2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

MSRP $26,970 - $36,475

Ranked #5 in Compact Suv


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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 30, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Making a good first impression, the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is what we expect from the compact SUV segment. Appealing interior design and space with the aged exterior looks that can match up to it too. Carried forward with the same set of specs and features in the US, the overseas 2017 Tiguan gets two new trim levels, with a number of latest feature additions. Powered by a fuel-efficient 200 hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder unit, the VW Tiguan is placed at a more premium price point of MSRP $24,995. Moreover, with an aged exterior design, Volkswagen is here again, set to compete with the lower rung of SUVs, such as with the likes of the Mazda CX-5, the Honda CR-V, and the Ford Escape.

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Premium exterior looks

Powerful engines on offer

Sportier ride and handling dynamics

Premium interior space


Subpar safety ratings

Limited interior space

What's New?

Two new trim levels


vehicle bio

base price



4dr SUV

passenger capacity


top speed

155 mph


front wheel drive

engine type


121 cu.in.


200 hp @ 5100 rpm


207 lb.-ft. @ 1700 rpm


6 speed Automatic


suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar


passenger volume

95.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

56.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

2200 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

22.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.5 sec.

fuel economy


20/22/24 mpg

highway range

405.6 mi.


basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance


Pictures & Videos


S$26,970 onwards

Wolfsburg Edition 4Motion$32,070 onwards

Wolfsburg Edition$30,095 onwards

S 4Motion$26,970 onwards

SEL$34,500 onwards

Sport$32,605 onwards

Sport 4Motion$34,580 onwards

SEL 4Motion$36,475 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan in Deep Black Pearl color
Deep Black Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.




Engine and Performance


Fuel Economy










Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Overall Rating

Starting with a price of around $24,995, the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV is at par in terms of price with its rivals and even houses a smaller 2.0-liter engine, but this engine generates figures which are impeccable for such a small engine and brings the others to shame. The VW SUV lineup has always been known for its inspiring drive quality along with its premium interiors and the Tiguan doesn't disappoint in this regard either, thus making it a far better proposition than the majority of compact SUVs out there.

Slotted beneath the bigger VW Touareg, the 2017 Tiguan is all aces, despite its slightly low safety scores. Nevertheless, that has been taken care of too, as VW now introduces a number of safety features as standard across the trim lineup, which should in retrospect improve the ratings further.


Engine and Performance

Fuel Economy




2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Features


The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV is offered in 4 trims, namely the S, Wolfsburg, Sport, and the SEL, with prices ranging from an MSRP of $24,995 for the base S, and going all the way up to $34,500 for the top-of-the-line SEL trim. All of the said trims are powered by a standard 2.0L turbocharged unit coupled exclusively to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive setup is standard, whereas, for a premium of $2,000, each of the said trims can be equipped with an AWD setup. Now including the two new trims on offer, VW has offered us a multitude of latest features, with the premium factor increasing as you move up the trim table.

Trim S Wolfsburg Sport SEL
MSRP (RWD) $24,995 $30,095 $32,605 $34,500
MSRP (AWD) $26,970 $32,070 $34,580 $36,475
Key Features Halogen headlights with clear, lightweight, chip-resistant polycarbonate lenses 17-inch alloys Adaptive Xenon headlights 19-inch alloy wheels
  Daytime Running Lights (DRL) Additional power driver seat adjustments Sport-tuned suspension Trailer hitch
  16-inch alloys VW Car-Net security Dual-zone automatic climate control Enhanced Rearview camera
  V-Tex premium vinyl upholstery Panoramic sunroof 18-inch alloys Premium Fender audio system

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If you want to experience a true blue SUV drive, the 2017 VW Tiguan Sport variant is the best and the most practical pick amongst all of the other variants. Coming to the interiors too, it has got plenty of creature comforts on offer that are worth the $32,605 price tag.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Engine and Performance

The six-speed automatic is well-behaved and smooth. Response in Normal mode is slightly sluggish since it takes the car some time to realize you want power but in Sport mode, the Tiguan becomes a more willing partner. -MotorTrend

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV is powered by a potent 2.0 Liter DOHC turbocharged engine unit, which is good enough for 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. This pushes it right to the top of the compact SUV segment in terms of power figures. Also coupled to it is a 6-speed automatic transmission unit, which sends all the power to either the rear wheels or all of the wheels.

The peppy turbocharged engine is one of the many positive traits that the Tiguan showcases, along with being an impressive sportier handling SUV compared to the rest. Nevertheless, despite the 200 hp on point, don't go about expecting it to break acceleration time barriers, as it is solely meant for family duty purposes. Coming to the towing capacity front, the powerful and muscular Tiguan is the best here with it being able to tow 2200 lbs. The VW definitely shows its class here.


2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Ford Escape







2.0L TSI DOHC Turbocharged 4-Cylinder

2.5L NA 4-Cylinder

2.4L NA I-4

2.5L NA I-4


6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT automatic

6-speed automatic


200 hp @ 5100 rpm

187 hp @ 6000 rpm

184 hp @ 6400 rpm

168 hp @ 6000 rpm


207 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm

185 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm

180 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm

170 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

Towing Capacity (lbs.)





Moving to the competition in play, all the rivals are somewhat different in this performance regard with the Mazda and the Ford offering a bigger 2.5-liter engine but settling down for relatively lower power figures, while the Honda has a 2.4-liter NA engine which produces decent torque. Compared to that, however, the compact SUV offering from VW is at a different level altogether.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 0-60 MPH and Acceleration

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan does the 0-60 MPH sprint in just about 8.3 seconds, all the while crossing the quarter-mile barrier in just 16.5 seconds. This makes it the fastest compact SUV out there, courtesy of its potent turbocharged engine unit and lower curb weight. Overtaking maneuvers in the Tiguan is also not so cumbersome as it's aided by the spruced up turbo power.


2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Ford Escape

0-60 MPH

8.3 sec

8.7 sec

8.6 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter mile

16.5 sec

16.7 sec

16.7 sec

16.8 sec

All of the said competition has decent sub-9-second 0-60 MPH acceleration figures, except for the Ford Escape which does it in 9.1 seconds. The Honda CR-V, on the other hand, comes in second to the Tiguan with 8.6 seconds, despite the lowest curb weight in the segment.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Ride and Handling 

As is the case with all Volkswagen offerings, the wholesome ride and handling dynamics of the VW Tiguan is why the SUV is an outright treat to own. The highway drive especially deserves a worthy mention as it is a different experience altogether. Factoring in 3404 lbs curb weight, the compact SUV is nevertheless agile around the corners too, with negligible body roll.

Moreover, the light steering wheel offers a good amount of feedback, as is evident while zipping past traffic-congested city streets. Although don't go about expecting the promising handling precision of the Golf GTI, as you'd be fairly disappointed with the outcome.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Fuel Economy


The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan delivers 20 MPG in the city and 24 miles to the gallon out on the highway. This combined with a 16.9 gallon fuel tank is able to deliver a total of 406 miles on the stretch. This places the Tiguan at the bottom rung of the compact SUV ladder. Although, these figures are in more ways than other deeply appreciated, as VW makes up for it on the power front with 200 horses, which is way more than what the others offer.


2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Ford Escape

MPG (city)





MPG (highway)





MPG (combined)





Fuel Capacity 16.9 gallons 14.8 gallons 14.0 gallons 15.7 gallons

All the rivals here deliver better fuel efficiency figures than the 2017 Tiguan, with the Honda CR-V giving out 28 miles to the gallon, while the Mazda delivers 27 MPG, despite the bigger engine capacities these SUVs house. With a combined mpg of 22, the Tiguan is pretty good in this regard too, considering the bigger power output.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior

From the dated dashboard layout to the lack of th elatest safety-oriented driver aids, you definetely get the sense that the Tiguan is getting on in its years - Edmunds

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact sports utility vehicle that accommodates 5 average-sized adults in utmost luxury. Although we could have done with a newly redesigned layout instead of the age-old one. Nevertheless, the existing feature-rich dash too has been very well laid out and completely complements the interiors in every regard.

The 2017 Tiguan is the shortest SUV of the lot, and that is reciprocated well enough into the cabin as well. Coming to the seats, it provides heated and cooled seating as well. The passenger rear seats are also electrically powered. They are very comfortable, especially for long rides. The seats are made of premium leather upholstery as you go up the trim ladder and the Tiguan offers an electronic seat movement system for the front seats as well.


2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Ford Escape

Passenger capacity





Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)





Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)





Compared to the other compact crossovers, VW deploys better interior quality, including upholstery. The Honda CR-V, still remains one of the go-to SUVs in this segment, especially with the best-in-class cabin space it offers, whereas Mazda's CX-5 misses out on providing the customers with comfortable rear seating space, courtesy of the swooping roofline.

The interior features include:

  • Back-Up Camera
  • Dual-zone climate control with pollen filter
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Interior Cargo Shade
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
  • Heated Mirrors

2017 Volkswagen Tigaun Infotainment

Volkswagen now adds a 6.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system standard to every trim in the lineup. The Volkswagen infotainment has always been easy to use and understand, and this one is no different. It does have an intuitive infotainment interface along with a sharper display, which also includes all the necessary features as well. For instance, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have been made standard from now on.

The basic infotainment features on offer are-

  • 3 Months of provided satellite radio service
  • 8 total premium speakers
  • USB connection
  • AUX input
  • Speed sensitive volume control
  • AM/FM stereo

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Cargo Capacity

The 2017 VW Tiguan has 23.8 cu. ft of cargo space. That said, the 2017 Tiguan doesn't boast of the best trunk in this segment. It is not even close to the best. Folding down the rear seats in a 60/40 manner can increase the trunk capacity to a decent 56.1 cu. ft. However, The trunk of the Tiguan can easily hold a few duffle bags among others. It has a wide opening with a flat surface, which is good for inserting and removing those heavy bags.


2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Ford Escape

Cargo Volume rear seat up (ft.3)





Cargo Volume rear seat folded (ft.3)





All the other three rivals are pretty much top class in this regard, with the Honda CR-V offering a class defining 39.2 feet, courtesy of its best-in-class cabin space. The Ford is pretty comparable too with 34.3 feet. The Mazda is a little behind at 30.9.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Exterior


The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan carries forward the same exterior design silhouette of the previous iteration into this year for the US model, whereas the model sold overseas, does get a refreshed design. Like the VW Golf, it is full of character lines flowing to the back. 16-inch alloys are offered with the base S trim, whereas opting for the top-of-the-line SEL trim gets you 19-inch ones.

With rumors buzzing of a new redesigned Tiguan for 2018, we'd have to let do with the tough but aged Tiguan design. The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan might not be the heaviest car in this segment. However, the solid and muscular built has always been associated with the Volkswagen brand, and this is something which makes the driver very confident.


2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Ford Escape

Curb weight (lbs.)




















Ground clearance (in)





Wheelbase (in)





Track width (in) F/R





The Honda CR-V here has the best dimensions leading to a best-in-class space on the inside as well. The Tiguan has the worst dimensions in this regard. Tiguan's 6.9-inch ground clearance lets it down, as it fails to wade over small boulders and unbeaten paths. However, the Ford Escape takes this parameter to a different level altogether, with a massive 7.9 inches.

Standard exterior features of the VW Tiguan are-

  • Rear Defrost and Privacy Glass
  • Dual Moonroof (Optional)
  • Halogen headlights and DRLs
  • Automatic trunk release
  • LED taillights
  • Rear Spoiler

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Safety


This is often known as the VW Tiguan's Achilles heel, and rightfully so, the 2017 Tiguan has much fewer standard features on offer than the rest of the segment. So much so that, it is reflected in its safety crash test ratings too. The 2017 Tiguan received 4 stars out of 5 from the NHTSA and a "Good" safety crash test rating from the IIHS. Nevertheless, VW will make up for it by equipping the latest driver-assistance features on the Tiguan for the MY 2018.

Safety Features on offer are-

  • Electronic Stability Control and Anti-Slip Regulation
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Intelligent Crash Response System
  • Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Competition

2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

The fight between Volkswagen and the Honda goes right down to the wire. They are almost equally priced along with a good engine output. The fuel economy and trunk capacity is where the 2017 Honda CR-V is a clear winner. However, again like in the case of the Mazda, the Volkswagen does well better in all the necessary regards of an SUV with unmatchable towing capacity and an engine output beyond comparison.

2017 Mazda CX-5 vs 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

The Mazda CX-5 does have a better trunk and seating space inside. Although these features are not that important for an SUV but this is where the VW makes its presence felt with much better power output, along with a muscular built and better acceleration. Nevertheless, with the better interior quality too, the 2017 VW Tiguan is actually no match to the much more stylish Mazda CX-5.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Final Verdict

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan compact SUV is a serious offering and does almost everything that is desired from a practical SUV. And it is actually a better bet than the Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V. However, the Ford Escape does give the VW a real run for their money. While the Ford does have better physical aspects and a better fuel economy, the Tiguan has better acceleration and power figures. It also has a much better interior quality with a beautifully laid out dashboard. It does have a much better feel to it too. So, a typical muscular SUV along with classy interiors would be the Volkswagen Tiguan, and for the starting price tag of $24,995, it is a value-based proposition.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan FAQs

What is the price of the 2017 VW Tiguan?

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV starts at an MSRP of $24,995 for the base S trim, and it goes up to $34,500 for the top-of-the-line SEL trim.

Where is the VW Tiguan built?

The two-row VW Tiguan is built and manufactured all across the world. Although, the main plant is situated in Germany, Wolfsburg.

What are the different color shades on offer with the VW Tiguan?

Volkswagen offers the Tiguan with numerous exterior color shades. Some of them being the Pepper grey metallic, Deep black pearl, Reflex silver metallic, Pacific blue metallic, Pure white.

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