2020 Lincoln Corsair 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 Lincoln Corsair 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 Corsair’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 Corsair and the Tiguan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all-wheel drive and around view monitors.

Warranty

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Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Corsair 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Tiguan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Tiguan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Corsair’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Tiguan’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 24 percent more Lincoln dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Corsair’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Corsair has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Corsair’s reliability 15 points higher than the Tiguan.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lincoln 12 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The Corsair’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 66 more horsepower (250 vs. 184) and 54 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 221) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Corsair’s optional 2.3 turbo 4-cylinder produces 96 more horsepower (280 vs. 184) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 221) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Lincoln Corsair is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan:

Corsair 2.0

Corsair 2.3

Tiguan

Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

n/a

4.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

6.5 sec

10.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.8 sec

n/a

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

15 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90 MPH

92.9 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Corsair AWD with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Tiguan 4Motion® (21 city/29 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lincoln Corsair uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Tiguan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Corsair has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Tiguan FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.2 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Corsair 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.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Corsair stops much shorter than the Tiguan:

Corsair

Tiguan

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Corsair has larger standard tires than the Tiguan (225/60R18 vs. 215/65R17).

The Corsair’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 ride, handling and brake cooling the Corsair has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Tiguan S/SE.

Suspension and Handling

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The Corsair 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 Corsair offers an optional 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 better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Corsair is .4 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Tiguan.

The Corsair Reserve AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Tiguan SEL 4Motion® pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corsair Reserve AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Tiguan SEL 4Motion® (27.3 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Corsair’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (37.1 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Corsair is 4.5 inches shorter than the Tiguan, making the Corsair easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Corsair 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.

The Corsair uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Tiguan doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Corsair has 3 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tiguan.

Cargo Capacity

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The Corsair has a much larger cargo volume than the Tiguan with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 12 cubic feet).

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

Towing

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The Corsair’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Tiguan’s (3000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 34% lower rating, Volkswagen is ranked 18th.

Ergonomics

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The Corsair’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Tiguan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Corsair Reserve 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.

If the windows are left open on the Corsair the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Tiguan can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Corsair’s exterior PIN entry system. The Tiguan doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Car-Net can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Corsair’s exterior PIN entry system. The Tiguan doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Car-Net can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Corsair’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Tiguan’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Corsair 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 Corsair’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to 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 Corsair has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the Tiguan SE/SE R-Line/SEL/SEL Premium R-Line. The Corsair 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.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Corsair 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 Corsair Reserve offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Tiguan.

The Corsair 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 R-Line.

The Corsair Reserve 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 Corsair’s optional Active Park Assist 2.0 can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Tiguan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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