2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2020 Kia Sportage

You are now faced with the difficult task of trading in your beloved small car as life has given you a wonderful family. It’s become apparent that it will no longer do and as such, you’ve begun shopping for a new family SUV. The compact SUV segment is the go-to category for countless Canadian families and one such SUV has caught your eye: the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan.

As a driving enthusiast, you know what to expect from a Volkswagen but as you peruse the list of features and amenities, you’ve come to realize that it’s far more than meets the eye. As a wise and prudent shopper, you should compare the Tiguan to a rival. For this dual, let’s see how the Kia Sportage measures up against the Volkswagen.

If we begin with powertrain, your suspicions that the Tiguan will be more rewarding to drive are supported by the standard turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI 4-cylinder, which delivers 184-horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque. By comparison, the Sportage’s standard engine is a 181-horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque 2.4-litre 4-cylinder engine. If you want more power, the far more expensive Sportage SX includes a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder.

Now, despite impressions, the 2020 Volkswagen, with its more powerful engine, is more fuel efficient than the 2020 Kia Sportage. With the included 8-speed automatic transmission and optional 4MOTION AWD, the Tiguan necessitates only 8.1L/100km on the highway. The less powerful and responsive Kia, with its 6-speed automatic transmission and optional AWD system, will consume 9.1L in the same circumstances.

With its German-engineered and tuned chassis, you know that travelling to hockey games or going off on a camping trip will be entertaining. But, what about fitting all the gear? The Volkswagen Tiguan can handle it all as, thanks to its longer wheelbase, the trunk can hold an impressive 1,065 liters of stuff behind the second row. The Kia Sportage, by comparison, is limited to 798 liters. In the event that you need to carry more people, the Tiguan can be optionally equipped with a 3rd of seats which increases the occupant-count to seven.

The list of standard amenities with the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is extensive, much like the amount of available space for everyone and everything. Come in and confirm your thoughts on the drive and leave happy with a new Tiguan.