The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover that's built on the same platform as the all-conquering VW Golf, and it's been with us now since 2007. While it's still in its first-generation form over here, the second-generation has recently started to roll out in some other markets around the world. Although it's been in its current form for a while now, the Tiguan is still an incredibly stylish, high-quality crossover that looks as good as anything in its class and drives better than most.
There are four different trims in the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan lineup, with each being front-wheel drive as standard but with VW's excellent 4Motion all-wheel drive system being available for all four models. The entry level model is the S, and the lineup then goes up through Wolfsburg and Sport trims before the range comes to a stylish conclusion with the SEL.
Things are kept extremely straightforward when it comes to the powertrain as all versions of the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan get the same 2.0-liter TSI, 16-valve, DOHC, in-line four-cylinder turbocharged engine that develops 200 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. It's a similar situation with the transmission as all Tiguans get the excellent six-speed automatic with Tiptronic and Sport mode.
The Tiguan looks pretty much exactly like what it is meant to be, which is effectively a tall five-door hatchback that couldn't really be anything other than a Volkswagen. The exterior styling is extremely reminiscent of a taller version of the incredibly successful VW Golf. It has clean, crisp lines that give it a decidedly premium look, while the larger wheels available for the higher trim levels help the Tiguan look a whole lot more rugged than the average hatchback.
Interior quality is an area where Volkswagen has always excelled and the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan doesn't disappoint, especially when compared to the overwhelming majority of its compact crossover rivals. Upholstery and trim materials are of an excellent quality overall, and things like the tight assembly gaps give a feeling of quality you'd expect to find with a more premium brand.
Although the exterior proportions of the VW crossover are relatively diminutive, the Tiguan delivers a no-nonsense cabin that's versatile as well as comfortable. The front seats give a sporty feel at the same time as being supportive, comfortable and delivering an excellent position for driving. The back seats slide and tilt, which creates plenty of space back there for adults or for additional cargo space when the rear seats aren't required for passengers. When the 60/40-split rear seats are folded down, the Tiguan offers 56 cu.-ft. of cargo space, and there's almost 24 cu.-ft. when the seats are in the up position.
Quite a while ago, VWs could be relatively sparse when it came to standard equipment and features, especially with entry models, but that's not an accusation that can be levelled at the Tiguan. The S model comes standard with: 16-inch wheels, an infotainment system with a 6.3-inch screen, HD and satellite radio, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, VW Car-Net App-Connect ability, a rearview camera and Bluetooth. That's not all though, as standard equipment also includes: leatherette seating surfaces, heated seats, a trailer hitch prep kit, roof rails, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless ignition and keyless access.