2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

Pros: Car-like ride and handling quality; high-quality cabin materials and finishing; comfortable passenger accommodations; simple, user-friendly controls

Cons: Steep pricing on higher trim levels; firmer ride than some class competitors; not as much cargo room as some rivals; aging basic design means Tiguan’s features aren’t as up-to-date as most compact SUV competitors

CG Says: The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is little changed. The SE trim is now badged Sport and replaces its vinyl upholstery with leather. The R-Line is now known as Wolfsburg. An infotainment touchscreen is newly standard on the base S model. Tiguan is a crossover compact SUV with seating for five. All Tiguans have a 200-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. All models are available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. All Tiguans have standard keyless access and starting, heated front seats, heated windshield washers, and rain-sensing wipers. Available features include bi-xenon headlights, panoramic sunroof, and dual-zone automatic climate controls. Tiguan offers the premium engineering, solid workmanship, sporty road manners, and upscale equipment levels expected of European brands. But it costs more than most class rivals, and its basic platform dates back to the 2009 model year. Most of the Tiguan’s competitors offer more up-to-date designs, powertrain choices that offer better fuel economy, and cutting-edge safety features that aren’t available here. A redesigned Tiguan is expected as a 2018 model.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices S: $24,995
S AWD: $26,970
Wolfsburg: $30,095
Wolfsburg AWD: $32,070
Sport: $32,605
Sport AWD: $34,580
SEL: $34,500
SEL AWD: $36,475

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)