2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2020 Mazda CX-30

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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 CX-30 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 CX-30 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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 CX-30 only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Tiguan and the CX-30 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 and lane departure warning systems.

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 CX-30’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 CX-30’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. Mazda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the CX-30.

There are over 15 percent more Volkswagen dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it 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 CX-30’s 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 Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 186) than the CX-30’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Tiguan’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CX-30 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Tiguan FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (15.3 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Tiguan AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 13.5 gallons).

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 CX-30.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Tiguan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-30:

Tiguan

CX-30

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

10.4 inches

The Tiguan stops shorter than the CX-30:

Tiguan

CX-30

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

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 CX-30 (255/40R20 vs. 215/65R16).

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 CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium’s 55 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 CX-30. The Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium.

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 Mazda CX-30 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 CX-30’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tiguan’s wheelbase is 5.3 inches longer than on the CX-30 (109.8 inches vs. 104.5 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Tiguan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the CX-30 (7.9 vs. 6.9 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 CX-30 can only carry 5.

The Tiguan has 29.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-30 (123.9 vs. 94.1).

The Tiguan has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-30.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tiguan’s middle row seats recline. The CX-30’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Tiguan’s cargo area provides more volume than the CX-30.

Tiguan

CX-30

Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

20.2 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

20.2 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Tiguan’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The CX-30 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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The Tiguan has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The CX-30 has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The Tiguan uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The CX-30 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 CX-30 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 CX-30 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 CX-30 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 CX-30 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Tiguan’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The CX-30 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

On extremely cold winter days, the Tiguan SEL/SEL Premium R-Line’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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The Volkswagen Tiguan outsold the Mazda CX-30 by over 122 to one during 2019.

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