2019 Audi Q5 vs. 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Q5’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.

Both the Q5 and Tiguan Limited have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q5 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Tiguan Limited’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Q5 has standard 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 Q5. But it costs extra on the Tiguan Limited.

To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Audi Q5 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 Q5 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 Q5 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 Q5’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 Q5’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 Q5 and the Tiguan Limited have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The Audi Q5 weighs 454 to 641 pounds more than the Volkswagen Tiguan Limited. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the Volkswagen Tiguan Limited:

 

Q5

Tiguan Limited

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

284

377

Neck Injury Risk

22%

48%

Neck Stress

215 lbs.

444 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

135 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

80/49 lbs.

170/974 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

187

360

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.9 inches

Neck Injury Risk

34%

52%

Neck Stress

134 lbs.

286 lbs.

Neck Compression

30 lbs.

87 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

90/55 lbs.

804/948 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 Q5 is safer than the Tiguan Limited:

 

Q5

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

3/0 kN

14.07/.99 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

100%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the Volkswagen Tiguan Limited:

 

Q5

Tiguan Limited

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

60

122

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

98 G’s

116 G’s

Hip Force

279 lbs.

417 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

15 inches

15 inches

HIC

219

402

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

61 G’s

Hip Force

600 lbs.

915 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 Q5 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 Q5 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 Q5’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Tiguan Limited’s (12 vs. 10 years).

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Q5’s reliability 16 points higher than the Tiguan Limited.

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 Q5’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 Q5 is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan Limited:

 

Q5

Tiguan Limited

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

85.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Tiguan Limited 4Motion® (22 city/27 hwy vs. 19 city/24 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Q5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Q5’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.

The Q5 has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tiguan Limited (18.5 vs. 16.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Audi Q5, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Tiguan Limited.

The Q5 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 Q5’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 Q5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Tiguan Limited:

 

Q5

Tiguan Limited

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.1 inches

The Q5’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 Q5 stops much shorter than the Tiguan Limited:

 

Q5

Tiguan Limited

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

144 feet

156 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q5 has larger standard tires than the Tiguan Limited (235/60R18 vs. 215/65R16).

The Q5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 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 Q5 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Tiguan Limited S. The Q5’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Tiguan Limited SEL.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 8.5 inches longer than on the Tiguan Limited (111 inches vs. 102.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q5 is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Tiguan Limited.

The Q5 Premium Plus handles at .81 G’s, while the Tiguan Limited Sport pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Q5 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Tiguan Limited SEL 4Motion® (27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Q5’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Tiguan Limited’s (38.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tiguan Limited (8.2 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The design of the Audi Q5 amounts to more than styling. The Q5 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 Q5 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Q5 has 2.6 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear legroom and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tiguan Limited.

Cargo Capacity

The Q5 has a much larger cargo volume than the Tiguan Limited with its rear seat up (25.1 vs. 23.8 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Q5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Q5’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

The Q5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Tiguan Limited’s (4400 vs. 2200 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The Q5 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 Q5 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 Q5 to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals 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 Q5 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction 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 Q5 and the Tiguan Limited have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Q5 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 Q5’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.

If the windows are left open on the Q5 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Tiguan Limited can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Q5 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 Q5 has standard extendable sun visors. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the Q5 with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Tiguan Limited’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Q5 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 Q5 and the Tiguan Limited have standard heated front seats. The Q5 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 Q5 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 Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Q5 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 Q5 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 Q5’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 Q5’s available 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 Q5 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.

The Q5 Prestige’s Park Steering Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Q5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Q5 with a number “5” insurance rate while the Tiguan Limited is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 is less expensive to operate than the Tiguan Limited because it costs $81 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Q5 than the Tiguan Limited, including $73 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi Q5 and the Volkswagen Tiguan Limited, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Audi Q5 outsold the Volkswagen Tiguan Limited by 23% during 2017.

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