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Is the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan old-school or just plain old?VW's first-gen Tiguan escapes the chopping block and will be sold alongside its replacement for a while longer, but how does this aging SUV stack up against more modern competition?
Earlier this year Volkswagen debuted an all new Tiguan that's larger, with an improved interior aimed squarely at the US market but this ain't it turns out VW is going to sell the old Tiguan along side the new big boy at least for a while. So let's hop behind the wheel of this 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan S. Lets see how the old tiguan is holding up. [MUSIC] Not only have I been able to sit in the newer larger Tiguan, but compared to that this Tiguan F is still looking pretty good for space. I've got the seat set comfortable for a 5'9 person, and if I climbed into the backseat right now there would be plenty of leg and head room for me. So unless your gonna fill this thing up with NBA players,I think most people are gonna be pretty good on space. However compare to the new model this interior is starting to look a little bit dated, though looks like it's sort of understated design is what I like to call timely boring. So, at the very least it will never cross the [UNKNOWN] holding To being totally outdated so it's got that going for it. And with the dashboard we've got Volkswagen's base level of tech in this T1. And it's actually still pretty good. I mean the screen's a little bit small but with Android Auto and Apple Car Play coming standard, I think most people are gonna be happy with this. It gets the job done. I've got almost zero complaints and that's Now part of the reason Volkswagen is keeping this older smaller Tiguan around I think is so it can remain price and size competitive with models like Ford's Escape, the Honda CRV, Mazda CX-5. There's no secret the Mazda's my favorite in this class so let's compare this to that. Now the Volkswagen's handling and steering just feel a lot more muted. In the X5 it's less responsive plus I think th model has got a better looking interior though in Volks Wagen's favor, I think that it understated handling it may actually end up being a selling point for drivers who either don't care or don't know a lot about performance they're just looking for something comfortable. This is comfortable. [MUSIC] But the Volkswagen has a secret weapon under it's hood. That's where you'll find the 2 liter turbo charged engine outputting 200 horse power and 207 pounds of tork. It send that to the front wheel by a six speed automatic transition., But you can get Volkswagen four wheel motion all wheel drive as an option. [INAUDIBLE] Now that engine is a fantastic piece of machinery compared to the Mazda. Heck. Compared to everything else in this class. It feels much more responsive and empowered, much more usable. Now I've just gotta say the engine note doesn't sound great. But then again, this is isn't an enthusiast car. Most people aren't gonna be buying it for the sound. Plus. Most of the performance lives in that sort of mid-range area of the torque curve where the sound's not that pronounced. Around town on a nice twisty road, that engine just sings. I don't think it would be a stretch to call this the best engine in the class. Which is interesting because the car wrapped around it is kinda boring and a little bit Vanilla. [MUSIC] The 2017 Volkswagen Take One starts around $25,000 for a base Take One S like this one. And I'm pretty sure that most people would be happy with just that. Though if you go crazy with the options, you can get the price of this thing up to around $37,000. At the end of the day, the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is a very democratic car. It doesn't really lean too far in any direction, it's sure to appeal to most people. And at the core there's that fantastic engine that we spoke about. Honestly, I can see why Volkswagen wants to keep this thing around for a couple years longer. [MUSIC]