2019 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volkswagen Tiguan are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 Range Rover Evoque 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 that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Tiguan and the Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 Range Rover Evoque has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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

There are almost 4 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Land Rover 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 Range Rover Evoque’s engines use 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’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 24th in initial quality. With 57 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 90 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Tiguan gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Evoque:

MPG

Tiguan

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

Range Rover Evoque

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

R-Dynamic 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Tiguan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover Evoque (255/45R19 vs. 245/45R21).

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 Range Rover Evoque’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tiguan’s wheelbase is 4.2 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (109.8 inches vs. 105.6 inches).

Passenger Space

The Tiguan offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Range Rover Evoque can only carry 5.

The Tiguan has .7 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 2.7 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Evoque.

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

The front step up height for the Tiguan is 1.3 inches lower than the Range Rover Evoque (17.4” vs. 18.7”). The Tiguan’s rear step up height is 1 inches lower than the Range Rover Evoque’s (17.5” vs. 18.5”).

Cargo Capacity

The Tiguan’s cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover Evoque.

Tiguan

Range Rover Evoque

Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

21.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

65.7 cubic feet

50.5 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

50.5 cubic feet

The Tiguan’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover Evoque’s in almost every dimension:

Tiguan

Range Rover Evoque

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

17.2”/39.7”/74.5”

n.a./31.6”/63.3”

Max Width

55”

51.2”

Min Width

39.8”

41.4”

Height

33.5”

27.6”

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

Ergonomics

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

To shield the driver’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side window, the Tiguan has a standard extendable sun visor. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The Tiguan is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Evoque 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 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by over 10 to one during 2018.

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