The Über Amigo: First drive in the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan [Video]

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
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What’s New

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan represents a step in the right direction for American consumers. That’s partially because the vehicle was specifically built for the large American audience… and when I say large, I mean large. Sitting surfaces are very cozy for large people like me, and many that I know. According to Volkswagen, it was specifically built for our market in Mexico.

We be big in America, and that’s okay – Tiguan has our back.

Prices start at $25,345 for the base model with front wheel drive and go all the way up to $37,550 for the SEL fully loaded Volkswagen Tiguan. If you want a 4Motion 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, it will run about $1,300 more. Standard features include LED taillights and DRL’s, 17 inch aluminum alloy wheels, start/stop technology, rear-view camera, roof racks, automatic Post-Collision Breaking, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and mirror-link.

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Comfort And Convenience

Oddly, third row seating is only available as an option on 4Motion versions, but it’s standard in the front-wheel drive 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan. I don’t get it. There is enough room for small children in the third row. Front and second row seating is very commodious. Interior materials are quite good with only a few places where cheap plastic can be found.

There are a multitude of available features including Area View (it’s like “Bird’s Eye View), Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitor and a host of electronic additions. Other options, such as the massive panoramic sunroof and huge 20-inch wheels, which are available on the R-line package, will come at a premium.

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Only one engine is available for our market, the 184 horsepower turbocharged engine makes 221 pounds of torque. It is a new 2-liter, one that could use a 20 horsepower bump. As it is, off-the-line power is – relaxed. There is a bit of a lag when accelerating too, though I am unsure if it’s turbo-lag or a slow to engage transmission. Speaking of the tranny, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is hooked up to an eight speed automatic transmission. While it’s fairly smooth in traffic, there is an occasional bump that comes from engagements. It’s noticeable in stop and go traffic.

Economy is not that bad, with 24 miles per gallon combined in the FWD model and 23 miles per gallon combined in the 4Motion Tiguan.

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TFLCAR’s TAKE: I am impressed with how smooth, easy to drive and utilitarian the 2018 Volkswagen take one appears to be. Hopefully, before too long, we will have one at the office in which I fully intend to text thoroughly.

Goldmine Hill anyone?

Until then, check out my video review. I had the opportunity to drive the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan through Denver and to our favorite place, Red Rocks park and amphitheatre.