2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Values & Cars for Sale | Kelley Blue Book (2022)

The compact SUV segment has changed quite a bit in the nine years since Volkswagen introduced the Tiguan. And now, finally, the VW has caught up. Totally redesigned for 2018, the 2nd-generation Volkswagen Tiguan is among the roomiest SUVs in the segment and loaded with cutting-edge tech, including dual 12- and 8-inch digital displays, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a long list of driver-assist and safety technologies. It’s also the only compact SUV other than the Nissan Rogue to offer seating for seven, and boasts the very best bumper-to-bumper warranty in the segment: a 6-year/72,000-mile limited warranty that’s fully transferable to subsequent owners. The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan isn’t just a better SUV, it’s a smarter buy right out of the gate.

Used 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Pricing

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan starts at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $26,245 and tops out at $39,945 with all the bells and whistles. While the big new warranty will decrease ownership costs for some and likely increase resale values, it’s unlikely the new Tiguan’s overall cost of ownership will match those of the segment’s proven value leaders. So, generally speaking, it’s likely you’ll pay more to drive a Tiguan than you would a comparably equipped Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, for instance. But spending a little more for the vehicle you prefer is sometimes the smart choice.

Driving the Used 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

The Tiguan’s excellent steering and pedal response — expected attributes of any VW — contribute to an overall driving feel that’s among the best in the segment. Highway ride is firmer than that of some other small SUVs, but excellent seats, a quiet cabin and superior steering feel qualify the new Tiguan as an excellent long-haul companion. While the Tiguan’s turbocharged engine generates impressive horsepower and torque, a base Tiguan is a whopping 450 pounds heavier than a base Honda CR-V. City scooting and highway cruising are barely impacted, but the added mass is evident in highway merging and passing situations.

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Although the Tiguan is a bit longer than most compact SUVs, good outward visibility and a decent turning diameter combine to make it a breeze in parking lots. The Tiguan also offers a host of available technologies that make parking maneuvers even easier. Rear Traffic Alert with Braking will warn you of cars coming down the aisle you’re backing into, and can automatically stop the car if necessary. The Overhead View Camera provides a bird’s-eye view of the vehicle and its surroundings, an increasingly common feature that remains among our favorites. Park Distance Control with Maneuver Braking incorporates front and rear parking sensors that warn you of close objects and can even stop the car if you’re about to back into something.

Interior Comfort

Interior design and materials are typical VW highlights, and the new Tiguan follows suit. We’re big fans of open bins with power and USB ports placed ahead of the transmission selector, a feature we were happy to find in the Tiguan. The start/stop button, electronic parking brake, and transmission selector are all placed within inches of each other in the center console, which makes for quicker and easier departures and arrivals. The center armrest is nicely padded but doesn’t offer the cool, ratcheting height adjustability we regularly put to use in other Volkswagens.

In addition to accommodating backseat passengers with ample headroom and legroom, the 2018 VW Tiguan features sliding and reclining rear seatbacks that adjust to maximize both passenger comfort and cargo capacity. The seatback also features a 40/20/40 split, which makes it easier to carry long items and two rear passengers at the same time. The rear seat also features dedicated air vents, power and USB ports, plus a good armrest. Even though the Tiguan’s third row is the smallest on the market — with 3.5 fewer inches of legroom than even the Nissan Rogue’s available third row — it nevertheless can save you from driving two cars or making two trips or abandoning the idea altogether.

Two-row Tiguan models offer 37.6 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second row, a figure that places it in the top half of the segment. When your hands are full, you can open the Tiguan’s liftgate by gently kicking your foot under the rear bumper. And in a new twist, when you have a large load to remove from the Tiguan, first press a button on the open tailgate and it will automatically close when it senses you (the key) walking away from the vehicle.

Exterior Styling

The Tiguan’s distinctive and well-tailored look is sure to be among its bigger draws. Already the longest compact SUV in the segment, the Tiguan’s sharp creases add a taut, freshly pressed authority. Complex LED taillights give the rear view a similarly serious, semi-premium feel. The range-topping Tiguan SEL Premium adds LED headlights and LED daytime running lights, while the available R-Line package gives the Tiguan a sportier look that includes unique, larger wheels.

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Favorite Features

The best bumper-to-bumper warranty in the business, the Tiguan’s fully transferable coverage benefits owners who keep their cars a long time, as well as those who typically sell after a few years.

Choose a song, dictate a text message or navigate to a destination with the ease and familiarity of your smartphone.

Standard Features

While Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are finally starting to become more common in the category, in the new Tiguan they’re included as standard equipment as part of the Car-Net App-Connect package. Also included in the Tiguan’s base price are the third-row seat, a 6.5-inch touch screen infotainment system, Bluetooth and USB smartphone connectivity, a rearview camera, and a 40/20/40 split, sliding, reclining, fold-flat 2nd-row seat.

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Factory Options

In addition to a range of active safety technologies and traditional upgrades like leather seats and premium audio, Tiguan option highlights include a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, a bird’s-eye parking camera, keyless entry/start, a hands-free liftgate with walk-away close, and a 12.3-inch customizable digital instrument panel. As for VW’s Car-Net infotainment system, stepping up to the subscription-based Security & Service group adds capabilities like remote vehicle lock/unlock, automatic crash notification, and the parent-friendly Family Guardian with features including remote speed and boundary alerts. The range-topping Guide & Inform group includes built-in navigation plus the subscription-based SiriusXM Travel Link that includes traffic and weather info, plus local fuel prices, sports scores and movie information.

Engine & Transmission

The Tiguan’s base curb weight of 3,777 pounds qualifies it as the heavyweight champion of the category. As such, its EPA fuel economy ratings are on the low side of the category average, but for most drivers it works out to just an extra gallon or two per month. The added mass also takes a toll on acceleration, even with 221 lb-ft of torque on tap from 1,600 rpm.

The Tiguan’s available 4Motion all-wheel-drive system features a mechanical center differential and electronic differential locks, allowing it to transfer power front to back and side to side. The system also includes a variety of driver-selectable modes, including On-Road, Snow, Off-Road and Custom Off-Road. Within On-Road mode are four additional settings: Normal, Sport, Eco and Custom. Combined with 7.9 inches of ground clearance, a 4Motion-equipped Tiguan should deliver as much foul-weather and off-road capability and confidence as most anything in the segment.

2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
8-speed automatic transmission
184 horsepower @ 4,400-6,000 rpm
221 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/27 mpg (front-wheel drive), 21/27 mpg (all-wheel drive)
Towing capacity: 1,500 pounds

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We take each vehicle we test through the mundane — parking, lane-changing, backing up, cargo space and loading — as well as the essential — acceleration, braking, handling, interior quiet and comfort, build quality, materials quality, reliability.

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What is the price of a 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan? ›

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $26,245 and tops out at $39,945 with all the bells and whistles.

What is a Volkswagen Tiguan worth? ›

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Value - $20,762-$38,050 | Edmunds.

How many miles will a 2018 Tiguan last? ›

Here is the short answer to how long the Volkswagen Tiguan lasts: The Volkswagen Tiguan is a robust, compact SUV that can last between 150,000 – 200,000 miles when properly maintained and driven conservatively.

Is the Tiguan 2018 reliable? ›

The Volkswagen Tiguan has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

How much will the 2022 Tiguan cost? ›

The facelifted 2022 Tiguan is slightly pricier than before, and the most expensive SEL R-Line model comes in at $37,790. The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan, which received a light facelift, will start at $27,190 for the front-wheel drive base S trim, $750 more than last year.

Is Tiguan worth buying? ›

The Volkswagen Tiguan is an extremely likeable car. It drives beautifully, it feels like it is made with utmost care and precision, and it looks quite classy too. For some people it might come across as too expensive considering the size and features list, but the Tiguan offers a different type of quality.

Do Volkswagens hold their value? ›

Volkswagens tend to hold a good amount of value over time, with certain models depreciating only about 40% after three years of ownership. Mileage: Your car's mileage directly relates to its condition. If you've racked up 100,000 miles or more, you might have to bring the price down.

Is a Volkswagen Tiguan a reliable car? ›

The 2021 Tiguan has a predicted reliability score of 83 out of 100; scoring over 20 points higher than the previous year. In the J.D. Power study, the reporting metrics on predicted reliability gives its Best rating for scores of 91- 100, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and below average.

Are Tiguans expensive to maintain? ›

The Volkswagen Tiguan has above average maintenance costs. It would cost you around $730 to maintain a Volkswagen Tiguan every year, which is notably more than the average of $521 annually for compact SUVs. A tune-up will be around $271, including the replacement of spark plugs.

What does 4MOTION mean on VW? ›

What is VW 4MOTION and what does it do? 4MOTION is a system that takes all-wheel drive to the next level. The 4MOTION system in most AWD Volkswagen vehicles defaults to sending 90% of the power to the front axle and 10% to the rear axle in most driving conditions.

Why was the Tiguan discontinued? ›

In April 2017, Volkswagen of America announced that it would continue to sell its outgoing Tiguan alongside the second generation model, rebranding it as the Volkswagen Tiguan Limited. Due to slow sales compared to the second generation model, the Tiguan Limited was discontinued after the 2018 model year.

Does Volkswagen Tiguan have transmission problems? ›

Due to defects in the torque converter, 2019 Jetta and 2018-2020 Tiguan owners may experience transmission failure.

Does a VW Tiguan have a timing belt or chain? ›

The Volkswagen Tiguans all use timing chains in their engines. Typically, vehicles with timing chains are more reliable, and the chains themselves are maintenance free and a boon to owners. Typically.

What does 4MOTION mean on a Tiguan? ›

Volkswagen 4MOTION is an advanced all-wheel drive system that offers smooth, controlled handling and extra traction during slippery or unstable road conditions. 4Motion automatically and almost instantly adapts to the road and distributes power to individual wheels as needed.

What is the difference between Tiguan S and SE? ›

The 2021 Tiguan SE is next step up. It starts at $27,395 for FWD and $28,695 for AWD. As expected, it gets a number of improvements over the S trim. Among them are an 8-inch touchscreen, two more USB ports, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD Radio, push-button start, and proximity keyless entry.

Is VW Tiguan fuel efficient? ›

The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan can boast an EPA-estimated 23 city/29 highway MPG.

Is the Tiguan like an Audi? ›

The 2022 Audi Q5 and the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan both offer smooth rides, engaged handling, and powerful engines. However, while the VW Tiguan has just one engine option, the Q5 offers two. As you can see, the Audi Q5 powers ahead of the Tiguan with its optional 2.0L 55 TFSI® 4-cylinder engine.

Is Tiguan being discontinued? ›

The third-generation of Volkswagen's Tiguan SUV will continue with plug-in hybrid power. Volkswagen has been out testing the new Tiguan and these latest spy images give us our best look yet at the all-new model.

What does the German word Tiguan mean? ›

The Volkswagen Tiguan name is a combination of the German words for “tiger” (Tiger) and “iguana” (Leguan). How is Tiguan pronounced? This combination of German words is pronounced “TEE-gwan”. You may be wondering how, exactly, Volkswagen came to choose the name “Tiguan” for this compact SUV model.

How many miles can you get on a Volkswagen Tiguan? ›

With proper maintenance, the VW Tiguan has been known to exceed 200000 miles without too much trouble, so there is no need to worry about being stranded far from home. You'll have a great experience owning a Volkswagen Tiguan.

What car brand depreciates the most? ›

Vehicles that Depreciate the Most
Top 10 Vehicles With the Highest Depreciation – iSeeCars Study
RankVehicleAverage 5-Year Depreciation
1Nissan LEAF65.1%
2BMW i363.1%
3BMW 7 Series61.5%
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How long do Volkswagens last? ›

Volkswagen is an excellent brand that has had its ups and downs over the years. They don't last as long as some brands, but you can expect this car to stick around. According to motorask.com, a Volkswagen that is cared for properly should last 100,000 - 200,000 miles. Some have lasted far beyond that.

How much does an oil change cost for a Volkswagen Tiguan? ›

The average cost for a Volkswagen Tiguan oil change is between $126 and $147. Labor costs are estimated between $51 and $64 while parts are priced between $75 and $83. This range does not include taxes and fees, and does not factor in your specific model year or unique location.

How often should a Tiguan be serviced? ›

Every 10,000 Miles

It will be time for your Tiguan's first scheduled maintenance visit at 10,000 miles. This service will be performed every 10,000 miles. Count on getting an oil change.

What kind of gas does a Tiguan use? ›

What type of gas does the new Tiguan require? While there is no specific Volkswagen Tiguan gas type, the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan runs beautifully on regular unleaded gasoline. Since you don't need to pay more for premium gas, the VW Tiguan helps you save with every trip to the pump.

Where is the Volkswagen Tiguan made? ›

Let's start with a quick answer: Volkswagen Tiguan manufactured from 2016 onwards and sold in North America are assembled in Puebla, Mexico. Furthermore, the 2.0L TSI engine is made in nearby Silao, Mexico. The 8-speed transmission is made in Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, or Spain.

Does Volkswagen have engine problems? ›

Volkswagen vehicles are extremely durable and reliable, but if you drive your car for many years, it's likely that you'll run into engine problems at some point. A clogged radiator, strange noises, and a failure to start can be indicators of a serious issue that needs to be addressed by an expert.

Is Volkswagen a reliable brand? ›

The Volkswagen Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 12th out of 32 for all car brands. This rating is based on an average across 345 unique models. The average annual repair cost for a Volkswagen is $676, which means it has above average ownership costs.

How much is a tune up for a Volkswagen? ›

Volkswagen tune-ups, on average, cost between $200 and $350 depending on your specific model. You should get your Volkswagen tuned up every 5,000 miles driven or every six months—whichever comes first. If you own a car, an occasional tune-up is essential.

Are Volkswagens expensive to fix? ›

Median Volkswagen Maintenance Cost

Volkswagen came in at #22, costing an average of $7,800 in maintenance over the course of the car's first decade. This is less expensive than Ford, Chevrolet, Jeep, and Kia. It's less than $600 more than vehicles from Nissan, Mazda, and Honda.

Why are Volkswagens so expensive? ›

High Transaction Costs

In the Volkswagen Group family, VW's role is to build mainstream, mass-market transportation while its luxury-oriented siblings like Audi and Bentley build higher priced, fancier models.

Is Tiguan AWD or 4WD? ›

To provide added traction on the road, the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan has all-wheel drive capabilities. This comes in the form of Volkswagen's 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive technology.

Is the VW Tiguan permanent 4 wheel drive? ›

4MOTION all-​​wheel-drive system

Normally, power is mainly transmitted to the front axle, which saves energy. However, in the event of an impending loss of traction, the rear axle is activated in a fraction of a second. This is why 4MOTION is considered to be a permanently engaged four-wheel-drive system.

Can you turn 4MOTION off? ›

Simplest way is to go under the car and just to pull the plug off the controller. The ESP light will stay on. It is also disabled if the handbrake is applied but obviously that's not really a solution unless you can pull the handbrake enough for the light to come on but not enough so the rear brakes are binding.

Does a VW Tiguan have a timing belt or chain? ›

The Volkswagen Tiguans all use timing chains in their engines. Typically, vehicles with timing chains are more reliable, and the chains themselves are maintenance free and a boon to owners. Typically.

How do you reset the service light on a VW Tiguan 2018? ›

How to reset the oil change indicator on a 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

How much does it cost to change a timing belt on a VW Tiguan? ›

Shopping around to get a few quotes is your best bet to get the best deal, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $409 to $919 (including parts and labor).

What is the average cost to replace a timing chain? ›

How much does timing chain replacement cost? A mechanic can replace a timing chain for between $1,600 and $1,800, or you can do it yourself for between $600 and $800. Due to how hard it is to replace this part, the price is high.

Are VW Tiguans expensive to maintain? ›

The Volkswagen Tiguan has above average maintenance costs. It would cost you around $730 to maintain a Volkswagen Tiguan every year, which is notably more than the average of $521 annually for compact SUVs.

How often does 2018 VW Tiguan need oil change? ›

VW recommends getting your 2018 VW Tiguan oil & filter changed every 3,000-5,000 miles for conventional oil. Synthetic oil usually should be changed every 7,500 - 10,000 miles.

How much oil does a 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan take? ›

Engine Oil

Capacity: With filter 6 quarts. After refill check oil level.

How often does a 2019 Tiguan need an oil change? ›

An oil change is one of the most essential and vital services for your car. Volkswagen recommends getting your 2019 VW Tiguan oil & filter changed every 3,000-5,000 miles, but it's finest to check your owner's manual and with your dealer to find out the intervals that work finest for your vehicle.


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