Hyundai Tucson takes on VW Tiguan
It’s a tough call to make but based just on the looks, the ‘Wheels’ team would go for the Tiguan
CAPE TOWN — Launched in 2016, the Hyundai Tucson and Volkswagen Tiguan have made quite the impression on South Africa’s motoring public.
Both SUVs have been named finalists for the 2017 SA Car of the Year competition.
But as great as this accolade/nomination may be, these vehicles offer completely different packages to buyers, despite there only being a R6 000 price difference.
Here are five differences between the Tiguan Comfortline R-Line and Tucson 1.6 Turbo Executive.
Both SUVs make use of turbocharged petrol engines that are mated to sixspeed manual gearboxes driving the front wheels, but that’s about the only similarities they have.
The Tiguan’s 1.4-litre engine kicks out 92 kW/200 Nm compared to the Tucson’s 130 kW/265 Nm.
The Tiguan feels slightly more responsive than the Korean SUV, because its torque is already available at 1 400 rpm.
The Hyundai’s engine only peaks at a very high 4 500 rpm, but on the open road the Tucson is the better choice; providing pulling power even in sixth gear without the need to cog down to fifth for that extra punch.
2. WEIGHT AND SIZE
As with any SUV, these vehicles need to supply in families’ needs. And for that to happen both need to be big, without looking and/or feeling bulky.
The Tucson is the heavier of the two (2 120 kg vs 1 960 kg), but it has a lower ground clearance than the Tiguan: 172 mm vs 191 mm. Thanks to 19-inch tyres on the Tiguan and 17-inches on the Tucson, both vehicles have proper road holding abilities despite their sizes.
Speaking of which, size rarely comes into play and stopping these two-tonne machines is never an issue.
Both seat five occupants, but when the rear bench is folded flat, the Tiguan’s load volume increases from 520-1 655 L and the Tucson’s from 488-1 478 L.
Clearly, then, the Tiguan is lighter, has better ground clearance for gravel roads, and rides on bigger tyres for better stability than the Tucson. Plus it has the space a family would need.
Thanks to its power advantage, the Tucson will sprint from 0-100 km/h in 9,2 seconds over the Tiguan’s 10,5 sec time. It will also outrun its German counterpart in the top speed department: 203 km/h vs 190 km/h.
But the Tiguan claws back some ground with a fuel consumption that is rated at 6,1-litres/100 km over the Tucson’s figure of 8,3.
Theoretically, the Tiguan should be able to reach 951 km when its 58 litre fuel tank is filled to the brim and the Tucson km from its 62 litre tank. The Tucson would outrun the Tiguan in a 100 m race, but the Tiguan has the legs for distance.
4. TECH AND FEATURES
In the technology department the Tiguan has the better of the Tucson. Both have standard features such as Bluetooth and AUX/USB connectivity, cruise control and an on-board computer to mention but a few, but the German is one ahead of the Korean.
In our test Tiguan boasted adaptive cruise control that adjusts the cruising speed depending on what the vehicles ahead are doing, keyless entry/start, an electric boot, and a panoramic sunroof.
The Tucson does have a rear-view camera and the Tiguan not.
5. WARRANTIES AND SERVICE PLANS
Both vehicles’ service intervals are due every 12 months or 15 000 km — whichever comes first. The duration of the service plan is for five years or 90 000 km.
The Tiguan’s warranty will expire after 120 000 km or three years, whereas Hyundai gives its clients a greater piece of mind with a warranty that will come to an end after five years or 150 000 km.
In addition, Hyundai has a warranty on its drivetrain for seven years or a mammoth 200 000 km. • Please note: pricing for the vehicles was done at the time of the vehicles being tested and are not the updated, current prices.
WHEELS24 TEAM OPINION
Janine Van der Post: The Hyundai Tuc747 son ticks all the right boxes in my books. It’s good-looking, practical, frugal and really comfortable to drive. It’s even spacious enough when there’s family visiting. It’s sophisticated, yet can handle any rugged roads you might venture across.
My little one’s car seat is quite vertical so when she falls asleep, and she doesn’t have her sleep pillow, her tiny head hangs heavy and always looks uncomfortable while I drive. I love that the rear seats in the Tucson are reclineable for this very reason. It means her car seat can tilt back and she can sleep more comfortably on the long road.
On the Tiguan: Even if Volkswagen’s Tiguan was horrible inside and had many flaws, it would probably still be forgiven just based on its desirably good looks. Like a Siren, its one of the cars you can’t pass by without stopping to take in its beauty. The latest offering is a huge step up in styling from its predecessor, and it’s packed with standard features and niceties. German engineering at its best; it’s a thrill to drive, yet pleasant enough as a family vehicle.
It would be difficult to chose between the two, but if it had to be based on just looks, its obvious the latter would be my choice. — Wheels24.
ABOVE: The Tucson 1.6 Turbo Executive. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
LEFT: The Tiguan Comfortline R-Line. PHOTO: SUPPLIED