I am annoyed that VW knew about this issue for about 10 years but did nothing about it when the vehicle was redesigned for 2018. This is irresponsible!"

Anonymous, NS (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water began leaking from sunroof, recall had not yet been sent out yet to fix the way the sunroof drains. VW fixed immediately at no charge."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car has a panoramic sunroof from the factory. Whenever we park it outside and there is a HEAVY rain, water drips from the ceiling near the vanity mirrors. This water/moisture sometimes causes all the warning sensors in the car to be on after a heavy rain."

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"sunroof drains clogged easily causing water to fill the light and electronics area above the windshield/mounted to the roof. The dealership eventually modified the drains to be wider and it became a recall for all vehicles."

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"washer tank leaked, they fixed it"

Jay L., MA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sunroof drain lines became detached resulting in major water leak in headliner area above windshield during rain. Water leaked onto dashboard and infotainment system."

David T., PA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"The squeak noises come from the sunroof area and sound like pieces of Styrofoam rubbing together. I assume this is from a sunroof recall repair the dealership performed before I bought the Tiguan. It does not occur frequently, probably once every few weeks, but is bothersome. Occasionally I will also hear rattles or squeaks from the driver's door pillar."

Anonymous, NS (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"1)Squeak on the right front wheel - dealer was not able to figure it out.It's present all the time. 2)Rattle - in the center console - Dealer took it apart to analyse but could not fix it. 3)Rattle - from the dash board."

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It started at 30,000 miles. Taken to the dealer and they can't find the problem(s). The shocks/struts and/or body construction is constantly squeeking when driving."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Tiguan has squeaks and rattles at the pillars. They refuse to acknowledge this without a fight."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There is some obnoxious rattles coming from each B pillar. Very unfortunate since it's right next to your ear. The dealer has "fixed" each side, but the passenger side is especially still bad."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Loud cabin noise when shifting or windy"

Anonymous, IN (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There are several places that have this problem"

Boris K., ON (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The headline has had to be replaced multiple times due to squeaks & rattles. This is in conjunction with related issues like a sunroof leak that led to a replacement."

Anonymous, GA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rattle on the driver's side that has not been resolved."

Anonymous, GA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Shortly after receiving the car, it developed a rattle in the B pilar on the driver's side. Remediation required a very complex procedure that took about a week - dealer had to consult with VW on how to fix it. Had a loaner car during this time. However, the repair did finally correct the problem."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"Not very good fit and finish on driver door gasket. Ample wind noise when underway."

Joseph A., ME (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Apple CarPlay

"Apple play just stopped working one day. the entire display kit was replaced."

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When I start the car and connect my phone to CarPlay, the volume in the car doesn't work. It gives the audio symbol with a strike through it when I try to turn the knob to adjust the volume and it won't work. I turn off the bluetooth while it's connected to see if that will reset it but it won't work most of the time. I unplug and exit out of all of my apps and try to reconnect and it still won't work. I have to wait until later after turning off the engine and leaving the car, returning later and turning the engine back on for it to work again. This problem occurs completely randomly and I would say it happens probably 1 in 6 times of starting the car up and connecting to CarPlay."

Natasha A., MI (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"It is a rather erratic infotainment system that seems to have many hiccups and freezes."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Infotainment system would just freeze and either go dark or repeatedly attempt to reboot. This prevented backup camera from working as well as all infotainment functions such as Bluetooth, phone, radio and NAV. Went to dealer three times for repairs with us being in loaner vehicles for more than a week."

David T., PA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"module replacement and it worked fine after"

Anonymous, AB (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"You can't do anything with the radio, nav, appleplay, etc"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"I lost the ability to pair my USB devices at the same time as my navigation system was experiencing difficulties."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The nav system seems unable to connect and continually causes the whole infotainment system to reboot unless the nav SD card is removed."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I have a feature that allows me to send the navigation map to a screen behind my steering wheel. On an irregular, regular basis, the map did not transfer from the main screen to the smaller one behind the steering wheel. When I was experiencing that problem, I simultaneously was not able to use both USB inputs and the CD input. The radio still worked throughout."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The exterior antenna for the navigation system was faulty. The dealer replaced it and it is now functioning normally."

Gregory D., MA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Radio remains on even after car is turned off. Is supposed to turn off once door opens. It doesn't always do that and requires me to restart the car and then turn it off again."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"Constant ringing and the system is telling me that the engine is running"

Anonymous, IN (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"The system seems to have a problem understanding commands. Often have to repeat them, cancel or yell."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"Blind spot lights failed and the backup warning failed"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"Automatic headlight not turning off in daylight."

Anonymous, WV (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Interior lights

"The ambient lighting around the sunroof stopped working. It took a few service appointments for the issue to be corrected."

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Recall on light surrounding sunroof. No problem but recall stated it could start a fire. Was disconnected and reconnected properly by VW at no charge."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This was handled by VW under a recall. A small foil was inserted in the light to reduce heat."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Short circuit on panoramic sunroof lights"

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"2 recall notices. One for interior reading lights and one for sunroof."

Paul D., FL (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The ambient lighting resulted in a recall to ensure safety."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Recall on moon roof lighting."

James V., IL (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The light bars along the sunroof were turned off by Volkswagen for nine months until a fix was made. I now have to go in for the lights to be replaced by the dealership with no cost to me."

Steven U., WA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The lights around the sunroof were recalled and haven't been replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"The car will either jerk forward or sputter from a standstill when the ignition on/off gas saving feature is activated. There is no way to turn this feature off permanently."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Transmission stuck in a low gear when turning off expressway"

Anonymous, IN (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The mechanic documented the rough shifting but when I bring it back because it isn’t fix they say it operates as designed. They obviously can’t fix it and won’t do anything about it. I will never buy a Volkswagen again."

David M., CA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When coming to a stop it stays in second gear until you start to pull away and then accelerates slowly in second at first then, drops to first gear lurches forward then pops back up to second. it is like riding a angry horse"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Intermittent rough shifting 1-2-3 gear. All 2018 models do that to a degree. I have test-driven several from dealer's lot."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This car comes with the VW start/stop system where when you stop it turns off the engine to save gas. When you take your foot off the brake the engine starts. When you depress the gas pedal to go there is a definite lag. It may also be do to the turbo charger kicking in."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I have an automatic car but when the car goes below 20 mph, it bucks like you need to shift if it was manual. I assume it's a transmission problem and brought it back to the dealership and they said it was normal. Not happy about it, since I had the older Tiguan and I didn't have these problems."

Gina F., FL (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission computer

"The transmission is very poor at selecting an appropriate gear in stop and go traffic. It also occasionally pauses at low speeds that have left us hanging in an intersection during a left turn. Very risky and really not pleasant."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"Upon casual visual inspection by a friend of mine, the disc brake rotor on the front right side of the vehicle exhibited very uneven wear with some apparent deep grooves. Our dealership replaced the rotor under our extended warranty (the date was beyond VW's initial "Ëœbumper to bumper' warranty)."

Anonymous, AB (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Too few kms driven Rotors corroded and shoes wore premarurely"

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"At 15,000miles the rotors had very deep grooves made by the brake pads !!"

Anonymous, GA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"First oil change at 10,000 miles noticed grooves in rotors, mention too service adviser , he said that was normal, I was not happy , nothing was done by the dealer ."

Anonymous, GA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"sensor in the passenger malfunction"

Anonymous, NS (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The whole system felled to operated along with blind spot warning system."

Steven U., WA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It just goes off when there is nothing in front of me"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"blind spot topped working. had to wait for a week to get it fixed all that was required was a software update."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Issue was caused by dealer doing a recall/service bulletin. In the bulletin rear suspension springs were replaced, but no instructions to do an alignment check were done. Dealer wasn't paid by manufacturer to do an alignment, no alignment done. Fast forward 2,000 miles and the rear tires are excessively worn on the interior edge. Vehicle taken to dealer. New tires and alignment done. Dealer covered 1/2 of the charge under "Goodwill"."

Anonymous, IA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Springs or torsion bars

"recall issued for faulty rear suspension"

Ronald B., CA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire wear is uneven

"Recall replaced rear springs. No alignment done after replacement. Interior edge of rear tires has excessive wear within the near future. Vehicle taken in for alignment and new tires. "Goodwill" covered half of their blunder."

Anonymous, IA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"A small round piece of trim on the front bumper kept popping open until it finally popped open and was lost on the highway. Fixed under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Fuel door did not latch, nor unlatch. Had to have replaced twice."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Coolant chamber level was mysteriously low. No explanation."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"passenger outside door handle sometimes stuck from closing properly, this did not effect the latching mechanism at all. Dealer replaced an internal plastic piece under warranty."

Regina S., PA (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Evaporator

"The defroster works poorly."

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Engine harness

"Camshaft position sensor failed after intake manifold cleaning. Caused car to limit engine to less than 3000 rpm and disabled start/stop feature. This was after "routine" intake valve cleaning. The car's biggest flaw is the GDI engine which VW detuned from the powerful version in the Golf. Not only the engine lack power, but the GDI design allows oil residue from the PCV to build on the backs of the intake valves. This requires expensive cleaning (>$800/10,000 miles according to VW Dealer Service Advisor). I tried an alternative service and the camshaft sensor stopped working, requiring an additional trip to the dealer."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"Under heavy acceleration the engine stuttered and lost power. The engine light came on temporarily, but after stopping and restarting the vehicle it remained driveable for the remainder of the trip. The dealer noted a that there was a TSB for this issue and replaced the fuel injectors under warranty. We have not had further issues with the fuel system or anything else with the vehicle."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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