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

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - CHARLEN RAY­MOND

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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