Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan VS 2018 Honda CR-V Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2018 Honda CR-V

Safety Comparison

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 CR-V 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 CR-V doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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 CR-V only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Tiguan and the CR-V 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 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 CR-V’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 3 years and 36,000 miles sooner.

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

Reliability Comparison

The Volkswagen Tiguan’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the CR-V’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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 41 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 180) than the CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 42 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Tiguan FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (15.3 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Tiguan AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (15.9 vs. 14 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Tiguan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CR-V:

 

Tiguan

CR-V

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

10.2 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Tiguan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CR-V (255/45R19 vs. 235/65R17).

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 CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tiguan SEL Premium offers optional 20-inch wheels. The CR-V’s largest wheels are only 18-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 CR-V doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tiguan’s wheelbase is 5.2 inches longer than on the CR-V (109.9 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Tiguan offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the CR-V can only carry 5.

The Tiguan has 18 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CR-V (123.9 vs. 105.9).

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tiguan’s middle row seats recline. The CR-V’s rear seats don’t recline.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 CR-V’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close 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 CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

The Tiguan’s standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Tiguan 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 CR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

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

The Tiguan’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

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 CR-V’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Tiguan SEL Premium’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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