Volkswagen Tiguan vs Audi Q5

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If you’re actively seeking a compact SUV, you most likely want one with lots of space and safety features that can safely handle any type of road. Two that come to mind are the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Audi Q5. But which one is right for your drives around Irvine, Garden Grove, and San Juan Capistrano?

Our team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Irvine wrote this Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Audi Q5 comparison to help you decide which is best for you. When you’re ready to get an up-close look at your preferred vehicle, contact us for a test drive.

Volkswagen Tiguan vs Audi Q5 Specs

The Volkswagen Tiguan comes standard with a 2.0L TSI® I-4 engine that’s paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission with Sport mode. This transmission helps improve performance and efficiency, and offers a Tiptronic® mode, where you can shift manually to further take control of your driving experience.

The Audi Q5 has an equally impressive 2.0L TFSI® engine. However, its transmission is only a 7-speed automatic. As a result, you may not find a shifting performance that’s as fast or smooth as the one in the Volkswagen Tiguan.

The Volkswagen Tiguan also has an available 4MOTION® all-wheel drive system that evenly distributes power between the front and rear wheels to help optimize traction and stability.

For further solidity, this SUV has four different driving modes, so you can confidently handle any type of road or weather condition: Snow, On-Road, Off-Road, and Off-Road Custom. With Off-Road Custom, a driver can set various parameters like steering and all-wheel drive options to cater to their driving preferences.

While the Q5 also has an all-wheel drive system with different driving modes, it doesn’t offer a custom one, so you may not be able to tailor your driving needs as well as you would in the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Volkswagen Tiguan vs Q5 Interior

If you step inside the Volkswagen Tiguan or Q5, you’ll immediately notice the interior differences by the seating capacity. While the Volkswagen Tiguan can seat seven with its available third row, the Audi Q5 can only seat five, which may not benefit you if you have a larger family or are in charge of a carpool.

Furthermore, for all your cargo needs, the Volkswagen Tiguan offers 73.5 cubic feet of cargo room in the 5-seat model when the rear seats are folded down. And in the 7-seat model, there’s 65.7 cubic feet of cargo space when the second- and third-row seats are down.

Unfortunately, you won’t get as much cargo room in the Audi Q5, as it only has 60.4 cubic feet of space when the second row is folded down.

Safety Options in Each SUV

When it comes to your overall safety and security, the Volkswagen Tiguan and Q5 offer plenty of active and passive safety features. They each offer advanced airbag systems, including driver and front passenger front and side airbags, as well as side curtain airbags.

They also each have driver-assisting technologies to help prevent an accident from occurring. Some of those features are:

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Anti-lock Braking System
  • Brake Assist

The Volkswagen Tiguan also has the available Active Blind Spot Monitor. When you’re changing lanes, this system can detect when another vehicle is in your blind spot and will give a visual warning in the appropriate side mirror. It’ll then gently counter-steer to get your vehicle back to where you were until it’s safe to change lanes.

The Audi Q5 may have many impressive driver-assisting features, but it doesn’t offer a Blind Spot Monitor in its vehicle.

Volkswagen Tiguan vs Audi Q5

When it comes to the Q5 vs. Volkswagen Tiguan, the Volkswagen Tiguan has a smoother and more stable performance, a roomier interior, and more available safety features. So, while the Audi Q5 is a reliable vehicle, the Volkswagen Tiguan may be the confidence-booster you need to take on the streets of Irvine, Garden Grove, and San Juan Capistrano.

But to really know for sure if the Volkswagen Tiguan is your ideal vehicle, you’ll need to get behind the wheel. You can do so by scheduling a test drive at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Irvine! Contact our team for more information today.

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