2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan photo
  1. Original MSRP$21,995 - $36,475
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)20/24 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSUV

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan photo
  1. Original MSRP$21,995 - $36,475
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)20/24 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSUV


By Warren Clarke (Last Updated 12/12/2017)

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover that rewards you with engaging handling and an upscale cabin. Keep in mind, though, that second-row seating is tight, and cargo capacity is limited. Also, key active safety technology isn’t offered.

For 2017, the Tiguan replaces last year’s R-Line and SE trims with new Wolfsburg and Sport models. Base models now come with an infotainment system that features a 6.3-inch touch screen, HD radio, satellite radio and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone compatibility.

Volkswagen’s Tiguan seats five passengers, and it’s available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. All models shift gears via a six-speed automatic transmission. The Tiguan is sold in S, Wolfsburg, Sport and SEL trim levels.


The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan boasts sheet metal that is clean and modern, and there is a refinement at play that provides an air of discreet opulence. Roof rails are standard on all trims, and they give the crossover the versatility to accommodate accessories such as bike racks and kayak carriers. The Tiguan’s profile is sharp and commanding, with a rising beltline and a tall greenhouse that facilitates visibility. Base models ride on 16-inch wheels.

The list of standard features includes automatic halogen headlights, daytime running lights, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, rain-sensing windshield wipers and heated windshield wiper nozzles. You can upgrade your Tiguan with 17- or 18-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive xenon headlights, fog lights, LED daytime running lights and power-folding side mirrors.


Volkswagen’s Tiguan features a cabin that presents Germanic elegance, and high-quality materials are used throughout. The first row is pleasant, with roomy accommodations and a high seating position, but the second row will be a tight fit for those with long legs. Cargo capacity behind the second row stands at 23.8 cubic feet, and this figure expands to 56.1 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.

Base models come with leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat, a fold-flat front passenger seat, a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat with sliding bench adjustment, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The list of upgrades includes dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery and driver memory settings.


The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan comes with just one engine, but this powertrain has the goods to tackle all the challenges associated with city and highway driving. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine lives under the hood, and it generates 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. The standard six-speed automatic ably handles the task of shifting the crossover’s gears. Both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models have an EPA rating of 20/24 mpg city/highway.


The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan comes with an abundance of standard technology features. Base models are equipped with Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a 6.3-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, a USB port, a CD player, HD radio, satellite radio, an eight-speaker sound system and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration. The list of technology upgrades includes navigation and a premium Fender sound system. Unfortunately, the Tiguan isn’t available with active safety features like blind spot monitoring or forward collision mitigation.

Specs & Features


  • Available colors

  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Reflex Silver Metallic
  • Pure White
  • Pacific Blue
  • Pepper Grey Metallic
  • Body style

  • Suv
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Wheel Diameter: 16.0 Inches
  • Available exterior features

  • Door Handle Color: Body-color
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Grille Color: Chrome
  • Mirror Color: Body-color
  • Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Rocker Panel Color: Black
  • Window Trim: Black
  • Dimensions

  • Ground Clearance: 6.9 Inches
  • Angle Of Approach: 28 Degrees
  • Width: 71.2 Inches
  • Length: 174.5 Inches
  • Height: 67.1 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 102.5 Inches
  • Break-over Angle: 20 Degrees
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 4806 Pounds
  • Rear Track Width: 61.9 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 3404 Pounds
  • Angle Of Departure: 25 Degrees
  • Front Track Width: 61.8 Inches


  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Rear Vents: Second Row
  • Armrests: Rear Center With Cupholders/Rear Folding
  • Air Filtration
  • Power Locks
  • Shift Knob Trim: Leather
  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
  • Interior Accents: Metallic-tone
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Single
  • Floor Material: Cargo Area Carpet/Carpet
  • Telematics systems

  • Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth
  • Entertainment

  • Radio Data System
  • Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/Jack/Memory Card Slot
  • In-Dash CD: MP3 Playback/Single Disc
  • Connected In-car Apps: App Marketplace Integration
  • Total Speakers: 8
  • Satellite Radio: SiriusXM
  • Antenna Type: Diversity/Mast
  • Radio: AM/FM/HD Radio/Touch Screen Display
  • Infotainment: Android Auto Ready/Apple CarPlay Ready
  • Seats

  • Bucket Front Seats
  • Upholstery: Leatherette
  • Rear Seat: Sliding
  • 8-Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • Power Driver Seat Adjustments
  • Adjustable Rear Seats
  • Passenger Seat: Heated
  • Split-Folding Rear Seat
  • 8-Way Manual Driver Seat Adjustments
  • 40-20-40 Split Rear Seat
  • Driver Seat: Heated
  • Dimensions

  • Passenger Volume: 95.4 Cubic Feet
  • Max Seating: 5
  • Front Shoulder Room: 56.2 Inches
  • Interior Volume: 119.2 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Legroom: 35.8 Inches
  • Cargo Volume All Rear Seats Down: 56.1 Cubic Feet
  • Front Legroom: 40.1 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 39.1 Inches
  • Rear Headroom: 39 Inches
  • Standard Seating: 5
  • Seating Rows: 2
  • Cargo Volume: 23.8 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 55 Inches


  • Drivetrain

  • Axle Ratio: 3.45
  • Fuel Economy

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City (MPG): 20
  • Highway (MPG): 24
  • Combined (MPG): 22
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 6-speed Automatic With Tiptronic
  • Type: A
  • Gears: 6
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 4 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 2.0
  • Horsepower: 200
  • Torque: 207
  • Towing Capacity

  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 2200 Pounds
  • Performance Specifications

  • Aerodynamic Drag: 0.37
  • Turning Circle: 39
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Multi-link
  • Front Suspension Type: Lower Control Arms
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Shock Type: Gas
  • Rear Spring Type: Coil
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Gas
  • Front Spring Type: Coil
  • Front Struts: MacPherson


  • Warranty information

  • New Car Basic Warranty: 36 Months/36,000 Miles
  • Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 60 Months/60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 144 Months/120,000 Miles


NHTSA Ratings

  1. Overall Rating

  2. Frontal Crash

  3. Side Crash

  4. Rollover

Safety Features

  1. Child Safety Door Locks
  2. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  3. Energy Absorbing Steering Column
  4. Rearview Monitor: in Dash
  5. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  6. Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
  7. Crumple Zones: Front/rear
  8. Camera System: Rearview
  9. Impact Absorbing Bumpers
  10. Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
  11. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  12. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  13. Impact Sensor: Door Unlock/fuel Cut-off/post-collision Safety System
  14. Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  15. Rollover Stability Control: Standard
  16. Steel Body Panels
  17. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  18. Safety Brake Pedal System
  19. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  20. Automatic Hazard Warning Lights
  21. Brake Assist: Standard
  22. Side Curtain Airbags: Standard

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