2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Sporty handling
  • Adjustable backseat legroom
  • Multimedia system
  • Visibility

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Prefers premium gas
  • Cargo room
  • Passenger room
  • Expensive AWD option
  • High price versus competitors

Notable Features of the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

  • New Wolfsburg and Sport trim levels
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto now standard
  • Heated front seats standard
  • Backup camera standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Seats up to five

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Road Test

Jennifer Geiger
The Verdict:

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 Volkswagen 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.

Exterior & Styling

If you've seen the 2012 Tiguan, you've seen the 2017 Tiguan. Aside from a minor face-lift in 2012, it hasn't seen an update since it debuted for the previous generations 2009 model year. Surprisingly, it doesn't look dated; it wears a version of Volkswagen's streamlined, stylish grille and sleek LED-accented headlights. 

The smart and sporty-looking R-Line version is, however, gone for 2017, replaced by the Volkswagen's Wolfsburg edition (which is code for extra badges, inside and out).

How It Drives

The Volkswagen Tiguan's road manners redeem it somewhat; it's among the more fun-to-drive compact SUVs, with its lively engine, precise steering and nimble handling. Its suspension does a great job balancing sport and comfort, with a compliant ride and excellent maneuverability.

The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic transmission are well-matched. There's only a smidge of turbo lag from a stop, and the pair provides strong pep off the line and smooth turbocharged reserves of power for passing.

Where it falters big time is fuel econo...

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 Volkswagen 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.

Exterior & Styling

If you've seen the 2012 Tiguan, you've seen the 2017 Tiguan. Aside from a minor face-lift in 2012, it hasn't seen an update since it debuted for the previous generations 2009 model year. Surprisingly, it doesn't look dated; it wears a version of Volkswagen's streamlined, stylish grille and sleek LED-accented headlights. 

The smart and sporty-looking R-Line version is, however, gone for 2017, replaced by the Volkswagen's Wolfsburg edition (which is code for extra badges, inside and out).

How It Drives

The Volkswagen Tiguan's road manners redeem it somewhat; it's among the more fun-to-drive compact SUVs, with its lively engine, precise steering and nimble handling. Its suspension does a great job balancing sport and comfort, with a compliant ride and excellent maneuverability.

The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic transmission are well-matched. There's only a smidge of turbo lag from a stop, and the pair provides strong pep off the line and smooth turbocharged reserves of power for passing.

Where it falters big time is fuel economy. In front-wheel-drive trim, the new Volkswagen Tiguan is EPA-rated at just 20/24/22 mpg city/highway/combined; all-wheel drive sacrifices 1 mpg in the combined rating. Most competitors perform much better: In base FWD trim, the Escape is rated 21/29/24, the CR-V 26/32/28 and the RAV4 23/30/26 mpg.  Even worse, the Tiguan prefers premium gasoline; apart from some luxury compacts, regular gas is the norm in this segment.

Interior

As the mom of three young kids, I'm no stranger to compromise and sacrifice, but what is strange is having to sacrifice to fit in the front of an SUV given that I'm 5-feet 6-inches tall. I could not fit comfortably with my toddler's rear-facing car seat installed behind me; my seat was set awkwardly upright and my knees were squashed into the steering wheel housing. The numbers back this up: The Tiguan has just 40.1 inches of maximum legroom in the front, a couple of inches short of the CR-V, Escape and RAV4.

The situation is the same in the backseat. Although that seat helpfully slides and reclines, the Tiguan's 35.8 inches of rear legroom again put it well behind the CR-V (40.4), Escape (36.8) and RAV4 (37.2).

The Tiguan underwhelms in terms of cabin finishes, too, with a bland but serviceable black-on-black design and hard plastic panels throughout. One bright spot is the huge moonroof that's standard on the Wolfsburg model. It adds a feeling of airiness to an otherwise cramped cabin.

Ergonomics & Electronics

The controls and multimedia system are refreshingly simple. The 6.3-inch touchscreen is responsive and the nearby buttons are well-laid-out. The touchscreen is standard on all models this year. One new tech addition adds some relevance to the system: The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration systems are standard, meaning you get in-dash navigation without stepping up to a Sport or SEL trim, on which a factory nav system is standard.

Cargo & Storage

In front, the Volkswagen 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 VW 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.

Safety

The Volkswagen 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 VW 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, the base price sits at the top of the compact SUV class despite delivering less of almost everything and no top-of-the-line features. With a new model coming soon, Volkswagen Tiguan shoppers should put on the brakes.


2017 Tiguan Video

A new Volkswagen Tiguan will be here soon, but compact SUV shoppers interested in the model should wait for the redesigned 2018 version. The 2017 model lacks many key features, such as backseat room, cargo space and active safety features.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Truly it?s the most reliable care I ever owned

by Amer on July 25, 2018

This vehicle is compact sleek solid as well have great push momentum, this car name is well drivin from the combination between Tiger & Eguana Read full review

(5.0)

Stylish and practical

by Craig from Toledo, Ohio on July 9, 2018

Love everything about the Tiguan! The car handles wonderfully, it?s very spacious, and it?s a very nice looking too! I would recommend this car to anyone. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Volkswagen

Program Benefits

100+ point dealer inspection, 2 years of 24/7 roadside assistance, CARFAX Vehicle history report, and three-month SiriusXM All-Access trial subscription

  • Limited Warranty

    2018 model year or later: 1-year/12,000, 72,000 miles eligibility - 2017 model year or earlier: 2-year/24,000, 75,000 miles eligibility - 2016 model year or earlier TDI: 2-year/unlimited, 75,000 miles eligibility

    *See owner’s literature or dealer for your vehicle’s warranty coverage, exclusions, and limitations.
  • Eligibility

    2018 model year or later: 1-year/12,000, 72,000 miles eligibility - 2017 model year or earlier: 2-year/24,000, 75,000 miles eligibility - 2016 model year or earlier TDI: 2-year/unlimited, 75,000 miles eligibility

    Vehicles receive a 100+ point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tiguan received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

C

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker