2020 Cadillac XT5 vs. 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

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Safety

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The XT5 Premium Luxury/Sport’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Tiguan doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Cadillac XT5 are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Volkswagen Tiguan doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the XT5 are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Cadillac XT5 has standard full range traction control. The Tiguan’s traction control is for low speeds only. Low traction conditions at higher speeds are more dangerous, making the need for full range traction control important.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the XT5 Premium Luxury/Sport helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the XT5 and the Tiguan 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, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are over 38 percent more Cadillac dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the XT5’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 17th in initial quality. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

Engine

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The XT5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 53 more horsepower (237 vs. 184) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 221) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The XT5’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 126 more horsepower (310 vs. 184) and 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (271 vs. 221) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Cadillac XT5 V6 is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan:

XT5

Tiguan

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

8.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.4 MPH

83.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT5’s fuel efficiency. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Cadillac XT5 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The Tiguan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The XT5 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tiguan FWD’s standard fuel tank (19.4 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XT5 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tiguan AWD’s standard fuel tank (21.7 vs. 15.9 gallons).

The XT5 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Cadillac XT5, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Tiguan.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the XT5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Tiguan:

XT5

Tiguan

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.8 inches

The XT5’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Tiguan are solid, not vented.

The XT5 stops much shorter than the Tiguan:

XT5

Tiguan

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XT5 has larger tires than the Tiguan (235/65R18 vs. 215/65R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XT5 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Tiguan S/SE.

The Cadillac XT5’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Volkswagen Tiguan only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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The XT5 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Tiguan’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XT5’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Tiguan (112.5 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XT5 is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than on the Tiguan.

The XT5 AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Tiguan SEL 4Motion® pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The XT5 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Tiguan SEL 4Motion® (27 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the XT5 (except V6) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Tiguan doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The XT5 has .1 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 2.5 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tiguan.

Cargo Capacity

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The XT5 has a much larger cargo volume than the Tiguan with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 12 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the XT5. The Tiguan doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Volkswagen Tiguan is limited to 1500 pounds. The XT5 offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 49% lower rating, Volkswagen is ranked 18th.

Ergonomics

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The XT5 Premium Luxury/Sport’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Tiguan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The XT5’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Tiguan does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The XT5 Premium Luxury/Sport offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

On a hot day the XT5’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Tiguan can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XT5 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Tiguan only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The XT5 Premium Luxury/Sport has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Tiguan offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The XT5 has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium. The XT5 Premium Luxury/Sport also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Tiguan.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the XT5 Premium Luxury/Sport keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Tiguan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The XT5 has a standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air-conditioning is only available on the Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury/Sport has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Tiguan doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The XT5’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting and stopping automatically, with the driver only responsible for switching from reverse to drive. The Tiguan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the XT5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the XT5 with a number “8” insurance rate while the Tiguan is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The XT5 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the XT5 will retain 38.42% to 39.59% of its original price after five years, while the Tiguan only retains 28.65% to 38.41%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XT5 is less expensive to operate than the Tiguan because typical repairs cost much less on the XT5 than the Tiguan, including $168 less for a water pump, $284 less for a starter, $186 less for a fuel pump and $252 less for front struts.

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