2017 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Its Competition

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

In its last year before an all-new generation, the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan can't claim to be as stylish, fuel-efficient, or high-value as most other compact crossovers.

Its interior still holds up well, however, and its smaller-than-average size may be an advantage in tight quarters.

Both the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 offer more utility, modern features and options, and unquestioned reliability, even if their designs are as bland as the Tiguan.

More style comes with the Ford escape, which offers more in-car technology than many competitors and a choice of several engines.

The new Kia Sportage includes a lot of standard equipment, and offers far more safety features than the Tiguan.

Finally, the Mazda CX-5 is an excellent balance of crossover functionality and volume, sporty on-road performance, and superb fuel economy.

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2017 Ford Escape2017 Ford Escape
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2017 Honda CR-V Touring 2017 Honda CR-V
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2017 Kia Sportage2017 Kia Sportage
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2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive2017 Mazda CX-5
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Quick Specs
4.5
The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is a roomy crossover SUV, but it's now a nine-year-old design with marginal safety scores and only average handling.
6.3
The 2017 Ford Escape foregoes a bit of utility in the name of style and sportiness, making it one of the better crossovers to drive.
7.8
It's hard to imagine a compact crossover better aligned with the needs of most buyers than the 2017 Honda CR-V.
7.0
The 2017 Kia Sportage beefs up its sport-shoe styling—and its hardware—as it tackles the crossover-SUV niche head-on.
7.0
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 takes a lot of small steps forward, but are any of them big enough changes to sway buyers?
7.3
There's a RAV4 for just about everyone, and while we applaud Toyota for adding more safety technology for 2017, the competition is worth a good look, too.
MSRP From     
$21,995$23,750$24,045$23,200$24,045$24,410
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
2.0T S FWDS FWDLX 2WDLX FWDSport FWDLE FWD (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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