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The Tucson has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Hyundai Tucson 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.
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 Tiguan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Tucson 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
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 Tiguan was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.
Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 4 years and 28000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Tiguan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Tiguan 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.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Tucson has a standard 600-amp battery. The Tiguan’s 360-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 Tiguan 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.
As tested in Consumer Reports the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan:
Zero to 30 MPH
Zero to 60 MPH
45 to 65 MPH Passing
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Tucson uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Tiguan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Tucson has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tiguan FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
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 Tiguan doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.
The Tucson stops much shorter than the Tiguan:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the Tucson has larger standard tires than the Tiguan (225/60R17 vs. 215/65R17).
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 Tiguan S/SE’s standard 65 series tires.
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Tiguan.
The Tucson SE 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 Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Tiguan SEL 4Motion® (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (34.9 feet vs. 37.7 feet).
The Hyundai Tucson may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 500 pounds less than the Volkswagen Tiguan.
The Tucson is 8.9 inches shorter than the Tiguan, making the Tucson easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The design of the Hyundai Tucson amounts to more than styling. The Tucson has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the Tiguan (.35) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Tucson get better fuel mileage.
The Tucson has 1.3 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom and 1.7 inches more rear legroom than the Tiguan.
The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume than the Tiguan with its rear seat up (31 vs. 12 cubic feet).
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 Tiguan 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 Tiguan’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”
Both the Tucson and the Tiguan offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Ultimate also has standard 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 Tucson Ultimate 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.
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 Tiguan doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $225 less than the Tiguan 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 Tiguan only retains 28.65% to 38.41%.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the Tiguan because it costs $82 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the Tiguan, including $359 less for a water pump, $167 less for a muffler, $10 less for front brake pads, $342 less for a starter, $109 less for fuel injection, $227 less for a fuel pump, $231 less for front struts, $309 less for a timing belt/chain and $92 less for a power steering pump.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Tucson will be $2549 to $6940 less than for the Volkswagen Tiguan.
The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Volkswagen Tiguan by 38% during 2018.
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