2019 Toyota C-HR vs. 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The C-HR has standard Pre-Collision System, 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 Toyota C-HR 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 C-HR’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 C-HR XLE/Limited’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. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the C-HR XLE/Limited’s 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.

The C-HR’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Tiguan Limited doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the C-HR and the Tiguan Limited 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

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

 

C-HR

Tiguan Limited

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

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 Toyota C-HR is safer than the Tiguan Limited:

 

C-HR

Tiguan Limited

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

2 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

22 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Femur Force R/L

.4/.1 kN

14.07/.99 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

100%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.37/.41

.49/.4

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 Toyota C-HR is safer than the Volkswagen Tiguan Limited:

 

C-HR

Tiguan Limited

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

80

122

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.7 inches

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

508 lbs.

756 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

15 inches

HIC

243

402

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

61 G’s

Hip Force

714 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 C-HR the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 167 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Tiguan Limited was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

The C-HR comes with free roadside assistance for 2 years 25000 miles. Toyota 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.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the C-HR for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Volkswagen doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Tiguan Limited.

There are over 89 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the C-HR’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the C-HR has a standard 520-amp battery. The Tiguan Limited’s 480-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 C-HR’s reliability 29 points higher than the Tiguan Limited.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 24th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Volkswagen is ranked 16th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the C-HR gets better fuel mileage than the Tiguan Limited:

 

 

 

MPG

C-HR

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/31 hwy

Tiguan Limited

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

19 city/24 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota C-HR uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Tiguan Limited requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The C-HR 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 Limited doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The C-HR stops much shorter than the Tiguan Limited:

 

C-HR

Tiguan Limited

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

147 feet

156 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The C-HR LE’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 C-HR LE has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Tiguan Limited S.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the C-HR’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the Tiguan Limited (103.9 inches vs. 102.5 inches).

The C-HR Limited 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.

For better maneuverability, the C-HR’s turning circle is 4.8 feet tighter than the Tiguan Limited’s (34.2 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The C-HR is 3.3 inches shorter than the Tiguan Limited, making the C-HR easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the C-HR is 2.4 inches lower than the Tiguan Limited (16” vs. 18.4”). The C-HR’s rear step up height is 2 inches lower than the Tiguan Limited’s (16.5” vs. 18.5”).

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the C-HR and the Tiguan Limited have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the C-HR 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 C-HR’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 C-HR the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the Tiguan Limited can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

Smart Key System standard on the C-HR XLE/Limited 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.

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

Consumer Reports rated the C-HR’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Tiguan Limited’s headlights, which were rated “Poor” to “Good” (depending on model and options).

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

The C-HR 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 C-HR has a standard Dynamic Radar 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 C-HR’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 C-HR Limited’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 C-HR 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.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota C-HR and the Volkswagen Tiguan Limited, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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

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