2019 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2019 BMW X2

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 X2 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 X2 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 X2 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 X2 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 X2 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.

Both the Tiguan and the X2 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Tiguan comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The X2’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 X2’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

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 BMW X2 (3 to 7). This means the Tiguan produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the X2 every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Tiguan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the X2:

Tiguan

X2

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

The Tiguan stops shorter than the X2:

Tiguan

X2

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

134 feet

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60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

141 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 X2 (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 X2’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tiguan’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the X2 (109.8 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Tiguan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X2 (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 X2 can only carry 5.

The Tiguan has 29.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X2 (123.9 vs. 94.1).

The Tiguan has 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the X2.

Cargo Capacity

The Tiguan’s cargo area provides more volume than the X2.

Tiguan

X2

Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

21.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

65.7 cubic feet

50.1 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

50.1 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Tiguan easier. The Tiguan’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.4 inches, while the X2’s liftover is 30.6 inches.

The Tiguan’s cargo area is larger than the X2’s in every dimension:

Tiguan

X2

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

17.2”/39.7”/74.5”

n.a./30.6”/63”

Max Width

55”

48”

Min Width

39.8”

39.6”

Height

33.5”

28”

Payload and Towing

The Tiguan has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The X2 has no towing capacity.

The Tiguan has a higher standard payload capacity than the X2 (970 vs. 899 lbs.).

The Tiguan has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the X2 (1213 vs. 899 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 X2 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The X2’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.

To shield the driver’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side window, the Tiguan has a standard extendable sun visor. The X2 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen Tiguan and the BMW X2, 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 X2 isn’t in the top three.

The Volkswagen Tiguan outsold the BMW X2 by over six to one during 2018.

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