Volkswagen Tiguan Limited Will Soon Become Volkswagen Tiguan Unavailable

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

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.

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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.

  • 3-On-The-Tree 2014 Ford F150 Ecoboost 3.5L. By 80,000mi I had to have the rear main oil seal replaced twice. Driver side turbo leaking had to have all hoses replaced. Passenger side turbo had to be completely replaced. Engine timing chain front cover leak had to be replaced. Transmission front pump leak had to be removed and replaced. Ford renewed my faith in Extended warranty’s because luckily I had one and used it to the fullest. Sold that truck on caravan and got me a 2021 Tundra Crewmax 4x4. Not a fan of turbos and I will never own a Ford again much less cars with turbos to include newer Toyotas. And I’m a Toyota guy.
  • Duke Woolworth Weight 4800# as I recall.
  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X '19 Nissan Frontier @78000 miles has been oil changes ( eng/ diffs/ tranny/ transfer). Still on original brakes and second set of tires.
  • ChristianWimmer I have a 2018 Mercedes A250 with almost 80,000 km on the clock and a vintage ‘89 Mercedes 500SL R129 with almost 300,000 km.The A250 has had zero issues but the yearly servicing costs are typically expensive from this brand - as expected. Basic yearly service costs around 400 Euros whereas a more comprehensive servicing with new brake pads, spark plugs plus TÜV etc. is in the 1000+ Euro region.The 500SL servicing costs were expensive when it was serviced at a Benz dealer, but they won’t touch this classic anymore. I have it serviced by a mechanic from another Benz dealership who also owns an R129 300SL-24 and he’ll do basic maintenance on it for a mere 150 Euros. I only drive the 500SL about 2000 km a year so running costs are low although the fuel costs are insane here. The 500SL has had two previous owners with full service history. It’s been a reliable car according to the records. The roof folding mechanism needs so adjusting and oiling from time to time but that’s normal.
  • Theflyersfan I wonder how many people recalled these after watching EuroCrash. There's someone one street over that has a similar yellow one of these, and you can tell he loves that car. It was just a tough sell - too expensive, way too heavy, zero passenger space, limited cargo bed, but for a chunk of the population, looked awesome. This was always meant to be a one and done car. Hopefully some are still running 20 years from now so we have a "remember when?" moment with them.