2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2020 Ford EcoSport

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Safety

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The Tiguan has standard Autonomous Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The EcoSport doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

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 EcoSport 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 EcoSport doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Tiguan SEL/SEL Premium R-Line’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line has a standard Overhead View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The EcoSport only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Tiguan and the EcoSport 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

The Volkswagen Tiguan weighs 430 to 826 pounds more than the Ford EcoSport. 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 EcoSport has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Tiguan comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The EcoSport’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Tiguan’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the EcoSport’s (7 vs. 5 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. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the EcoSport.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Tiguan’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the EcoSport’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

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The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 61 more horsepower (184 vs. 123) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 125) than the EcoSport’s standard 1.0 turbo 3-cylinder. The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 18 more horsepower (184 vs. 166) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 149) than the EcoSport’s optional 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Volkswagen Tiguan is faster than the Ford EcoSport:

Tiguan

EcoSport turbo 3-cyl.

EcoSport 4-cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

11.2 sec

9.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

18.2 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81.5 MPH

76.7 MPH

77 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Tiguan FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the EcoSport (15.3 vs. 13.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Tiguan AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the EcoSport (15.9 vs. 13.6 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volkswagen Tiguan higher (7 out of 10) than the Ford EcoSport (5). This means the Tiguan produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the EcoSport every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volkswagen Tiguan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the EcoSport.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Tiguan

EcoSport

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

10.7 inches

The Tiguan stops much shorter than the EcoSport:

Tiguan

EcoSport

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tiguan has larger standard tires than the EcoSport (215/65R17 vs. 205/60R16). The Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the EcoSport (255/40R20 vs. 205/60R16).

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 EcoSport SES/Titanium’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tiguan S/SE has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the EcoSport. The Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels on the EcoSport SES/Titanium.

The Volkswagen Tiguan’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ford EcoSport only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

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 EcoSport 4x2 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 EcoSport 4x2 suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Tiguan has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The EcoSport doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tiguan’s wheelbase is 10.6 inches longer than on the EcoSport (109.8 inches vs. 99.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tiguan is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than on the EcoSport.

The Tiguan’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55.9% to 44.1%) than the EcoSport’s (62% to 38%). This gives the Tiguan more stable handling and braking.

The Tiguan SEL 4Motion® handles at .82 G’s, while the EcoSport Titanium pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Tiguan SEL 4Motion® executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the EcoSport SE (28.1 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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

The Tiguan has 32.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the EcoSport (123.9 vs. 91.1).

The Tiguan has 3.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom and 4.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the EcoSport.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Tiguan

EcoSport

Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

20.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

65.7 cubic feet

50 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

50 cubic feet

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

The Tiguan’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The EcoSport’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Tiguan SEL/SEL Premium R-Line has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Towing

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The Tiguan’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the EcoSport’s (1500 vs. 1400 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The Tiguan uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The EcoSport 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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When three different drivers share the Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Tiguan’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The EcoSport has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Tiguan’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The EcoSport’s passenger windows don’t open or 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 EcoSport can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Tiguan has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 EcoSport doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Tiguan’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the EcoSport’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The EcoSport doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Tiguan offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The EcoSport 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.

The Tiguan’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the EcoSport SES/Titanium.

When the Tiguan SEL Premium is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The EcoSport’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium R-Line’s 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. The EcoSport doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Tiguan and the EcoSport offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Tiguan has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The EcoSport doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Tiguan SEL/SEL Premium R-Line has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The EcoSport doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Volkswagen Tiguan SE/SE R-Line/SEL Premium R-Line has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The EcoSport doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tiguan is less expensive to operate than the EcoSport because typical repairs cost much less on the Tiguan than the EcoSport, including $13 less for front brake pads, $373 less for a timing belt/chain and $320 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tiguan third among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The EcoSport isn’t in the top three.

The Volkswagen Tiguan outsold the Ford EcoSport by 70% during 2019.

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