2019 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2019 Audi Allroad

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Tiguan (except S/SE) offers optional Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Allroad doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Tiguan and the Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Tiguan comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The Allroad’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

There are over 2 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tiguan’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 24th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volkswagen Tiguan higher (7 out of 10) than the Audi Allroad (5). This means the Tiguan produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Allroad every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volkswagen Tiguan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Allroad.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Tiguan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Allroad (255/45R19 vs. 245/45R18).

The Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Allroad’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line has standard 20-inch wheels. The Allroad’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Tiguan SEL 4Motion® handles at .82 G’s, while the Allroad Premium Plus pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Tiguan has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Allroad (7.9 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Tiguan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Tiguan offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Allroad can only carry 5.

The Tiguan has 31.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Allroad (123.9 vs. 92).

The Tiguan has .5 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Allroad.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tiguan’s middle row seats recline. The Allroad’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Tiguan’s cargo area provides more volume than the Allroad.

Tiguan

Allroad

Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

24.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

65.7 cubic feet

58.5 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

58.5 cubic feet

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

Ergonomics

The Tiguan SEL/SEL Premium has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Allroad doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Allroad’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Tiguan SEL Premium’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

When the Tiguan SEL Premium 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 Allroad’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Model Availability

The Tiguan is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Allroad doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volkswagen Tiguan will be $12443 to $16748 less than for the Audi Allroad.

Recommendations

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

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

The Volkswagen Tiguan outsold the Audi A4/S4 by almost three to one during 2018.

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