For 2017, Volkswagen will debut an entirely new Tiguan. While final specs have not yet been released for the longer wheelbase U.S. version, initial impressions of the European version have been overwhelmingly positive.
Rome, Utica and Manlius drivers may still wonder how this new 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan stacks up against another popular CUV in the segment: the 2017 Nissan Rogue. To learn how they might compare, read on for our review of the Nissan Rogue versus the Euro-spec 2017 VW Tiguan and learn where you can schedule a test drive of the winning vehicle when they hit showrooms this coming year.
The previous 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan was a great-looking compact CUV, and the new version only improves upon a good thing. New styling cues serve to give the 2017 Tiguan a more visual edge compared to its predecessor, which bore smooth, rounded body curves all throughout its sheet metal.
Comparatively, VW’s 2017 Tiguan stands up straighter, with a more truck-like front end and a well-defined small SUV shape. The model currently available in Europe is 2.4 inches longer and 1.2 inches wider than the outgoing 2016 version. Americans will get an even bigger vehicle with a stretched wheelbase to improve interior room further.
The 2017 Nissan Rogue takes a different tack towards CUV design, one decidedly more urban and aggressive. This look is undeniably attractive, but it may turn off buyers who do not wish to have a car with “loud” styling that could appear immature to some. The Rogue certainly avoids any sense of truck-ness that the VW Tiguan has adopted, further indicating the split in tastes between the model.
Overall, the Tiguan’s more conservative but universally handsome design should win over a broader audience.
The 2016 VW Tiguan was one of the more agile CUVs in its class. With a 200 hp 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine sporting a standard turbocharger, it was quick on acceleration. Europe’s version of the 2017 Tiguan sports a similarly sporty powertrain, and the U.S.’s should feel even more familiar since it will likely be based on the previous engine.
Other praises for the 2017 Tiguan go to its firm suspension, which produces little body roll and allows the nimble electronic steering system to work its magic. Drivers will benefit from selectable modes, which have proved their worthiness in snow and ice conditions during Car & Driver tests of the Euro model.
By comparison, the 2017 Nissan Rogue gets demerits for slow acceleration and a disconnected-feeling steering system. Body motions are also noticeable, but the suspension is smooth on rough surfaces.
Altogether, the 2017 Tiguan is more of a diver’s car and a true SUV, especially when equipped with the advanced 4MOTION AWD system.
The Tiguan’s biggest improvements go to its more spacious interior with better outward visibility and comfort for rear passengers. U.S. customers will also get the choice of a third row seat, a first for the model. VW made improvements to the dash and trim textures for the 2017 Tiguan, which already felt upmarket on 2016’s version.
Nissan’s current Rogue suffers from tight interior space, especially in the diminutive third row. Trim is comfortable overall, though, especially for front seat occupants.
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2017 Nissan Rogue Verdict
The Euro-spec 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan shows great promise for its American cousin, especially if size and performance improves. Compared to the 2017 Nissan Rogue, the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan will have a roomier interior, much more engaging driving performance, more classically handsome design cues and a more luxurious positioning overall.
Excited Rome, Utica and Manlius drivers can get more information on the upcoming 2017 Tiguan from NYE VW of Rome, or they can view our current inventory to take a test drive of the 2016 Tiguan today.