Not exactly a GTi, but definitely sportier by design

Introduced in 2007, the Volkswagen Tiguan became a rather successful compact crossover, selling more than 2.6 million units in 10 years on the market. But its design was starting to feel old, so Volkswagen launched the second-generation model in 2016. Boasting a more angular, sportier design, the Tiguan finally stopped looking like a shrunken Touareg and gained a slightly more upscale appearance. Alongside the new exterior design, VW also added a redesigned interior with new tech and updated gasoline and diesel engines. The second-gen model also revived rumors of a higher-performance model, but the Germans have yet to confirm a GTi-like version. Instead, the U.S. market got an R-Line trim, which was introduced at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Much like R-Line packages for other models, the bundle was designed to give the crossover a more dynamic appearance. The update is pretty much a visual thing, with interior add-ons limited to a handful of features. Likewise, the R-Line doesn’t increase performance, so you still have to wait for that GTi to arrive if you want an angrier Tiguan. You should also know that the R-Line package is based on SEL and SEL Premium trims, so it will cost you more than $30,000. Find out more about it below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line.

  • 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line
  • Year:
    2018
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    184
  • MPG(Hwy):
    27
  • Torque @ RPM:
    221
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph (Est.)
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What makes the Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line special?

  • Revised front air vents
  • Black front bumper trim
  • Black rear diffuser
  • R-Line badges
  • 19- and 20-inch wheels
  • Body-colored side skirts
  • Stainless steel door sills
  • Custom start up screen
  • R-Line steering wheel
  • Black headliner
  • Stainless steel pedal covers
  • Standard 2.0-liter engine with 184 horsepower
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line Exterior
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Revised front air vents
The revised air intakes and the gloss black bumper trim give the crossover a slightly more aggressive look

The R-Line’s exterior features are far from radical, but the revised air intakes and the gloss black bumper trim give the crossover a slightly more aggressive look. Around back, the diffuser-like element that includes the exhaust pipes is also finished in gloss black. By contrast, the wheel arch extensions and the side skirts are now finished in the same color as the body. A few "R-Line" badges and new wheels round off the exterior. There are two sets of wheels available, depending on which trim you select. The SEL-based model comes with 19-inch Trenton aluminum-alloy rollers, while the SEL Premium-based versions feature larger, 20-inch Braselton aluminum-alloy rims.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line Interior
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Stainless steel pedal covers
Sport pedals get stainless steel covers for a race-inspired look

Inside the cabin, drivers and passengers will be greeted by stainless steel door sills with the "R-Line" logo, a black headliner, and an "R-Line" badge on the steering wheel. Another "R-Line" logo will pop up on the start screen of the infotainment display. Finally, the sport pedals get stainless steel covers for a race-inspired look. And that’s about it. As I said in the beginning, there isn’t much to talk about inside the cabin.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line Exterior
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Standard 2.0-liter engine with 184 horsepower
The turbocharged engine cranks out 184 horsepower

Under the hood, the R-Line remains identical to the standard model, so power comes from the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that motivates the entire Tiguan lineup in the U.S. The turbocharged engine cranks out 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque while returning up to 27 mpg on the highway.

The R-Line package on SEL trims starts from $1,795 and includes front and rear Park Distance Control (ParkPilot). The package for SEL Premium models, which already include ParkPilot, is set at $1,495. All told, the least expensive SEL R-Line model will cost $34,345, while the SEL Premium R-Line will fetch $37,745. For reference, the base Tiguan S model comes in at $25,195.

References

Volkswagen Tiguan

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan.

2017 Los Angeles Auto Show – Visitor's Guide
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Read more 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show news.

Press release

Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that it will offer the R-Line® package on the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan. The new trim package augments the all-new SUV’s sportiness with interior and exterior design elements that give it an even more dynamic appearance. The Tiguan R-Line package will be introduced at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The R-Line package enhances the robust list of equipment in the Tiguan SEL and SEL Premium trims with performance-inspired treatments. The sporty exterior styling details include 19-inch “Trenton” aluminum-alloy wheels for SEL trims and 20-inch “Braselton” aluminum-alloy wheels on SEL Premium trims. Also included are R-Line badging; unique front and rear bumpers that incorporate stylish air intakes at the front and a diffusor in glossy black paint at the rear; and body color wheelarch extensions and side skirts.

Inside, the Tiguan R-Line models welcome drivers with the R-Line logo on the start screen of Volkswagen’s Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB II). Other interior features include an R-Line steering wheel badge; black headliner; stainless-steel sport pedal covers; and stainless-steel door sills with the R-Line logo.

Like the standard Tiguan model, the R-Line will feature Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter TSI® turbocharged engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. Volkswagen’s advanced 4Motion® all-wheel-drive system is available as an option. The R-Line package on SEL trims has a MSRP of $1,795, and includes front and rear Park Distance Control (ParkPilot). The package MSRP for SEL Premium models (which already include ParkPilot) is $1,495.

The Tiguan went on sale this summer and the R-Line package is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2018.

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