As the FBI continues it’s investigations into high-ranking individuals in VW over the dieselgate scandal, the company itself keeps giving us good cars. The 2018 Tiguan presented in Detroit is actually a LWB (Long Wheel Base) version of the European car, so it is not completely new. In fact, it is pretty similar to the 2016 model except for the size, which was a must for VW, since most of the competitors have cars of similar size in the US.
The added room allows up to 57% more cargo space and a neat feature if sliding second-row seats which can give additional 7 inches of legroom. There is an option of getting the third row of seats (standard on higher trim levels), but the passengers at the far back will not be thrilled with comfort.
Other additions for this version include an optional panoramic sunroof and power tailgate which is foot-activated. In terms of safety, the Tiguan comes with adaptive cruise control, collision warning, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assisted steering, rear cross traffic alert and automatic braking.
Other options include the reconfigurable LCD instrument cluster called Digital Cockpit, Car-Net, App-Connect, Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink and Android Auto. Music comes through amazing Fender Premium Audio system.
Motivation comes from a 2.0 l TSI with 184 hp paired with an 8-speed automatic. You can choose between FWD and 4Motion.
In Europe VW will also keep the shorter version, but also offer this one under the name Tiguan Allspace. In the US however, the name Tiguan will stand for the LWB version. For Australia we won’t know the specifics of what we will get until closer to the Tiguan Australian release date in mid 2018.