2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

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City MPG
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  • Performance
    4.2 of 5.0
  • Cost of Ownership
    4.3 of 5.0
  • Interior
    3.8 of 5.0
  • Reliability
    4.5 of 5.0
27 Sep 2016

The 2017 Tiguan will be slightly more proportioned than previous models. Not only in terms of technology, but also in terms of money. Previous Tiguans were thought to be expensive in their class, especially when compared to Honda and Ford crossovers. Volkswagen attempted to improve the exterior, interior, engine, and technological features of the Tiguan. Because of the lower price, the Tiguan will be a stronger competitor in the small SUV segment, especially since it has seven seats. Were they able to complete this task? Continue reading to determine whether the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is a good buy.

Exterior design

The 2017 Tiguan is more proportionate than its predecessor. The 2016 Tiguan had a high chassis in relation to the tire position. The 2017 Tiguan, on the other hand, is more focused on the tires. As a result, the “tippy toe” look has been eliminated. While the car’s height has decreased, its width and length have increased, resulting in more interior space for backseat passengers and cargo capacity. Volkswagen will launch a new model in the United States and China. Because this is more common in these markets, it will have a longer chassis.

The car’s appearance is markedly different from that of the previous Volkswagen Tiguan model. This is especially true now that the headlights have been updated, becoming wider and more resembling slits. They also look great in conjunction with the VW logo on the center grille. When looking at the back of the car, the increased width is visible, and the taillights look much more integrated into the overall design.

Interior design

The interior design is best described as clean, minimalist, fresh, and high-end. The standard 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan features analog dashboard meters and a five-inch infotainment system. The premium models include a 12.3-inch digital speedometer dashboard and an eight-inch infotainment system head unit.

The Tiguan will have two third-row seats, allowing it to carry up to seven passengers. Other SUVs with seven seats are plentiful; consider the low-cost Kia Sorento crossover SUV, the three-row Acura MDX SUV, and the spacious interior of the Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

Engine specs

The European Volkswagen gets an incredible selection of eight different engine options. Turbocharging, direct fuel injection, and a start-stop system are standard on all engine options. As a result, the 2017 VW Tiguan is approximately 10% more fuel efficient than previous models. There are four gas engines and four diesel engines to choose from. The best 2.0-liter TSI (gasoline) engine produces 217 horsepower, while the best 2.0-liter TDI (diesel) engine produces 240 horsepower. The smallest gas engine produces 123 horsepower, while the smallest diesel engine produces 113 horsepower.

Six of the eight engine options will have all-wheel drive as an option or as standard.

In the United States, the 2017 Tiguan has only one engine option. All Wheel Drive is available on all trims. The engine in the United States is a 2.0-liter Turbo engine with 200 horsepower. Automatic transmission is standard, and Volkswagen’s 4MOTION technology is available as an option.

Mean green machine
Volkswagen has also stated that it intends to build a plug-in hybrid version of the 2017 Tiguan. It will have a 1.4-liter TSI gas engine, an electric motor, and a 13-kWh battery, producing 215 horsepower. This plug-in hybrid Tiguan will include a full-length rooftop solar panel capable of generating up to 621 miles (1000 kilometers) of electric driving range per year.

It will be possible to drive for approximately 31 miles in all-electric mode (50 kilometers).

Tech specs

Several safety and convenience features will be available on the Volkswagen Tiguan. Front Assist monitors approaching traffic and uses City Emergency Braking to avoid frontal collisions. Pedestrian Monitoring, Lane Assist, and an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System are also available. When a collision is unavoidable, Pre-Crash pulls and stops the front seatbelts and closes the sunroof and any open windows. All of these alternatives will keep a Tiguan driver safe.

The vehicle also includes a standard Pedestrian Safety option. When a pedestrian or cyclist collides with the bumper, an airbag beneath the hood inflates. This softens the potential blow to the pedestrian’s head and may prevent head trauma.

Radar-based adaptive cruise control is an optional feature that will handle stop-and-go traffic for you. There’s also Area View, a four-camera, 360-degree view.


Prices in the United States begin at $24,995 for the base S trim. The Wolfsburg Edition is one level higher and starts at $30,095. In addition, the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Sport trim level starts at $32,605. Finally, the most expensive trim, the SEL, starts at $34,500.

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Trendline has a starting price of €25,975. (Germany). The Comfortline trim level starts at €27,925. Finally, the most expensive Tiguan trim, the Highline, starts at €33,975.