2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Highline Review | Asian Car Guide
November 15, 2019

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Highline Review

The other day at Chinatown Melbourne I saw a Chinese grandpa with walking stick emerge from a new Tiguan. That is the beauty about the SUV, it suits almost anyone.

VW has worked hard to get past ‘diesel gate’ by concentrating on design, technology and innovation to produce the best new models it can.

The latest generation Tiguan is the first Volkswagen SUV based on the company’s latest game-changing MQB platform, which forms the base for the Audi A3, Golf and even bigger Passat. The all new Tiguan SUV looks up-beat, sporty, completely reconfigured with proportions to give it a powerful stance on the road.

There is 33mm height reduction to 1,632mm, 4,486mm is 60mm longer and it is 30mm wider than its predecessor. Wheelbase is extended 77mm to 2,681mm. This translates to 29mm more knee room and more than enough space for four adults to sit comfortably.

Rounded styling that made theprevious car blend in with its Japanese and Korean counterparts makes way for crisp, sharper lines and a bigger car. Plenty of sheet metal is pressed, folded and made to look good. The front bonnet features two creases on each side, which flow in parallel, with sides getting the same double-shouldered styling, presenting additional visual girth, then wrapping around the rear of the car.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Highline Review The SUV comes in base 1.4Litre turbo petrol model, then 2Litre diesel and petrol models, with choice of three specification levels – Trendline, Comfortline or Highline. The base has six speed manual or DSG dual-clutch auto transmission; the others all have seven speed DSG autos.

All models have a wide range of standard safety, driver aid, and security features, including for example active pedestrian protecting bonnet, autonomous emergency braking below 30 km, 7 airbags, blind spot assist and lane departure warning, and a lot more, then there are three main optional packages – Driver Assistance (Comfortline & Highline), Luxury (Comfortline only), and R-Line package (Highline only).

We evaluated the 2Litre petrol top level HighLine version, with R-Line package, including leather steering wheel, sport bumpers, rear spoiler and badging, aluminium side sills and stainless steel pedals, slimline LED headlamps, and gearshift paddles.

Headlamp assemblies feature a refreshing new arrangement, with daytime running lights sitting over the lamps, while LED indicators are sited at the base of the lighting units.

Tail lights are beautifully sculpted with angular moulded “L” shaped top end and brake LEDs which dynamically switch from horizontal set of dashes to vertical pattern when the braking.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Highline Review

Inside, the cabin has very clean and functional lines. Driver and front passenger seats are electric, with memory function. Behind the wheel there are welcome changes. The virtual instrument binnacle gauges on the optional ‘active info’ 12.3” display can be resized to allow display of driving info, vehicle performance or satnav map, via steering wheel controls.

Talking about reversing, the new Tiguan is equipped with VW’s “Area View” camera system, providing a full 360 degree view, or simulated overhead view, by way of cameras in the front, rear and under the wing mirrors on each side. As per expected, the Tiguan also has Bluetooth connectivity, App-Connect functionality, USB connectors and an AUX-in multimedia slot.

With 615 litre cargo space the Tiguan is one of the biggest in its segment. Drop the 60:40 rear folding seat and you will get 1,655 litres, with seats folding near flat. As a plus, the rear seats slide forward with a full 180mm of movement, providing users with more cargo without folding seats down.

The Tiguan drives like a slightly taller, bigger Volkswagen GTi, handling delightfully, with plenty of acceleration on tap. In “Sports” mode there is minimal roll and weight transference when you flick the compact SUV around a series of bends. The all-wheel drive 4MOTION system keeps the car in-check and effectively cancels front-drive understeer. Between different suspension settings there is very little difference to ride comfort, but handling does improve. Ride comfort by the way, is one of the best I have come across.

Very amply powering our Tiguan is a familiar 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, mated to VW’s new dual clutch 7-speed auto. Steering is impressive, speed sensitively adding more weighting as speed ticks up.

There is little doubt the new Tiguan is a premium compact machine that should redefine buyer expectations in our thriving SUV market. The new Tiguan has given people both young and old more of what they want in SPACE, STYLE and TECHNOLOGY.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI HighLine

Pricing and specifications:

Price: From $48,490 plus on-road costs

Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol

Power: 162kW at 4,500-6,200rpm

Torque: 350Nm at 1,500-4,400rpm

Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, all-wheel drive

Fuel use: 8.1L/100km