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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Performance Review

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


Performance: 8.3

The 2017 Tiguan comes equipped with a powerful turbocharged engine that delivers strong acceleration, and its six-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly. Still, the VW Tiguan has lower fuel economy estimates than most rivals. On the road, the Tiguan has a composed and comfortable ride while maintaining poise through a turn. However, it isn't quite as sharp as some sportier rivals.

  • "The standard Tiguan feels secure but not particularly athletic when you're driving around turns. Still, there's plenty of poise, which is remarkable given how smoothly and quietly this VW rides." -- Edmunds
  • "With a 200-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and entertaining driving dynamics, there's some merit to VW's claim that the Tiguan is the GTI of the compact crossover-SUV class. However, it's still tallish and heavy, so don't expect actual GTI agility from behind the wheel." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The Tiguan offers a better driving experience than do most of its competitors but at the expense of a few miles per gallon." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan's power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 200 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. According to the EPA, the Tiguan gets 20 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway – on the low side for a compact SUV.

The Tiguan's engine produces plenty of power for brisk acceleration, whether you're driving on the highway or weaving through city traffic. Additionally, its transmission shifts quickly and smoothly. Still, competing SUVs like the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue both achieve much better fuel economy estimates than the Tiguan.

  • "We're impressed by the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan's 200-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It's plenty powerful for commuting and passing on a highway, and its six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and quickly." -- Edmunds
  • "The rest of the VW Tiguan lineup gets a 6-speed automatic with Tiptronic manual control, and while it works well, it's no match for the fuel economy one gets with the continuously variable automatic (CVT) in the 2015 Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue or Subaru Forester." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Editors loved the smooth, torquey engine and its quick- and smooth-shifting six-speed automatic." -- Motor Trend (2012)

Handling and Braking

The 2017 Tiguan's ride delivers a good balance of serenity and composure. Still, it isn't quite as athletic around corners as rivals like the Mazda CX-5. If you want a sportier ride, step up to the Tiguan Sport. It has a firmer suspension that makes the SUV more nimble but also makes its ride harsher.

Front-wheel drive is standard in the Tiguan, and all-wheel drive is optional.

  • "The standard Tiguan feels secure but not particularly athletic when you're driving around turns. Still, there's plenty of poise, which is remarkable given how smoothly and quietly this VW rides. The Sport upsets that equilibrium a bit, thanks to firmer suspension tuning and larger wheels that transmit additional impact harshness into the cabin." -- Edmunds
  • "VW's optional 4Motion AWD, on the other hand, is as good in bad weather as the Subbie's setup and better than most competitors' part-time systems." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "Behind the wheel, you often forget that you're driving a crossover, since the Tiguan feels planted and instills confidence." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)

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