2020 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

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Safety

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To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Chevrolet Trax 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.

Both the Trax 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are almost 5 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Trax’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Trax has a standard 525-amp battery. The Tiguan’s 360-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Trax

FWD

1.4 Turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

AWD

1.4 Turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/29 hwy

Tiguan

2WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

4WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Trax uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Tiguan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Trax stops much shorter than the Tiguan:

Trax

Tiguan

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

134 feet

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Suspension and Handling

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The Trax has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Tiguan’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Trax Premier handles at .80 G’s, while the Tiguan SEL 4Motion® pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Trax’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Tiguan’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Trax may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 950 pounds less than the Volkswagen Tiguan.

The Trax is 1 foot, 5.5 inches shorter than the Tiguan, making the Trax easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The Trax has a much larger cargo volume than the Tiguan with its rear seat up (18.7 vs. 12 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Trax 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 Trax LT/Premier has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Trax is less expensive to operate than the Tiguan because it costs $282 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Trax than the Tiguan, including $189 less for a water pump, $385 less for a starter, $307 less for fuel injection and $198 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Trax will be $2554 to $9239 less than for the Volkswagen Tiguan.

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