Whether you’re the head of a five-person household in Mission Viejo, an outdoor enthusiast from Rancho Santa Margarita, or just want additional cargo room for your trips to Newport Beach, a sports utility vehicle may seem like the only practical option. But with so many different makes and models available, how do you know which one is going to be right for you?
In this 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Audi Q5 vehicle comparison, our team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine looks at some of the key features and specifications of each vehicle to find out what really sets them apart.
First, we’ll go over the interior and exterior design.
The attractive cabin and premium materials of the Volkswagen Tiguan help to give it a certain level of luxury. Plus it’s hard to beat a 12.7-square-foot panoramic sunroof. The sliding rear seats offer additional legroom, and V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces improve comfort for all rows of seating.
The 2015 Audi Q5 second-row seat may not be as roomy as some would like it to be, but the Q5 redeems itself with premium interior craftsmanship and top-notch cabin materials.
As far as exterior design is concerned, these two SUVs are relatively unique. The Volkswagen Tiguan definitely offers drivers a slimmer and more athletic look, while the Audi Q5 has a much bolder front end with a large front grille.
As soon as you start driving it, you’ll notice the refined ride and balanced handling of the Volkswagen Tiguan. Paired with a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission, the Tiguan offers a sporty ride with satisfying acceleration.
Despite the bulky shape of the Audi Q5, it also has a sporty feel when it comes to handling. The 2.0 TFSI (turbo fuel stratified injection) four-cylinder engine is responsive and quick, helping to make the Q5 a close rival of the Volkswagen Tiguan.
However, although the Q5 is responsive, the steering feel is inconsistent and can seem slightly artificial. Also, the ride is relatively stiff and has the habit of feeling top heavy when taking a sharp turn.
It seems like everyday technology advances by a leap or bound, making it hard for some vehicles to keep up.
Some of the electronics in the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan may seem outdated, but they’re still modern enough to help improve the overall driving experience. For example, Bluetooth technology allows you to enjoy hands-free calling or streaming audio from your smartphone, and the touchscreen sound system provides drivers with an easy way to navigate through the features.
While the technologies inside the Audi Q5 may be more up-to-date, the SUV’s infotainment system can be kind of confusing to use. Because of that, drivers may decide to opt for ease of use over advanced functionality based on the simple logic that you’re less likely to use something you don’t know how to use.
If you’re in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, or Newport Beach area, we suggest trying out these vehicles for yourself to really get a feeling for which SUV is right for you.
You can schedule a test drive of the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan by calling or visiting us today at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine.