Category Archives: VW Tiguan

Comparing the 2019 Tiguan and the 2019 RAV4

When customers tell us they want something bigger than a sedan, but smaller than an average SUV, we point them right to the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan. It’s athletic like the Golf, sleek like the Passat and family-friendly like the Atlas. But if you’re interested in the Tiguan, there’s a good chance the 2019 Toyota RAV4 is also on your radar. Which will it be when it comes down to Tiguan vs. RAV4? Both vehicles offer great performance and options, but we’re confident you’ll find the Tiguan to be the best match for your needs. Here, Trend Motors Volkswagen breaks down the two SUVs.

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3 Benefits of Tiguan’s Longer Wheelbase

Tiguan 2018

Completely overhauled for 2018, the Volkswagen Tiguan features a longer wheelbase than its predecessors, giving you, your passengers and your cargo more room when traveling. At Trend Motors Volkswagen – located at 221 US-46 in Rockaway, NJ – we offer a large selection of new Tiguan models for sale. Visit us today, or give us a call at 973-625-0100 to learn more about the benefits of the new Tiguan wheelbase.

  1. Room for Everyone

A compact SUV that’s anything but small, the 2018 VW Tiguan offers available 3rd-row seating. That means, you can now seat up to seven passengers – two more than previous models – when you opt for the versatile 3rd row. Plus, when you’re not driving around your family or friends, the 3rd row folds flat for easy storage of cargo.

  1. More Cargo Space

Extended by over 10 inches, the Tiguan wheelbase also gives you more room to bring along all your gear, whether you’re on the way to your favorite camping spot or making a trip to the hardware store. If you need to maximize cargo room, simply pull the release lever in the trunk. In five-passenger models, you’ll have access to 73.5 cu. ft. of cargo volume with the 2nd row folded down. In seven-passenger models, you can utilize up to 65.7 cu. ft. with both the 2nd and 3rd rows folded.

  1. Comfortable Interior

With more space inside the cabin, Tiguan offers more luxurious amenities than ever before. For example, you can opt for the available Vienna leather seating surfaces for the 1st and 2nd rows for a well-appointed look and feel. An available leather-wrapped, multi-function heated steering wheel keeps your hands nice and cozy when the weather turns cold, while the optional dual-zone automatic climate control with 2nd-row air vent lets you and your passengers achieve the ideal level of comfort.

See the 2018 Tiguan in Person

The extended Tiguan wheelbase offers a number of benefits, both inside and out. Check out the all-new 2018 VW Tiguan for yourself by visiting Trend Motors Volkswagen today.

Enjoy Safe Off-Roading with the 2018 Tiguan

2018 VW TiguanOn the inside, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan boasts a spacious interior that can even be equipped with a third row for the first time ever. And while the redesign extends the wheelbase by 10.7 inches, adds a new powertrain and gives both the interior and exterior a major facelift, you might have forgotten that the Tiguan is still a capable off-road vehicle. Below, we break down some of the best off-roading features of the 2018 VW Tiguan.

Turbocharged Power

The turbocharged engine isn’t just fun; it provides the power you need to make every off-road trek a walk in the park. Updated for 2018, the Tiguan was the first VW to be equipped with the 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged engine with intercooler and direct fuel injection, which delivers 184 horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque. This B-Cycle engine provides a longer combustion chamber and faster airflow, letting Tiguan use less fuel and generate more torque. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic mode, so you can shift as needed when navigating off-road terrain, like mud, sand, water and hills.

4MOTION All-Wheel Drive

When it comes to off-roading, nothing is more important than having four- or all-wheel drive. Available on all Tiguan trims, the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system distributes power between the front and rear wheels to optimize traction and stability on various conditions. It’s coupled with a driving mode selector, allowing you to pick Off-Road or Off-Road Custom mode when you leave the asphalt.

Other Off-Road-Friendly Features 

All 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan models comes standard with Hill Hold Control and Hill Descent Control, which help keep you in control as you power up or down steep grades. Other features that come in handy when taking Tiguan off-roading include the four-wheel independent suspension, 1,500-lb. towing capacity and halogen reflector lens fog lights.

If you’re looking for a reliable and capable vehicle that performs just as well on dirt as it does on pavement, ask about the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan at Trend Motors Volkswagen. Stop by during business hours or contact us to learn more.

No Limitations with the 2018 Tiguan Limited

2018 VW Tiguan Limited in Rockaway NJ - Trend Motors VolkswagenIntroduced during the 2017 model year, the Volkswagen Tiguan Limited is the perfect high-value, compact SUV for budget-minded buyers. Now in its second iteration, the 2018 VW Tiguan Limited is built on the first-generation Tiguan platform, whose wheelbase is shorter than that of the second-generation Tiguan models. Still, this compact SUV boasts plenty of headroom, legroom and cargo room for all your adventures. Continue reading as we break down some of the best standard and available features on the 2018 Tiguan Limited.

Responsive Ride

Equipped with a 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged engine, the 2018 VW Tiguan Limited turns out 200 horsepower with 207 lb.-ft. of torque for a pepped-up drive.  As you enjoy the torque and turbo of this compact SUV, the EPA-estimated 20 city and 26 highway MPG ensure that you spend more time on the road and less time fueling up.

Daring Powertrain

While the Limited comes standard with front-wheel drive, the Limited with 4MOTION trim features the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system. When inclement weather strikes, you can have confidence knowing that your Tiguan Limited was built to handle demanding road conditions. Plus, this upper-level trim is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with Sport mode, letting you spice up your ride when skies are clear.

Intuitive Technology

With the available Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect technology, you have the ability to plug in your compatible smartphone and use select apps on the touchscreen display of your 2018 Tiguan Limited. Thanks to Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink capabilities, you’ll have easy access to music, maps, messaging and more.

Functional Interior

Whether you’re packing up your Tiguan Limited for a weekend camping trip or your friends are piling in the backseat on the way to a sporting event, the 40/20/40-split folding rear seats with sliding bench adjustment make it easy to configure your SUV to fit your ever-changing needs.

Experience all that the 2018 VW Tiguan Limited has to offer – test-drive this budget-friendly compact SUV at Trend Motors Volkswagen, serving all of Morris County, including Rockaway, Morristown, Parsippany-Troy Hills and Randolph, NJ. To get started, contact us today.

Which Tiguan is Right for Me?

Volkswagen Tiguan Range in Rockaway NJ - Trend Motors Volkswagen

Looking at the impressive 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan lineup, you may find yourself wondering which model is right for your budget and lifestyle, as well as your safety, technology and comfort needs. Here, we break down the features included in the S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium Tiguan models, so you can make a well-informed car-buying or leasing decision.

Volkswagen Tiguan Choices in Rockaway NJ - Trend Motors Volkswagen

The S

The most budget-friendly Tiguan, the 2018 S model comes equipped with a host of standard features, including LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), automatic headlights with Coming/Leaving Home feature, a 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode. Inside, you’ll find a premium color Multifunction Display (MFD), 40/20/40-split folding second row, Composition Color touchscreen with 6.5” display and Rear View Camera System for a Tiguan that’s anything but basic.

The SE

The next model up, the 2018 VW Tiguan SE upgrades your driving experience with Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control, a three-spoke leather-wrapped, multifunction steering wheel, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver’s seat and V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces. As far as technology goes, the SE features a Composition Media touchscreen sound system with an 8” color display, Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service with a six-month trial subscription and SiriusXM radio with a three-month trial subscription. Driver assistance features include Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Front Assist and pedestrian monitoring.


Adding on to the features in the S and the SE, the exterior of Tiguan SEL incorporates halogen fog lights, a power-tilting/sliding panoramic sunroof, silver roof rails and a remote opening and closing power liftgate. The technology of the SEL also gets an upgrade with a Discover Media touchscreen navigation system with 8” color display, Volkswagen Car-Net Guide & Inform with three-month SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link trial subscriptions, remote start and Adaptive Cruise Control.

SEL Premium

The most feature-packed model of the 2018 Tiguan is the SEL Premium. On the outside, the SEL Premium boasts LED headlights with LED DRL, power-folding, heated side mirrors with puddle lights and memory, rain-sensing windshield wipers, hands-free Easy Open and Easy Close Liftgate and 19” Victoria Falls alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, the SEL Premium features interior ambient lights, a self-dimming interior rearview mirror, a heated steering wheel, three-position memory function for the driver’s seat and leather seating surfaces. To round out this impressive model are a full range of technology features, including a Volkswagen Digital Cockpit 12.3” digital instrument cluster, a Fender Premium Audio System, Park Pilot, Lane Assist, Area View and Light Assist.

If you still need help deciding which Tiguan model is right for you, call or stop by Trend Motors Volkswagen in Rockaway, NJ to speak with a friendly, no-pressure salesperson.

Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg Towing Capacities

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan in Rockaway NJ - Trend Motors Volkswagen

The Volkswagen lineup features both the VW Tiguan and the Touareg, highly rated SUVs. Both vehicles are designed to be stylish and practical. However, these two vehicles have their differences, and their towing capacities reflect this perhaps better than anything.

VW Tiguan

The Tiguan is a fun, sporty SUV that comes with high-level bluetooth connectivity and a Sport mode that allows it to be a fun and simple vehicle to drive. The different trim options all include a powerful 2.0 liter Turbo engine. The VW Tiguan features a towing capacity of 2,200 pounds, which is roughly the weight of an ultralight travel trailer or a single-horse trailer with some additional weight such as saddles. This towing capacity comes from 200 horsepower and 207 pounds of torque.

VW Touareg

The Touareg is a large, robust SUV with the option of a panoramic sunroof and significant internal capacity. There is sizable power in the Touareg’s 3.6 liter V6 engine, which supplies 280 horsepower and 266 pounds of torque. All told, the Touareg is able to tow 7,716 pounds of cargo. Provided you use the proper hitch and tongue setup, you could quite reliably and safely haul a 2-horse trailer with full tack and saddles for both animals, or a mid-size camper using the Touareg.

Exceeding the Towing Capacity

It is important to pay careful attention to the towing capacity that your vehicle possesses, and match it to your intended haul. Attempting to put more weight on your towing setup may seem to be okay for a short trip, but over even a fairly short time this can go very badly. Even going over by a small amount can make your SUV difficult to steer and reduce the effectiveness of your brakes. This will present danger to you and your passengers, so it is not advised. If you exceed the weight limit and drive carefully, your tires will still fail more quickly due to the extra strain. Further, your engine will more likely overheat, which will cause your drivetrain to prematurely fail. Also, braking with too much weight will strain your brakes.

Fun and Functionality

The VW Touareg is designed to tow larger loads, such as for extended camping trips and moving construction supplies. The VW Tiguan is designed to steer more enjoyably and to tow smaller loads, such as a motorcycle or jetskis for pleasure trips. Both vehicles do very well at their intended purposes.

All-wheel-drive Volkswagen car options

Performance: 2016 VW models with AWD

All-wheel-drive Volkswagen car options

With snow falling leaving far too many residents stuck in the ditch, we know plenty of people in Morris County who are ready to upgrade to some of our all-wheel-drive Volkswagen car options. Many people consider AWD to be a great solution to winter driving, as traction can be sent to the wheels that need it most to help with acceleration. You won’t find as many cars with this drivetrain as you do SUVs and trucks because it’s a performance feature that is also sought out for vehicles that will be driven off-road. We predict VW will be providing more options in the future, but for now we have just two 2016 Volkswagen cars with AWD and two SUV options. Read the rest of this entry >>

VW Tiguan GTE Active plug-in hybrid features and specs

Off-road Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active at NAIAS

VW Tiguan GTE Active plug-in hybrid features and specs

For those unfamiliar with the Volkswagen brand, it’s the plush interiors which often make an instant impression. VW is a brand that can brag about feeling premium, but without the dip in your bank account to prove it. With this focus on luxury, VW doesn’t exactly have vehicles that are known for their trail-riding capabilities. Rally-racing is one thing, but taken your Volkswagen off the beaten path? Well, looking at the VW Tiguan GTE Active plug-in hybrid features and specs, this German automaker may be changing how we look at the brand. Read the rest of this entry >>

Could the 2017 VW Tiguan have third row seating?

Could the 2017 VW Tiguan have third row seating?

Third-row seating in the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

Let’s be honest, one of the harshest parts of falling in love with Volkswagen is realizing just how many models we don’t get to see here in the U.S. market. Whether we’re pondering anniversary editions of the GTI, which never seem to make it to our shores, or we’re crossing our fingers over the Golf R400, the question of whether or not a new model will come to America seems to constantly be on our tongues. We understand why VW is hesitant to bring new models to our market, but they automaker has been noticeably lacking in option for one very important segment: the SUV. Yes, the Touareg and Tiguan are both excellent options, but the former appeals almost exclusively to the luxury-minded crowd and the latter is in need of a redesign. Which is just what it will be getting for the next model year. Not much has been revealed about exactly what we’ll be getting, but a serious rumor is flying around about third-row seating in the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan. Read the rest of this entry >>

New 2016 VW Tiguan available features and trim options

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan arrival at Trend Motors

New 2016 VW Tiguan available features and trim options

With a lineup full of iconic models like the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle and the always-practical and spacious 2015 Volkswagen Golf, some of the options offered by VW can be a bit overlooked. The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan is a fun ride that delivers on everything expected from a car with its German pedigree, but it’s about to get better. The new 2016 VW Tiguan available features and trim options are already promising to impress, though confirmation on many of them is still absent. Read the rest of this entry >>