2020 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Rogue Sport are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Nissan Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport (except S)’s optional 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 Rogue Sport 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, 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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There are over 66 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rogue Sport’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Rogue Sport’s reliability 21 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 Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 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 Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 16 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Rogue Sport

Tiguan

2WD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/32 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/30 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

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

Transmission

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The Rogue Sport has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Rogue Sport’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Tiguan are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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The Rogue Sport has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Tiguan doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Rogue Sport’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (36.9 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Nissan Rogue Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Volkswagen Tiguan.

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

The design of the Nissan Rogue Sport amounts to more than styling. The Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity

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The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume than the Tiguan with its rear seat up (22.9 vs. 12 cubic feet).

Payload

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The Rogue Sport has a higher standard payload capacity than the Tiguan (1115 vs. 926 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The Rogue Sport’s 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 Rogue Sport 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.

Economic Advantages

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The Rogue Sport will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Rogue Sport will retain 44.23% to 44.58% of its original price after five years, while the Tiguan only retains 28.65% to 38.41%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Rogue Sport will be $2011 to $8604 less than for the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue Sport, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Volkswagen Tiguan isn't recommended.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Volkswagen Tiguan by over three to one during the 2019 model year.

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