2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Reviews
Cars.com Expert Reviews
Volkswagen has an uphill battle to win back buyers in the wake of its messy diesel-emissions scandal, and the Tiguan is dead weight in that battle: It's cramped, inefficient and irrelevant in a class of winners.
Versus the competition
The Tiguan's peppy engine and pleasant ride are strengths, but many other compact SUVs offer those things plus better gas mileage, higher crash test scores and more space — for less money.
It competes in a crowded class that includes sales leaders like the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4. Compare all four here.
For 2017, the Tiguan's base S model gains Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, which mirror select smartphone apps on the dashboard touchscreen. Compare 2016 and 2017 models here. A new Tiguan is coming soon, though VW has released few details.
Cargo & Storage
In front, the Tiguan offers enough places to stash small items, including a narrow but deep center console storage box. Cargo room behind the backseat, however, is lacking. With just 23.8 cubic feet of storage space, the Tiguan trails competitors by double digits. The CR-V has 39.2, the Escape 34.3 and the RAV4 38.4 cubic feet of space.
The Tiguan's backseat folds easily in a 60/40 split and it has a pass-through behind the center armrest that's useful for carrying long items, but other compact SUVs get more creative when it comes to cargo room. The Nissan Rogue, for example, is available with underfloor storage and a handy cargo management system, and the Mazda CX-5's backseat folds in a 40/20/40 split, making it more versatile for carrying people and stuff.
The Tiguan misses again in the safety department, both in terms of available features and crash-test ratings.
It earned a score of marginal (out of a possible good, acceptable, marginal or poor) in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap front test, and it got four out of five stars overall in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's crash tests. Many compact SUVs in the class ace both groups' tests.
A backup camera is standard, but the Tiguan lacks several safety features that more modern compacts offer, like blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
Value in Its Class
The Tiguan doesn't make a lot of sense in terms of fuel economy and cargo, but where VW's logic really falters is price. At $25,860 including destination, it sits at the top of the compact SUV class despite delivering less of almost everything. With a new model coming soon, Tiguan shoppers should put on the brakes.