2019 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2019 Porsche Macan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Macan doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the Tiguan’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Macan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Tiguan and the Macan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

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 Macan has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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

There are over 3 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Porsche 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 Macan’s 3.0 turbo V6 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Transmission

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

Suspension and Handling

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

Chassis

The Volkswagen Tiguan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 450 pounds less than the Porsche Macan.

Passenger Space

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

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Tiguan

Macan

Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

17.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

65.7 cubic feet

52.9 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

52.9 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 Macan doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

The Tiguan SEL/SEL Premium has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Macan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Macan doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Model Availability

The Tiguan is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Macan doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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

The Volkswagen Tiguan outsold the Porsche Macan by over four to one during 2018.

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