If you’re old enough you’ll remember when a base model vehicle was just that. They would generally be completely devoid of options; their performance levels were less than stellar and to top if off, you rarely, if ever, wanted to be seen driving one. This is 2017 though, and while there will always be trim levels that offer more features and equipment, it seems that today’s entry level models are much better than you’d expect.
For the full 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T S review, specs, pricing and data, read on…
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T S Exterior:
In terms of styling, the 2017 Tiguan S delivers everything you’d expect from a compact crossover and nothing you don’t. Our 2017 S model was clad in deep Pacific Blue Metallic paint. It came stock with 16” x 6.5” split-spoke alloys wearing 215/65 all-season Dunlop rubber. The blacked-out roof rails, lower body and window trim, along with the lower front fascia callouts give it a sporty look and dare I say, rugged vibe. Out back there’s even a nicely finished dual tipped chrome exhaust. From an exterior point of view, there is absolutely nothing about this vehicle that says, cheap, as just about every surface exudes an air of quality.
If you feel like stepping it up, one can always opt for the Wolfsburg, Sport or SEL trim packages, which include a host of upgrades along with available 4MOTION all-wheel drive for added safety.
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T S Interior:
Sometimes simplicity is the key to an enjoyable experience behind the wheel and that’s exactly what you find when you climb into the cabin of the 2017 Tiguan 2.0T S. The gray leatherette interior, gray dash and door panels don’t greet you with a lot of flash. In fact, aside from the silver trimmed analog gauges, dash vents and the console trim ring, this thing is completely free of color. A bad thing however this may not be. You see contrary to popular belief, many people are looking for good honest transportation with only a few basic features that won’t break the bank, and that is exactly what this little crossover delivers.
Basic climate controls, steering wheel mounted buttons and large analog gauges in the dash make utilizing the interior functions of the Tiguan a snap. The media center, with its 6.3-inch touchscreen offers VW Car-Net App Connect for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, while a USB and standard power port are positioned in the center console and make for easy recharging and connectivity for your mobile devices. Outward visibility is good, as not only does the Tiguan sit a few inches higher than a normal sedan in traffic, but also the large windows help to keep blind spots to a minimum. Rear storage comes in at 24 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 56 cubic feet when folded flat. Heated front seats also come standard on the S model.
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T S Performance:
Thanks to a 2.0-liter turbocharged four that makes 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque, the Tiguan S is capable of scooting to 60-mph in just over 8-seconds. Power is transferred through a 6-speed automatic transmission with Triptronic shifting to the front wheels, although VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system is available on other Tiguan variants. The engine is smooth and the transmission provides quick transitions that make the Tiguan feel quicker than its 3,404-pound curb weight would suggest.
With an EPA fuel economy rating of 20-mpg city, 24-highway and 22-mpg* in combined driving, the Tiguan does sit on the lower end of the compact crossover segment in regards to mileage. Volkswagen also recommends using premium fuel – something to keep in mind when you’re filling the 16.9-gallon fuel tank. Ride quality is compliant on both the highway and back roads and all in all the Tiguan is a pleasure to pilot on a daily basis. Emergency braking and handling maneuvers provide little in the way of drama and the Tiguan proved to be nothing but confidence inspiring in all sorts of driving conditions.
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T S Safety:
Just because the Tiguan is compact that doesn’t mean its light on safety. With airbags throughout the cabin, a tire pressure monitoring system, intelligent crash response, traction and stability control along with a host of other safety features, the Tiguan ensures that you will arrive to your destination safe and sound. In fact the NHTSA issued an overall crash rating of four out of five stars.
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T S Overall:
With a base price of $24,995.00** and an “as tested” price of $25,860.00, the Volkswagen Tiguan S offers compact utility in a nicely put together package. It’s large enough for growing families and small enough to park if space is in short supply. If you’re checking out other compact crossovers in this segment, the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan S is definitely worth a look.
Drop by your local AutoNation Volkswagen dealership today to check one out!
*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.
**Vehicle MSRP of $25,860.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.