The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact mainstream SUV that slots below the midsize Atlas in Volkswagen’s lineup. Being at the larger end of the compact scale, it has more interior space than most vehicles in its segment and also has an available third-row seat, which expands passenger capacity to seven. Although best suited for occasional use, the availability of the third-row separates the Tiguan from many of its competitors which offer two-row seating only. Prices start at an MSRP of $24,595.
Pros: Available Third-Row Seat, Quiet & Comfortable Ride
Cons: Leisurely Acceleration, Bland Interior
Looks Best In: Dark Moss Green exterior/Golden Oak & Black interior
Competition: Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Jeep Cherokee, Nissan Rogue, Chevrolet Equinox, Subaru Crosstrek, Toyota RAV4
Safety Score: The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan was awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick distinction.
Summary: The Tiguan is a practical entry in the compact SUV segment. Although it lags behind some competitors in terms of efficiency, it has a more stable and solid driving feel compared to some other offerings in the segment. The available third-row seat could prove invaluable on occasions when otherwise a separate vehicle would need to be driven in order to transport a larger party of people.
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