Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Volkswagen Tiguan Limited Will Soon Become Volkswagen Tiguan Unavailable


By: Steph Willems
If you’re in the market for a very small (for its class) German crossover that demands premium fuel, you’ll soon be out of luck. Volkswagen says the Tiguan Limited — the old model kept in production alongside the newer, much larger Tiguan — will not return for the 2019 model year.
Instead, buyers who can’t go without a Tiguan badge on their vehicle will have to come to grips with knowing they’ll need to spend just over two grand more to satisfy their urge. Alas, we all knew it couldn’t last long.
Volkswagen spokesman Mark Gillies confirmed the looming discontinuation to CarsDirect. By offering the old model alongside the new one, VW was able to lure buyers into showrooms with the promise of a lower MSRP. The 2018 Tiguan Limited carries an after-delivery entry price of $23,150; the regular Tiguan, with its 11 extra inches of wheelbase and available (or standard, depending on trim) third-row seat, starts at $25,495.
That’s a smaller price gap then when the next-generation debuted in the middle of last year. It seems VW prepared for the impending loss of its price leader by nudging the models closer together, thus pushing many shoppers in the larger model’s direction.
If leasing is on those shoppers’ minds, they might discover that no price gap exists. As reported earlier this month by CarsDirect, leasing an old Tiguan Limited instead of a new, base Tiguan S might empty your wallet faster. In California at least, leasing a 2018 Tiguan Limited over 36 months works out to $262 per month, after factoring in the due-at-signing payment. A 2018 Tiguan S? $254 per month over the same term.
Blame the newer Tiguan’s higher residual value. For short-term owners, moving up to the far roomier version makes a lot of sense. It’s doubtful many Tiguan buyers would lose much sleep worrying about the 16 extra horses they gave up by choosing the newer model.
Sales of the Tiguan Limited fell 34.5 percent in May, year over year, with volume of the petite two-row crossover falling 49.2 percent over the first five months of 2018. Buyers have already made up their minds. The new Tiguan remains, by a fair margin, the best-selling vehicle in VW’s American stable.


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