Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2013 Ford Edge VS 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Near Surprise, AZ

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2013 Ford Edge

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2013 Volkswagen Tiguan

Safety Comparison

The Edge Limited offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Tiguan doesn't offer a collision warning system.

To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Ford Edge 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 Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’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 Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’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 Edge offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Edge 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

The Ford Edge weighs 407 to 1080 pounds more than the Volkswagen Tiguan. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Tiguan:

Edge

Tiguan

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index

454

463

Chest forces

42 g’s

44 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

573 / 619

399 / 1125

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Edge is 1.5% to 4.5% less likely to roll over than the Tiguan.

Warranty Comparison

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 Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Edge has a standard 150-amp alternator. The Tiguan’s 140-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Edge has a standard 600-amp battery. The Tiguan’s 480-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 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 27th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 29th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 45 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

Engine Comparison

The Edge’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 40 more horsepower (240 vs. 200) and 63 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 207) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Edge’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 85 more horsepower (285 vs. 200) and 46 lbs.-ft. more torque (253 vs. 207) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Edge Sport’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 105 more horsepower (305 vs. 200) and 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 207) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Edge V6 is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan (automatics tested):

Edge

Tiguan

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

8.6 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.2 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.2 MPH

85.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge 4 cyl. FWD gets better highway fuel mileage than the Tiguan FWD Auto (21 city/30 hwy vs. 21 city/26 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Edge uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Tiguan requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tiguan (18 vs. 16.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tiguan (19 vs. 16.8 gallons).

The Edge 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

For better stopping power the Edge AWD’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Tiguan:

Edge AWD

Tiguan

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.3 inches

The Edge’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Tiguan are solid, not vented.

The Edge stops shorter than the Tiguan:

Edge

Tiguan

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

156 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Tiguan (235/65R17 vs. 215/65R16). The Edge Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Tiguan (265/40R22 vs. 255/40R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge SE has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Tiguan S. The Edge Sport’s 22-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Tiguan SEL.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 8.7 inches longer than on the Tiguan (111.2 inches vs. 102.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 3.6 inches wider in the front and 3.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Tiguan.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Tiguan SE pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Tiguan SEL 4Motion ® (27 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Edge has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tiguan (7.9 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Edge to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Edge offers available 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.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 13 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Tiguan (108.4 vs. 95.4).

The Edge has .9 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 3.8 inches more rear legroom and 3.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tiguan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Tiguan with its rear seat up (32.2 vs. 23.8 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Tiguan with its rear seat folded (68.9 vs. 56.1 cubic feet).

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

Edge

Tiguan

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

32.2”/69”

32.2”/63.6”

Max Width

56”

41.6”

Min Width

42”

39.7”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Tiguan doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport offers an optional power rear liftgate, which opens and closes completely automatically by pressing a button on the key fob. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge 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 driver can also remotely turn on the heater or air conditioner. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Edge and the Tiguan have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Edge 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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad. The Tiguan doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Edge’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Tiguan S/SE’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Edge 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.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Edge has standard extendable sun visors. The Tiguan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Edge Limited 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 Edge’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.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport offers optional rear seat controls for the radio. The Tiguan doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

Optional SYNC for the Edge allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Tiguan doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Edge’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Tiguan’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With optional SYNC, the Edge offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $10 to $1160 less than the Tiguan over a five-year period.

The Edge will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Edge will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the Tiguan.

Edge

Tiguan

Four Year

35% to 36%

32% to 34%

Two Year

51% to 52%

47% to 49%

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