The Bigger 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Costs $385 More Than the Old One
The new, significantly bigger Volkswagen Tiguan is a lot more car than its predecessor, but it won’t cost a lot more money. The 2018 Tiguan, which is more than 10 inches longer than before and now offers a third row of seats, costs just $385 more than did the 2017 model, with a base price of $26,245 for the entry-level S trim.
All 2018 Tiguans are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive, or 4MOTION in VW-speak, adds $1300 to any of the four trim levels.
The base price is for a front-wheel-drive Tiguan S, which comes standard with a backup camera, a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a three-row, seven-seat layout. The Tiguan SE starts at $29,980 and adds features such as an 8.0-inch touchscreen, pushbutton start, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, and several active safety features.
Step up to the $33,450 Tiguan SEL and you get 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, remote starting, a panoramic sunroof, and adaptive cruise control. The fully loaded SEL Premium, starting at $37,150, sits at the top of the range with its 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, heated steering wheel, Fender audio system, digital gauge cluster, and leather seats.
Curiously, the third row of seats is not standard with AWD, instead costing $500 extra. Other options include an $850 Driver Assistance package for S models; a $1200 panoramic sunroof for SE trims; and a sporty-looking R-Line appearance package that costs $1795 for the SEL and $1495 for the SEL Premium.
Up at the tippy-top of the Tiguan range, the value proposition looks more questionable, as a Tiguan SEL Premium 4MOTION with the R-Line package and third-row seat rings in at more than $40,000—quite a sum for a compact crossover.
Luckily for more budget-minded VW crossover-intenders, the old Tiguan will stick around for a little while longer as the Tiguan Limited. It will presumably slot in below the base 2018 Tiguan, although pricing hasn’t been announced yet. Soon enough, the choice will be yours, as the new Tiguan is scheduled to go on sale within the next few months.