2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Platinum Gray Metallic
MSRP
$20,206 - $32,151
Crash Test
Source: NHTSA.gov
MPG (up to)
21 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
184
Seats
5-7

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.3 Overall Score
Performance 4.3Comfort 4.0Styling 4.1Value 3.9

What's New

The Volkswagen Tiguan has been completely redesigned for 2018.

Volkswagen Tiguan Models & Trims

chevronDown icon S $20,206 - $22,529
Horsepower: 184 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
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Horsepower: 184 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7, 19 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon SE $23,212 - $25,831
Horsepower: 184 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7, 18 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
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Horsepower: 184 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 7, 20 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Horsepower: 184 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7, 20 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

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This car is great and versatile for any size family!

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I love the style of the 2018 Tiguan, gives you the feel of a luxury SUV for a reasonable price. I purchased the standard model, so I don't have a ton of bells and whistles. I love that even as the basic model it still has “upgraded” features such as Bluetooth capability and apple carplay, and a backup camera. As an upgrade from my previous 2008 Jetta, I am thankful for all of these features! The only feature I don't have and didn't expect is a “poppable” trunk. My truck can only opened manually, even when pressing the button on the key. There is not even a lever inside the car that allows you to pop it. This was very disappointing as any car trunk can be popped. However, despite that, I love my Tiguan!

Ariel C
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The gas mileage is great with the vehicle.

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I love my vehicle, but as of recently the dealership has been holding it for over 2 1/2 months to a huge recall that they still have yet to discuss with me on what is really wrong with my vehicle I am very upset with it, as for all the features with my car they are amazing, I feel like I have an an Alexa inside of my vehicle I can ask to call someone and even play a certain song when she is added onto Bluetooth with my cell phone and the gas mileage for the SUV is amazing, I really truly love my vehicle if only I had more time with my vehicle before it was taken I would surely love more of the features with it.

Tatiana L
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Perfect vehicle for busy moms.

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This is my second Volkswagen and I can not express how happy I have been with Volkswagen. Both cars drive incredibly smooth, reaction times are perfect, comfort for driver and passengers are incredible. I have never had a mechanical issue and I love that the oil change requirement is 10, 000 miles. That is a huge time and money saver. The car looks amazing, it is very sleek and modern. The extra features such as the Bluetooth and mirrorlink work flawlessly. The radio sound quality is amazing. It truly has been a maintenance free car for me.

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$20,206 - $22,529
$25,404 - $28,319

Horsepower

Horsepower
184 (hp)
184 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L TSI DOHC Turbocharged 4
2.0L TSI DOHC Turbocharged 4
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Not Available
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Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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Standard

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard
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Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
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Standard
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Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.2 (in.)
40.2 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.6 (in.)
39.6 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.5 - 38.7 (in.)
36.5 - 38.7 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.9 - 39.1 (in.)
38.9 - 39.1 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Standard
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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Not Available
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Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
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Standard
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AUX Input

AUX Input
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Standard
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CD Player

CD Player
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Not Available
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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Not Available
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Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Not Available
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Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Not Available
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Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5 - 7
5 - 7

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
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Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
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Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Standard
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Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P215/65HR17
P235/50HR19

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
109.8 (in.)
109.8 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.7 (ft.)
37.7 (ft.)

Length

Width

Width
72.4 (in.)
72.4 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3777 - 3858 (.lbs)
3777 - 3858 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
184 (hp)
184 (hp)

Torque

Torque
221 (ft. lbs.)
221 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Capacity
1500 (.lbs)
1500 (.lbs)

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
150 (.lbs)
150 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
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4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Standard
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
15.3 (gal.)
15.3 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
25 (mpg)
25 (mpg)

City

City
22 (mpg)
22 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
27 (mpg)
27 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Standard
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Standard
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
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Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
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Not Available
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Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
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Optional
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Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Roof Strength
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Driver-side Overlap Front
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Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Side Curtain Protection Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Vw Car-Net Emergency Sos *
  • Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot Sensor
  • Front Assist w/Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Park Pilot Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Lane Assist Lane Keeping Assist *
  • Lane Assist Lane Departure Warning *
  • Front Camera
  • Left Side Camera
  • Right Side Camera

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (8)

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Electrical System > Instrument Panel Nov 25, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Nov 25, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V824000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Volkswagen Atlas and Tiguan and 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vehicles that do not have keyless entry. The instrument cluster may not provide an audible warning to let the driver know that the key is still in the ignition when the door is open. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection."
Consequence:
If the driver is not notified by an audible noise that the key is left in the ignition, it can increase the risk of vehicle theft or crash.
Remedy:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the instrument cluster, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 18, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 90L3 and 90L4.
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Suspension > Rear > Shock Absorber Apr 24, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Apr 24, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V262000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan long wheelbase (LWB) vehicles. A lower loop of a rear shock absorber may separate from its base due to an incorrect welding process
Consequence:
If the lower loop of the rear shock absorber detaches, there may be a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear shock absorbers, replacing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began May 30, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 42i7.
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Visibility > Sun Roof Assembly Jul 12, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 12, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V467000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vehicles. The LED module for the panoramic sunroof ambient light bar may short circuit.
Consequence:
A short-circuit can increase the risk of a fire.
Remedy:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will disconnect the power supply for the panoramic sunroof LED module, free of charge, until a future service action can safely reactivate the feature. The recall began July 24, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall 60D1.
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Engine Mar 7, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Mar 7, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V159000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Tiguan long wheel base (LWB) vehicles. The engine support bolts on these vehicles may not have been properly tightened.
Consequence:
If the engine support bolts were not properly tightened, an unexpected engine breakdown or loss of engine power may occur, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace engine support bolts, free of charge. The recall began March 26, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 10F7.
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Suspension > Front > Control Arm > Lower Ball Joint May 15, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
May 15, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V324000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan and Tiguan long wheel base (LWB) vehicles. The nut that holds the lower ball joint of the front wheel on each side of the vehicle may be loose or improperly tightened.
Consequence:
A loose or improperly tightened ball joint nut can result in the separation of the lower ball joint causing steering, traction or other stability issues, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Volkswagen has notified owners, and dealers will replace the nut on the lower ball joint and, as necessary, clean the thread in the ball joint, free of charge. The recall began May 30, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 40N4. Note: owners are advised not to drive their vehicle until the recall repair has been performed.
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Air Bags > Passenger Side Frontal Jun 5, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 5, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V375000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and Tiguan vehicles. In the event of a crash, the passenger frontal air bag may tear or not properly unfold during deployment.
Consequence:
If the air bag were to tear or unfold incorrectly during deployment, it can increase the risk of injury.
Remedy:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag, free of charge. The recall began July 19, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 69W8, and 69W9.
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Exterior Lighting > Tail Lights Oct 17, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 17, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V662000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan long wheel base (LWB) vehicles. The back-up lights in the taillight assemblies may not be bright enough. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
Consequence:
If the back-up lights are not bright enough, other drivers may not see the vehicle reversing, or the driver may back into an obstacle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected inner taillight assemblies, free of charge. The recall began December 15, 2017. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 94J9.
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Air Bags > Frontal Feb 8, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 8, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V102000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Tiguan Limited vehicles. The front driver air bag installed on these vehicles may not be intended for use in vehicles sold in the United States. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
Consequence:
In the event of a crash, the incorrect air bags may not protect the driver as intended, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering wheel and front driver air bag module, free of charge. The recall began May 30, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69V2.

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