Sponsored by Volkswagen of America Inc.
The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan features available 4MOTION all-whee; drive, Snow Mode, On-Road Mode, Off-Road Mode, and Off-Road Custom. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen.
With the arrival of the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and Tiguan comes America’s best six-year/72,000-mile, transferable, bumper-to-bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty. This warranty is ideal for fleets, particularly the typical commercial fleet driver who averages 20,000- to 25,000-miles a year on vehicles during a three-year lease, meaning the vehicle would be covered for this most common fleet lease time frame.
The 2018 Atlas and Tiguan’s New Vehicle Limited Warranty includes powertrain coverage for their engines, transmissions, and optional 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. In general, the warranty covers any repair to correct a defect in the manufacturer’s material or workmanship, such as a mechanical failure.
The warranty includes limited coverage of the battery, halogen/xenon bulbs, and paint, which are all covered for three years or 36,000 miles, and the brake pads/shoes, wiper blades, and non-halogen/xenon bulbs, which are covered for one year or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Mechanical adjustments not related to a manufacturer defect, such as a headlight adjustment, are also covered for one year or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Competitors to the Atlas, such as the Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder, offer a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Tiguan’s competitors, the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota Rav4, offer a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty with a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Volkswagen’s bumper-to-bumper warranty is longer than its competitors and can be transferred to any future owners for up to six years or 72,000 miles, whichever comes first.
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas comes equipped with an automatic post collision braking system and built-in safety cage. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen.
While Hyundai and Kia offer a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a longer time and higher mileage limit on their powertrain warranties, if the car is sold, the powertrain limited warranty isn’t transferable past five years/60,000 miles of the original sale date.
Volkswagen’s transferable warranty allows new and used buyers peace of mind and demonstrates the manufacturer's commitment to best-in-class value.
The 2018 Atlas, Volkswagen’s introduction into the mid-size SUV market, features the ability to fold down the second and third rows, creating 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space.
The Atlas’ Pedestrian Monitoring uses a radar sensor to alert the driver if a pedestrian is headed into the car’s forward path. If the driver doesn’t respond to the audio warnings, the car can brake automatically. Other safety features include area view and rearview camera, a blind spot monitor, rear traffic alert, and lane assist, which will sense if the vehicle is drifting into another lane or off the road and actively help the driver steer the car back.
Additionally, the Atlas comes equipped with an automatic post collision braking system and built-in safety cage. In the event of a collision, the front and rear crumple zones will absorb the energy of the crash, while the safety cage deflects it away from the driver and any passengers.
With the capacity to tow up to 5,000 pounds, the Atlas has a highway mileage rating of 25 mpg. The Atlas has three engine options, a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine, a 3.6L V-6, and a 3.6L VR6.
The 2018 Tiguan includes all the technology and safety features of the Atlas plus an intelligent crash response system (ICRS). In the event of a collision in which airbags deploy, the ICRS will automatically turn off the fuel pump, unlock the doors, and activate the hazard lights.
The 2018 Tiguan is over 10 inches longer than the 2017 model, and its cargo capacity increases 30% to 73.5 cubic feet when the third row seats are folded down.
The Tiguan is powered by a 2.0L TSI that produces 184 hp and 221 lb.-ft. of torque, and has a highway rating of 27 mpg. The 2018 model features available 4MOTION all-wheel drive, Snow Mode, On-Road Mode, Off-Road Mode, and Off-Road Custom.