2017 Volkswagen GTI Sport is the perfect enthusiast special

The Volkswagen GTI is one of those cars that’s a near-perfect fit for so many people. Few cars on the market combine the GTI’s refinement, versatility, and fun-to-drive nature. There’s a reason why it’s one of our go-to choices when someone asks us what car to buy. It’s a fantastic machine in any guise, but in 2017 Volkswagen added a new trim level that makes it nearly perfect.

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Sport starts at $28,815 and sits just above the base S model. The base model is fine, but it lacks a few modern conveniences that really set it apart from the competition. Moving up to the Sport trim adds bi-xenon headlights, keyless entry with push-button start with both transmissions, and, most important, the GTI Performance Package. There’s no moonroof, no 12-way adjustable leather seats, and no outdated navigation system. It’s just simple and pure.

Ditching the moonroof saves weight, complexity, and increases the headroom. The heated tartan-patterned seats are arguably better than the GTI’s leather option. You lose some adjustability, but it’s not difficult to find a comfortable position. Stepping up from the disappointing halogen headlights to the Sport’s xenon lights is a huge plus. The one convenience option that would top it off would be the addition of automatic climate control.

All that said, the GTI Performance Package really is the key element, as it’s unavailable on the base model. It comes standard on the Sport trim and above. It adds bigger brakes from the Golf R, electronically controlled, torque sensing, limited-slip VAQ differential, and a 10 horsepower bump, though the latter carries down to the base model for 2018. It doesn’t so much transform the GTI as much as it hones what was already a highly capable tool.

The 10 extra horsepower is welcome but largely negligible, especially in light of the 2018 updates. The brakes not only improve stopping distances but reduce fade. The pedal is firm but long enough to allow for good modulation. It helps that the GTI is a couple hundred pounds lighter than the all-wheel drive Golf R. We didn’t take the GTI to a track, but most owners won’t. There’s more than enough stopping power for the street.

The limited-slip differential is the final key. It won’t make a difference in your daily commute (unless your commute is Thousand Oaks to Santa Monica). But on track or on a good, winding road, that magic box works wonders. It’s always thinking, sending power where you need it. It even helps quell torque steer, the bane of so many high-power front-wheel drive cars. The GTI is a car with plenty of feedback, and you can feel the LSD working in conjunction with the suspension and the tires to pull you through turns.

The Sport is the only model that combines the performance package with cloth seats and no moonroof. It’s the perfect GTI. It’s not loaded up with a bunch of options that push it deep into Golf R or Audi A3 price territory, and it packs in more than the equivalent Subaru WRX or Ford Focus ST. This is the GTI to buy if driving is paramount. This is the GTI distilled.

Article courtesy of: http://www.autoblog.com/2017/06/30/2017-volkswagen-vw-gti-sport-perfect-enthusiast-special/

ALL-NEW 2018 VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN: AIMED AT THE HEART OF THE COMPACT SUV MARKET

The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan builds on the current model’s fun-to-drive character with a redesign specifically engineered to meet the needs of American customers, with a more sophisticated and spacious interior, flexible seating, and high-tech infotainment and available driver-assistance features.
As with the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas full-size SUV, the new Tiguan is based on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture. Compared with the 2017 model, the new Tiguan has far more interior space and up to 58 percent more cargo space in the two-row model. At 185.1 inches long, the 2018 model is 10.6 inches longer than the current version and 8.5 inches longer than the Tiguan that is sold in Europe. Tiguan’s expanded dimensions give it one of the longest footprints in the segment, although it still remains nimble enough to excel in urban driving.
The compact Tiguan SUV will be available in S, SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels when it arrives in dealerships late this summer.
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Exterior
The all-new Tiguan marks an evolution in Volkswagen’s clean and timeless design DNA, with modern lines and a refined appearance. The MQB platform allows for a wider, lower stance than the current model; the combination of this with sharper character lines and the vehicle’s LED lighting has already garnered several European design awards.
The S trim is distinguished by halogen headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights, foglights with cornering function, heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn-signal indicators, and 17-inch “Montana” wheels. The SE trim wears 17-inch “Tulsa” wheels and features heated exterior mirrors, and a chrome exterior package. The Tiguan SEL includes 18-inch “Nizza” wheels, a power liftgate, and silver roof rails.
The top-of-the-line SEL Premium trim is shod with 19-inch “Victoria Falls” wheels, LED headlights with the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), rain-sensing wipers, and power-folding exterior mirrors with puddle lights. The SEL Premium also features a hands-free Easy Open power liftgate, which is foot-activated on opening to make Tiguan’s cargo space more accessible when customers’ hands are full. The liftgate also includes an Easy Close feature. Two buttons give owners the option to close the liftgate with the touch of a button—one to close it immediately and one to automatically close once you step away from the vehicle.
An R-Line® package will be available later in the model year for the SEL and SEL Premium, and includes R-Line-specific aluminum-alloy wheels—19-inch “Trenton” wheels for the SEL and 20-inch “Braselton” wheels for the SEL Premium. Further design elements specific to the R-Line are a revised high-gloss front bumper with large air inlets, a unique rear bumper, wheelarch extensions, and R-Line side skirts and exterior badging.
The exterior design of Tiguan also emphasizes its rugged utility. The front bumper, for instance, is similar to the European model’s off-road package, complementing the Tiguan’s available 4Motion all-wheel-drive system with a 26-degree approach angle. Other indications of its off-road capability are a 23-degree departure angle and 7.9 inches of ground clearance.
Roof rails are standard, allowing outdoors enthusiasts to upgrade the vehicle with Volkswagen accessories such as bike, kayak, and ski carriers. The new Tiguan has a lower lift-in height for the tailgate, making it easier to load, no matter what cargo you’re carrying. The available towing hitch can be used to pull up to 1,500 pounds when properly equipped.
Interior
The Tiguan’s entire interior has been rethought and refreshed, but the versatility of its seating is what sets it apart from the competition. In front-wheel-drive Tiguan models, three rows of seating are standard, including a second-row bench that can recline, slide seven inches fore and aft, fold down, and be split 40/20/40. The 50/50 split third-row provides seating for two, and also folds down. When configured with Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive technology, the 2018 Tiguan comes standard with two rows and a third row is optional.
In three-row models, folding the rear seat creates 33 cubic feet of rear cargo space, and that can be easily expanded to a maximum of 65.7 cubic feet by folding the second row, using the levers in the cargo area. With all three rows in place, there is still a handy 12 cubic feet of cargo space.
In two-row models, the new Tiguan supplies a generous 37.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 73.5 cubic feet in all. That represents an increase of 17.4 cubic feet over the maximum cargo space in the 2017 Tiguan. The 40/20/40 split seats allow the two-row Tiguan to accommodate skis, fishing gear, or other large items.
In the cargo area, tie-down hooks help keep things in place and a 12-volt outlet is included. In models equipped with the available Fender® Premium Audio System, the subwoofer is hidden in the spare tire area, to avoid sacrificing cargo space.
To let the outside into the Tiguan cabin, there’s an available panoramic glass tilt-and-slide sunroof. This aerodynamically and acoustically optimized panoramic roof is comprising an opening glass panel at the front and a fixed glass panel at the rear. It features pinch protection and an electrically-operated one-touch sunshade that covers the inside of the entire glass area. The expansive sunroof with ambient lighting is available for the SE trim and is standard on the SEL and SEL Premium.
The interior features modern, high-quality design with a sporty, driver-focused layout, using gloss-grey and chrome details. Standard features now include a multi-function steering wheel and cloth seats with a rhombus pattern that offers a premium look. Tiguan SE and SEL models feature heated leatherette seating surfaces along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel; the SEL Premium brings leather seating surfaces for rows one and two and a heated steering wheel.
Between the large speedometer and tachometer is a multi-function trip computer that helps monitor everything from fuel consumption to trip distance, Bluetooth® connection status and navigation directions (when equipped). The available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit display, first seen on the 2018 Atlas, offers drivers a reconfigurable display of key data and the ability to position navigation data front and center for easy viewing.
MIB II Infotainment. As standard equipment across the Tiguan line, the MIB II infotainment system not only creates the foundation for the next generation of Volkswagen’s Car-Net® connected vehicle services platform, but also offers one of the most comprehensive suites of connected vehicle services and features available in the automotive industry today.
The Tiguan S is equipped with the Composition Color unit, which features a new 6.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display. The infotainment system also offers AUX-in, SD card and USB (one port) multimedia interfaces, as well as a rearview camera and standard Bluetooth® technology for compatible devices.
Tiguan SE, SEL and SEL Premium models are equipped with a glass-covered 8.0-inch touchscreen display—SE models with the Composition Color unit; SEL and SEL Premium models with the Discover Media system with navigation. The new 8.0-inch display is not only brighter than previous generation of MIB II, it also offers better
color reproduction, response time and improved viewing angles due to the switch to In-plane Switching (IPS) technology.
Composition Media units offer two USB ports and Discover Media units offer three. Both units feature a JPEG viewer, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio for a three month trial period, HD Radio, support for lossless audio file format (Free Lossless Audio Codec FLAC). Both units also have the ability to send and receive SMS text messages with Bluetooth via voice command with compatible phones and pair two phones simultaneously. The Discover Media unit offers 2.5D navigation, featuring one-shot voice destination entry, destination entry with quick search and auto-complete, and predicts possible destinations based on often used routes.
New Fender® Premium Audio. The new Tiguan SEL Premium also has the latest Fender Premium Audio System as standard equipment. Updated for the new-generation models, this is the most powerful Fender sound system ever offered in Tiguan.
The system was developed through collaboration between Fender, the legendary music amplification experts, and Panasonic®. A powerful, 480-watt, 12-channel amp delivers arena-sized sound to the Tiguan cabin. There are nine speakers in total, including Super TwinTM front-door speakers and a Bassman TM subwoofer. The Super Twin units are 200-mm dual voice-coil woofers that are specifically engineered for improved front-stage imaging and bass response, while the subwoofer, with a single voice-coil setup, ensures Fender’s signature audio experience is enjoyable across all rows.
Volkswagen Car-Net. Volkswagen is committed to driving the development of more connected and intelligent vehicles, and the Car-Net® connectivity system is a major element in achieving that goal. Features available through Car-Net are divided into three key areas: “App-Connect,” “Security & Service,” and “Guide & Inform.”
Car-Net App-Connect smartphone integration for compatible devices is standard on all Tiguan models. App-Connect offers users the ability to run select smartphone apps directly on the vehicle’s display through services like Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®.
Equipped on Tiguan SE models and above, Car-Net Security & Service is a suite of elements that provides security features and also allows owners to access their VW remotely through vw.com/carnet as well as a smartphone app.
Customers purchasing new Volkswagen models equipped with VW Car-Net Security & Service will receive a no-charge, six-month trial subscription from Verizon Telematics. To extend the benefits of this system after the trial, customers can choose from a number of payment options: One year for $199, two years for $378, and three years for $540, or month-to-month for $17.99, plus applicable taxes and fees. App-Connect can be used free-of-charge and is not included as part of the subscription-based services.
Available Car-Net Security & Service features include Automatic Crash Notification, which can automatically notify an operator who can quickly contact first responders in the event of a collision; Manual Emergency Call, a feature that allows for quick access to customer specialists at the touch of a button; Roadside Assistance, for
added peace-of-mind in the event of trouble on the road; and Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, which uses Car-Net Security & Service to assist law enforcement with locating your vehicle in the event that it is stolen.
In addition, Car-Net Security & Service offers remote vehicle access, remote door lock and unlock, remote honk and flash of lights, last parked location information, and remote status check (doors and windows). Consumers will also be able to send a location from their connected smart device to the factory-installed compatible navigation system on select models. For consumers who prefer a more personal touch, agent destination assist is also available.
Car-Net Security & Service also includes Family Guardian, which offers features such as: speed alert, which notifies the owner of the vehicle when the pre-determined maximum speed limit is exceeded; and boundary alert, which lets you know when the vehicle has traveled outside of a pre-set virtual boundary.
Diagnostics and maintenance information is also available through Car-Net Security & Service. In addition to the vehicle’s warning and indicator lights, a Vehicle Health Report provides customers easy access to diagnostic information. When it’s time for scheduled service, Car-Net Security & Service not only notifies the customer, but provides a simple way to schedule a dealer visit. It can even identify the closest dealer in case owners need a recommendation.
The available VW Car-Net app for smartwatch (supports select Apple Watch and Android Wear operating systems) allows VW customers to control a host of Security & Service features and functions available through the iPhone app and Customer Web Portal, directly from their wrist. Smartwatch wearers can keep tabs on their vehicle from afar, remotely locking and unlocking doors and viewing the status of doors, windows and sunroof (open or closed). These consumers can also find a parked vehicle quickly, with a map of the current vehicle location, and get walking or driving directions to the vehicle. Drivers can check their fuel level and receive alerts with a compatible smartwatch.
Car-Net Guide & Inform is included on Tiguan SEL and SEL Premium and offers an enhanced navigation and infotainment experience for VW consumers. Volkswagen has incorporated technologies that enhance existing navigation offerings while adding an additional level of information that empowers consumers. The in-vehicle navigation system features fuel prices, sports scores, movie information and weather data as part of the three-month SiriusXM Travel Link trial. VW customers will also enjoy real-time traffic information and a complimentary three-month SiriusXM Traffic trial.
Powertrain
The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan arrives in dealerships this summer powered by the most advanced version ever of Volkswagen’s EA888 four-cylinder engine. The updated version of the benchmark EA888 four-cylinder, turbocharged and direct-injection engine uses an innovative modification to the conventional four-stroke cycle to offer an improved combination of power, efficiency and responsiveness.
First introduced in the 2009 CC, the EA888 continued Volkswagen’s move toward smaller, turbocharged engines that offer the fuel economy benefits of downsizing with the power of a larger-displacement unit. The
majority of the engine—from the cast-iron block to the aluminum-alloy pistons and cylinder head to the valve springs—has been updated for this new application.
During development, engineers focused on making the engine more efficient in the range of driving that most customers use every day, which led to the introduction of a modified Miller combustion cycle that is unique to the Volkswagen Group. Whereas the traditional Miller cycle closes the intake valves just before the end of the intake stroke, the so-called Budack-cycle closes the intake valves much earlier. This results in a longer effective combustion chamber as well as faster air flow for the incoming gases, which improves the mixing of the fuel and air. The net effect is lower fuel consumption and more torque than the 2.0-liter EA888 engine fitted in the 2017 Tiguan.
The key feature that enables the new engine to produce better fuel economy, as well as excellent performance, is the variable valve timing system on the intake camshaft. Depending on engine load, it is possible to switch between short and long valve opening. At idling speed and under partial load, the valve opening is shorter and there is less lift. When the engine is placed under greater load, the camshaft lobe switches to open the valves wider and for a longer period, so the driver can make use of the full power and torque of the engine.
The changes in the new version of the EA888 advance the twin goals of power and efficiency. The peak 184 horsepower kicks in at 4,400 rpm and maintains its output until 6,000 rpm. Maximum torque of 221 lb-ft is achieved at 1,600 to 4,300 rpm. The compression ratio rises to 11.7:1 due to a modified piston crown. New TSI injectors can push fuel into the cylinder at a higher maximum pressure (250 bar or 3,626 psi), with up to three injection sequences per stroke depending on conditions.
The EA888 Gen3B retains many key features of its predecessors, from chain-driven double overhead camshafts to the twin balance shafts that not only counteract second-order internal forces but provide oil scavenging and crankcase breathing pathways. A new engine management system with four core processors monitors the system and adjusts as needed. Reducing friction was another goal for this engine. For instance, the lower brake mean effective pressure at full load in this engine allowed the crankshaft main bearing diameter to be reduced from 52 to 48 mm, while the balance shaft chain is narrower.
A Start/Stop system is standard for all Tiguan trims. This technology stops the engine during idle when the brake pedal is held (such as when waiting at a red light). When the brake pedal is released, the engine restarts.
Tiguan models configured with front-wheel drive have 15.3 gallon fuel tanks; models with 4Motion all-wheel drive feature 15.9 gallon tanks. Thanks to Tiguan’s new engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, EPA-estimated fuel economy for front-wheel drive models rises to 22 mpg in city driving, 27 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg in combined driving. Models with 4Motion all-wheel drive also see significant increases and are rated at 21 mpg in city driving, 27 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in combined driving.
The latest-generation 4Motion with Active Control all-wheel drive system is activated before wheelspin occurs to help eliminate traction losses. The system achieves this by using an advanced control function based on
specific driving conditions. When operating under a relatively low load or when coasting, the front wheels are driven and the rear wheels are decoupled, helping to save fuel. However, the rear wheels can be engaged in fractions of a second whenever necessary via the center differential, which is activated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump.
A control unit continually calculates the ideal drive torque for the rear wheels and controls how much the multi-plate clutch should be closed by activating the oil pump. The oil pressure increases the contact pressure at the clutch plates in proportion to the torque desired at the rear axle. So, the amount of pressure applied to the clutch plates can be used to continuously vary the amount of torque going between the front and rear wheels.
In addition to the center differential, which acts longitudinally, electronic differential locks from the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system act laterally. The system briefly brakes a wheel that is slipping, helping to enable uninterrupted and stable transfer of drive power to the wheel on the opposite side.
4Motion with Active Control. All Tiguan models with 4Motion all-wheel drive feature Active Control, which allows the driver to select specific vehicle profiles based on driving conditions. It has four settings: On-road, Snow, Off-road, and Custom Off-road. The singular user interface is highly intuitive, comprising both a rotary knob and a push-button. Turning the knob engages the various drive modes, while pushing the button triggers a pop-up menu on the screen of the infotainment system, allowing the driver to fine tune the On-road mode.
On-road mode is the default setting. Here, Tiguan automatically varies the drive distribution between the two axles, helping to account for road conditions. A press of the button triggers the driving profile selection screen to pop up on the infotainment screen, offering the driver a choice of “Normal,” “Sport,” “Eco” and “Custom” drive modes. Within each, the tuning parameters for the engine control, gearbox, steering and optional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) are varied.
In Snow mode, the response curve of the accelerator pedal is flattened to help negate unintentional and excessive wheelspin, and the transmission upshifts earlier to help maximize traction. Communicating with the accelerator pedal and individual wheel speed sensors, the Traction Control System (TCS) helps reduce engine power when it detects slippage. The sensitivity of the system is more relaxed in straight-line situations to allow adequate power transfer, while the limits are tightened in cornering, where traction is of paramount importance. Last but not least, ACC is switched to the “Eco” driving profile when in Snow mode.
Off-road mode offers similar throttle and transmission characteristics to Snow mode, adding manual control of transmission shifting via Tiptronic (only the throttle kickdown switch will force a downshift). The Start/Stop system is switched off in this mode, and ACC operates normally. The ESC system is relaxed to help avoid false positives often encountered off-road, and Hill Descent Control is automatically activated on gradients of more than 10 percent. It functions at speeds between 1.2 mph and 19 mph, and is adjustable via brakes or throttle.
With unique Off-road ABS programming, the wheels can lock up briefly before the system reduces the brake pressure. This allows time for a small wedge of material from the ground (such as gravel or sand) to build up in
front of the wheel, thus increasing the braking effect. This helps the car remain steerable while reducing stopping distance.
Custom Off-road mode allows the driver to alter the steering, engine and gearbox behavior, as well as Hill Descent Assist and Hill Start Assist.
Chassis
Mounted in a lightweight, one-piece strengthened steel subframe, the Tiguan’s strut-type front suspension has lower control arms and long-travel coil springs. At the rear, the robust four-link system was designed to cope with the rigors of driving off paved roads and to accommodate the available 4Motion all-wheel drive.
Electro-mechanical power steering with variable assistance contributes to the Tiguan’s fun-to-drive character. At highway speeds, the steering becomes firm and direct, while at parking speeds, assistance is increased. Despite its increased length, the new Tiguan is just as nimble as the 2017 model, with a smaller turning radius of 37.7 feet.
An impressive braking system matches the Tiguan’s athletic performance. At the front there are 13.4-inch –diameter vented discs, with 11.8-inch-diameter solid discs at the rear. The system features a brake disc drying feature to help remove water from the rotors to optimize wet-weather braking, as well as Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD), and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA). All Tiguan models also feature an electronic parking brake.
Safety
Safety in the 2018 Tiguan starts with a rigid laser-seam-welded bodyshell, a crash-optimized and energy-absorbing front end, and heat-formed steel center B-pillars. Front and side-thorax airbags help protect the driver and front-seat passenger, while Side Curtain Protection® head airbags help protect those in the front and rear seats, in addition to safety belt pretensioners. Electronic assistance includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
All Tiguan models feature the advanced Volkswagen Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) that automatically shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and even switches on the hazard warning lights if the airbags deploy.
The Tiguan is the only vehicle in its class to offer the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which is standard on all models. This system builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System addresses this by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.
Driver-Assistance Systems
The Tiguan offers a standard rearview camera and number of available driver-assistance systems, including Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), front and rear Park Distance Control (ParkPilot), High Beam Control (Light Assist) and Overhead View Camera (Area View).
Front Assist, optional on S models (in the Driver Assistance package) and standard on Tiguan SE, SEL and SEL Premium, helps warn drivers of potential frontal collisions (Forward Collision Warning) with vehicles and pedestrians, and in some cases provides automatic braking assistance (Autonomous Emergency Braking). Within physical system limits, Forward Collision Warning helps warn the driver of critical front-end collision situations, both acoustically and visually by a warning symbol in the instrument cluster above 18 mph. If the driver fails to brake, or if the car is below 18 mph, Autonomous Emergency Braking is activated to slow the vehicle. If the brake pedal is applied but the driver brakes too lightly, the brake pressure is increased by the system (Braking Support).
Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert is optional on S models (in the Driver Assistance package) and included as standard equipment on Tiguan SE, SEL and SEL Premium. Blind Spot Monitor uses two radar sensors at the rear of the vehicle to scan the approaching traffic and help warn drivers of potential danger in adjacent lanes. If the driver uses the turn signal to indicate a lane change while a vehicle is detected in a blind spot, the system utilizes a flashing LED symbol in the outer area of the side mirrors. Even if the driver does not use a turn signal, the LED symbol in the mirror will illuminate if a vehicle is detected in the blind spot. The system is designed to help alert drivers in specific situations; stationary objects or oncoming vehicles do not trigger warnings, nor will vehicles more than one lane across away from the vehicle.
If combined with Lane Assist (Tiguan SEL Premium, see below) the system not only helps warn the driver with the flashing LED symbol if a vehicle is detected in the blind spot, but within system limits, it can also countersteer to keep the car in the lane. If the driver still tries to steer out of the lane, the system will warn with an additional vibration of the steering wheel.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) uses forward facing radar to maintain a set speed while helping maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front. The driver sets the speed and the desired spacing via buttons on the multifunction steering wheel and can further use those buttons or the brakes to cancel the ACC function while the accelerator can be used to override the ACC function. All ACC-related system messages appear in the central multifunction display. When the roadway ahead of the vehicle is clear, the system maintains the set speed. Tiguan models fitted with ACC can match a vehicle in front and come to a stop. If the car in front moves within three seconds, ACC will resume automatically to the set speed. If the car stands longer than three seconds, the driver can resume ACC control after pressing the accelerator pedal or the “resume” button on the steering wheel.
The Rear Traffic Alert system helps detect vehicles approaching from the side that may be difficult for the driver to see while reversing. It offers a sizable range of about 65 feet, and will present a visual and an acoustic warning, before applying the brakes if a potential impending collision is detected. If the driver does not react, the system can apply the brakes to help mitigate and, in the best case, prevent a collision. The system is activated by putting the car in reverse.
The Tiguan SEL Premium is equipped with standard Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist). When driving above 40 mph, if there is an indication that the vehicle is unintentionally straying from its lane, Lane Assist actively counter-steers to help keep the vehicle in the lane. The system’s camera recognizes visible lane markings and, using a special algorithm, calculates the risk of the car leaving the lane. If the driver takes his or her hands off the wheel for a defined period of time, the system provides an audible warning and a visual signal in the instrument cluster, asking the driver to take over. If the vehicle crosses a lane marking without use of a turn signal, the system will countersteer to keep the vehicle in the lane. If the driver continues to move over, the system will provide audible and visual warnings.
The system can work in the dark and/or in fog, but it will not engage if it cannot properly detect lane markings. If the turn signal has been set before crossing a lane marking, the Lane Assist system will not engage or give a warning. The driver can “override” the system at any time by applying minimal force to the steering wheel. ParkPilot, equipped on Tiguan SEL Premium models, uses ultrasonic sensors located in the front and rear bumpers to monitor a range of up to five feet in front or behind the vehicle. The system is activated when reverse gear is engaged or below a speed of 9 mph and helps provide guidance when parking or in tight spaces. The system has audible and visual warnings when the car starts to approach parked cars or static objects from the front or rear. New on Tiguan is an emergency braking system called Maneuver Braking. Included with ParkPilot, it can help mitigate or prevent collisions with static obstacles to the rear while the vehicle is maneuvered. The system is active when reverse gear is selected. If the system detects a stationary object while the vehicle is in reverse and moving between 1-6 mph, it can apply the brakes automatically to help prevent or mitigate a collision. The system can be deactivated at any time using the touch display or permanently in the setup menu.
Two final driver assistance features, both standard on the Tiguan SEL Premium, provide drivers with better visibility. High Beam Control (Light Assist) automatically raises the headlamp high beams above 40 mph on dark or poorly lit roads, if there is no oncoming traffic detected. The Overhead View Camera (Area View) uses the car’s four cameras to help give you a better view of what is around your vehicle.
Limited Warranty
The 2018 Tiguan’s six-year/72,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty includes coverage of powertrain components—including the engine, transmission and optional 4Motion® all-wheel-drive system. Major competitors to the Tiguan—such as Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV—offer a three-year/36,000 mile basic warranty with a five-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Not only does the Volkswagen SUV bumper-to-bumper warranty offer longer coverage than its competitors, but all of its elements can be transferred to subsequent owners up to 6 years or 72,000 miles, whichever occurs first. While Hyundai and Kia offer a five-year/60,000 mile basic warranty and a higher time and mileage limit on their powertrain limited warranties, if the car is sold to a second owner, the powertrain limited warranty is not transferable beyond five years or 60,000 miles from the date it was first sold new.
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Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They may differ in other countries. All prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price and exclude transportation, taxes, title, options, and dealer charges.
1,500 pound maximum tow rating when properly equipped with port or VW dealer-installed trailer hitch and towing accessories. Vehicle load, other accessories, and options may reduce maximum towing capacity. Trailer hitch for 7-seat configuration has later availability.
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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Review: 7 Things to Know

f 2016 was the year of Dieselgate at Volkswagen, 2017 may well turn out to be the year of the SUV for VW. Just weeks after the carmaker released the all-new, made-in-America-for-Americans VW Atlas into dealerships, Volkswagen has released the journalistic masses upon its new compact crossover, the second-generation Tiguan.

While the Atlas may be the beneficiary of the big sales push these days, the Tiguan is arguably the more important vehicle, considering the booming sales of the small SUV category. Competitors like the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogueare rolling off showroom floors as fast as their parent companies can crank them out. If VW wants to boost its profits to help offset those billions it has to shell out to make amends with diesel owners and various governments, it needs a hit in this segment.

On paper, at least, the 2018 Tiguan seems to have what it takes to grab that sweet, sweet American market share. It’s all-new, based on the same MQB platform that serves as the backbone for everything from the Golf to the Atlas to the Audi TT. It comes with a turbocharged inline-four to balance power and efficiency, offers a choice of front- and all-wheel-drive, and offers as much as 58 percent more cargo space than the vehicle it replaces—all while bearing a range of MSRPs that sit around or below the average new car price. It goes on sale later this summer; don’t be surprised if it’s the best-selling VW in the U.S. by Memorial Day 2018.

That is, of course, if people like it. Here, then, are the seven things you need to know about the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan—first impressions straight from The Drive‘s first drive of the new crossover in Colorado this week.

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1. The VW Tiguan is just-right sized.

If Goldilocks were looking for an SUV, she’d likely coo words of approval upon sizing up Volkswagen’s new SUV.  At roughly 15 and a half feet long, it’s shorter than a Honda Accord, yet it still manages to accommodate three rows of seats. Fitting three bears might be a bit difficult, however, depending on how old Baby Bear happens to be. The first and second rows are roomy enough for fully-grown humans (though the three-person bench between the back doors is park-bench flat, which might make it a little uncomfortable on long trips), but the third row is…tight. Kids in those golden years between booster seats and puberty will fit back there all right, but don’t put anyone of voting age back there unless you really don’t care for their politics.

2. It doesn’t draw attention to itself—which is a good thing.

While the previous Tiguan looked a bit like a Golf that fell into the same ooze that turned four terrapins into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the second-gen model goes conservative with its styling, resembling nothing so much as a BMW X3 with a Passat front end. Which, in this writer’s opinion, is a smart move on VW’s part. The small SUV marketplace is filled with over-styled oddballs (Nissan Juke, meet Toyota C-HR; CHR, meet Juke); going with a more restrained look opens the Tiguan up to a broader audience. Hey, boring people need cars, too.

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The 2018 Tiguan: Politely good-looking.

3. You don’t need to load up on options to get a good Tiguan.

While you can option a Tiguan past the $40,000 mark if you have cash to burn, the basic model starts at $25,345 before tax, title, and destination get socked onto the bill. That may buy you the cheapest Tiguan, but it’s hardly a stripper by objective standards; even the entry-level Tiguan S comes with a rearview camera, a touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, (blessedly disable-able) automatic stop-start, and a standard third row of seats on FWD versions.

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Objects in picture are smaller than they appear.

4. But you can load the Tiguan up with tech, too.

Should you choose to go for the top-tier Tiguan, you can roll off the lot in a compact SUV bearing (deep breath): VW’s own version of the Audi virtual cockpit instrument panel, active cruise control, pedestrian-sensing automatic braking, rear traffic detection and collision avoidance, lane departure prevention, 360-degree-view cameras, parking sonar, ambient lighting, a hands-free power tailgate, LED headlights, and remote starting capabilities. As well as a panoramic moonroof, 480-watt Fender stereo, dual-zone climate control, and the R-Line Package’s more aggressive styling and 20-inch wheels on the less-technological side, should you be interested in such things.

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Thankfully, getting the Digital Cockpit doesn’t force you to listen to Elvis Costello.

5. The new Tiguan is Q-U-I-E-T.

Even at highway speeds, wind roar is almost nonexistent, with only a bit of road roar from the comfort-biased all-season tires reaching the cabin. It’s the sort of German solidity that you don’t expect in a car starting around $26,000.

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The Tiguan’s interior is clean, function, and very recognizably VW.

6. Don’t expect grande GTI performance.

With 184 horsepower, the Tiguan’s engine more or less splits the difference between the Golf and GTI. Out on the streets, however, you have to cane this crossover pretty hard to extract the most out of it. The curb weight—which varies from 3,730 to 4,043 pounds, depending on whether you choose all-wheel-drive and the third row of seats—is partly to blame, but so are the throttle mapping and eight-speed automatic, which seem to favor a smooth launch over an accelerative punch. That sort of logic makes sense for a family-focused sport-ute, but in the Tiguan’s case, the lack of gas pedal response off the line borders on worrisome on some occasions—for example, trying to make a left turn from a stop across multiple lanes of fast-moving traffic.

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Do expect grande GTI room in back, however.

7. If you liked the old Tiguan more…well, you’re in luck.

The outgoing VW Tiguan—which is currently going on 10 years old—won’t be driving off into the sunset now that its replacement has sauntered into town. It’ll be sticking around for the foreseeable future, under the name “Tiguan Limited.”

CONFIRMED: NEW VOLKSWAGEN MICROBUS HEADED TO PRODUCTION

Volkswagen will build a production version of the I.D. Buzz concept, confirms VW boss Herbert Diess in a new report. Complete with a new design and new electric powertrain, the vehicle is a modern version of the iconic Microbus.

Speaking with Auto Express, Diess said, “Emotional cars are very important for the brand. We are selling loads of Beetles still, particularly in U.S. markets. But we will also have the Microbus that we showed, which we have recently decided we will build.”

In the past, Volkswagen has voiced a strong desire to build a new Microbus. And earlier this year, an unnamed source speaking with Automotive News hinted that a reimagined bus would arrive in 2022. Now, Diess is confirming a new Microbus is headed to production, although he didn’t mention when exactly this will happen.

The I.D. Buzz concept sits on Volkswagen’s MEB platform for electric vehicles. Two motors and a 110-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack help the model achieve a driving range of up to 270 miles on the EPA cycle. Total system output reaches 369 hp. The interior of the model was designed in anticipation for full autonomy. Thus, the interior looks a bit like a living room, with tables and front seats that can rotate rearward to create a more traditional lounge space.

VW has said that the I.D. hatchback is coming in 2020. Fully autonomous driving features are expected to enter the I.D. range by 2025.

ALL-NEW 2018 VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN STARTS AT $25,345

Longer by 10.6 inches than the current model, with up to 58 percent more cargo space

The striking new Tiguan features increased interior and cargo space, sophisticated driver assistance technology, and carries America’s best SUV bumper-to-bumper transferable warranty
 Pricing starts at $25,345 for the turbocharged 2.0L TSI® S FWD model
 Carries a six-year/72,000-mile (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty
 Longer by 10.6 inches than the current model, with up to 58 percent more cargo space
 Third-row seating standard on FWD models and available across AWD trims
 Optional 4Motion® with Active Control all-wheel-drive system features four selectable modes for varied terrain
 Available driver assistance technology includes: Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Assist
 Panoramic sunroof and power liftgate among long list of available features
HERNDON, VA (June 14, 2017) — Volkswagen of America, Inc., today announced that pricing of the all-new 2018 Tiguan will start at $25,345 for the turbocharged 2.0L TSI® S FWD model, and $26,645 for the 2.0L TSI S 4Motion®. Built off of Volkswagen’s award-winning MQB architecture, the 2018 Tiguan features a more modern design with bold lines, a wider stance, and premium interior touches. At 185.1 inches long, it gains 10.6 inches in length over the existing model, and features up to 58 percent more cargo space. Third-row seating comes standard on FWD models, and is optional on AWD models.
The new Tiguan offers a combination of both passive and active safety systems such as the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. The 2018 Tiguan also carries the best transferable bumper-to-bumper warranty among SUVs in America: a six-year or 72,000-mile (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty, with coverage that’s transferable beyond the first owner. The Volkswagen SUV bumper-to-bumper transferable warranty, also applicable to 2018 Atlas models, includes coverage of powertrain components.
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The 2018 Tiguan arrives in dealerships in Summer 2017. It will be available with an eight-speed automatic
transmission mated to a four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection 2.0-liter TSI engine that produces 184
horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque.
MODEL LINE UP
Tiguan S
The Tiguan S FWD starts at $25,345 and features a standard four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L TSI engine. The
Tiguan TSI S 4Motion starts at $26,645 and features four selectable modes to maximize grip on a variety of
terrains or road conditions. Standard exterior features include 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; halogen
headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs); LED taillights; rearview camera; heated side mirrors;
black roof rails; and trailer hitch preparation for hauling needs.
Inside, cloth seating with an upscale Rhombus pattern comes standard. The 40:20:40 split second row
features sliding and reclining seats that can fold completely flat, using either the levers on the seatbacks or a
quick fold mechanism accessed in the cargo area. Standard interior equipment includes a 6.5-inch
Composition Color touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth® connectivity for compatible devices;
one USB port; six speakers; and Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect for compatible devices, enabling
integration with the three major smartphone platforms—Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®.
Tiguan SE
Building off of the S trim, the Tiguan SE starts at $29,080. Standard features include an 8-inch Composition
Media infotainment system with SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with a three-month trial subscription, Voice Control
and two additional (three total) USB ports; VW Car-Net Security & Service; KESSY® keyless access with pushbutton
start; Climatronic® automatic dual-zone climate control; rearview camera with dynamic guidelines;
multi-function leather-wrapped steering wheel; leather gear shift knob; leatherette seating surfaces; Forward
Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist) and Blind
Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert. The Tiguan SE 4Motion model is available for $30,380.
Tiguan SEL
Starting at $32,550, the Tiguan SEL builds off the SE trim and adds a host of advanced driver assistance
technologies, modern conveniences and premium design elements. Sitting on 18-inch aluminum-alloy
wheels, the Tiguan SEL features an 8-inch Discover Media infotainment system with navigation; power
liftgate; remote start; silver roof rails; panoramic sunroof with ambient lighting; and Adaptive Cruise Control
(ACC), newly upgraded for use in stop and go traffic. The Tiguan SEL 4Motion model is available for $33,850.
Tiguan SEL Premium
The Tiguan SEL Premium builds off the SEL trim and starts at $36,250. The SEL Premium rides on 19-inch
aluminum-alloy wheels, and features LED headlights with an Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS); signature
LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs); rain-sensing wipers; power-folding door mirrors with puddle lights;
hands-free Easy Open and Easy Close power liftgate; ambient lighting; heated steering wheel; leather seating
surfaces; and a cargo cover. Driver assistance features include Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist),
automatic High Beam Control (Light Assist), front and rear Park Distance Control (ParkPilot) and Overhead
View Camera (Area View). Premium infotainment features include the Fender® Premium Audio System and a
12.3-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit display, allowing drivers to reconfigure how they view vehicle
information. The Tiguan SEL Premium 4Motion model is available for $37,550.
Destination fee on all models is $900.
PACKAGES
Third-Row Seating. Front-wheel-drive models come standard with three rows of seats. 4Motion all-wheeldrive
models can increase seating capacity to seven with an optional third row for $500.
Driver Assistance. Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian
Monitoring (Front Assist) and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert are available on Tiguan S for $850.
Panoramic Sunroof. Providing an even more airy and bright cabin, a panoramic sunroof with an ambient
lighting surround is available on Tiguan SE for $1,200.
R-Line®. A performance-inspired R-Line package, offering sporty exterior and interior design treatments that
amplify Tiguan’s bold appearance, is available on SEL for $1,795 (also includes front and rear ParkPilot) and SEL
Premium trims for $1,495. Late availability.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
(VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in
Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and
vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and
its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the
world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle,
Beetle Convertible, CC, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and
Touareg vehicles through approximately 650 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at
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leave vehicle unattended with the engine running, particularly in enclosed spaces.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon

As American buyers continue to snap up a veritable deluge of new crossovers, it seems that a car company would have to be either clueless or desperate to introduce an all-new sedan, especially into a niche like the one that the Volkswagen Arteon will occupy. Alas, VW’s U.S. operation is struggling to sell a dated lineup while trying to make everyone forget Dieselgate. The stylish Arteon will do little to address these problems—that’s the job of the Atlas and the Tiguan, VW’s dynamic duo of new crossovers—but at least when the Arteon replaces the CC a year from now, it will give VW customers something to gawk at in the showroom while they wait on the F&I guy.

Facing Forward

The Arteon’s best face is quite literally that: a coupelike mug that looks as if it could grace a new Scirocco rather than a largish sedan to sit above the Passat in VW’s lineup. The Arteon’s hood is ridiculously low for such a car, rising to just below the waist for its projected average buyer, a 53-year-old college-educated man, according to VW. And it’s actually a clamshell hood, stretching as it does from one side of the 73.7-inch-wide car to the other. The rest of the Arteon’s four-door “coupe” styling eschews the sleek look of the old CC for a tough, fastback design with fat haunches and a quasi Kamm-tail hatchback.

When Volkswagen launched the Passat CC back in 2008, pseudo coupes were on the bleeding edge of automotive fashion, and VW seemed to have its finger on the pulse of public desire. Sales in the U.S. were brisk, rising to nearly 30,000 units annually by 2011, but after a mid-cycle refresh for 2013, sales fell off a cliff, dropping to just over 3000 in 2016. To make matters worse, German VW officials told us that they felt the CC did not achieve enough conquest sales, at least not as much as it cannibalized Passat buyers.

So the Arteon takes a dramatic step beyond both the CC and the Passat, not only in styling but in size. The wheelbase is stretched to 111.7 inches, more than an inch longer than the Passat’s and five inches longer than the CC’s. This allows for a rear seat that’s exceptionally roomy, so long as you have no plans to use the middle spot. Leg- and elbowroom are plentiful, and tall passengers should be able to ride in the back without bumping against the headliner. Interior accoutrements are similar to those in the new Atlas, with high-quality materials and a functional, if conservative, design that looks nice while stopping short of treading into Audi’s luxury territory. The luggage compartment sinks deep under the hatch and is roomy enough to accommodate a full-size set of golf clubs diagonally, while a low lift-over height reinforces a practical benefit of the inherently lower center of gravity of a car versus a crossover.

Germanic Manners

Indeed, the Arteon’s handling benefits from the car being lower and wider than the Passat. It rides on VW’s MQB transverse architecture, which gives the Arteon a stiff structure on which Wolfsburg’s suspension engineers can work their magic. All U.S.-spec cars will have VW’s Dynamic Chassis Control, which allows drivers to choose a base ride quality from among three settings (Comfort, Normal, and Sport) or adjust a virtual slider in the infotainment system that offers even more variability. Regardless of the setting, the dynamic system also adjusts automatically, and VW has tuned the suspension to be both comfortable and responsive, giving the Arteon the sorts of exceptional road manners we’ve come to expect from the brand. This is not, however, a GTI. The Arteon’s steering is precise and direct, but it lacks the feedback of its smaller brand mate.

It also lacks the verve of VW’s hot hatch. The Arteon is a big car with an engine that falls short of delivering the thrills promised by its styling. Our drive was in a Europe-spec car with a 276-hp 2.0-liter engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. While it was quick enough—VW says the Arteon will hit 60 mph from rest in under six seconds, and we had no problems keeping up with traffic on unrestricted sections of the autobahn—it wasn’t so exciting to drive. Our test car was equipped with the optional all-wheel-drive system, which helped push its stated curb weight to more than 3700 pounds.

A little math yields a power-to-weight ratio that is outmatched by V-6 versions of commodity cars like the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry, not to mention VW’s own Passat. We won’t see the same powertrain combination here, as VW says our version of its corporate turbo inline-four will make 268 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque and be available only with a conventional eight-speed automatic. The front-drive version will be lighter, of course, but with a base price near that of today’s CC (which sells for around $35,000), the Arteon is not going to land on any most-horsepower-per-dollar lists.

Creature Features

VW appears to be hopeful that an extensive list of available features—like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist—will justify the Arteon’s sticker, although it’s unlikely the headlights that use GPS data to direct their beams around corners will be offered in the States. The company’s new 8.0-inch infotainment screen comes standard, and its supplementary Digital Cockpit, a concept borrowed from Audi that replaces the main gauges with a huge TFT screen, is an option. This sort of equipment is getting to be standard issue on cars even a full class below mid-size, which poses a growing problem for would-be “premium” brands trying to wedge products above the mass market and below luxury purveyors, even as brands such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz push downmarket. While VW officials posit that the new Arteon is aimed at poaching customers from the last two, the reality of the U.S. market would indicate otherwise.

There’s still a year to go before VW launches the car here next summer, so some of this could change. Maybe VW will decide to lift the suspension an inch and add some cladding and an Alltrack badge to make it a crossover coupe. Probably not. With only one obvious analogue in the upcoming Buick Regal Sportback, though, the Arteon is sure to succeed in giving mainstream buyers an interesting alternative to the conventional. If that’s not at the core of the VW brand’s mission statement, it should be.

Article Courtesy of: http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2019-volkswagen-arteon-first-drive-review