2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2021 Kia Seltos

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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 Seltos 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.

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 Seltos only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Tiguan and the Seltos 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

The Volkswagen Tiguan weighs 440 to 899 pounds more than the Kia Seltos. 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 Seltos has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Tiguan’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Seltos’ (7/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

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. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Seltos.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Tiguan’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Seltos’ 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 38 more horsepower (184 vs. 146) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 132) than the Seltos’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 9 more horsepower (184 vs. 175) and 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 195) than the Seltos S 1.6T/SX’s standard 1.6 turbo 4-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 Seltos (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 Seltos (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 Seltos:

Tiguan

Seltos

Seltos Turbo

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

11 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

10.3 inches

11.2 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 Seltos (255/40R20 vs. 235/45R18).

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 Seltos Turbo’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line has standard 20-inch wheels. The Seltos’ 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 Seltos 4x2 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

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 Seltos doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tiguan’s wheelbase is 6.3 inches longer than on the Seltos (109.8 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Tiguan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Seltos (7.9 vs. 7.3 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 Seltos can only carry 5.

The Tiguan has 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Seltos.

Cargo Capacity

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

Tiguan

Seltos

Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

26.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

65.7 cubic feet

62.8 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

62.8 cubic feet

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

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 Seltos doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

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 Seltos doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Tiguan’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Seltos 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 Seltos’ standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens 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 Seltos can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Tiguan SEL/SEL Premium R-Line’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Seltos’ manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Seltos 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 Seltos 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. Kia only offers heated mirrors on the Seltos S/EX/SX.

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 Seltos’ mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 Seltos doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Seltos doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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