Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2016 Ford Edge VS 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2016 Ford Edge

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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the Edge inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Tiguan doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Edge Titanium/Sport 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 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 Titanium/Sport’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Edge Titanium/Sport offers an optional 180-degree camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Tiguan only offers a rear monitor.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/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/Titanium/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.

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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

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 Volkswagen Tiguan:

Edge

Tiguan

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Tiguan:

Edge

Tiguan

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

78

87

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

5 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

25 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

100%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.35/.47

.49/.4

Tibia forces R/L

1/.5 kN

1.1/1.9 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Volkswagen Tiguan:

Edge

Tiguan

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

71

122

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.7 inches

Hip Force

281 lbs.

417 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

159

Spine Acceleration

45 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

647 lbs.

756 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

297

402

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

61 G’s

Hip Force

585 lbs.

915 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Edge as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Tiguan is not a “Top Pick” for 2015.

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

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Edge has a standard 590-amp battery. The Tiguan’s 480-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 45 more horsepower (245 vs. 200) and 68 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 207) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Edge’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 80 more horsepower (280 vs. 200) and 43 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 207) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Edge Sport’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 115 more horsepower (315 vs. 200) and 143 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 207) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan:

Edge

Tiguan

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.9 MPH

85.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge gets better fuel mileage than the Tiguan:

Edge

Tiguan

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

21 city/30 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

20 city/30 hwy

n/a

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

20 city/28 hwy

20 city/26 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Edge SE 2.0 ECOBoost FWD offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Tiguan doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tiguan (18.3 vs. 16.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tiguan (19.2 vs. 16.9 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

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

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Tiguan (245/60R18 vs. 215/65R16). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Tiguan (265/40R21 vs. 255/40R19).

The Edge SE/SEL’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Tiguan S’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge SE/SEL has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Tiguan S. The Edge Sport’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Tiguan SEL/R-Line.

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.

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Tiguan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 9.7 inches longer than on the Tiguan (112.2 inches vs. 102.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 3 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Tiguan.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the Tiguan SE pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Tiguan SEL 4Motion ® (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Edge uses 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.

The Edge Sport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Tiguan doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 18.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Tiguan (113.9 vs. 95.4).

The Edge has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more front legroom, 4.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 4.8 inches more rear legroom and 5.5 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 (39.2 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 (73.4 vs. 56.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Edge easier. The Edge’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29 inches, while the Tiguan’s liftover is 31 inches.

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

Edge

Tiguan

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/73.5”

32.2”/63.6”

Max Width

45.1”

41.6”

Min Width

45.1”

39.7”

Height

34.4”

33.4”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Titanium/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 offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport 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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Tiguan doesn’t offer an easy entry 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.

On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Tiguan can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s exterior keypad. The Tiguan doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its Car-Net can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Intelligent Access standard on the Edge allows you to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Volkswagen Tiguan’s Keyless Access doesn’t unlock the cargo door.

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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Edge Titanium/Sport detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Tiguan doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Tiguan has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Edge and the Tiguan offer available heated front seats. The Edge Titanium/Sport also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Tiguan.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Edge Titanium/Sport keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Tiguan doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Edge offers an optional Titanium/Sport, 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.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Tiguan’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Tiguan doesn’t offer an automated parking 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 $180 to $1965 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 three and five years than the Tiguan.

Edge

Tiguan

Five Year

37%

24%

Three Year

47%

36%

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Edge will be $147 to $1921 less than for the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Edge won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Volkswagen Tiguan didn't win any award.

The Ford Edge outsold the Volkswagen Tiguan by over four to one during the 2015 model year.

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