The new year brought a lot of vehicle redesigns for consumers, and the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is no exception. With its exterior and interior completely overhauled, the Tiguan also received upgrades in terms of technology and fuel efficiency. Now coming with cool features like Apple CarPlay and Android connectivity, one of the most striking aspects of the Tiguan’s redesign is the fact that it now has a third row of seats yet is noticeably roomier than its predecessors. This helps to transform the Tiguan from a small compact SUV for couples or adventurous singles into a competitive compact SUV that can still comfortably fit whole families and a lot of cargo. We’re looking at a new era here for this vehicle, so keep reading to learn more.

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan comes in five different trim levels, all of which come with standard front wheel drive but with optional all wheel drive. First up is the ironically named Limited, because it’s really just the base trim with a four cylinder, 200 horsepower engine and six-speed automatic transmission. But unlike a lot of other base trims out there, this one comes with fully updated technology features like Bluetooth and a touchscreen display. Next up is the S, which comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a tweaked 184 horsepower engine. This is also standard on the remaining three trim levels, the SE, SEL and SEL premium, though they each come with added technology and comfort features, such as the panoramic sunroof that comes optional on the SE and standard on the remaining two trims. Oh, and they all have either simulated or real leather upholstery unlike the cloth that comes with the Limited and the S.

As it may already be obvious, all of the 2018 Tiguans come with a pretty standard four cylinder engine of varying horsepower levels. All engines are turbocharged, but the different power levels (and the optional wheel size upgrades) mean that some are more fuel efficient than others. Unfortunately, it’s here that the Tiguan falls a little short. While it’s definitely more fuel efficient than its direct predecessors, its averages of 21 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway mean that it falls slightly behind a lot of its compact SUV competitors. For example, the 2018 Honda CR-V gets an average of 25 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway.

Still, the Tiguan shines in a lot of other areas, including safety. All trims come with a rear view camera, though additional safety features like adaptive fog lights, adaptive cruise control and Driver’s Assistance technology (including blind spot monitoring and cross traffic alerts) are piled on with each one. Car Net Security & Service— another safety technology bundle that includes access to the car via a Smartphone app, young driver monitoring and automatic crash notification— comes on the SE and up.

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is a great choice for families, frequent travelers and weekend warriors! With comprehensive safety features, impressive power, and comfortable cabins, the Volkswagen Tiguan is ready to get you wherever you want to go.