• (4.8) 40 reviews
  • MSRP: $24,995–$36,475
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 21-22 See how it ranks
  • Engine: 200-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

Our Take on the Latest Model 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • 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 Reviews

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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 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.

Safety

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.

Consumer Reviews

(4.8)

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by Rocco from Vineland, ON on November 28, 2017

The Tiguan is a fun car to drive and provides good transportation in a small package....it provides all the essentials in a small package, easy to park and maneuver....North Americans want too much in... Read Full Review

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8 Trims Available

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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 4 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $1,400 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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