2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 T SE

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 T SE

An Automotive Love Affair
By Joe Mavilia


This is the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 T SE. What is hard to believe is that 2018 came quickly in the blink of an eye. I was just getting used to 2017 and haven’t had time to get through reviews of that year and here we go again. The good news is for the consumer who can find deals on new 2017’s to make room for the 2018 models.

Christmas is just around the corner and a perfect time to kick off the new year by adding a VW to your driveway. The Tiguan is simply a cool car – perfect size for today’s usual needs, for most folks. It has good utility / Cargo area and alternatively a 4-door 5-seater for moving people. To my son – Sorry, it isn’t big enough for your 5 kids. Who does that any more anyway?

Enter Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes Benz GLS-Class, Toyota Land Cruiser, Infiniti QX80, Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus LX, Cadillac Escalade and Dodge Durango. These range in cost around $70 to 130,000. . . so much for “Cheaper by the Dozen”.

General Information:

It is assembled in – Puebla, Mexico; Parts – US/Canadian 11%, Mexico 43%; Germany 16%, Engine – Mexico, Transmission – Japan; Classification is Small SUV. Cars from Volkswagen: Atlas, Beetle, CC, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf Gti, Golf R, Golf Sportswagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan & Touareg.

Handling & Performance:

An absolute delight to drive.


Classic VW styling of course.

Fit and Finish:



Some would say these competitors are colluding on the pricing. Of course, that would be illegal, under Antitrust Laws of the land. More likely, in my experience, CAD (Computer Aided Design) systems are either exactly or so close to the same, you can expect car makers will come up with the same costs.

Conveniences and comfort:

This has to-be one of the more impressive small SUV’s you will drive. It is noticeably very comfy and overall a very nice car to drive.

Consumer Recommendations:

I absolutely can see myself owning this car. I enjoyed the week’s travels which means being in the seat for over 100 miles a day. If you are an out-of-doors kind of guy or gal, this is a great option for the active life. Be sure to take it for a spin and you’ll see what I mean.

Brand $$$ Cost MPG Avg Seating Country/Origin Assembled
VW Tiguan 31 23 5 Germany Mexico
Infiniti QX30 31 27 5 Japan UK
Chev Equinx 31 32 5 USA Canada
GMC Terrain 31 26 5 USA Canada
Subaru Forstr 30 25 5 Japan Japan

Recognized Competition:

Volkswagen Tiguan $31,000, Infiniti $31,000, Chevrolet Equinox $31,000, GMC Terrain $31,000, Subaru Forester $30,000.

Good News:

Great application, good fuel economy, powerful Turbo acceleration, competitively well priced.

Bad News:


Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter turbo 4-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, all-wheel-drive with 4-wheel independent suspension, front, side and side curtain airbags, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes, engine brake assist, anti-slip regulation, electronic brake force distribution, stability control, intelligent crash response system, LATCH system, tire pressure monitoring, 17” alloy wheels, auto halogen headlights, LED daytime running lights, heated power mirrors, intermittent wipers with heated washer nozzles, dual zone climate control, leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel, tilt / telescopic steering column, 10-way power heated driver seat, 6-way manual passenger seat, 2nd row 40/20/40 split folding seats, leatherette seating, rear view camera, forward collision warning & autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring front assist, blind spot monitor and rear traffic alert, keyless access with push button start, composition media 8” touch screen, multi band radio & CD player, dual USB inputs, Aux-in, voice control & 8-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity for compatible devices, Sirius XM Satellite radio, cruise control, Electric parking brake.

Gas Stats:

$3.15/ Gal avg. November 25, 2017

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21 City and 27 Highway MPG


MSRP $30,230

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