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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.3

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan uses quality materials throughout the cabin, which is well-insulated from outside noise. Though well-built, this Volkswagen trails some class rivals when it comes to interior styling, according to some critics.

The Tiguan seats up to seven and is available with two or three rows of seats. The first two rows are supportive and spacious, but the third row is too small for adults. There are plenty of standard and available tech features, many of which are intuitive. The 3-row Tiguan has above-average cargo space, and the 2-row Tiguan has more cargo room than nearly every other compact SUV.

  • Overall materials are good quality. We also noticed very little road or wind noise on our many highway miles." -- Automobile Magazine
  • Overall the interior isn't as stylish or adorned as the Mazda CX-5's, but clean simplicity has its own appeals." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior, too, rises to the top end of the segment: The dashboard looks and feels upscale, with clearly organized HVAC and audio controls and a large, crisp-looking 8.0-inch touchscreen display in all but the base S trim, which gets a 6.5-inch screen. The leatherette upholstery found in SE and SEL models is convincing, while the top SEL Premium gets real hides and a high-tech, configurable digital gauge cluster that's not far off from Audi's Virtual Cockpit system." -- Car and Driver

Seating

The Tiguan seats seven people in 3-row models and five in 2-row models. Cloth upholstery comes standard. Leatherette and leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the second row has enough room for just about anybody. The third row, however, is another story. It’s extremely cramped, and only children will be comfortable back there for any length of time. In fact, the Tiguan’s third row is smaller than just about every other 3-row SUV’s.

  • It's a little tight on head room, but your youngest kids will be perfectly fine back there into their early teenage years, unless your family is freakishly tall." -- Jalopnik
  • "Inside is where the new Tiguan really shines. The seats are comfortable and supportive, even though the power lumbar adjusts only in and out. The second row is very roomy, but the third row is tiny. Getting to the wayback is helped by an easy-to-reach lever that also allows the second row to recline and slide." -- Consumer Reports
  • If you'll be loading your car with six or seven people on even a semi-regular basis, you'll want to stick with a midsize SUV or minivan. But 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 telling your kids that, while their cousins would be more than welcome to come spend the night, there's just no room for them in the car. Best for shorter, occasional trips and small, flexible, younger humans, think of the Tiguan's third row as a reserve tank of passenger capacity." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Standard features in the Tiguan include a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a 6.5-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink, and a USB port.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, a nine-speaker Fender audio system, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, and two additional USB ports.

The Tiguan won’t lose to many class rivals when it comes to standard and available technology. There are plenty of connectivity features – including MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto – that come in every Tiguan but are optional (or unavailable) in other compact SUVs.

The optional infotainment screen works well, and the touch screens have crisp graphics and easily readable displays. There are also physical controls for some functions, so you don’t have to use the touch screen all the time. The Digital Cockpit is another highlight. It replaces the traditional gauge cluster with a 12.3-inch screen that displays a variety of vehicle data in an easy-to-see fashion. It can also show your navigation, making it easier to find your next turn without looking away from the road for long.

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  • "Starting with the second-tier SE model (S is the base), VW's new MIB II infotainment takes center stage. Integrated smoothly into the center stack, the 8-inch display boasts clear and bright graphics." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "We're also fans of VW's MIB II infotainment system, which offers a competitive suite of connectivity features (including VW's Car-Net subscription-based services); bright, easy-to-read displays; and snappy response times to inputs (i.e., you're not stuck wondering whether your tap or finger swipe registered). … Despite all of the touchscreen functions, VW wisely stuck to 'analog' volume and tuning knobs, which we find much easier to access and operate than virtual controls." -- Consumer Guide
  • "By far the coolest tech is the Digital Cockpit, available only on the top of the line SEL Premium trim. Similar to Audi's Virtual Cockpit, it replaces the traditional gauge cluster with a fully customizable 12.3-inch screen. Between a virtual speedometer and tachometer it displays a variety of information like audio, fuel economy or navigation. I found it really cool that I never had to look over to the center screen to see the map." -- CNET

Cargo

The Tiguan’s cargo capacities differ somewhat in 2-row and 3-row models. The 3-row Tiguan has 12 cubic feet of space with all seats up, 33 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 65.7 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. The 2-row Tiguan has 37.6 cubic feet of space with all seats up and 73.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

The 3-row Tiguan has above-average cargo space for a compact SUV, and the 2-row model has more cargo space than almost every competitor. The split-folding rear seats make it easy to expand your cargo space while still having room for more than two passengers. A power liftgate and a hands-free power liftgate are available.

  • "The 2018 Volkswagen 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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The main benefit of the new Tiguan's stretched body is improved cargo space. … The new one boasts 65.7 cubic feet when equipped with the third-row seat, or 73.5 in two-row form-numbers that compare favorably with the best in the compact-SUV class." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Thoughtful touches include bottle holders built into all doors, a dedicated place under the cargo floor to store the retractable cargo cover, and the ability to lower sections of the second row using levers in the cargo hold." -- Consumer Reports

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