Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan VS 2018 Audi Q5 Near Washington, NC

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2018 Audi Q5

Safety Comparison

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Tiguan (except S/SE) offers optional Maneuver Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Q5 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Tiguan and the Q5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Tiguan comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The Q5’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

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.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Tiguan’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Q5 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Tiguan SEL Premium’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q5’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Tiguan’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Q5’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Volkswagen Tiguan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the Audi Q5.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Tiguan offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Q5 can only carry 5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Tiguan’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q5.

 

Tiguan

Q5

Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

26.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

65.7 cubic feet

60.4 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

60.4 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

The Tiguan SEL/SEL Premium has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Q5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Tiguan offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Q5 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Tiguan SEL Premium also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

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