Volkswagen Tiguan Limited Will Soon Become Volkswagen Tiguan Unavailable

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
volkswagen tiguan limited will soon become volkswagen tiguan unavailable

If you’re in the market for a very small (for its class) German crossover that demands premium fuel, you’ll soon be out of luck. Volkswagen says the Tiguan Limited — the old model kept in production alongside the newer, much larger Tiguan — will not return for the 2019 model year.

Instead, buyers who can’t go without a Tiguan badge on their vehicle will have to come to grips with knowing they’ll need to spend just over two grand more to satisfy their urge. Alas, we all knew it couldn’t last long.

Volkswagen spokesman Mark Gillies confirmed the looming discontinuation to CarsDirect. By offering the old model alongside the new one, VW was able to lure buyers into showrooms with the promise of a lower MSRP. The 2018 Tiguan Limited carries an after-delivery entry price of $23,150; the regular Tiguan, with its 11 extra inches of wheelbase and available (or standard, depending on trim) third-row seat, starts at $25,495.

That’s a smaller price gap then when the next-generation debuted in the middle of last year. It seems VW prepared for the impending loss of its price leader by nudging the models closer together, thus pushing many shoppers in the larger model’s direction.

If leasing is on those shoppers’ minds, they might discover that no price gap exists. As reported earlier this month by CarsDirect, leasing an old Tiguan Limited instead of a new, base Tiguan S might empty your wallet faster. In California at least, leasing a 2018 Tiguan Limited over 36 months works out to $262 per month, after factoring in the due-at-signing payment. A 2018 Tiguan S? $254 per month over the same term.

Blame the newer Tiguan’s higher residual value. For short-term owners, moving up to the far roomier version makes a lot of sense. It’s doubtful many Tiguan buyers would lose much sleep worrying about the 16 extra horses they gave up by choosing the newer model.

Sales of the Tiguan Limited fell 34.5 percent in May, year over year, with volume of the petite two-row crossover falling 49.2 percent over the first five months of 2018. Buyers have already made up their minds. The new Tiguan remains, by a fair margin, the best-selling vehicle in VW’s American stable.

[Images: Volkswagen of America]

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  • Jeffjeffmurray Jeffjeffmurray on Jun 21, 2018

    I have a 2012 tiguan myself with a 6spd and fwd. it most certainly could use awd as i find it torque steering and loosing traction quite easily. The power is very decent though- my understanding is that it is either the same engine, or very similar engine from the gti, and it does move very decently for what it is. I find myself suprised by the fuel economy in the real world- rated at 27 on the highway, often I see closer to 30 indicated on the computer. Premium fuel is definitely not a lot of fun, but most turbocharged engines are going to have that.

  • Wheatridger Wheatridger on Jun 22, 2018

    Kudos for one more in a long line of snarky, dismissive reviews of the Tiguan. Only in the last sentence do you concede that this is VWA's best-selling vehicle. That's a rare achievement for a nine-year-old car! Usually, sales peak in the first years and dwindle afterwards. The Tiguan must be meeting somebody's needs, right? Even if you just know they should all have bought Mazdas, or ________ instead. The ur-Tiguan has seen nine years with just one engine and two transmissions, and saw just one styling update. Until someone suggests otherwise, I'd call this VW's most enduring and unchanging car since the Beetle!

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    • Wheatridger Wheatridger on Jun 22, 2018

      @RHD Then I stand corrected. But the old Tig's peak year, 46,000 sold, came in 2016, seven years into the model run. That's still pretty remarkable, considering it never had a powertrain upgrade. I'm not trying to slather praise on the Tiguan. Many are my complaints with it, and with CUVs in general. I wouldn't buy another. But it's been a completely capable and reliable car over the past 60,000 miles. It's towed a one-ton trail cross country at the peak of summer, and proved itself a capable canyon carver, despite its everyday gig as a rush hour commuter. We're about to swap it to our daughter, who's doing forestry research up slippery logging roads near Seattle. We know she can rely on it (we just don't know how many more miles before it requires a valve cleaning). As a trusty all-rounder, you could do a lot worse than an old Tiguan.

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  • FreedMike I think this illustrates a bit of Truth About PHEVs: it's hard to see where they "fit." On paper, they make sense because they're the "best of both worlds." Yes, if you commute 20-30 miles a day, you can generally make it on electric power only, and yes, if you're on a 500-mile road trip, you don't have to worry about range. But what percentage of buyers has a 20-mile commute, or takes 500-mile road trips? Meanwhile, PHEVs are more expensive than hybrids, and generally don't offer the performance of a BEV (though the RAV4 PHEV is a first class sleeper). Seems this propulsion type "works" for a fairly narrow slice of buyers, which explains why PHEV sales haven't been all that great. Speaking for my own situation only, assuming I had a place to plug in every night, and wanted something that ran on as little gas as possible, I'd just "go electric" - I'm a speed nut, and when it comes to going fast, EVs are awfully hard to beat. If I was into hypermiling, I'd just go with a hybrid. Of course, your situation might vary, and if a PHEV fits it, then by all means, buy one. But the market failure of PHEVs tells me they don't really fit a lot of buyers' situations. Perhaps that will change as charging infrastructure gets built out, but I just don't see a lot of growth in PHEVs.
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