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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Review: First Drive


Good points

  • Five punchy and refined engines
  • High-quality interior showcases new tech
  • Impressive ride-handling balance
  • Overall premium feel: it’s the Golf of medium SUVs

Needs work

  • If you want AWD, you’ll be spending at least $41k
  • Advanced safety can’t be added to the base model
  • Handy auto tailgate a pricey option on most models
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Review – Chasing Cars

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is all-new, and it’s substantially improved over the car it replaces in two ways. Firstly, it’s bigger, with Volkswagen moving the car into the booming medium SUV segment. And secondly, it now feels genuinely premium.

The Tiguan is a building block in Volkswagen’s goal of occupying its ideal niche: German premium player status, beyond its Japanese and Korean rivals, while retaining mainstream price points.

It’s a compelling offer that summarises the way many Volkswagen models already feel – in particular, the Golf, which is closely related to the new Tiguan.

Volkswagen have needed a larger SUV to give it a player in this crucial segment against established rivals like the Mazda CX-5. Buyers need the new Tiguan too, because it moves the medium SUV game forward in a number of ways.

In essence, the Tiguan feels like a larger Golf, offering SUV practicality. That’s a very good thing: the Tiguan introduces the Golf’s premium formula of great engines and sophisticated ride-handling balance into this larger segment.

And where five-seater SUVs can feel and look quite generic, the Tiguan looks and feels distinctive. It’s a capable car across the areas that matter – driving, comfort, practicality – and it feels like a quality product.

The larger form factor will give the Tiguan the practicality it needed, and with its traditionally-Volkswagen premium feel, the medium SUV class looks to have a new leader.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Review – Chasing Cars

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Key specs (as tested)

Single turbocharger
140kW at 4,000rpm
400Nm between 1,900rpm-3,300rpm
DSG (double clutch)
Power to weight ratio
83kW / tonne
Fuel type
Fuel capacity
60 litres
Average Range
1017 kilometres
All wheel drive
Engine configuration
4.49 metres
1.84 metres
1.66 metres
Unoccupied weight
1.69 tonnes
Cargo space seats up
615 litres
Cargo seats down
1,655 litres

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