Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Kia Sportage VS 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Near Norcross, GA

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2017 Kia Sportage

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2017 Kia Sportage

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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

Safety Comparison

The Sportage (except LX) offers optional Autonomous Emergency Braking, 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 Kia Sportage 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 Sportage (except LX)’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 Sportage (except LX)’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.

To help make backing safer, the Sportage (except LX)’s optional 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.

Both the Sportage 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, available all wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Kia Sportage is safer than the Volkswagen Tiguan:





4 Stars

3 Stars




5 Stars

3 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 Kia Sportage is safer than the Tiguan:




Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

2 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

23 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

2.4/.1 kN

14.07/.99 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Kia Sportage is safer than the Volkswagen Tiguan:





Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sportage the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 104 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Tiguan was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty Comparison

The Sportage comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Tiguan’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sportage 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Tiguan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Tiguan ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are over 17 percent more Kia dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Sportage’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage first among small SUVs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Tiguan isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 13th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 17th in reliability. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

Engine Comparison

The Sportage SX’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 40 more horsepower (240 vs. 200) and 53 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 207) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Sportage LX/EX is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan:




Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

8.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

85.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Sportage SX FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Tiguan FWD (21 city/26 hwy vs. 20 city/24 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Sportage uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Tiguan requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Sportage SX’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Tiguan:


Sportage SX


Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

The Sportage stops much shorter than the Tiguan:





70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Sportage has larger standard tires than the Tiguan (225/60R17 vs. 215/65R16).

The Sportage LX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Tiguan S’ standard 65 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Sportage has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Tiguan’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sportage’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the Tiguan (105.1 inches vs. 102.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sportage is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Tiguan.

The Sportage SX AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Tiguan Sport pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Sportage SX AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Tiguan SEL 4Motion® (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sportage’s turning circle is 4.2 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (34.8 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Kia Sportage amounts to more than styling. The Sportage has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Tiguan (.37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Sportage get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sportage has .2 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 2.4 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tiguan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sportage has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Tiguan with its rear seat up (30.7 vs. 23.8 cubic feet). The Sportage has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Tiguan with its rear seat folded (60.1 vs. 56.1 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Sportage’s cargo door can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Sportage also (except LX) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Sportage offers a 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 Key standard on the Sportage EX/SX Turbo 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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Sportage (except LX) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Tiguan doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Sportage (except LX) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Tiguan doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Sportage’s optional (except LX) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Sportage’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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sportage is less expensive to operate than the Tiguan because it costs $126 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sportage than the Tiguan, including $396 less for a water pump, $24 less for front brake pads, $434 less for a starter, $236 less for fuel injection, $65 less for a fuel pump, $146 less for front struts and $352 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Kia Sportage outsold the Volkswagen Tiguan by 58% during the 2016 model year.

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