Volkswagen Tiguan vs Hyundai Tucson [COMPARED!]


So the Volkswagen Tiguan is almost here and from the looks of it, it has the very competent Hyundai Tucson in its sight. Other than the Tucson, the Tiguan will also go up against the Jeep Compass, which is another upcoming SUV that is likely to threaten the Korean SUV’s sales performance. While we have already compared the Jeep Compass with the Hyundai Tucson, you can read on for new 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan vs Hyundai Tucson post here.

volkswagen tiguan vs hyundai tucson

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The latest Hyundai Tucson is available in both Petrol and Diesel variants. Thanks to Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design language, the Tucson manages to look fairly flamboyant. There’s also enough kit on offer. In comparison, the Tiguan’s design is all about clean surfaces and understated elegance. Also, the Tiguan is likely to go on sale with Diesel engines only. Our guess is that the Tiguan will command a significant price premium over its Hyundai rival.

Volkswagen Tiguan vs Hyundai Tucson Price Comparison

Volkswagen Tiguan Price Rs 25 Lakh to Rs 30 Lakh (Estimated)
Hyundai Tucson Price Rs 19 Lakh to Rs 25 Lakh (Ex-showroom)

Compared to the Tiguan, the Tucson will be a lot cheaper. However, there is likely to be a slight price overlap between some variants of the two models. Volkswagen India is known to price its cars considerably higher than the immediate competition. Things are unlikely to change with the launch of the Tiguan. The Tiguan will try to justify its higher price tag thru bits like a DSG gearbox, powerful engines and the proverbial German build quality.

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Volkswagen Tiguan vs Hyundai Tucson Specifications Comparison

Specifications Volkswagen Tiguan Hyundai Tucson
Engine 2.0-litre TDI Diesel/2.0-litre TDI Diesel 2.0-litre Petrol/2.0-litre Diesel
Max Power 140 BHP/177 BHP 153 BHP/182 HP
Peak Torque 320 Nm/350 Nm 192 Nm/400 Nm
Transmission 7-speed DSG Automatic 6-speed manual/6-speed automatic
Drivetrain FWD/AWD FWD

Both the SUVs get 2.0-litre engines that have a healthy power output. The Tiguan will miss out on a Petrol engine option, which means the Tucson has some advantage here. Also, its Diesel engine is more powerful than the VW engines. However, the Tiguan benefits from the excellent 7-speed DSG gearbox. It will also come with All Wheel Drive (AWD). The Tucson doesn’t offer AWD at the moment.

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Volkswagen Tiguan vs Hyundai Tucson Mileage Comparison

Mileage Volkswagen Tiguan Hyundai Tucson
City 12 KMPL 11 KMPL (Petrol), 12 KMPL (Diesel)
Highway 16 KMPL 14 KMPL (Petrol), 16 KMPL (Diesel)

Both the models are expected to be equally matched in this aspect.

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Volkswagen Tiguan vs Hyundai Tucson Dimensions Comparison

Volkswagen Tiguan Hyundai Tucson
Length 4486 mm 4475 mm
Width 1839 mm 1850 mm
Height 1646 mm 1660 mm
Wheelbase 2681 mm 2670 mm
Ground Clearance 200 mm 195 litres

As can be seen, both the models are almost equally matched in this aspect, too.

Volkswagen Tiguan vs Hyundai Tucson Design Comparison

While both these models are almost the same in size, their respective designs are poles apart. While the Tiguan is all about clean lines and neat surfaces, the Tucson has flamboyance in abundance. Also, the Tucson looks just a tad bit more modern, while the Tiguan has plenty of understated elegance. It’s about personal choices, really. Our pick, however, is the Tiguan, which gets a timeless design.

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The interior of the Tucson doesn’t compliment its exterior. While the dashboard does look fairly modern, there’s no hint of the flamboyance that the car has on display on the outside. The Tiguan’s cabin, however, is very well a reflection of its exterior. The interior gets clean lines and neat surfaces, too. Both the models here are strict 5-seaters and should offer similar levels of space.

Volkswagen Tiguan vs Hyundai Tucson Comparison Verdict

  • Price: Volkswagen India is yet to announce prices of the Tiguan. However, our guess is the Tucson will have a definite price advantage here.
  • Specifications: While the Tucson comes with a Petrol and a Diesel engine, the Tiguan SUV for India is likely to offer a Diesel engine in two states of tune. Also, the Tiguan might miss out on a manual transmission, but its 7-speed DSG Auto ‘box is definitely better than the Tucson’s torque-converter unit. The Hyundai also misses out on AWD.
  • Mileage: No clear winner here. 
  • Dimensions: Again, both the models are equally matched.
  • Design: Compared to the flamboyant design of the Tucson, the Tiguan comes with a clean, fuss-free design that is typical of a Volkswagen. Between these two, we will pick the Tiguan’s interior.

VERDICT: Well, it’s tough to pick a clear winner here. While the two models could be evenly matched in many aspects, it’s in areas like design and transmission technology where these two models are poles apart. Also, pricing will play a key role in deciding the clear winner. But one thing that we are pretty sure of is that given the right price, the Tiguan could very well threaten the sales performance of the Tucson.

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