John Diether
Automotive Editor - August 19, 2016

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan OVERVIEW

While most compact crossovers focus on hauling kids and groceries, the Volkswagen Tiguan takes a more quality-conscious approach. What it might lack in functionality, the Tiguan makes up for with engaging performance and premium appointments.

What's New for 2017

Last year's R-Line and SE trims have been replaced by the Wolfsburg Edition and Sport, respectively. Base models gain VW's Composition Media infotainment system, and leather upholstery is now available on all trims.

Choosing Your Volkswagen Tiguan

Every Tiguan is powered by a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder that develops 200 horsepower, matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. All models can get all-wheel drive (4MOTION) in place of the standard front-drive setup. The Tiguan goes from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, a strong showing for a compact crossover. The quiet, refined ride is balanced with the responsive handling you probably expect in a German-engineered vehicle.

The backseat slides and reclines to make the most of available space, but the Tiguan remains on the smaller end of this class when it comes to cargo space and rear legroom. Headroom, however, is excellent all around.

Volkswagen offers the Tiguan in four trim levels:


Comes well equipped with heated power front seats (leatherette), a rearview camera, keyless ignition, automatic headlamps and wipers, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The infotainment system features eight speakers, Bluetooth streaming, a 6.3-inch touchscreen, and HD and satellite radio. Outside are roof rails, heated mirrors, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Wolfsburg Edition

Adds unique 17-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, and special badging sewn into the seats and floormats.


Carries a sport-tuned suspension, more aggressive body trim, and 18-inch wheels. Dual-zone automatic climate control is also part of the deal.


Tops off the Tiguan with a leather interior, driver memory, navigation, power-folding mirrors, an enhanced rearview camera display, and an eight-speaker Fender sound system. The SEL also get its own style of 19-inch wheels.

The newly available Leather package adds leather upholstery to the S, Wolfsburg, and Sport, along with driver memory and power-folding mirrors. Beyond that, there are no factory options for any trim, although the usual dealer-installed accessories are available.

CarsDirect Tip

The S carries an incredible load of equipment for a base model in this class. Unless you must have the panoramic sunroof or spiffy wheels, it's the most compelling choice. Note that the Sport's taut suspension does interfere with ride quality, so we recommend a lengthy test drive before taking one home.

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