2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Rogue are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Nissan Rogue 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 Rogue and the Tiguan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front 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, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rogue the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Tiguan was a “Top Pick” for 2017, but no longer qualifies under the tighter 2018 guidelines.

Warranty

The Rogue comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Nissan 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.

There are over 66 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rogue’s warranty.

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 Rogue’s reliability 13 points higher than the Tiguan.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 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 Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 2 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Rogue 2.5 4 cyl. is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan:

 

Rogue

Tiguan

Zero to 30 MPH

3.7 sec

4.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

10.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.8 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.2 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Rogue

 

FWD

2.0 4 cyl. Hybrid

33 city/35 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 4 cyl. Hybrid

31 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

Tiguan

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

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

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Rogue uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Tiguan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The Rogue has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Rogue’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 are solid, not vented.

The Rogue stops much shorter than the Tiguan:

 

Rogue

Tiguan

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Rogue has larger tires than the Tiguan (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R17).

The Rogue has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Tiguan doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Rogue 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

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tiguan (8.4 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Rogue to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Nissan Rogue may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 300 pounds less than the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Passenger Space

The Rogue has 2 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front legroom and 1.4 inches more rear legroom than the Tiguan.

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Rogue has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Tiguan only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Rogue’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Tiguan’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Rogue and the Volkswagen Tiguan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Rogue second among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Tiguan isn’t in the top three.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Volkswagen Tiguan by over four to one during 2018.

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