The name “Volkswagen” may still leave a sour taste in customer’s mouth, especially if you have a diesel.  But in spite of Dieselgate, Volkswagen managed to be the number one top selling car brand in 2016.  That is immensely impressive, and a testament to management’s ability to turn things around.

Volkswagen as a parent brand makes normal cars for normal people (with some obvious exceptions).  They make exceptionally good cars, combining good old German engineering and nameplate with Japanese pricing and reliability.

VW is also an automotive empire, and holds some of the most exclusive and sought-after names in the business under the brands umbrella.  Volkswagen owns the likes of Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini, Bentley and the ultimate Bugatti.  That is quite the lineup, and brings into perspective how much influence the People’s Car has on the world.

Today, we’re looking at the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan.  Currently the second generation of the Tiguan, the SUV is coming with some weight from the old model.  The previous generation of the Tiguan was notorious for being unreliable and the costs would pile up.

So for the 2018 model, we hope these issues are mended.  Plus, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is becoming some sort of a budget Audi Q5 or Q3 which makes it sound that much cooler.

The Exterior:

The various trim levels of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan change the exterior styling and character a bit.  For example, the high-end R-Line Tiguan adds larger intakes and black fascia to add a sportier appearance.

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You can also see that the Tiguan R-Line looks like a bigger version of the Golf GTi is some ways.  They’re both part of a big, happy Volkswagen family.

The more standard version of the Tiguan has the same shape and fit, but with a different finish.  The base Tiguan has a much more under-the-radar vibe to it.  The front looks like it’s wearing some glasses and will do your taxes for you.

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Personally, my favorite view of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is the rear.  There is a strong Audi look here, and I’m willing to bet that a lot of people wouldn’t be able to tell them apart at first glance.  Between the taillights and exhaust tips, it is a very symmetrical, mature look.

The Interior-2018 Volkswagen Tiguan: 

 Volkswagen takes even more hints from the Audi lineup on the inside of the Tiguan.  The air vents and the navigation display inside of the gauge cluster are a couple examples of this borrowed DNA.  Adding in the heads up display make the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan appear more upscale than ever.

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The new luxurious and modern interior of the Volkswagen Tiguan is a winner in my book.  Volkswagen made its reputation as being more practical and functional over flamboyance and flashiness.  This is apparent on the inside, where things are modern in appearance but completely practical for every occupant.  While the interior of most Volkswagen products won’t really leave anyone short of breath, they are perfect at what they do.  That’s why so many people buy them.

The interior of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan will seat five adult passengers comfortably, and there is an option for seven seats coming as well.

The Performance: 

Volkswagen is incorporating more technology into the lineup, as with many car manufacturers today.  One of those technologies is 4MOTION drive technology.

4MOTION allows the vehicle to intelligently select between front wheel drive and all wheel drive in certain driving conditions.  Front wheel drive is engaged to save gas, and all wheel drive is engaged when things are slippery on the road.  Very intelligent stuff.

The new Tiguan also gets a decrease in horsepower over the previous model, lowered to 184 horsepower to increase torque and miles-per-gallon ratings.  The power comes from a 2.0 L turbocharged four cylinder engine mated to an eight speed transmission, with 221 pound feet of torque being the result.

The actual fuel economy ratings are unknown as of right now, but we can look for something above 25 MPG on the highway and 16 MPG in the city.  This should be aided by the four available drive modes, presumably one of which will be “Eco” of some sort.

The Specs:

Vehicle Type: CUV
Power Plant: 2.0 L Turbo 4 cyl
Gearbox: 8-speed automatic
Power: 184 HP (est.)
MPG: 26 Highway, 16 City (est.)
Torque: 221 Lb-Ft. (est.)
Length: 175 Inches (4.44 Meters) (est.)
Width: 71 Inches (1.8 Meters) (est.)
Height: 67 Inches (1.7 Meters) (est.)
Top Speed: 120 MPH (193 KPH) (est.)
Seating: 5 – 7 passengers
Wheelbase: 109.9 Inches (2.79 Meters) (est.)
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 7.7 sec. – 7.5 sec. (est.)
Base Price: $25,860 (est.)

 

Sum It Up:

 The previous generation may have had its woes as an SUV, but I’m sure reliability…and not lying…are on top priority for Volkswagen.  The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is a promising updated face that should aid Volkswagen becomes an even stronger selling brand.

With the huge explosion in the SUV market in the last couple years, it’s easy to say that the new Tiguan should be popular and pulls its weight for the VW lineup.  The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan has a release date for later this year, as a 2018 model.

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