Among the top-selling and versatile SUVS, the mighty Volkswagen Tiguan deserves a special mention. The first generation Tiguan which was launched in 2007 became one of the top-selling SUVs over the years. The 2017 refresh to the Tiguan has brought many enhancements so that the SUV can retain its position in a segment that is getting increasingly competitive with time. Its USP is the much touted 4Motion all-wheel drive system but the design and feature improvements are also noteworthy. The Tiguan production reached a peak in 2014, with legendary German carmaker making 500,000 Tiguans that year. Based on the popular MQB platform, the 2017 Tiguan looks all set to face the rivals! The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan may have a GTE version too though the company is mum about it right now.
2017 VW Tiguan – Exterior Body Styles and Interior Changes
The revamped 2017 VW Tiguan will have a sportier appearance and weigh less than the predecessor. The SUV will also be a little wider and longer in dimension. The longer wheelbase has resulted in added length of 60 mm. The slight alternations made to the exterior results in enhanced aerodynamics. The alignment of headlights and grille have also changed a bit, giving the front part a wider appearance overall. There are optional full-LED headlights. The tail lights resemble those of the new VW Golf. Overall, the look is sharper and sportier.
The interiors of the 2017 VW Tiguan also looks revamped to a large extent. The layout is clean and a driver centric approach is evident. The center screen is positioned close to driver’s seat, for example. The digital instrument panel is optional which has 12.3-inch active info display. The 5-inch monochrome infotainment console in the Tiguan has a touch display. The pricier Trendline and Highline variants have color touch display. The redesigned seats come equipped with memory function. The optional panoramic tilting sunroof comes with integrated ambient lighting. The space is more and even the luggage space gets enhanced. VW has truck load the 2017 Tiguan with features and infotainment options. It gets internet connectivity and there is Smartphone integration with car’s infotainment setup. You get Android Auto, Apple Carplay and Mirrorlink. The interface box lets you charge Smartphone without resorting to usage of cables. VW cars do not skimp on safety part and 2017 version of Tiguan also adheres to the legacy. There is front assist surroundings monitoring system and lane departure warning system. The automatic post-collision braking system becomes standard now. In Highline variant, you get the adaptive cruise control along with traffic jam assist. The 360-degree camera is like icing on cake in 2017 VW Tiguan safety segment.
2017 VW Tiguan – Modification under the Hood
As far as engine options are concerned, the 2017 VW Tiguan will come in 4 diesel and petrol versions. All engine variants are turbocharged by default. There will be a battery regeneration function. The Tiguan’s TSI engine generates 125 PS and the most powerful variant generates 220 PS. The top Diesel variant generates a whopping 240 PS. The base versions come with front-wheel drive while all the other versions have the 4 MOTION all-wheel drive either as standard or as option. The new four-cylinder Euro-6 engines replace older four-cylinder engines. The new engines offer 24% hike in fuel efficacy. The 7-speed dual clutch DSG transmission is mated to the improved engines in the 2017 VW Tiguan. The base models however come equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission unit. The 7-speed DSG transmission units offer both sport and normal modes. The company is upbeat about the new 4 MOTION AWD system used in the 2017 VW Tiguan. The 4 MOTION active control system is designed especially for Volkswagen’s AWD vehicles. With the active control, you can pick from 4 driving modes regular, individual, off-road and snow. The 4 MOTION system basically distributes power to all wheels of the SUV. By default the front wheels get power but to prevent slip and better traction, the system engages the rear axle too, as and when required. The regular mode suffices for highway and city driving and even tackles lightly snow-clad roads. In Off road mode, Hill Descent Assist and Hill Start Assist get activated.
2017 VW Tiguan – Pricing and Availability
The base 2017 VW Tiguan will be made available in Europe by middle of 2016. Owing to its numerous enhancements and not so steep pricing, VW Tiguan 2017 actually may have to face many contenders. It will battle category rivals like Honda CR-V, Toyota Rav4 and Kia Sportage. These cars fall a tad short of the upgraded German SUV despite their attractive price tags. The 2017 VW Tiguan scores better in refinement and premium quotient. In fact, it can also lock horns pricier rivals like Audi Q3 and BMW X3. There are many things to like about the new 2017 VW Tiguan. It ticks most of the boxes with powerful, fuel efficient engine, sportier look and the extremely beneficial 4 MOTION AWD setup. Even the safety and interiors have been spruced up. It turns out to be a top contender in A-SUV segment.