New Volkswagen 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. The Competition for Sale in West Warwick, RI
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is the German automaker’s mid-sized utility vehicle, which slots below the debut-model full-sized Atlas. Following the discontinuation of both the midsized Touareg SUV and the compact-crossover Tiguan Limited, the Tiguan was redesigned for 2018 and lengthened by 10 inches. It competes in the large crossover/midsized SUV market with the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Chevrolet Equinox, Jeep Cherokee, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Subaru Forester, among others. One thing that sets the ’19 Tiguan apart from these rivals is its available (on front-wheel-drive models only) third-row seat for two, which brings its occupant capacity up to seven.
The standard features on this model year’s Tiguan are excellent. They include rear traffic alert, roof rails, a shiftable (Tiptronic) automatic transmission, heated windshield washer nozzles, and power heated exterior mirrors – a unique offering in the midsized SUV class.
Powertrains, Fuel Economy, and Passenger Comfort
All of the aforementioned vehicles use regular unleaded and come standard with a four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission; the Tiguan and the Equinox engines are turbocharged. Although the vehicles compared here get similar horsepower out of their base engines, the Tiguan’s produces more torque: 221 lb.-ft. versus the Cherokee’s 171, the Santa Fe’s 178, the Forester’s 176, the Equinox’s 170, the CR-V’s 180, and the RAV4’s 184. Although the Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive, the other vehicles in this list come standard with front-wheel drive and have AWD available (or standard on certain trims).
The Tiguan’s fuel economy is average, coming in at 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway – the same as the Cherokee’s. But the Tiguan is a large vehicle, with its 109.8-inch wheelbase and a generous 123.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, easily bettering the Forester’s 111.9 cu. ft., the CR-V’s 105.9 cu. ft., the Santa Fe’s 110.7 cu. ft., and the RAV4’s 98.9 cu. ft.
Safety and Technology
Volkswagen has made some excellent safety features standard on the ’19 Tiguan: a backup camera, crash response system, automatic headlights, and rear traffic alert. The available Driver Assistance Package adds forward collision warning, auto emergency braking, a blind spot monitor, rear traffic alert, and pedestrian alert; adaptive headlights that illuminate the road during cornering are also offered and are unique to the Tiguan.
In comparison, while Toyota is generous with similar features on the base RAV4, as is Hyundai on the lowest-level Santa Fe, Honda reserves nearly all of its active safety technologies for the higher CR-V trims. Jeep and Chevy put a backup camera on the base Cherokee and Equinox, respectively, but that’s about all for their entry-level trims.
As for connectivity, these vehicles all offer infotainment systems with varying degrees of user-friendliness (the Tiguan’s system is rated well). And when it comes to the instrument cluster and gauges, there’s nothing quite like the state-of-the-art, customizable VW Digital Cockpit, which comes standard on mid- and upper-level Tiguan trims.
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Based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.