Sep 18, 2017

Exceptional value, laudable roominess and high level of standard driver assist features help all-new Tiguan earn top spot in Cars.com’s Compact SUV Challenge

HERNDON, VA (September 18, 2017) — Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased to announce that Cars.com has named the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan the “Best Compact SUV of 2017.” Competing against six strong contenders for the top rank in the Cars.com Compact SUV Challenge, the All-New Tiguan won over judges with its comprehensive package of value, utility and high level of standard driver assist features.

“We are delighted that the 2018 Tiguan has been recognized by Cars.com as one of the best compact SUVs on the market,” said Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Volkswagen of America, Inc. “Every aspect of the Tiguan is designed to cater to the needs of American drivers and their families—from standard driver assist technologies to an optional third row—and this award validates the All-New Tiguan is a serious competitor in the segment.”

“The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan impressed the judges with its roominess and value,” said Jennifer Newman, Editor-in-Chief, Cars.com. “The cargo capability is top of the class, making this small SUV a huge advantage for shoppers concerned about getting the most room for the money. The Tiguan is also a great option for families, earning the highest possible marks in Cars.com’s Car Seat Check.”

The Cars.com Compact SUV Challenge tested vehicles with a maximum MSRP of $35,000 including all options and destination charges. Testing took place in the Chicago suburbs, where judges drove each car on the same loop for back-to-back impressions. In addition to value and spaciousness, vehicles scored points in other areas, including as-equipped driver assistance technologies, such as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, lane departure steering and lane-centering steering. Ease of child-safety seat installation was also evaluated and scored in each SUV. Testing resulted in the following ranking:

1. 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan (model tested: Tiguan SE 4Motion with Panoramic Sunroof)
2. 2017 Honda CR-V
3. 2017 Mazda CX-5
4. 2017 Ford Escape
5. 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
6. 2017.5 Nissan Rogue
7. 2017 Jeep Compass

Starting at $25,195, the 2018 Tiguan is available in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL, and SEL Premium. It carries a six-year/72,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty that 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 New Vehicle Limited Warranty offer longer coverage than its main competitors, all of its elements can be transferred to subsequent owners—up to 6 years or 72,000 miles, whichever occurs first.  

For more information, including scoring details, photos and videos from the Cars.com Compact SUV Challenge, visit www.cars.com/news.  


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, Tiguan Limited, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 651 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

About Cars.com

Cars.com is a leading online destination that helps car shoppers and owners navigate every turn of car ownership. A pioneer in automotive classified, the company has evolved into one of the largest digital automotive platforms, connecting consumers with local dealers across the country anytime, anywhere. Through trusted expert content, on-the-lot mobile app features, millions of new and used vehicle listings, a comprehensive set of research tools and the largest database of consumer reviews in the industry, Cars.com helps shoppers buy, sell and service their vehicles. Cars.com companies include DealerRater®, Auto.com™, PickupTrucks.com™ and NewCars.com®.  The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Chicago. For more information, visit www.Cars.com


This press release and images of the 2018 Tiguan are available at media.vw.com. Follow us @VWNews.

All prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price and exclude destination, taxes, title, options, and dealer charges.  Dealer sets actual prices.

MY2018 Tiguan offers a 6 years/72,000 miles (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty.  Claim based on manufacturers’ published data on transferable Bumper-to-bumper/Basic warranty only.  Not based on other separate warranties.  See owner’s literature or dealer for warranty exclusions and limitations.

Driver Assistance features are not substitutes for attentive driving.  See Owner’s Manual for further details and important limitations.


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