Last week we received our first 2018 Tiguan on the lot. This is the new model with 3rd row seating, a new 2 liter engine, driver assist features and the 6 year, 72,000 mile bumper to bumper limited warranty. I’ve been really looking forward to this vehicle, I really enjoy driving the current Tiguan, but it has a couple of aspects I’m not really crazy about.
When VW sent a trainer to familiarize us with the car, I was excited to see it, but not as impressed as I had wanted to be. I’m not sure why, maybe I'd built it up too much in my head, but it just seemed cramped. The features were very nice, the wide infotainment screen, the digital cockpit, (the stuff we’ve seen on the new Atlas) – I think part of it is because the model we got to see was Grey, and I really wanted to see the Habanero Orange. (Hey, visuals matter!)
But this week we got a vehicle delivered to our lot, and I finally got a chance to drive it. I’ve got to say it – this car is just as much fun to drive as the 2 row Tiguan! The driving dynamics remain quintessentially VW, responsive steering and acceleration, (oh, and a buttery smooth 8 speed transmission) coupled with a striking, ergonomically designed interior, very comfortable seats, and a very user friendly “infotainment” suite. (I hate the word “infotainment” it just sounds so made up posh.)
The new 2 liter engine was very responsive, and one thing that I like is that it only requires mid-grade fuel, (the older model has required high octane fuel). The new Tiguan will also make almost all of the driver assist features available too. Anyway, maybe I was just a little puffy when the trainer was here, or I hadn't gotten enough sleep, but I'm sold - I’m still holding out for the bright orange paint though! (Don’t worry, there are conservative colors too.)
I am really excited to start showing this vehicle to customers. Price ranges from $25,345 for the base model, to around $38,000 for the fully loaded SEL Premium. Fuel efficiency is 22 mpg city, 27 mpg highway.