Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW X1 VS 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 BMW X1

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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan

Safety Comparison

To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the BMW X1 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.

Both the X1 and the Tiguan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The X1 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 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 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 3 years and 40,000 miles longer than Volkswagen pays for maintenance for the Tiguan (4/50,000 vs. 1/10,000).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X1 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Tiguan’s 140-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the X1 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the X1’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Tiguan’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the X1’s reliability will be 33% better than the Tiguan.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in reliability. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

The X1 sDrive/xDrive28i’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. The X1 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 100 more horsepower (300 vs. 200) and 93 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 207) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X1 is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan:

X1 sDrive/xDrive28i

X1 xDrive35i


Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec


2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

5.3 sec

8.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.1 sec


13.9 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.4 sec


4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

14.1 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.2 MPH

96 MPH

85.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X1 gets better fuel mileage than the Tiguan:




2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd Auto

23 city/34 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto


2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd Auto

22 city/32 hwy

20 city/26 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X1 s/xDrive28i’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Tiguan doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X1 xDrive35i’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Tiguan:

X1 xDrive35i


Front Rotors

13.7 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.2 inches

11.1 inches

The X1’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Tiguan are solid, not vented.

The X1 stops shorter than the Tiguan:



60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

144 feet

156 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X1 has larger standard tires than the Tiguan (225/50R17 vs. 215/65R16).

The X1’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Tiguan S’ standard 65 series tires. The X1’s optional 225/35R19 front and 255/30R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Tiguan R-Line’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X1 has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Tiguan S.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Tiguan doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X1 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 X1’s wheelbase is 6.2 inches longer than on the Tiguan (108.7 inches vs. 102.5 inches).

The X1 xDrive28i xDrive handles at .82 G’s, while the Tiguan SE pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive35i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Tiguan SEL 4Motion ® (26.7 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (37.1 feet vs. 39 feet). The X1 xDrive’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (38.7 feet vs. 39 feet).

For greater off-road capability the X1 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tiguan (7.6 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the X1 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The X1 has 2.2 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more rear headroom than the Tiguan.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the X1 and the Tiguan have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the X1 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.

The X1’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Tiguan’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

If the windows are left down on the X1 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Tiguan can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

Comfort Access optional on the X1 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 available Keyless Access doesn’t unlock the cargo door.

The X1’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Tiguan S/SE/SEL’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The X1 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Tiguan doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The X1 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Tiguan has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the R-Line.

The X1 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Tiguan offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

On extremely cold Winter days, the X1’s optional 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 X1’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.

Optional BMW Apps for the X1 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Tiguan doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The X1’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Tiguan’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With optional voice command, the X1 offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The X1 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the X1 will retain 48.46% to 49.39% of its original price after five years, while the Tiguan only retains 43.67% to 46.22%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X1 is less expensive to operate than the Tiguan because it costs $558 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the X1 than the Tiguan, including $157 less for fuel injection.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the BMW X1 and the Volkswagen Tiguan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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