2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX30 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Volkswagen Tiguan doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Infiniti QX30 has standard full range traction control. The Tiguan’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.

Both the QX30 and the Tiguan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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.

Reliability

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.

Engine

The QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 24 more horsepower (208 vs. 184) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 221) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

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

 

QX30

Tiguan

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

8.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

83.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

QX30

Tiguan

 

2WD

Auto

24 city/33 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

 

4WD

Auto

21 city/30 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

 

Transmission

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 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX30 stops much shorter than the Tiguan:

 

QX30

Tiguan

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the QX30 has larger tires than the Tiguan (235/50R18 vs. 215/65R17).

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 S/SE’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX30 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Tiguan S/SE.

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 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The QX30 Sport handles at .88 G’s, while the Tiguan SEL 4Motion® pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.2 seconds quicker than the Tiguan SEL 4Motion® (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the QX30 AWD’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (36.6 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (37.3 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the QX30 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tiguan (8 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the QX30 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Infiniti QX30 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 500 pounds less than the Volkswagen Tiguan.

The QX30 is 10.9 inches shorter than the Tiguan, making the QX30 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The QX30 is 8.3 inches shorter in height than the Tiguan, making the QX30 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

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’s liftover is 29.4 inches.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the QX30. The Tiguan doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

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.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Tiguan SEL Premium, 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 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 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

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 offers 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 SE/SEL/SEL Premium.

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 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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