Pecheles Automotive Compares 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan VS 2016 Audi Q3 Near New Bern, NC

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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2016 Audi Q3

Safety Comparison

The Tiguan SE/SEL/R-Line has standard Car-Net, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Q3 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Tiguan and the Q3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

Volkswagen’s powertrain warranty covers the Tiguan 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q3 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tiguan’s warranty.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Tiguan has 2.1 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 4.7 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q3.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tiguan’s rear seats recline. The Q3’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Tiguan has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Q3 with its rear seat up (23.8 vs. 16.7 cubic feet). The Tiguan has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Q3 with its rear seat folded (56.1 vs. 48.2 cubic feet).

The Tiguan’s cargo area is larger than the Q3’s in almost every dimension:



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Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Tiguan SEL, 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 Q3 doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 Q3 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Tiguan SE/SEL/R-Line has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Q3 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Tiguan SE/SEL also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Audi Q3, based on reliability, safety and performance.

 The Tiguan is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Q3 is not ranked.

The Volkswagen Tiguan outsold the Audi Q3 by over two to one during the 2015 model year.

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