2019 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2019 Mazda CX-5

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 CX-5 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 which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The CX-5 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 CX-5 only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Compared to metal, the Tiguan’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mazda CX-5 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Tiguan and the CX-5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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.

Warranty

The Tiguan comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The CX-5’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 3 years and 36,000 miles sooner.

The Tiguan’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the CX-5’s (10 vs. 5 years).

There are over 12 percent more Volkswagen dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it 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 CX-5’s 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 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 186) than the CX-5’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Volkswagen Tiguan is faster than the Mazda CX-5 4 cyl.:

 

Tiguan

CX-5

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81.5 MPH

78.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Tiguan 4Motion® gets better fuel mileage than the CX-5 Turbo AWD (21 city/29 hwy vs. 22 city/27 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Tiguan’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CX-5 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volkswagen Tiguan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the CX-5.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Tiguan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-5:

 

Tiguan

CX-5

CX-5 Turbo

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

11.7 inches

12.6 inches

The Tiguan stops much shorter than the CX-5:

 

Tiguan

CX-5

 

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Tiguan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-5 (255/45R19 vs. 225/65R17).

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 CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line has standard 20-inch wheels. The CX-5’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tiguan’s wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the CX-5 (109.8 inches vs. 106.2 inches).

The Tiguan SEL 4Motion® handles at .82 G’s, while the CX-5 Grand Touring AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tiguan SEL 4Motion® executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the CX-5 Grand Touring AWD (28.1 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Tiguan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the CX-5 (7.9 vs. 7.5 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 CX-5 can only carry 5.

The Tiguan has 20.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-5 (123.9 vs. 103.8).

The Tiguan has .1 inches more rear headroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-5.

Cargo Capacity

The Tiguan’s cargo area provides more volume than the CX-5.

 

Tiguan

CX-5

Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

30.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

65.7 cubic feet

59.6 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

59.6 cubic feet

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tiguan SEL Premium’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

The Tiguan uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The CX-5 uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The Tiguan has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The CX-5 doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Tiguan and the CX-5 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Tiguan is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CX-5 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Tiguan’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The CX-5’s passenger windows don’t open or 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 CX-5 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 CX-5 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Tiguan has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The CX-5 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Tiguan’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Mazda only offers heated mirrors on the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature.

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 CX-5’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Tiguan and the CX-5 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Tiguan has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The CX-5 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Mazda CX-5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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