2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited

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The QX30 has standard Forward Emergency Braking, 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 prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Infiniti QX30 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 QX30 Sport/Essential’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The QX30 (except Pure) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Tiguan Limited only offers a rear monitor.

The QX30’s 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 and moves the vehicle back into its lane. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the QX30 and the Tiguan Limited have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.


The QX30 comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. Infiniti 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.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 24th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 10 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.


The QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (208 vs. 200) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 207) than the Tiguan Limited’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX30 is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan Limited:



Tiguan Limited

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

85.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX30 gets better fuel mileage than the Tiguan Limited:



Tiguan Limited



24 city/33 hwy

20 city/26 hwy



21 city/30 hwy

19 city/24 hwy


In heavy traffic or at stoplights the QX30’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.


A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Infiniti QX30, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Tiguan Limited.

The QX30 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.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the QX30’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Tiguan Limited:



Tiguan Limited

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.6 inches

11.1 inches

The QX30 stops much shorter than the Tiguan Limited:



Tiguan Limited


70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the QX30 has larger tires than the Tiguan Limited (235/50R18 vs. 215/65R16).

The QX30’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 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 QX30 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Tiguan Limited S.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the QX30 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the QX30’s wheelbase is 3.8 inches longer than on the Tiguan Limited (106.3 inches vs. 102.5 inches).

The QX30 Essential AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Tiguan Limited Sport pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Tiguan Limited SEL 4Motion® (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the QX30 AWD’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the Tiguan Limited’s (36.6 feet vs. 39 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Tiguan Limited’s (37.3 feet vs. 39 feet).

For greater off-road capability the QX30 has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tiguan Limited (8 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the QX30 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The QX30 is 9.1 inches shorter in height than the Tiguan Limited, making the QX30 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the QX30 has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Tiguan Limited uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the QX30 Essential AWD is quieter than the Tiguan Limited Sport:



Tiguan Limited

At idle

41 dB

44 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the QX30 is 2 inches lower than the Tiguan Limited (16.4” vs. 18.4”). The QX30’s rear step up height is 1.3 inches lower than the Tiguan Limited’s (17.2” vs. 18.5”).

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the QX30 easier. The QX30’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.1 inches, while the Tiguan Limited’s liftover is 31 inches.

Servicing Ease

An Oil Change Monitor is standard on the QX30 to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on actual driving conditions. 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 Infiniti service is better than Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 48% lower rating, Volkswagen is ranked 16th.


Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Tiguan Limited Sport/SEL, the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the QX30 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. 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.

The Infiniti Intelligent Key standard on the QX30 allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Volkswagen Tiguan Limited’s Keyless Access doesn’t unlock the cargo door.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the QX30 Sport/Essential detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential 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 QX30 has standard 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.

The QX30 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 QX30 Sport/Essential offers an optional Intelligent 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 QX30’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 QX30 (except Pure)’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 QX30 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 QX30 (except Pure/Luxe)’s optional Intelligent Park 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 QX30 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the QX30 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 QX30 is less expensive to operate than the Tiguan Limited because it costs $333 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the QX30 than the Tiguan Limited, including $52 less for a muffler, $239 less for a starter, $38 less for fuel injection, $80 less for a fuel pump and $122 less for front struts.

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