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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan's interior features first-rate materials and a simple, attractive design. However, rivals look a little more up-to-date inside. Both infotainment and climate controls are easy to use, and the larger standard touch screen is a welcome addition for 2017. If you're looking for active safety features, look elsewhere, as the Tiguan offers fewer than most rivals. The Tiguan's cabin is incredibly quiet, the front seats are supportive, and both rows have plenty of headroom. However, back-seat legroom and cargo space are lacking.

  • It definitely lacks the contemporary looks of competitors, but to be fair it's still attractive and restrained in that classic German way, with first-rate materials quality and construction." -- Edmunds
  • "The Volkswagen Tiguan has been around in its current form for several years, yet it still looks fresh and handsome thanks to its Euro style. The minimalist design is obviously Volkswagen even without the 'VW' logo on the nose, and the same is true for the comfortable and upscale-feeling interior." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The cabin of the Tiguan was designed before VW decided to attack the heart of the American automotive market by making their cars more accessible (read: cheaper), meaning the materials are high-quality for the price point." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Seating

The VW Tiguan seats five. It comes with leatherette upholstery, a power driver's seat, and heated front seats, which are almost unheard-of standard features in a compact SUV. Leather upholstery is available. The Tiguan's cabin offers near-luxury levels of quietness and comfort. The supportive front seats have a high position that provides an excellent view of the road ahead. Headroom is plentiful in both the front and rear. The back seat has the ability to slide and recline for either more legroom or cargo space. While that's a convenient feature for comfort, taller back-seat riders may still wish for more legroom.

The Tiguan has two complete sets of Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. The LATCH connectors are on the rear outboard seats.

  • There is an abundance of headroom all around, but rear occupants will find their legs a little more pinched (especially with taller folks up front) than they would in most rivals. The reclining rear seat is certainly welcome, as is its sliding functionality that allows you to bring kids a little closer to the front or free up more cargo space." -- Edmunds
  • "The Tiguan is a lovely car on the highway, suppressing road and wind noise so thoroughly that it might as well have an Audi badge on the steering wheel." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Tiguan include Bluetooth, a USB port, push-button start, an eight-speaker audio system, and a rearview camera. Newly standard features for 2017 include satellite radio, HD Radio, an infotainment system with a 6.3-inch touch screen, and VW's Car-Net, which includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink. Optional features include a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker Fender audio system, and navigation.

The newly standard 6.3-inch touch screen is a step up from the hard-to-read 5-inch touch screen of past Tiguans. When it comes to smartphone connectivity, the Tiguan has multiple options. The infotainment system now comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink, which all allow you to connect a compatible smartphone and access popular features – like music and navigation – via the car's display screen. In addition, the infotainment system allows you to connect two smartphones via Bluetooth, so both the driver and passenger have access to features. The climate controls, which are comprised of a few knobs and buttons, are also easy to operate.

Despite the abundance of ways to keep you connected to your phone, the 2017 Tiguan has fewer options than rivals when it comes to advanced safety features. For instance, in addition to their standard rearview cameras, the Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4 are available with lane departure warning, pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring. The Tiguan has only its standard rearview camera and no other active safety features.

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  • "One of the Tiguan's interior highlights is the now standard infotainment system. Its easy-to-master menu layout and controls are among the best in the class, and it even incorporates Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality. You can even sync two phones via Bluetooth simultaneously, so a pair of passengers can play DJ." -- Edmunds
  • "The VW Tiguan's interior offers straightforward controls, with the tight fit and finish we expect from Volkswagen." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The gauges are clear and well marked. The controls are easy to reach and use. The standard climate control system is refreshingly simple with only three knobs and two buttons." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Cargo

The 2017 Tiguan has 23.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat up and 56.1 cubic feet with it folded down. That's a below-average cargo capacity for the class, as most compact SUVs have at least 60 cubic feet overall. Despite the small cargo hold, the Tiguan's fold-flat front passenger seat and 40/20/40 split-folding back seat make for maximum flexible space.

  • "It's barely more capacious than subcompact SUVs like the Jeep Renegade." -- Edmunds
  • While the Tiguan's cargo area isn't as big as some of its competitors, it makes the most of it with a rear seat that folds in a 3-way 40/20/40 fashion, allowing long items like skis to fit between two passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

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