Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan VS 2018 Dodge Journey Near Washington, NC

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2018 Dodge Journey

Safety Comparison

The Tiguan offers optional Autonomous Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Journey doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Tiguan has standard post collision braking, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Journey 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.

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 Journey doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Tiguan’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Journey doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Tiguan SEL Premium’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Journey doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Tiguan SEL Premium has a standard Overhead View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Journey only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The Tiguan’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Journey doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Tiguan’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Journey doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium 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 Journey 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 Journey 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, daytime running lights and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

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

The Tiguan’s corrosion warranty is 5 years and unlimited miles longer than the Journey’s (10/unlimited vs. 5/60,000).

Reliability Comparison

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

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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 25th in reliability. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volkswagen 4 places higher in reliability than Dodge.

Engine Comparison

The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (184 vs. 173) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 166) than the Journey’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Tiguan gets better fuel mileage than the Journey:

 

 

Tiguan

Journey

 

2WD

 

n/a

19 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/27 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

21 city/27 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

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 Journey doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Tiguan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Journey:

 

Tiguan

Journey

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Tiguan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Journey (255/45R19 vs. 225/65R17).

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 Journey Crossroad/GT’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tiguan SEL Premium offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Journey’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Tiguan has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Journey doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better maneuverability, the Tiguan’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Journey w/17” wheels’ (37.7 feet vs. 38.5 feet). The Tiguan’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Journey w/19” wheels’ (37.7 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Tiguan is 7.3 inches shorter than the Journey, making the Tiguan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Volkswagen Tiguan amounts to more than styling. The Tiguan has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the Journey (.368). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Tiguan get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Tiguan has 2.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Journey (123.9 vs. 121.7).

The Tiguan has .4 inches more rear legroom, 4.5 inches more third row legroom and 4.3 inches more third row shoulder room than the Journey.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

 

Tiguan

Journey

Behind Third Seat

12 cubic feet

10.7 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

67.6 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Tiguan easier. The Tiguan’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.4 inches, while the Journey’s liftover is 30.8 inches.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Tiguan’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Journey doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Tiguan SEL/SEL Premium has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Tiguan SEL Premium, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Journey doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Tiguan SEL Premium, the memory seats make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Journey doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Tiguan’s standard 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 Journey’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. The Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches. With the Journey GT’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

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 Journey doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Tiguan SEL Premium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Journey’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Journey doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Tiguan SEL Premium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Journey doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Tiguan offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Journey 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.

When the Tiguan SEL Premium is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Journey’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Tiguan SEL/SEL Premium has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Journey doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Tiguan, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Journey.

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