2019 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Tiguan has standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The UX Series 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.

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 UX Series 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 SE/SEL/SEL Premium has standard Car-Net, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The UX Series doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Tiguan and the UX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 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 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The UX Series has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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

The Tiguan’s corrosion warranty is 4 years longer than the UX Series’ (10 vs. 6 years).

There are almost 3 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Lexus 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 UX Series’ engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine

The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 more horsepower (184 vs. 169) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (184 vs. 175) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Tiguan FWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (15.3 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Tiguan AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 12.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Tiguan

UX Series

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.1 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Tiguan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the UX Series (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 UX Series’ 50 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tiguan’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the UX Series (109.8 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tiguan is 1.2 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the UX Series.

Passenger Space

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

The Tiguan has 33.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (123.9 vs. 90.4).

The Tiguan has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, 2.8 inches more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

Cargo Capacity

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

 

Tiguan

UX Series

Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

21.7 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

21.7 cubic feet

Towing

The Tiguan has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The UX Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The UX Series F SPORT’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.

Recommendations

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

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