2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2020 Lexus UX Series

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Safety

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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 UX Series only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Tiguan and the UX Series 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, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

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

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tiguan for 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the UX Series (2/20,000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are almost 3 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tiguan’s warranty.

Reliability

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

Engine

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The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 15 more horsepower (184 vs. 169) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 3 more horsepower (184 vs. 181) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Tiguan FWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (15.3 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Tiguan AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 12.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Tiguan

UX Series

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.1 inches

The Tiguan stops shorter than the UX Series:

Tiguan

UX Series

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

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 UX Series (255/40R20 vs. 225/50R18).

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 UX Series’ 50 series tires.

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

The Tiguan has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the UX Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tiguan’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the UX Series (109.8 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tiguan is 1.2 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the UX Series.

The Tiguan’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55.9% to 44.1%) than the UX Series’ (57% to 43%). This gives the Tiguan more stable handling and braking.

The Tiguan SEL 4Motion® handles at .82 G’s, while the UX 200 pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space

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

The Tiguan has 33.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (123.9 vs. 90.4).

The Tiguan has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.8 inches more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Tiguan

UX Series

Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

21.7 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

21.7 cubic feet

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

Payload and Towing

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The Tiguan has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.

The Tiguan has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the UX Series (1124 vs. 890 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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The Tiguan uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The UX Series 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 power windows standard on both the Tiguan and the UX Series have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Tiguan is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The UX Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 UX Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tiguan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tiguan will cost $855 less than the UX Series over a five-year period.

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 UX Series isn’t in the top three.

The Volkswagen Tiguan outsold the Lexus UX Series by almost seven to one during 2019.

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