Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Honda CR-V VS 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Near Norcross, GA

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2017 Honda CR-V

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2017 Honda CR-V

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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

Safety Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, 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 collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

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 lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 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.

To help make backing safer, the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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 and available all wheel drive.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Tiguan:




Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

23 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

.3/0 kN

14.07/.99 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



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 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Tiguan was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

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.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the CR-V 1.5 turbo is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan:




Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

8.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.6 sec

13.9 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.7 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

85.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







2.4 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy




1.5 Turbo/Auto

28 city/34 hwy

20 city/24 hwy



2.4 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy




1.5 Turbo/Auto

27 city/33 hwy

20 city/24 hwy


To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Tiguan requires premium for maximum efficiency, 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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Tiguan:





70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Tiguan (235/65R17 vs. 215/65R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CR-V LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Tiguan S.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CR-V’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Tiguan (104.7 inches vs. 102.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Tiguan.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Tiguan Sport pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the CR-V’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tiguan (8.2 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the Tiguan Sport:




At idle

40 dB

44 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has 10.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Tiguan (105.9 vs. 95.4).

The CR-V has 1 inch more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 4.6 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tiguan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Tiguan with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 23.8 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Tiguan with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 56.1 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Tiguan doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for shorter adults, the CR-V Touring has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Smart Entry standard on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Volkswagen Tiguan’s Keyless Access doesn’t unlock the cargo door.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the CR-V 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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Tiguan doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the CR-V has standard extendable sun visors. The Tiguan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard 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 CR-V’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.

The CR-V (except LX/EX)’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Tiguan’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With available voice command, the CR-V offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda CR-V outsold the Volkswagen Tiguan by over seven to one during the 2016 model year.

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