2020 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

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Safety

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Forward Collision Avoidance Assist optional in the Tucson as “Superior.” The Golf SportWagen scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Tucson Limited/Ultimate has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Golf SportWagen only offers a rear monitor.

The Tucson’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Tucson and the Golf SportWagen 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen:

Tucson

Golf SportWagen

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

172

286

Neck Injury Risk

21%

34%

Neck Stress

219 lbs.

336 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

80/169 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

226

256

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

37%

43%

Neck Stress

162 lbs.

210 lbs.

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

91 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 lbs.

169/97 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen:

Tucson

Golf SportWagen

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

94

185

Chest Movement

.8 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

217 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

241

368

Spine Acceleration

55 G’s

63 G’s

Hip Force

482 lbs.

588 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Golf SportWagen was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 4 years and 28000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Golf SportWagen. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Golf SportWagen ends after only 6 years or 72000 miles.

There are over 28 percent more Hyundai dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Tucson’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Tucson has a standard 600-amp battery. The Golf SportWagen’s 480-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson second among small suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Golf SportWagen isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 42 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 Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 6 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The Tucson SE/Value’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 17 more horsepower (164 vs. 147) than the Golf SportWagen’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 13 more horsepower (181 vs. 168) than the Golf SportWagen S 4MOTION’s optional 1.8 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Tucson has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Golf SportWagen FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Tucson has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Golf SportWagen 4Motion’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 14.5 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Hyundai Tucson as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is only certified to “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV) standards.

Transmission

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The Hyundai Tucson comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Golf SportWagen.

The Tucson offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Tucson’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Golf SportWagen:

Tucson

Golf SportWagen

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.7 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson has larger standard tires than the Golf SportWagen (225/60R17 vs. 195/65R15). The Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Golf SportWagen (245/45R19 vs. 225/45R17).

The Tucson SE/Value’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Golf SportWagen S’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tucson SE/Value has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Golf SportWagen S. The Tucson Sport’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels on the Golf SportWagen SE.

Suspension and Handling

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tucson’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Golf SportWagen (105.1 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 3.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Golf SportWagen.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Golf SportWagen S pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Golf SportWagen’s (34.9 feet vs. 35.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Tucson is 3.4 inches shorter than the Golf SportWagen, making the Tucson easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has 7.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Golf SportWagen (102.2 vs. 94.3).

The Tucson has 1 inch more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 2.6 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Golf SportWagen.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tucson’s rear seats recline. The Golf SportWagen’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a larger cargo volume than the Golf SportWagen with its rear seat up (31 vs. 30.4 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s power liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Tucson’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

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The Tucson has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Golf SportWagen has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited 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 Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Tucson’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Golf SportWagen has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

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

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Tucson’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Golf SportWagen’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Tucson has standard extendable sun visors. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Tucson and the Golf SportWagen offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Ultimate also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Golf SportWagen.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Tucson Ultimate keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Tucson Limited/Ultimate’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s 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. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The Tucson Ultimate’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Golf SportWagen’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Hyundai Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $425 less than the Golf SportWagen over a five-year period.

The Tucson will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tucson will retain 44.13% to 45.94% of its original price after five years, while the Golf SportWagen only retains 38.88% to 42.79%.

Recommendations

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The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Volkswagen Golf/GTI by over three to one during 2018.

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