2019 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

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 Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Tiguan and the Rogue Sport 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, 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 Rogue Sport has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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

Reliability

The Volkswagen Tiguan’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Rogue Sport’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.

Engine

The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 43 more horsepower (184 vs. 141) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Volkswagen Tiguan is faster than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

Tiguan

Rogue Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

9.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81.5 MPH

80.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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 Rogue Sport doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Tiguan AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue Sport (15.9 vs. 14.5 gallons).

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 Nissan Rogue Sport (5). This means the Tiguan produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Rogue Sport every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Tiguan

Rogue Sport

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

11.65 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.5 inches

The Tiguan stops much shorter than the Rogue Sport:

Tiguan

Rogue Sport

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Tiguan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rogue Sport (255/45R19 vs. 225/45R19).

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 Rogue Sport SL’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tiguan S/SE has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Rogue Sport S. The Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Rogue Sport SL.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tiguan’s wheelbase is 5.6 inches longer than on the Rogue Sport (109.8 inches vs. 104.2 inches).

The Tiguan SEL 4Motion® handles at .82 G’s, while the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tiguan SEL 4Motion® executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (28.1 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Tiguan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Rogue Sport (7.9 vs. 7.4 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 Rogue Sport can only carry 5.

The Tiguan has 27.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rogue Sport (123.9 vs. 96).

The Tiguan has .4 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 3.1 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rogue Sport.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Tiguan

Rogue Sport

Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

22.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

65.7 cubic feet

61.1 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

61.1 cubic feet

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

Tiguan

Rogue Sport

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

17.2”/39.7”/74.5”

n.a./33.3”/62.3”

Max Width

55”

54.2”

Min Width

39.8”

n/a

Height

33.5”

33.3”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Tiguan’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Tiguan SEL/SEL Premium has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Tiguan SEL Premium, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Payload and Towing

The Tiguan has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Rogue Sport has no towing capacity.

The Tiguan has a higher maximum payload capacity than the Rogue Sport (1213 vs. 1115 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

The Tiguan uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

When three different drivers share the Tiguan SEL Premium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a memory system.

The power windows standard on both the Tiguan and the Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport’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 Rogue Sport can only operate 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 Rogue Sport’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Tiguan offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Tiguan SEL Premium’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Nissan Rogue Sport, 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 Rogue Sport isn’t in the top three.

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