2019 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2019 BMW X1

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volkswagen Tiguan are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X1 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Autonomous Emergency Braking in the Tiguan as “Superior.” The X1 scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Tiguan has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The X1 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

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 X1 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Tiguan SEL Premium has a standard Overhead View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The X1 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Tiguan’s optional 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 X1 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Tiguan’s optional 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 X1 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Tiguan and the X1 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

The Tiguan comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The X1’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

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

Reliability

The Volkswagen Tiguan’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the X1’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

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 Tiguan’s reliability 24 points higher than the X1.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Tiguan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the X1:

Tiguan

X1

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

The Tiguan stops shorter than the X1:

Tiguan

X1

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

134 feet

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60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

142 feet

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Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Tiguan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X1 (255/45R19 vs. 225/50R18).

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 X1’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line has standard 20-inch wheels. The X1’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tiguan’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the X1 (109.8 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Tiguan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X1 (7.9 vs. 7.2 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 X1 can only carry 5.

The Tiguan has 22.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X1 (123.9 vs. 101.2).

The Tiguan has 1.4 inches more front shoulder room and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the X1.

Cargo Capacity

The Tiguan’s cargo area provides more volume than the X1.

Tiguan

X1

Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

27.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

65.7 cubic feet

58.7 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

58.7 cubic feet

The Tiguan’s cargo area is larger than the X1’s in every dimension:

Tiguan

X1

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

17.2”/39.7”/74.5”

n.a./35.1”/69”

Max Width

55”

51.5”

Min Width

39.8”

39.5”

Height

33.5”

33”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Tiguan’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X1 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Payload and Towing

The Tiguan has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The X1 has no towing capacity.

The Tiguan has a higher standard payload capacity than the X1 (970 vs. 899 lbs.).

The Tiguan has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the X1 (1213 vs. 900 lbs.).

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 X1 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The X1’s optional 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.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Volkswagen Tiguan, based on reliability, safety and performance. The BMW X1 isn't recommended.

The Volkswagen Tiguan outsold the BMW X1 by almost four to one during 2018.

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