Once among the smallest of SUVs, the redesigned Tiguan has grown into one of the biggest in its category, offering drivers and passengers plenty of interior space and good outward visibility. Despite its new girth, the Tiguan remains one of the better-handling small SUVs when tackling turns. At the same time, VW was able to boost the Tiguan’s fuel-economy numbers to 25 mpg overall on regular gas, a strong showing for its class, especially considering its size.

Controls are a model of clarity, including the intuitive touch-screen infotainment system. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, but it’s the rear seat that truly stands out among rivals for its legroom. However, the available third-row seat is cramped and best-suited as a kid-only zone. Storage bins and other thoughtful details abound.

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On the road, the Tiguan has a low-key nature as one of the slower SUVs in its class. But the turbo four-cylinder engine is still responsive, offering ample power at modest speeds, and its eight-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. The Tiguan absorbs pavement irregularities nicely, keeping occupants mostly unruffled when driven over rough roads. A coarse note when the engine is revved is the only intruder when it comes to cabin noise.

Automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic warning come standard on all but the base S trim.

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

HIGHS: Generous interior, easy controls, access, visibility, fuel economy
LOWS: Acceleration, spotty Volkswagen reliability
POWERTRAIN: 184-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine; 8-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
FUEL: 25 mpg on regular gas
PRICE AS TESTED: $31,645

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the December 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.