The popular German carmaker Volkswagen has finally come up with its mid-size SUV, the second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan in India. The Tiguan comes with a 2.0-litre diesel engine mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. It carries a price tag of Rs 27.98 lakh for the Comfortline variant and Rs 31.38 lakh for the Highline variant and comes loaded with modern features.
Volkswagen Tiguan vs Hyndai Tucson vs Audi Q3 vs BMW X1 vs Mercedes-Benz GLA
Hyundai Tucson can be said as the primary rival of the Tiguan. However, due to the price range it falls in, the Tiguan will also have to rival with the likes of luxury SUVs like the Audi Q3, BMW X1 as well as the Mercedes-Benz GLA. Which leads to the question- should one buy the Tiguan or go for any of these luxury SUV’s? To help you with the decision, we have compared the Tiguan with the rest of the three SUVs in question here. Let’s have a look at the comparison below.
When it comes to pricing, the Tucson is the most affordable car here. In fact, if you go by numbers, the top variant of the Tucson is around Rs 3 lakh cheaper than the entry-level variant of the Tiguan. The Tiguan justifies its higher price, as it is a 4 wheel drive vehicle as compared to the 2 wheel drive Tucson. Also the Tiguan has a lot of additional features. The top end trim of the Tiguan costs around Rs 31.38 lakhs. Whereas the luxury SUVs from BMW, Audi and Merc have a starting price of Rs 31 lakh. That said, the entry level variants from these three manufacturers do miss out on a lot of features. If you go for fully loaded luxury SUV (from BMW, Audi or Merc) with 4WD powertrain, the prices can go to as far as Rs 42 lakhs !!
So, when it comes to pricing, the Tiguan is a very clear winner here as it offers all the features and 4WD powertrain at a very competitive price as compared to its rivals here. The only thing it would not offer you is a the “luxury brand image”, with due respect to Volkswagen. If it’s in your budget, you can choose an SUV from a higher segment. However the Tiguan does offer a great value for money.
|Model||Volkswagen Tiguan||Hyundai Tucson||Audi Q3||BMW X1||Mercedes Benz GLA|
|Price||Rs 27.98- 31.38 lakhs||Rs 19.00- 25.00 lakhs||Rs 32.20- 37.20 lakhs||Rs 31.85- 41.90 lakhs||Rs 33.12- 39.23 lakhs|
The Tiguan is the longest as well as the tallest car in this comparison, with 4486mm of length and 1672mm height. However, the Mercedes-Benz GLA comes first when it comes to the wheelbase of 2699mm, whereas the Tiguan stands second with 2677mm. The Hyundai Tucson as well as the BMW X1 have a wheelbase of 2670mm, while that of the Audi Q3 is 2603mm.
|Dimension||Volkswagen Tiguan||Hyundai Tucson||Audi Q3||BMW X1||Mercedes Benz GLA|
|Length||4486 mm||4475 mm||4388 mm||4439 mm||4417 mm|
|Width||1839 mm||1850 mm||1831 mm||1821 mm||1804 mm|
|Height||1672 mm||1660 mm||1668 mm||1612 mm||1494 mm|
|Wheelbase||2677 mm||2670 mm||2603 mm||2670 mm||2599 mm|
The Tiguan comes only with a diesel engine. So we will compare it only with the diesel variants of the other SUVs in question here.
Other than the Mercedes Benz GLA, all cars here are powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine. The Mercedes Benz GLA has a mariginally bigger, 2.1-litre engine. Despite that it has the lowest output figures – 137.9PS and 300Nm. The BMW X1 is the most powerful car in this comparison with 192.7PS of power and 400Nm of torque. In addition, the BMW boasts of the highest claimed fuel efficiency of 20.68 kmpl in this comparison. The Hyundai Tucson also has decent output figures of 185PS and 400Nm.
The Audi Q3 and the Hyundai Tucson come with both manual as well as automatic transmissions. The remaining of the SUVs come only with an automatic transmission. Out of all these SUVs, the Tucson is the only one which comes with two-wheel-drive powertrain. On the other hand the Tiguan comes with a standard four-wheel drive powertrain. Rest of the cars have optional four wheel drive variants.
|Vehicle||Volkswagen Tiguan||Hyundai Tucson||Audi Q3||BMW X1||Mercedes Benz GLA|
|Engine||2.0 Litre Diesel||2.0 Litre Diesel||2.0 Litre Diesel||2.0 Litre Diesel||2.1 Litre Diesel|
|Capacity||1968 cc||1995 cc||1968 cc||1995 cc||2143 cc|
|Power||143 PS||185 PS||176.7 PS (AT)|
140 PS (MT)
|192.7 PS||137.9 PS|
|Torque||340 NM||400 NM||380 NM (AT)|
320 NM (MT)
|400 NM||300 NM|
|Transmission||7 Speed AT||6 Speed MT/AT||7 Speed AT|
6 Speed MT
|8 Speed AT||7 Speed AT|
|Mileage||17.06 kmpl||18.42 kmpl (MT)|
16.38 kmpl (AT)
|15.73 kmpl (MT)|
17.32 kmpl (AT)
|20.68 kmpl||17.9 kmpl|
|Drive||4 WD||2 WD||4 WD/ 2 WD||4 WD/ 2 WD||4 WD/ 2 WD|
All the cars under consideration here being in the higher segment, have great and almost the same features . They have push button stop/start, electrically adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, side and curtain airbags as well as a large display for the infotainment system. The Tucson however, misses on the the sunroof but has a dual zone climate control. Coming to the Tiguan, it comes with a panoramic sunroof and has 3-zone climate control. It is for sure that the Tiguan comes with as much and as good as features as the SUVs in the luxury segment. It can give a tough competition to the other cars. The Tiguan also has heated front seats with memory function as well as front fog lamps with cornering lights. All the SUVs here have LED headlights. It should be noted that the Mercedes has bi-xenon headlamps.
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