By on June 21, 2018

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited, Image: Volkswagen

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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20 Comments on “Volkswagen Tiguan Limited Will Soon Become Volkswagen Tiguan Unavailable...”


  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Just don’t ruin the Golf, VW. It’s the only car that warrants a trip to a US VW dealer.

    • 0 avatar
      salmonmigration

      Frequent trips, especially after 3 or 4 years of ownership.

    • 0 avatar
      Sigivald

      You’re not VW’s target market.

      The Passat and Jetta both outsell the Golf *family*, per GCBC (most months, though there was a big Golf bump in April).

      They’re selling *twice* as many Tiguans as Golfs lately.

      And the Atlas is selling surprisingly well, coming close to Golf volume last month.

      • 0 avatar
        sportyaccordy

        Per GCBC, Jetta sales are down 40% from its 2012 value engineered debut; Passat sales are down by over 50%. All Golf variants are up by about as much over the same period. Atlas is selling, but offers no unique or value propositions to its competition. The Golf family does. There’s no car on the market that combines the size, refinement, peformance, economy and price of the base Golf, or the GTI for that matter. The gulf between the Golf and the rest of VW’s NA lineup is a demonstration of what VW is capable of when they actually make an effort.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Jetta will be worth a look once the GLI model hits dealers. As it is, though, it’s still a pretty nice piece.

  • avatar
    PM300

    A good friend of mine has one of these. I have driven it on extended occasions and they do drive decent but the technology inside (especially the head unit) seems to be pretty awful compared to any of its competitors manufactured after 2013 or so. Funny thing is that I was with him when he bought it and we both tried the supposedly holy grail Mazda CX-5 (it was a 2015 touring model with AWD) sitting next to it and found the VW to be more fun to drive and way more “solid” feeling. He purchased the VW as a CPO off-lease with 25k miles and is up to 60k in a year and a half already with only relatively minor hardware problems with his hatch area (leaking some water, locking mechanism broke etc.). 22-23mpg on premium though isn’t pretty.

    • 0 avatar
      redapple

      22MPG is pretty terrible for a small SUV.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        You must be mistaken. All utilities are lucky to hit double digit MPG numbers going down hill with a tail wind, or so many on here would have us believe, thus making them a terrible alternative to sedans that nobody wants (even car-centric VW’s best seller is a utility, per this article).

        Wait, according to fueleconomy.gov, a 2018 Ford Edge FWD and 2018 Ford Fusion FWD with the same engine shows a 1 mpg advantage for the sedan. One. Mile. Per. Gallon. How much more proof do we need to start the Ford death watch?

  • avatar
    TW5

    VW Tiguan Limited is probably the best deal on the market, particularly since many dealers are still offering deep discounts. But the fuel economy is laughable. Whatever you save on the MSRP will be given to one of the supermajors for gasoline.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Requiring premium fuel in something that doesn’t have at least 400hp is ridiculous.

    • 0 avatar
      conundrum

      Nah, 460 horsepower.

      Anything less than 250 should run on used bacon fat.

    • 0 avatar
      Dan

      Requiring premium fuel at all is ridiculous. 93 sells at a 60-80c premium over 87 here, which is to say a 25% markup. In a 30 mpg car that’s giving up 6 MPG. For 5 horsepower.

      Every other word in the auto press and boards like these for the past 10 years has been something about mileage, here’s a way to make a I4 cost as much to run as a V8 and it gets crickets.

      • 0 avatar
        Wheatridger

        What’s this about “required” fuels? Somehow I’ve eluded the fuel inspector. I just know my wife is putting mid-grade at best in her Tiguan, and so what? For three decades, since SAAB’s Lambda System, engines have been smart enough to vary timing, boost and mixture to avoid pre-detonation. Lower octane may reduce performance or economy, but a Tiguan’s power will still remain adequate (it’s basically a GTI engine, after all), and its economy will remain mediocre (though I’ve seem 30-33 mpg on a long mountain drive at two-lane speeds).

  • avatar
    turbo_awd

    leasehackr.com currently has insane SoCal deals on some Tiguans (I’m assuming the older style) – like $177/month for certain models..

    • 0 avatar
      rcx141

      Best thing about getting one of these on a lease is they have to provide a loaner when it’s in the shop being mended, which will be often

      • 0 avatar
        Wheatridger

        How IS your Tiguan doing, rcx? That’s the kind of blanket slur that doesn’t suggest intimate mechanical knowledge. For the record, our 2013 has been back for two no-cost recalls, and that’s all there is to say.

  • avatar
    jeffjeffmurray

    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.

  • avatar
    Wheatridger

    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!

    • 0 avatar
      RHD

      The new edition of the Tiguan is the big seller, not the old model.
      In nine years, one engine and two transmissions is what many would expect a modern VW to need.

      (And to paraphrase a wise man: “Some people say I’m vulgar and dismissive.
      F%@# ’em!”)

      • 0 avatar
        Wheatridger

        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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