All good things must come to an end, and 2017 marked the final year for the first generation Tiguan in North America. Introduced in 2009 as Volkswagen’s entry in the increasingly competitive compact SUV market, Volkswagen sold over 60,000 units in Canada alone. Equipped with the same 2.0L TSI engine found in the previous GTI, the Tiguan offered customers a fun and sporty SUV with agile handling in a compact design with a surprising amount of cabin room.
But times have changed, and so have the needs of the North American car buyer.
More Room. More Tiguan.
We often heard how the Tiguan did not have enough cargo space, but Volkswagen has responded in a big way with the all-new 2018 Tiguan, based on the same MQB platform as the Golf and Atlas. At over 10 inches longer, the new Tiguan is bigger, bolder and is poised to move to the top of the crowded compact SUV class.
The longer, wider design has increased the new Tiguan’s cargo space by over 51% from the previous model. The cargo room is now among the most in class, boasting 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, more than both the Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape. Upgrading to the highline also makes accessing the cargo area even easier, with an easy-open lift gate which can be opened with a simple kick. The electric lift gate also features an easy-close feature, which automatically closes and locks once it detects that you have grabbed everything you need and have gone away from the vehicle.
For the first time ever, the Tiguan also features an optional third row of seating on all trim levels. Although not quite as spacious as the third row of seating found in the Atlas, it is perfect for children or smaller adults.
A look inside
The new Tiguan features now comes packed with tons of great safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane assist, front autonomous braking and much more. While those features are quickly rising to the top of many people’s wish lists, the one feature that will set this new Tiguan apart is the absolutely stunning 12” digital cockpit, available on the highline trim. This intuitive system allows you to tailor your gage clusters and information screen to your liking, and you can even transpose the navigation from the 8” touchscreen onto it as well.
We were first introduced to the new 8” Discovery Media screen with the Atlas earlier this year, and it’s Volkswagens most responsive and easy-to-use system yet. The crystal clear screen has gotten bigger and now features a dedicated “App” button that makes it even easier to access Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The cabin is very well appointed overall, with high quality finishes and loads of soft touch surfaces all around. Throughout the lineup, the seating is quite comfortable and is easily adjustable and really makes the new Tiguan a very pleasant place to be.
Under the hood, on the road
The Tiguan has always been one of the more sporty offerings in its class, and that won’t be changing anytime soon. It boasts an all-new “B cycle” 2.0L TSI engine, which gets excellent fuel economy while still delivering the low-end torque that Volkswagen owners know and love. Horsepower is actually down from 200hp to 184hp, but that is more than mitigated by the increased torque (221 lb-ft) and silky smooth 8-speed transmission. Fuel economy has been improved as well, as the Tiguan now is rated for 8.8L/100km on the highway and 11.3L/100km in the city, and the Tiguan now comes with an auto start/stop feature to help you save fuel in stop and go traffic. New Tiguans will also only require regular fuel, unlike their premium needing predecessors.
On the road, the new Tiguan feels tighter and more responsive. Road noise is diminished and it feels ready to tackle whatever you throw at it. We had the chance to have a little fun with it offroad as well, and it handled it with ease. Equipped with our 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, the Tiguan will be perfect for Kamloops winters, whether you’re on the Coquihalla, going up to Sun Peaks, or just getting through town.
Although they are just now arriving at dealerships around Canada, it is clear that the all-new Tiguan will be a winner in the hotly competitive compact SUV segment. With all of the room for all of your family’s need and Volkswagen’s legendary driving feel, you can be sure you’ll be seeing lots of these on the road very soon.
If you’d like to come see one for yourself, contact our sales department today at Volkswagen of Kamloops.