Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander VS 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Near Greenville, NC

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Safety Comparison

To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Mitsubishi Outlander 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.

Both the Outlander 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Outlander the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Tiguan was a “Top Pick” for 2017, but no longer qualifies under the tighter 2018 guidelines.

Warranty Comparison

The Outlander comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years unlimited miles. Mitsubishi will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Tiguan.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Outlander 4 years and 28000 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 6 years or 72000 miles.

Engine Comparison

The Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6 produces 40 more horsepower (224 vs. 184) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Mitsubishi Outlander 4 cyl. is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan:




Zero to 30 MPH

3.8 sec

4.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

10 sec

10.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

17.7 sec

17.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mitsubishi Outlander uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Outlander GT for maximum performance). The Tiguan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Outlander stops much shorter than the Tiguan:





60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Outlander has larger tires than the Tiguan (225/55R18 vs. 215/65R17).

The Outlander’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Tiguan’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Outlander has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Tiguan.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tiguan (8.5 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Outlander to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Mitsubishi Outlander may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 450 pounds less than the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Outlander has 4.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Tiguan (128.2 vs. 123.9).

The Outlander has 1 inch more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more rear legroom, .2 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.9 inches more third row headroom, .3 inches more third row legroom and 3.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the Tiguan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Outlander has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Tiguan doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Outlander ES/SE’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Tiguan’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Outlander’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Tiguan’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

The Outlander has a 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. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium.

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