2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited Priced From $22,895; Old New Tiguan Costs $3,350 Less than New New Tiguan

The old new Volkswagen Tiguan will cost $3,350 less than the new new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan.

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.

[Image: Volkswagen]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.net. Follow on Twitter @timcaincars.

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