2020 Jeep Renegade vs. 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

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Safety

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The Renegade has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests 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 Jeep Renegade 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 Renegade 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are almost 4 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Renegade’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Renegade has a standard 500-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 Jeep vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 17th in initial quality. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

Engine

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As tested in Consumer Reports the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan:

Renegade

Tiguan

Zero to 30 MPH

3.8 sec

4.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.9 sec

10.3 sec

Quarter Mile

17.6 sec

17.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Renegade

FWD

1.3 Turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

AWD

1.3 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

Tiguan

FWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Jeep Renegade uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The Tiguan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Renegade 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 Jeep Renegade, 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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The Renegade stops much shorter than the Tiguan:

Renegade

Tiguan

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Renegade offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Tiguan, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The Renegade’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Tiguan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Renegade Latitude 4x4 handles at .78 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 Renegade Trailhawk 4x4’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (35.3 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The Renegade’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (36.3 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Renegade has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tiguan (8 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Renegade to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Renegade Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is .8 inch higher than on the Tiguan (8.7 vs. 7.9 inches).

Chassis

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The Jeep Renegade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 600 pounds less than the Volkswagen Tiguan.

The Renegade is 1 foot, 6.5 inches shorter than the Tiguan, making the Renegade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Renegade (except Trailhawk) 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 Renegade has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom and 1.4 inches more rear headroom than the Tiguan.

Cargo Capacity

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The Renegade has a much larger cargo volume than the Tiguan with its rear seat up (18.5 vs. 12 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Renegade. 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 Renegade 4x4 offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Renegade 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 Renegade (except Sport) offers an optional 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.

The Renegade’s optional Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Tiguan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Renegade owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Renegade with a number “5” insurance rate while the Tiguan is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Renegade will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Renegade will retain 45.96% to 48.34% 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 Renegade is less expensive to operate than the Tiguan because it costs $110 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Renegade than the Tiguan, including $312 less for a water pump, $208 less for a muffler, $285 less for fuel injection, $165 less for a fuel pump, $65 less for a timing belt/chain and $278 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jeep Renegade will be $1304 to $7295 less than for the Volkswagen Tiguan.

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