By on June 15, 2017

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan - Image: VolkswagenVolkswagen of America is launching an all-new, second-generation, 2018 Tiguan in the summer of 2017. That’s the new new Tiguan.

But there’s also an old new Tiguan. Volkswagen is calling it the Tiguan Limited. Despite the major advances underpinning the new new Tiguan — it’s an MQB platform crossover with way more length, a third row of seats, and a dramatically different interior — the old new Tiguan will benefit from a significant update for 2018, as well.

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited will send power to its front or all four wheels via a new eight-speed automatic, just like the new new Tiguan.

And with a new eight-speed automatic comes new fuel economy figures, something the old old Tiguan could have used years ago.

Launched in late 2008, the first-generation Volkswagen Tiguan offered more standard horsepower than its competitors thanks to the across-the-board use of the Golf GTI’s turbocharged 2.0-liter. But the Tiguan was undersized, overpriced, and inefficient.

With all-wheel drive, the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan was rated at 18 miles per gallon in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 20 combined. Throw in premium gasoline to exacerbate your pain.

The 2009 Honda CR-V had ratings of 20/26/22 on regular fuel. In fact, even the 269-horsepower 2009 Toyota RAV4 AWD (19/26/21) consumed less fuel than the 200-horsepower 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T 4Motion. A combined rating of 23 miles per gallon was as good as the Tiguan 4Motion ever got.

While fuel consumption, a lack of cargo volume, and high prices initially limited the Tiguan’s appeal, sales did actually rise over time. U.S. volume increased in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015 before reaching an all-time record high in 2016, the old old Tiguan’s final year.

We don’t yet know how the old new Tiguan Limited will be priced for 2018 — pricing for the new new Tiguan was discussed on TTAC earlier today. We also don’t how much more efficient the new new Tiguan has become with a new 2.0-liter turbo — those figures are expected on Monday, June 19th.2016 Volkswagen Tiguan shifter - Image: VolkswagenWe do, however, know how much more efficient the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited has become, at least in front-wheel-drive guise. Rated at 20 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 22 combined in 2017 with a six-speed automatic and premium gasoline, the front-wheel-drive 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited with an eight-speed automatic is rated at 22 mpg in the city, 27 on the highway, and 24 combined. The EPA pegs the annual fuel savings at $450.

We were suspicious of the changes we noticed on FuelEconomy.gov. So we reached out to Volkswagen of America and received confirmation that the 2018 Tiguan Limited does indeed receive a new eight-speed automatic transmission. 4Motion AWD will also be available on the 2018 Tiguan Limited, but for now that configuration is simply not listed.

The old new Volkswagen Tiguan Limited certainly hasn’t become a fuel miser. FWD variants of the Nissan Rogue and Honda CR-V hit 29 and 30 mpg, respectively, on the EPA combined scale. But at least it’s a start for the old new Tiguan, albeit about a decade late.

[Image: Volkswagen]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.net. Follow on Twitter @timcaincars.

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16 Comments on “2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited – The Old New Tiguan – Gets Extra Gears, More MPGs...”


  • avatar
    deanst

    Still smaller and less fuel efficient than a CRV – they will have to price it aggressively to make any sense. And I guess it doesn’t get the better warranty as well – what will be the appeal?

    • 0 avatar
      mchan1

      Some buyers like smaller CUVs, guessing… shorter people??
      As long as it fits their needs, and budget, people will buy it.

      The newer 2018 Tiguan appears a better deal as it’s bigger (read: roomy) and slightly more fuel efficient but it’s costlier. A taller person can probably fit in the newer Tiguan better than in the older Tiguan which is cramp for tall people. The price for the updated newer Tiguan may hurt sales as it’s expensive compared to the Japanese CUVs which offer more content for similar or lower prices.

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      The new CR-V is OK, but I’d bet this thing in R trim with those sticky 235s at all corners would be more fun to drive than anything else in the segment. It’s basically a GTI for the Northeast…. very appealing to the right people.

  • avatar
    jvossman

    2017 Tiguan S can be had here in S Florida for 20k prior to taxes and fees. Maybe rental fleets?

  • avatar
    la834

    Call me when they offer a manual again on either the old or new Tiguans….

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Even if the new new Tiguan could match the leaders spec-for-spec, it would still be lost in the cacophony of small CUVs.

    At least the Atlas has a good start.

  • avatar
    Wheatridger

    I can report that my 2013 Tiguan easily bests the EPA estimates. On a long, traffic-free drive from Denver to Telluride, on two-lane roads at 60-70 mph, the car reported 30 mpg in the uphill direction and 33 back down to the big city. Urban mileage is a different story- it’s stuck in the low 20s in that environment, like all heavy cars that aren’t hybrids.

  • avatar
    Acd

    Does the Tiguan Limted get the new 2.0 turbo 4 from the new Tiguan or keep the current engine?

    • 0 avatar
      Rocket

      If it gets the new, Atkinson cycle engine, that would explain the big jump in fuel efficiency. And it should get the new engine, because otherwise the older, smaller, cheaper model would be more powerful than the all new Tiguan. Even the usually clueless VW management team must realize that wouldn’t make any sense.

  • avatar
    Sceptic

    Will this new old Tiguan still continue to be built in Germany?
    Does anyone know where the new MQB based generation will come from? Mexico, most likely? Surely not Tennessee.

    This older version may be a good bargain for a German built vehicle. Seen them advertised around $20K.

    • 0 avatar
      derekson

      The new Tiguan for NA will be built at the Puebla plant in Mexico.

      • 0 avatar
        Sceptic

        Then, VW product line faces an interesting conundrum where a newer(supposedly more premium option) comes from the cheaper lower labor cost location, whereas a legacy old tech lesser model hails from the Fatherland. The use of “Limited” in the model name only adds to the confusion.

        • 0 avatar
          derekson

          The size difference should mostly obscure this kind of cross shopping I’d think. The older Tiguan is basically an HR-V competitor at this point while the new model is on the large side of the compact CUV class as I understand it.


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