Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda CR-V VS 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Near Katy, TX

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2018 Honda CR-V

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Safety Comparison

To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Honda CR-V 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.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V 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 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 CR-V its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 60 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Tiguan has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The CR-V comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Honda 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.

There are over 60 percent more Honda dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 12 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 6 more horsepower (190 vs. 184) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Tiguan:

 

 

CR-V

Tiguan

 

2WD

4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/34 hwy

22 city/27 hwy

2.0T/Auto

4WD

4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

n/a

 

 

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

27 city/33 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

2.0T/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Tiguan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Tiguan (235/65R17 vs. 215/65R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Tiguan.

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tiguan (8.2 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda CR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 450 pounds less than the Volkswagen Tiguan.

The CR-V is 4.5 inches shorter than the Tiguan, making the CR-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Tiguan doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Tiguan doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has .5 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom and 3.9 inches more rear legroom than the Tiguan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Tiguan 5-Passenger with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 37.6 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Tiguan with all its rear seats folded (75.8 vs. 73.5 cubic feet).

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda CR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2015 Sport Utility of the Year. The Tiguan has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Volkswagen Tiguan by almost 11 to one during the 2017 model year.

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