2019 Audi Allroad vs. 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Allroad’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Allroad has a standard Audi Backguard System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Audi Backguard System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Allroad has standard Audi Pre Sense City, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Tiguan Limited doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Allroad. But it costs extra on the Tiguan Limited.

To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Audi Allroad has standard full range traction control. The Tiguan Limited’s traction control is for low speeds only. Low traction conditions at higher speeds are more dangerous, making the need for full range traction control important.

The Allroad Prestige’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Allroad Prestige has a standard Top View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Tiguan Limited only offers a rear monitor.

The Allroad’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Allroad’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Allroad and the Tiguan Limited have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Audi Allroad is safer than the Tiguan Limited:

 

Allroad

Tiguan Limited

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Femur Force R/L

1.3/.4 kN

14.07/.99 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

100%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Allroad the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Tiguan Limited was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

The Allroad comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. Audi will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Tiguan Limited.

The Allroad’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Tiguan Limited’s (12 vs. 10 years).

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Allroad has a standard 150-amp alternator. The Tiguan Limited’s 140-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 9 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

The Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 48 more horsepower (248 vs. 200) and 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 207) than the Tiguan Limited’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi Allroad is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan Limited:

 

Allroad

Tiguan Limited

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.6 MPH

85.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Allroad’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Audi Allroad, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Tiguan Limited.

The Allroad offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Allroad’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Allroad’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Tiguan Limited:

 

Allroad

Tiguan Limited

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.1 inches

The Allroad’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Tiguan Limited are solid, not vented.

The Allroad stops much shorter than the Tiguan Limited:

 

Allroad

Tiguan Limited

 

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Allroad has larger tires than the Tiguan Limited (245/45R18 vs. 215/65R16).

The Allroad’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Tiguan Limited S’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Allroad has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Tiguan Limited S.

Suspension and Handling

The Allroad has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Tiguan Limited’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Allroad has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Tiguan Limited’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Allroad’s wheelbase is 8.4 inches longer than on the Tiguan Limited (110.9 inches vs. 102.5 inches).

The Allroad Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the Tiguan Limited Sport pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Allroad Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Tiguan Limited SEL 4Motion® (26.3 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Allroad’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Tiguan Limited’s (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Allroad is 8.3 inches shorter in height than the Tiguan Limited, making the Allroad much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

The design of the Audi Allroad amounts to more than styling. The Allroad has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Tiguan Limited (.37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Allroad get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity

The Allroad has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Tiguan Limited with its rear seat up (24.2 vs. 23.8 cubic feet). The Allroad has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Tiguan Limited with its rear seat folded (58.5 vs. 56.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo design makes loading and unloading the Allroad easier. The Allroad’s cargo lift-over height is 26.1 inches, while the Tiguan Limited’s liftover is 31 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Allroad has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Servicing Ease

The Allroad uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Tiguan Limited uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the Allroad is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Tiguan Limited. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Allroad to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Volkswagen doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Tiguan Limited.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 43% lower rating, Volkswagen is ranked 16th.

Ergonomics

The Allroad Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Allroad and the Tiguan Limited have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Allroad is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Tiguan Limited prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Allroad’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Tiguan Limited’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Allroad has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Allroad Prestige detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Allroad has standard extendable sun visors. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Allroad offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Tiguan Limited has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Allroad and the Tiguan Limited have standard heated front seats. The Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Tiguan Limited.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Allroad has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Tiguan Limited Sport/SEL.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Allroad Prestige has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Allroad’s standard separate stalk mounted cruise control is close at hand. The Tiguan Limited’s standard cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

The Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Tiguan Limited’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With standard voice command, the Allroad offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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