Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited VS 2018 Mazda CX-5 Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited

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2018 Mazda CX-5

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volkswagen Tiguan Limited have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Mazda CX-5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Tiguan Limited has standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The CX-5 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.

Compared to metal, the Tiguan Limited’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mazda CX-5 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Tiguan Limited and the CX-5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The Tiguan Limited comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The CX-5’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 3 years and 36,000 miles sooner.

The Tiguan Limited’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the CX-5’s (10 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

The Volkswagen Tiguan Limited’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the CX-5’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Tiguan Limited has a standard 140-amp alternator. The CX-5’s 100-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Tiguan Limited’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 13 more horsepower (200 vs. 187) and 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (207 vs. 186) than the CX-5’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Volkswagen Tiguan Limited is faster than the Mazda CX-5:


Tiguan Limited


Zero to 60 MPH

7.8 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

78.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Tiguan Limited has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-5 FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.9 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Tiguan Limited has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-5 AWD’s standard fuel tank (16.9 vs. 15.3 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Tiguan Limited’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-5:


Tiguan Limited


Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.7 inches

The Tiguan Limited stops much shorter than the CX-5:


Tiguan Limited



60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Tiguan Limited SEL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-5 (255/40R19 vs. 225/65R17).

The Tiguan Limited SEL’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-5 Touring/Grand Touring’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Tiguan Limited SEL 4Motion® handles at .81 G’s, while the CX-5 Grand Touring AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tiguan Limited Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the CX-5 Grand Touring AWD (27.9 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Tiguan Limited is 4.6 inches shorter than the CX-5, making the Tiguan Limited easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Tiguan Limited. The CX-5 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Tiguan Limited’s front power windows 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 CX-5’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Tiguan Limited the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the CX-5 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Tiguan Limited’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The CX-5’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Tiguan Limited to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The CX-5 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Tiguan Limited has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The CX-5 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Tiguan Limited’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Mazda only offers heated mirrors on the CX-5 Grand Touring.

Both the Tiguan Limited and the CX-5 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Tiguan Limited has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The CX-5 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen Tiguan Limited and the Mazda CX-5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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