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The Tucson has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Hyundai Tucson has standard full range traction control. The Tiguan’s traction control is for low speeds only. Low traction conditions at higher speeds are more dangerous, making the need for full range traction control important.
The Tucson’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Tucson and the Tiguan 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Tiguan’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.
Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Tiguan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Tiguan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
The Tucson’s 7 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Tiguan runs out after 100,000 miles.
Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tucson for 1 year and 16,000 miles longer than Volkswagen pays for maintenance for the Tiguan (3/36,000 vs. 2/20,000).
There are over 29 percent more Hyundai dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Tucson’s warranty.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Tucson has a standard 600-amp battery. The Tiguan’s 360-amp battery isn’t as powerful.
A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Tucson’s reliability 29 points higher than the Tiguan.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson first among compact SUVs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Tiguan isn’t in the top three.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 21 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.
As tested in Consumer Reports the Hyundai Tucson 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan:
Zero to 30 MPH
Zero to 60 MPH
45 to 65 MPH Passing
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Tucson uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Tiguan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Tucson has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tiguan FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Tucson stops much shorter than the Tiguan:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the Tucson has larger standard tires than the Tiguan (225/60R17 vs. 215/65R17).
The Tucson SE/Value’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Tiguan S/SE’s standard 65 series tires.
The Tucson has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Tiguan’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Tiguan.
The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Tiguan SEL 4Motion® pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Tiguan SEL 4Motion® (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (34.9 feet vs. 37.7 feet).
The Hyundai Tucson may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 450 pounds less than the Volkswagen Tiguan.
The Tucson is 8.7 inches shorter than the Tiguan, making the Tucson easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The design of the Hyundai Tucson amounts to more than styling. The Tucson has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the Tiguan (.35) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Tucson get better fuel mileage.
The Tucson has 1.3 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom and 1.7 inches more rear legroom than the Tiguan.
The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume than the Tiguan with its rear seat up (31 vs. 12 cubic feet).
Maximum trailer towing in the Volkswagen Tiguan is limited to 1500 pounds. The Tucson offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity.
The Tucson has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Tiguan (1138 vs. 926 lbs.).
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Tucson has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Tiguan only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
Both the Tucson and the Tiguan offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Ultimate also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Tiguan.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the Tucson Ultimate keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Tiguan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $240 less than the Tiguan over a five-year period.
The Tucson will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tucson will retain 47.11% to 48.69% of its original price after five years, while the Tiguan only retains 42.99% to 45.73%.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the Tiguan because it costs $82 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the Tiguan, including $363 less for a water pump, $168 less for a muffler, $10 less for front brake pads, $346 less for a starter, $110 less for fuel injection, $229 less for a fuel pump, $233 less for front struts, $312 less for a timing belt/chain and $92 less for a power steering pump.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Tucson will be $1755 to $7092 less than for the Volkswagen Tiguan.
The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Hyundai Tucson, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels. The Volkswagen Tiguan isn't recommended.
The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Volkswagen Tiguan by 25% during 2019.
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