2018 Tiguan in Sunnyvale CA


The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is bigger and better than ever

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan came back in a big way, and we mean that both literally and figuratively. Not only did this crossover get a fantastic redesign for the new model year, but it also got larger. It now has an available third-row for last minute passenger needs and can truly be a proper family vehicle for drivers who need space, but perhaps not as much as the bigger Volkswagen Atlas provides.

We'll take an overarching look at the Tiguan, delving into the powertrains and cargo capacities, amenities, and advanced safety features. We'll also dive into the four available trims, so you can see which one fits your driving needs. Ready? Let's go! Or, as the German's say:  lass uns gehen

Power train and specs

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is available in the following trims: S, SE, SEL, and SEL Premium. FWD is standard, though 4MOTION® AWD is an option for all trims.

The Tiguan keeps the engine lineup simple and straightforward with one choice powering all trims. The engine is a 2.0L TSI® and delivers 184 horsepower, 221 lb-ft of torque, and the transmission is an

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8-speed. Yes, the previous engine had more horsepower (200hp), but torque was 207 lb-ft, and the extra amount is what the 2018 will need now that it's larger and can hold more people.

If you want to sit seven you'll need to choose a 4MOTION® model. Cargo volume is 33 cubic feet with the third-row folded and 65.7 cubic feet with the both back rows down. If you choose to stick with the standard 5-seat option you'll get 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up and 73.5 cubic feet with the seats folded. It really comes down to the type of lifestyle you want to lead; do you want to haul cargo or haul people?

Advanced Safety Technologies

Feedback Volkswagen started to receive about the older Tiguan model is that it didn't have much in the way of advanced safety features. While the brand prides itself on solid engineering that protects in the case of an accident, customers are becoming increasingly interested in advanced technologies that help prevent an accident from happening in the first place.

Here are the features either available with a package or standard, depending on which trim you choose:

  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Forward Collision Warning + Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Pedestrian Monitoring
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Park Distance Control with Rear Maneuver Parking
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead View Camera
  • High Beam Control

Clearly, the feedback was heard loud and clear, and if you want to ensure you're driving home with all these technologies onboard you'll want to go with the SEL Premium trim where they're all standard! If the S trim is more in line with your budget there's the available Driver Assistance Package that has the first four technologies listed.


Trims & Amenities

Here at Sunnyvale Volkswagen we stock all four trims to meet a wide variety of shopper needs and budgets. Here are the highlights from each one.

S: roof rails, adaptive fog lights, rearview camera, Bluetooth, and Car-Net-App-Connect with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™. If you're shopper that's watching your monthly payment amount or prefers to keep the amenities on the light side, this trim keeps the list lean, but won't have you feeling deprived.

SE: standard driver assistance package, a larger 8-inch touchscreen, V-Tex leatherette seats that are nice looking and easy to clean, and satellite radio are on the SE. There's also the option to get a good breeze with the panoramic sunroof package.

SEL:  there are larger 18-inch wheels, a powerlift gate, standard sunroof, and navigation. Adaptive cruise control also becomes standard on the SEL.

SEL Premium: genuine leather seats, LED lights, and a 9-speaker Fender audio system are all onboard this top trim, plus all the advanced safety features. There's also a a hands-free liftgate and the Digital Cockpit which saves system preferences for up to four drivers!


We love this all-out redesign of Volkswagen Tiguan and think you will too. Visit our dealership today for a test drive. We serve customers from Sunnyvale, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Palo Alto and look forward to helping you drive around the around in comfort and style.

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