Known now as the Tiguan Limited, a basic 2017 model rides on 16-inch steel wheels with no cargo cover, front-wheel drive, and the premium-fuel-swilling 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder.
Priced from $22,895 including a $900 destination charge, the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited undercuts the second-generation Tiguan by $3,350 and the non-Limited 2017 Tiguan by $2,965.
2017 Tiguan Limiteds won’t have to look so positively basic. 17-inch alloys are the only four members of the aptly named Wheel Package, a $495 selection.
Another $1,295 option group, the Premium Package, includes a 6.3-inch screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or MirrorLink; a leather-wrapped wheel, proximity access and pushbutton start, roof rails, cargo cover, and cruise control.
At this point, the 2017 Tiguan Limited is still just a $24,685 vehicle, $1,175 less than the (unlimited?) 2017 Tiguan S. 4Motion all-wheel drive remains a $1,975 option.Now priced to better compete with subcompact utility vehicles — the 2017 Tiguan Limited is 10 inches shorter than the 2018 Tiguan, bumper to bumper — the smallest Volkswagen utility vehicle is still more costly than a basic 2018 Subaru Crosstrek (which comes standard with all-wheel drive but not the Tiguan’s standard automatic transmission). The Honda HR-V CVT AWD starts at $22,610. A basic front-wheel-drive Mazda CX-3 costs $20,900. With all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission, the Jeep Renegade costs $23,915, though Jeep’s website currently advertises a $2,392 discount.
The Tiguan’s 2.0T remains an appealing factor, however, given the slow progress made by vehicles such as the HR-V and Toyota C-HR.
But is the 2.0T and the price cut enough to intrigue buyers in America’s vibrant crossover sector? This is essentially the same vehicle that was unveiled in Frankfurt in 2007.