The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover SUV that seats five people. It is available in S, Wolfsburg, Sport and SEL trim levels.
Standard equipment on the Volkswagen Tiguan S includes 16-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, heated mirrors, automatic headlights and wipers, keyless ignition and entry, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, cruise control, heated front seats, a manual height-adjustable driver seat (with power recline), a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, a driver information display, a 40/20/40-split sliding and reclining backseat and V-Tex premium vinyl upholstery. Entertainment features include a 6.3-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, two SD card slots, HD radio, satellite radio and smartphone integration (VW’s Car-Net App-Connect that features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink).
The Volkswagen Tiguan Wolfsburg Edition adds 17-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, silver roof rails, additional power driver seat adjustments including power lumbar, a power reclining front passenger seat, and VW Car-Net Security and Service emergency communications
The Sport trim comes with 18-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, foglights, cornering lights, LED daytime running lights, body-colored exterior panels, a sport-tuned suspension, power-folding mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, additional passenger seat adjustability including power lumbar, driver memory settings, leather upholstery and a navigation system.
The Volkswagen Tiguan SEL includes all above features (minus the Sport’s colored panels), along with 19-inch wheels, an enhanced rearview camera and a premium Fender audio system.
A trailer hitch is the only option available.
The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan employs a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine generating 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Front-wheel drive is also standard, and all-wheel drive is available for any Tiguan trim level.
In Edmunds performance testing, a front-wheel-drive Tiguan with the automatic transmission accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, a fairly quick time for a compact crossover.
EPA-estimated fuel economy for the front-wheel-drive Tiguan is 23 mpg combined (21 city/26 highway), while all-wheel-drive models also achieve 23 mpg combined (20 city/26 highway). That’s underwhelming compared to current four-cylinder compact crossovers, though the Tiguan does serve up more power than most.