2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2020 Buick Encore GX

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Safety

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The Tiguan has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Encore GX doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Tiguan (except S/SE) offers optional Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Encore GX doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Tiguan and the Encore GX 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

The Volkswagen Tiguan weighs 484 to 822 pounds more than the Buick Encore GX. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tiguan the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Encore GX has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Tiguan’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Encore GX’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tiguan for 2 years and 20,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Buick only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Encore GX.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Tiguan’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Encore GX’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Tiguan’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Encore GX’s camshafts. If the Encore GX’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

Engine

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The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 47 more horsepower (184 vs. 137) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 162) than the Encore GX’s standard 1.2 turbo 3-cylinder. The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 29 more horsepower (184 vs. 155) and 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 174) than the Encore GX’s optional 1.3 turbo 3-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Tiguan FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Encore GX (15.3 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Tiguan AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Encore GX (15.9 vs. 13.2 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Tiguan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Encore GX:

Tiguan

Encore GX

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

11.81 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

10.39 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Encore GX (255/40R20 vs. 225/55R18).

The Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Encore GX’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line has standard 20-inch wheels. The Encore GX’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Volkswagen Tiguan has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Buick Encore GX has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Tiguan has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Tiguan flat and controlled during cornering. The Encore GX’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tiguan’s wheelbase is 7.6 inches longer than on the Encore GX (109.8 inches vs. 102.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tiguan is 1.1 inches wider in the front than on the Encore GX.

For greater off-road capability the Tiguan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Encore GX (7.9 vs. 7.5 inches), allowing the Tiguan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Tiguan offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Encore GX can only carry 5.

The Tiguan has 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, .5 inches more rear legroom and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore GX.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tiguan’s middle row seats recline. The Encore GX’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Tiguan’s cargo area provides more volume than the Encore GX.

Tiguan

Encore GX

Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

23.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

65.7 cubic feet

50.2 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

50.2 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Tiguan’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Encore GX doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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The Tiguan’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Encore GX’s (1500 vs. 1000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The Tiguan uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Encore GX uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Tiguan’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Encore GX’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows with the driver’s door power window switch. The driver of the Encore GX can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium R-Line to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Encore GX doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Tiguan offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Encore GX doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Recommendations

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The Volkswagen Tiguan outsold the Buick Encore by 7% during 2019.

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