2019 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2019 Nissan Murano

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Murano 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.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Tiguan’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Murano doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Tiguan and the Murano 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, 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.

Warranty

The Tiguan comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The Murano’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 Murano’s (10 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Tiguan

Murano

2WD

22 city/29 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

4WD

21 city/29 hwy

20 city/28 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 Murano doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Tiguan

Murano

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Tiguan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Murano (255/45R19 vs. 235/65R18).

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 Murano SL/Platinum’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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

For greater off-road capability the Tiguan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Murano (7.9 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Tiguan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Tiguan is 7.7 inches shorter than the Murano, making the Tiguan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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

The Tiguan has 15.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Murano (123.9 vs. 108.1).

Cargo Capacity

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

Tiguan

Murano

Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

32.1 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

67 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 Murano’s liftover is 30.7 inches.

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

Tiguan

Murano

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

17.2”/39.7”/74.5”

n.a./37”/74.4”

Max Width

55”

54”

Min Width

39.8”

43”

Height

33.5”

33.7”

Servicing Ease

The Tiguan has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Murano 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 Murano 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 Murano 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 Murano’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 Murano SV/SL/Platinum’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Tiguan SEL Premium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Murano doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Tiguan offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Murano 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.

Economic Advantages

The Tiguan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tiguan will retain 46.47% to 52.31% of its original price after five years, while the Murano only retains 41.28% to 43.8%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volkswagen Tiguan will be $5267 to $6377 less than for the Nissan Murano.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Nissan Murano, 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 Murano was rated third in its category.

The Volkswagen Tiguan outsold the Nissan Murano by 23% during 2018.

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