Volkswagen Tiguan vs Kia Sportage

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

When it comes to discussing compact SUVs, the Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Kia Sportage matchup has drivers around Springfield and Callaway talking a lot. So, we at Volkswagen of Panama City decided to put together this guide to show how these two cars measure up. They each boast a multitude of interior comforts and technologies as well as unique exterior designs.

But which one will come out on top? Well, we welcome you to keep reading to find out!
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VW Tiguan vs Kia Sportage: Exterior Design

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan ExteriorEach SUV has distinctive exterior styling. Volkswagen has thoughtfully shaped eye-catching and assertive contours throughout, while Kia kept its model rather round from hood to tailgate. When it comes to wheels, the VW Tiguan is the only car in this face-off that can be equipped with striking 20-inch black machined alloy wheels.

You’ll also have more ground clearance—7.9 inches—with the VW Tiguan. This allows you to confidently travel over rougher terrain when compared to the 6.4 inches of clearance found in the Sportage. Add Volkswagen available 4MOTION® all-wheel drive with Active Control to further separate the 2020 VW Tiguan from the Sportage. Fluidly switch among four driving modes: On-Road, Snow, Off-Road, and Custom.

Additionally, only the VW model comes standard with roof rails, which means that you can fasten a roof rack or cargo box immediately. You would have to purchase an available package for the Kia Sportage to acquire roof rails.

VW Tiguan vs Kia Sportage: Interior Space

Although both models regularly accommodate up to five passengers, the VW Tiguan has an inherent advantage thanks to an available 7-seat trim. With a higher occupancy comes a more configurable interior; leave the rearmost row up when you need it and fold it flat when you don’t.

Volkswagen Tiguan Interior

Cargo room is ample in these compact SUVs, but the standard 5-seat 2020 VW Tiguan leads the way with 37.6 cubic feet of storage behind the second row. That’s almost seven cubic feet larger than the Sportage model’s cargo area, which measures in at 30.7 cubic feet when the rear row is up.

If you need the extra room for, let’s say, a DIY home-improvement project, the VW Tiguan boasts 73.5 cubic feet with the back seats folded. Again, the Kia Sportage doesn’t measure up, as it only offers 60.1 cubic feet when the second row is stored away.

VW Tiguan vs Kia Sportage: Safety

Volkswagen TiguanYou’ll find many similar basic safety features in the VW Tiguan and Kia Sportage. These include:

  • An Electronic Stability Control (ESC) improves directional stability by adjusting engine throttle and applying corrective forces to the wheels when necessary.
  • Anti-Lock Braking Systems will ensure that your wheels will retain traction in less-than-optimal driving and road conditions.
  • Use their Rear View Camera Systems to keep an eye on your surroundings and safely back out of tight parking spaces.
  • Safety cages help to absorb and mitigate impact energy in the event of a collision.

Unfortunately, the Kia Sportage falls behind with regard to driver-assistive technologies. The 2020 VW Tiguan provides assurances such as a Blind Spot Monitor and a Rear Traffic Alert standard, whereas the Sportage does not.

The VW Tiguan also comes with two other features that you won’t find in the Kia model: Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and an Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS).

Which Compact SUV Will You Choose?

As you can see, our head-to-head VW Tiguan vs. Kia Sportage review proves that both vehicles have a lot to offer the drivers of Springfield and Callaway. However, the team at Volkswagen of Panama City believe that you’ll ultimately appreciate the overall design of the 2020 VW Tiguan when you’re out on the road.

Once you’re ready to get behind the wheel of the VW Tiguan, we welcome you to schedule a test drive!

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