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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan ranks in the middle of the compact SUV class. The Tiguan offers sporty handling and strong engine performance, but its low safety score, cramped rear seats, and relatively small cargo area keep it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent turbocharged engine
  • Pleasant ride and handling
  • Low fuel economy
  • Lacks modern active safety features
  • Small cargo capacity

New for 2017

  • Revised trim levels
  • Larger touch screen standard
  • Remains on sale as 2018 Tiguan Limited

Rankings & Research

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan's #7 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Volkswagen Tiguan has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 66 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 8.2
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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Overview

Is the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Tiguan shows some hints of excellence, but ultimately it isn’t a great pick if you’re shopping for a used compact SUV. The Tiguan’s peppy turbocharged engine and pleasant handling are largely overshadowed by its meager fuel economy, cramped back seat and cargo area, lower-than-average safety scores, and lack of advanced safety features. If a fun-to-drive SUV is what you’re looking for, you’ll find that the 2017 Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape can scratch this itch with far fewer compromises.

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How Much Is the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan?

You can expect to pay between $14,800 and $26,800 for a used 2017 Tiguan. These figures are based on over 250 listings for the 2017 VW Tiguan on our site. The average price is $20,900. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Cost to Own?

The Tiguan’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $26,900 – or about $5,400 per year. That’s much higher than average for the compact SUV class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Tiguan?

The 2018 Tiguan is fully redesigned and starts at $24,595. While you can save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used Tiguan, it’s better to opt for the new model to get the benefits of its redesign. The 2018 Tiguan has an available third row that ups its seating capacity to seven (2017-and-older models only seat five). It also has a new eight-speed automatic transmission, improved fuel economy, sleeker interior styling, more cargo space, and far more driver assistance features, like blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning.

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You won’t find a less expensive new SUV in the Volkswagen lineup, but there are other options if you’re willing to shop around. The 2018 Jeep Renegade starts at just $18,445. The subcompact Renegade offers comparable seating and cargo space to the Tiguan, and its cabin is handsomely styled. It tops the Tiguan with better fuel economy, more safety features, and superior off-road performance.

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Which Model Year of the Volkswagen Tiguan Is Best?

The Volkswagen Tiguan debuted as an all-new model in 2009, and this generation ended with the 2017 model. Though it’s hard to recommend the first-generation Tiguan over its more refined and practical competitors, there are a few key updates to consider if you’re committed to buying one. The 2009 to 2011 Tiguan SUVs have more sedate exterior styling than the later models. A manual transmission was offered only for the 2009 to 2014 models. Additionally, only 2016-and-newer models support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

You can actually still buy a new version of the 2017 model, which remains on sale as the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited. However, we wouldn’t recommend it.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan?

The 2017 Tiguan has a great predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Recalls

As of this writing, there are two safety recalls for the 2017 Tiguan. Both recalls cover issues with the driver’s main air bag, which may not properly deploy in the event of an accident. If either recall applies to the used Tiguan you are considering, make sure the problems have been addressed before you buy.

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Which Used Volkswagen Tiguan Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV is available in four trims: S, Wolfsburg, Sport, and SEL. The base S model is quite well-equipped and comes with the same zippy engine as all of the other trims, so you may not find it necessary to upgrade to a higher – and pricier – model. The base Tiguan S comes standard with a 6.3-inch touch screen, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a satellite radio, a CD player, USB and aux ports, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, cruise control, keyless entry with push-button start, auto climate control, heated front seats, V-Tex leatherette upholstery, rain-sensing wipers, and alloy wheels.

The Tiguan Wolfsburg Edition adds a panoramic sunroof. The Tiguan Sport adds a navigation system, dual-zone climate control, leather seats, adaptive headlights, and a stiffer sport-tuned suspension. Lastly, the Tiguan SEL adds a Fender sound system.

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What Does Volkswagen's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Volkswagen offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles seven years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. You receive the balance of the new-car warranty when you purchase a CPO model, and depending on your car’s model year, you get a limited comprehensive warranty that takes effect once the new-car warranty has expired. For 2018 and newer VWs, the limited comprehensive warranty is good for one year or 12,000 miles. The length of the warranty increases to two years or 24,000 miles for 2017-and-older gas, hybrid, and electric vehicles. Finally, 2016 and older TDI vehicles get a two-year/unlimited miles warranty.

VW CPO vehicles must pass a 100-plus-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, a Carfax vehicle history report, a three-month SiriusXM All-Access satellite radio trial subscription, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volkswagen warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Volkswagen’s CPO program is the least robust of all auto manufacturers.

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How Safe Is the Tiguan?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Tiguan a Marginal rating – the second-lowest score – in its small overlap front crash test, but the highest score of Good in the four other areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the SUV a perfect five-star rating for side impact safety, but four stars for rollover safety and three for front crash safety.

All 2017 Tiguan SUVs come standard with a rearview camera. Adaptive headlights that pivot to illuminate turns are available. No other advanced safety features are available, which is unusual for the compact SUV class.

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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan or 2017 Honda CR-V?

The redesigned 2017 Honda CR-V is one of the best picks in this class. In fact, we named the CR-V our 2017 Best Compact SUV for Families and Best Compact SUV for the Money. The Honda outshines its Volkswagen rival with more seating and cargo space, superior fuel economy (up to 28/34 mpg city/highway), a higher-quality interior, lower projected ownership costs, better crash test ratings, and a longer list of available safety features. The CR-V is a much better choice.

Which Is Better: 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan or 2017 Toyota RAV4?

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 is another SUV worth considering in this class. Though it’s not perfect, the RAV4 does have far more seating and cargo space than the Tiguan, and its ownership costs are projected to be far lower. It also comes standard with tons of active safety features, including forward collision warning with brake assist and lane departure warning. Neither of these helpful features are even offered in the 2017 Tiguan. Go with the RAV4.

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2017 Tiguan Performance

How Does the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Drive?

The 2017 Tiguan has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 200 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive (referred to as “4Motion”) is available. This refined powertrain scoots the SUV up to speed briskly. That muscle carries over to highway speeds as well, where the Tiguan offers strong passing power. VW’s eager turbocharged engine is the star here, but its six-speed automatic transmission is a close runner-up. It changes gear smoothly and delivers prompt up- and downshifts when needed.

The Tiguan’s suspension is another fine point. It provides the SUV with agile and well-balanced handling around corners, but not at the expense of ride comfort. The bumps and dips from rough pavement are smoothed out nicely – and rather quietly as well.

Does the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Tiguan gets some of the worst gas mileage in its class. The Tiguan earns just 20 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Out of the entire compact SUV class, only the 2017 Jeep Wrangler returns lower fuel economy estimates.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Towing Capacity

The Tiguan is rated to tow up to 2,200 pounds when properly equipped.

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2017 Tiguan Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Tiguan Seat?

The VW Tiguan is a 2-row SUV with five seats. The front seats are firm but supportive, and the driving position is comfy and offers good visibility to the front and sides. There’s ample headroom in both rows as well, though rear-seat legroom is slim for adults. Leatherette upholstery and heated front seats are standard; leather seats are available. The Tiguan’s cabin has a minimalist design, and its interior materials look and feel substantial. Overall, however, the Tiguan’s cabin falls flat next to redesigned competitors like the 2017 Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan?

The Tiguan has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The top tether anchors are clearly marked and easy to find, but the lower anchors are deep in the seat cushions and can be tough to access.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Features

The 2017 Tiguan comes standard with a 6.3-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, USB and aux ports, a CD player, and an AM/FM/satellite radio. Available features include a navigation system and a Fender sound system. The touch screen stands out as one of the easiest to use in this class, and it’s accompanied by simple buttons and knobs for the audio and climate controls. Better still, the touch screen supports helpful smartphone integration programs like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and VW’s own Car-Net App-Connect.

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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Dimensions

Volkswagen Tiguan Cargo Space

The Tiguan has 23.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, and 56.1 cubic feet with the 40/20/40-split bench seat folded. Most SUVs in this class offer considerably more cargo room.

2017 Tiguan Length and Weight

The Volkswagen Tiguan is 14.5 feet long. Its curb weight ranges between 3,448 and 3,646 pounds, depending on the drivetrain.

Where Was the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Built?

The 2017 Tiguan was built in Wolfsburg, Germany.

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