Son's Automotive Group Compares 2011 Volvo XC70 VS 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan Near Duluth, GA

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2011 Volvo XC70

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2011 Volvo XC70

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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan

Safety Comparison

Both the XC70 and Tiguan have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC70 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Tiguan’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Volvo XC70 offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Volkswagen doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Tiguan. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; XC70 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The XC70 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XC70 offers optional crash mitigation brakes, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Tiguan doesn't offer crash mitigation brakes.

To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Volvo XC70 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 XC70’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The XC70’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

The XC70’s optional 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 XC70 and the Tiguan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

The Volvo XC70 weighs 516 to 719 pounds more than the Volkswagen Tiguan. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

The XC70 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Tiguan’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the XC70 has a standard 520 amp battery (700 T6). The Tiguan’s 480 amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the XC70 third among midsize premium crossover/SUVs in their 2010 Initial Quality Study. The Tiguan isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 10th in initial quality. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 20th in reliability, above the industry average. With 58 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 34th.

Engine Comparison

The XC70 3.2’s standard 3.2 DOHC 6 cyl. produces 40 more horsepower (240 vs. 200) and 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (236 vs. 207) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The XC70 T6’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 100 more horsepower (300 vs. 200) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (325 vs. 207) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the XC70 3.2 is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan (automatics tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.5 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.6 MPH

85.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The XC70 has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tiguan (18.5 vs. 16.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The XC70 stops shorter than the Tiguan:



60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XC70’s wheelbase is 8.3 inches longer than on the Tiguan (110.8 inches vs. 102.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC70 is 1.5 inches wider in the front and .1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Tiguan.

For better maneuverability, the XC70’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (37.7 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC70 has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tiguan (8.3 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the XC70 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The XC70 has 2.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Tiguan (98 vs. 95.3).

The XC70 has 1.8 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tiguan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The XC70 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Tiguan with its rear seat up (33.3 vs. 23.8 cubic feet). The XC70 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Tiguan with its rear seat folded (72.1 vs. 56.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the XC70 easier. The XC70’s trunk lift-over height is 26.6 inches, while the Tiguan’s liftover is 31 inches.

The XC70’s cargo area is larger than the Tiguan’s in almost every dimension:



Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the XC70 offers an optional power rear liftgate, which opens and closes completely automatically by pressing a button on the key fob. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the XC70 and the Tiguan have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the XC70 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Tiguan prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC70 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Tiguan only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the XC70’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Tiguan’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XC70 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Tiguan doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the XC70 offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Tiguan doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The XC70’s standard steering wheel mounted cruise control is close at hand. The Tiguan’s standard cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the XC70 offers optional rear seat controls for the radio. The Tiguan doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

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