The Volkswagen Tiguan crossover has always sat near the bottom of its class in sales, but that could be about to change. Debuting at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in European-spec form, the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan could be headed for a serious sales boost if the automaker prices it appropriately. The U.S.- and China-spec Tiguan will arrive in the longer of two wheelbases Volkswagen will offer around the world. With new, advanced active safety tech and more interior space than before, the new Tiguan may just have a chance against players such as the Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4 in a way the current crossover never has.
The 2017 Tiguan in Euro-spec form (shown here) appears more substantial than its predecessor, which makes sense as the crossover is longer, wider, and lower than before thanks to its MQB architecture underpinnings. A sharp character line extends the length of the car from the boomerang-style taillights to just beyond the front doors. Helpfully, Volkswagen says the tailgate opening has been widened and the load floor is lower, which should facilitate loading cargo. Considering the last-generation Tiguan’s U.S.-spec total interior volume is about even with a base-model Honda Fit. The new Tiguan is not only bigger inside, the rear seats can slide up to 7.1 inches forward and backward (at least, on the Euro-spec model).