2019 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 Blazer 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 Blazer doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Tiguan and the Blazer 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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 Tiguan the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 155 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Blazer has not been tested, yet.


The Tiguan comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The Blazer’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 3 years and 36,000 miles sooner.

The Tiguan’s corrosion warranty is 4 years and unlimited miles longer than the Blazer’s (10/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).


The Volkswagen Tiguan’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Blazer’s engines use 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 14 points higher than the Blazer.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volkswagen 7 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.


The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 188) than the Blazer’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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




2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy


2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy



2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy


3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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



Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.64 inches

The Tiguan stops shorter than the Blazer:



60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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 Blazer RS/Premier’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Tiguan’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Blazer’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet).


The Tiguan is 6.3 inches shorter than the Blazer, making the Tiguan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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

The Tiguan has 16.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Blazer (123.9 vs. 107.8).

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

The front step up height for the Tiguan is 1.1 inches lower than the Blazer (17.4” vs. 18.5”). The Tiguan’s rear step up height is 1.9 inches lower than the Blazer’s (17.5” vs. 19.4”).

Cargo Capacity

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



Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

30.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

65.7 cubic feet

64.2 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

64.2 cubic feet


The Tiguan’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Blazer’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows with the driver’s door power window switch. The driver of the Blazer can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Tiguan SEL Premium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Blazer’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Tiguan offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Blazer doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Tiguan SEL Premium also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

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 Blazer’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.


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

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