2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited
Why Buy the Volkswagen Tiguan Limited?
If you love Volkwagen but balk at their prices, the Tiguan Limited will make you sit up in your seat. While this compact SUV normally starts at $25 grand, you can get the Tiguan Limited for just $22,000. The word limited in this case doesn’t refer to an exclusive collector’s edition. It means the options are limited. If you’re a bargain hunter who doesn’t need a lot of the frills of today’s newer cars, the Tiguan Limited might be a perfect fit.
What Comes Standard?
In order to make the Tiguan Limited more affordable, Volkswagen brought the Tiguan back to basics. The Limited model comes with 16-inch steel wheels, halogen headlights, 5-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, rearview camera, and cloth seats. For more than a few customers, that’s plenty.
But if you want to put back a few of the options the Limited takes out, you can spring for the $1300 Premium package, which adds 6-inch touchscreen, VW Car-Net connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HD radio, cruise control, leather steering wheel, keyless access with push-button start, and roof rails. This middle ground between the Tiguan Limited and the Tiguan S might be your sweet spot. There’s also a $495 Wheels package, which adds 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
How Does It Drive?
If you like powerful acceleration, you’ll love how the Tiguan handles itself. The Tiguan Limited corners well and lots of owners say it’s a blast to drive. If you think the seat is too low in cars but too high in most SUVs, you’ll like that “just right” middle ground the Tiguan has found. Like other trims, the Tiguan Limited comes has a 200-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Instead of the eight-speed automatic transmission native to other Tiguans, the Limited gets a six-speed. Front-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel-drive is an option for $1975.
It’s good that you save money on the Limited edition, because the fuel economy of the Tiguan is relatively poor for its class. It’s 20 city and 24 highway miles. You’ll also find the cargo capacity lacking if you’re using it to go away for the weekend or to stock up on a week’s worth of groceries. Luckily, a slide-and-recline back seat gives you more rear leg room when you want it and more cargo space when you don’t.