By on June 15, 2017

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan red - Image: Volkswagen

Volkswagen of America announced pricing for the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan starts at $26,245, including fees, when the second-generation small crossover arrives at U.S. dealers this summer.

Volkswagen will charge $500 for an optional third row of seats for buyers who are selecting 4Motion all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive 2018 Tiguans include the third row as standard equipment

Base Tiguan pricing increases by only $385 compared with the 2017 model, another sign that Volkswagen plans to move the first-generation Tiguan — which takes the Tiguan Limited name — downmarket.

The top-spec 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan’s U.S. price, when every option and package plus all-wheel drive and a third row are added to the SEL Premium trim, climbs to $40,445.

All-wheel drive, with four selectable modes, is a $1,300 option on each of the Tiguan’s four trim levels: S, SE, SEL, and SEL Premium.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan third row - Image: Volkswagen

To the S’s standard equipment (6.5-inch touchscreenm 17-inch alloys, LED daytime running lights, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto) the $29,980 Tiguan SE adds an 8.0-inch touchscreen, proximity access with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climatr control, leatherette seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, rear traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring are also standard on the SE — they cost $850 as a Driver Assistance Package on the Tiguan S.

The $33,450 SEL swaps the 17-inch wheels for 18s and adds navigation, a power tailgate, remote start, a panoramic sunroof (that costs $1,200 on the Tiguan SE), and adaptive cruise control. At the top of the heap, the $37,150 Tiguan SEL Premium exchanges the 18-inch wheels for 19-inch wheels and adds adaptive front-lighting, rain-sensing wipers, a hands-free power tailgate, a heated steering wheel, and leather seating. The SEL Premium also includes lane departure warning with lane assist, auto high beams, ParkPilot, an overhead view camera, Fender audio, and a 12.3-inch Digital Cockpit display in the gauge cluster.

For $1,795, the Tiguan SEL can add an R-Line package with sportier exterior design elements and ParkPilot. The R-Line package is $1,495 extra on the SEL Premium, which already includes ParkPilot. The R-Line package won’t be available at launch.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan interior - Image: Volkswagen

All Tiguans bound for the United States are fitted with a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, producing 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, that makes less horsepower than the old Tiguan’s 2.0T but more torque.

With nearly a foot of extra length, the new Tiguan promises 58-percent more cargo volume. Launched with the larger Atlas in May, the Tiguan also inclues a six-year/72,000-mile comprehensive warranty.

Prices for the 2017 Honda CR-V, America’s top-selling utility vehicle in each of the last five years and a prime Tiguan rival, start at $24,985 and top out at $34,735. The CR-V, of course, doesn’t offer a third row of seating, let alone come standard with sixth and seventh seats.

The Nissan Rogue, on the other hand, is America’s top-selling utility vehicle through 2017’s first five months. A Family Package drives the base 2017 Rogue’s price up to $26,570, $325 more than the entry-level 2018 Tiguan S.

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

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27 Comments on “2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Priced From $26,245, Third Row Costs 500 Times More Than Challenger Demon’s Second Row...”

  • avatar

    I question if that warranty will be offered in Canada, or if as usual we will only see like 5 years and 100K coverage.

  • avatar

    So “Limited” trim levels aren’t usually limited but at least they are usually better than something. In this case, VW is going to call the dated Tiguan “Limited” and sell it as a downmarket model alongside the new one? Seems silly.

  • avatar

    In this day & age of ugliness the tig don’t look too bad. VW styling is palpable. I saw a newnew Beetle yesterday. Know it’s on the way out but ya know it no longer looks unrestrained.

  • avatar

    Wouldnt want the third row in something this size however that xtra foot of space will work wonders.

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    I’m wondering who is making that transmission and what the service interval will be. No mention of it being a DSG on VW’s media site, so is it a conventional 8 speed automatic? The current 6 speed conventional automatic is made by Aisin and has a 50K service interval.

    Pricing isn’t terrible and you can get it loaded to the gills for $37K, which is actually not bad for what they’re offering.

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    It’s still pricey when compared to the CRV or Rogue which offer more content.

    Unless one has kids, the third row seats are a waste. It takes up cargo room and is cramped considering that it’s only meant to be used kids.

    The newer does look good to though but conservative upfront and appears roomy unlike the older model which is cramped esp. for tall people.

    • 0 avatar

      Not sure the Tiguan buyer’s will cross shop the crv and Rogue. That is almost like comparing the Sentra buyer to the Maxima buyer.

      • 0 avatar

        My sister inlaw did. She really wanted the VW, it just so much nicer. My brother put the kabosh on it as his shop does a lot of VW work and he was scared of it. She ended up with a CRV.

      • 0 avatar

        There are people who will cross-shop the CRV, Rogue, Rav4 and the Tiguan as the models are considered in the same CUV class.

        The Tiguan is overpriced and stripped down for the lower model trims as well as its poor reputation for its less than stellar reliability. That poor reputation can be applied to many European (German) -named vehicles. German engineering is nothing but a marketing ploy.

        VW hasn’t learned a thing if it continues to sell lower level model trims with less content at a higher price when the Japanese competition is selling models at a similar or lower price with more content and better overall features making it them a better ‘value’ for the money.

        • 0 avatar

          Like I said, the Tiguan and CRV buyer are looking for two different things. Crv is nice but very soft and conservative. Every other person over the age of 60 in Florida drives a crv. Essentially the Camry driver of 10 years ago is driving a crv now. Tiguan buyer is looking for a more performance oriented vehicle, over the softer conservative crv.

  • avatar

    If VW can’t succeed with this competitively priced, largish CUV with a long warranty they might as well pack up their bags and leave North America.

  • avatar

    I really like it! I can see my bride getting an SE with pano roof when the lease is up on her ’16 CR-V EX. I wish it had the diamond-tufted seat pattern that the Atlas has, but you can’t have everything.

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    The price seems to be a bit much for this segment. I’m sure with in a year incentives will bring the price down to reality. Subaru Forester FXT is around $37k which is close to the top price of the Tiguan and is the closest competitor in this segment for cross shoppers. The CR-V and Rogue buyer seems to be a much older crowd or someone that is looking for a less expensive price point and a less performance oriented vehicle.

    • 0 avatar

      The CR-V can also be equipped to $36K+, though. At that price, the Tiguan is simply more convincing and less retiree.

      • 0 avatar

        I have in-laws in Florida that are in there late 70’s. When we go to visit you cannot drive a block without seeing a cr-v in a driveway.

        Not sure the Tiguan will put a dent in the cr-v sales. Similar vehicles yet the two are sold to completely different types of buyers.

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    I think VW will have a hit with this one.

    • 0 avatar

      Yeah, I think it looks great and the various packages are pretty appealing. Despite my distrust of VW, this is one that I would have strongly considered right up until I saw the only engine available. It’s too weak.

      Other than that, it’s a home run. That SEL trim would be pretty appealing with a VR6 in it, or even a more powerful 2.0L turbo 4-cyl.

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    With a foot extra length, have they squeezed out the Toureg from the VW lineup? And when will they bring us a subcompact CUV, the current hot segment?

    • 0 avatar

      The Touareg’s price has already squeezed it out of relevance. Their subcompact CUV (currently called the T-Roc) is hitting Europe later this year, so the US will probably see it sometime later next year.

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    Is there a “Limited” trim level for the Tiguan Limited?

    • 0 avatar

      The current smaller Tiguan model will become the ‘Tiguan Limited’, based on some media reports from VW, which will continue to make the older Tiguan model before phasing it out.

      It’s similar to what Nissan did with the old smaller Rogue by making it the ‘Rogue Limited’ before phasing it out years later.

  • avatar

    Ugh I would not want to compete in this segment. The Edge, the RX, the SRX, the Volvo… all excellent big two-row machines. The third row will be a non-starter for this car.

    • 0 avatar

      Making three-row seating standard on FWD models but optional with AWD is just bonkers. Let’s not have a two-row FWD price leader that could help sway a few buyers away from CR-Vs and RAV4s….

      The *transferable* 6 year/72,000 mile warranty is a big plus that should help mollify those who are antsy about VW reliability as well as bolster residual values. It will likely crush VW’s ‘certified pre-owned’ program though; why pay more than used-car prices for “certified” cars when regular used cars still have two years left on the factory warranty?

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