Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Ford Escape

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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

Safety Comparison

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The Escape Titanium offers optional Active 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 Ford Escape 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 Escape Titanium’s optional 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 Escape (except S)’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 Escape (except S)’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.

The Escape Titanium’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 Escape 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available 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 Ford Escape is safer than the Volkswagen Tiguan:

 

Escape

Tiguan

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

243

377

Neck Injury Risk

43%

48%

Neck Stress

396 lbs.

444 lbs.

Neck Compression

112 lbs.

135 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

233/311 lbs.

170/974 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.9 inches

Neck Injury Risk

47%

52%

Neck Stress

175 lbs.

286 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

453/192 lbs.

804/948 lbs.

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 Ford Escape is safer than the Tiguan:

 

Escape

Tiguan

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

2 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

26 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

100%/0%

Tibia index R/L

.47/.43

.49/.4

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Volkswagen Tiguan:

 

Escape

Tiguan

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

110

122

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

116 G’s

Hip Force

351 lbs.

417 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

649 lbs.

756 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

357

402

Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

61 G’s

Hip Force

707 lbs.

915 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape third among compact suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Tiguan isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

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The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 45 more horsepower (245 vs. 200) and 68 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 207) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan:

 

Escape

Tiguan

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.8 MPH

85.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Escape

Tiguan

 

2WD

2.5 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

21 city/29 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

23 city/30 hwy

20 city/24 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

22 city/29 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

22 city/28 hwy

20 city/24 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

20 city/27 hwy

n/a

 

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Escape EcoBoost’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.

The Escape 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

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For better stopping power the Escape EcoBoost’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Tiguan:

 

Escape EcoBoost

Tiguan

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

The Escape stops much shorter than the Tiguan:

 

Escape

Tiguan

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

156 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Tiguan (235/55R17 vs. 215/65R16).

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 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 Escape has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Tiguan S.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Tiguan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 3.4 inches longer than on the Tiguan (105.9 inches vs. 102.5 inches).

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Tiguan Sport pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Tiguan SEL 4Motion® (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tiguan (7.8 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) 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.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Escape Titanium is quieter than the Tiguan Sport:

 

Escape

Tiguan

At idle

39 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Escape has 3.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Tiguan (98.7 vs. 95.4).

The Escape has .8 inches more front headroom, 3 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tiguan.

The front step up height for the Escape is 1.6 inches lower than the Tiguan (16.8” vs. 18.4”). The Escape’s rear step up height is 1 inches lower than the Tiguan’s (17.5” vs. 18.5”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Tiguan with its rear seat up (34 vs. 23.8 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Tiguan with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 56.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the Tiguan’s liftover is 31 inches.

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

 

Escape

Tiguan

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.6”/67”

32.2”/63.6”

Max Width

45.6”

41.6”

Min Width

40.4”

39.7”

Height

34.5”

33.4”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape’s cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Escape also (except S) offers an optional 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

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The Escape 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 Escape Titanium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Tiguan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Escape and the Tiguan have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escape 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 Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Tiguan’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Tiguan doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its Car-Net can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Intelligent Access standard on the Escape Titanium 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 Escape 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 available for the Escape Titanium 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 Escape has standard extendable sun visors. The Tiguan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Escape Titanium’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.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Escape Titanium 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 Escape’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 Escape SE/Titanium’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 standard voice command, the Escape offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a voice control system.

The Escape (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Tiguan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Escape will cost $480 less than the Tiguan over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Tiguan because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Tiguan, including $584 less for a water pump, $121 less for an alternator, $32 less for front brake pads, $446 less for a starter, $410 less for fuel injection, $45 less for a fuel pump, $242 less for front struts and $197 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Escape will be $5063 to $9839 less than for the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Recommendations Comparison

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its September 2013 issue and they ranked the Ford Escape SE first. They ranked the Volkswagen Tiguan Sport fifth.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Tiguan was rated third in its category.

The Ford Escape outsold the Volkswagen Tiguan by over six to one during the 2016 model year.

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