The redesigned Volkswagen Tiguan has qualified for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) 2017 Top Safety Pick award.
The midsize SUV performed well in the driver-side small overlap test, with maximum intrusion of less than two inches at the lower door-hinge pillar, footrest, and left portion of the toepan.
Airbags and the safety belt controlled the crash test dummy’s movement well. The test results revealed that significant injuries would be unlikely in a real-world crash of the same severity.
The new optional front crash prevention system earned a superior rating, with the Tiguan avoiding a collision in the IIHS 12 mph track test. The vehicle fell short of the highest award, Top Safety Pick+, which requires a good or acceptable headlight rating. The Tiguan’s base halogen headlights earned a marginal rating, while the LED headlights that come with the SEL Premium trim earned a poor rating.