2011 Audi
Q5 Premium
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion

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10.0

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$36,075

Reasons to buy the Audi Q5 Premium

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
7.9"
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Good range on the highway
535 miles
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion

9.4

starting from

$30,990

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion

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Keyless entry
Standard
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CD changer
Standard
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OK performance
18.2 lb/hp
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Very inexpensive
$30,990
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.1
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  • The Q5 Premium's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Q5 Premium's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • The Q5 Premium has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 8
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.4
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  • The Q5 Premium has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 6 vs 5
Performance 10.0 vs 9.6
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  • The Q5 Premium has 2 more gears, which can improve performance, 8 vs 6
  • Almost the same, 38.1 ft vs 39.4 ft
  • Around 10% more powerful, 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM vs 200 HP @ 5,100 RPM
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg vs 19 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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  • Both have lots of cupholders
Overall 10.0 vs 9.4

Entertainment System

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Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Number of speakers 10 vs 8 The Q5 Premium has more speakers and the Tiguan SE 4Motion is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Q5 Premium's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Tiguan SE 4Motion does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Standard Both come standard with satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Q5 Premium has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Safety Features

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Q5 Premium
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Tiguan SE 4Motion
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The Q5 Premium has a good number of airbags, but the Tiguan SE 4Motion is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Horsepower 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM vs 200 HP @ 5,100 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 8 vs 6 Both have more gears, but the Q5 Premium in particular has a wide number
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs Turbocharger Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 19.4 lb/hp vs 18.2 lb/hp The Tiguan SE 4Motion has OK performance while the Q5 Premium gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.1 ft vs 39.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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Q5 Premium
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Tiguan SE 4Motion
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MSRP $36,075 vs $30,990 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Q5 Premium's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Tiguan SE 4Motion's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The Q5 Premium's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Tiguan SE 4Motion's is very short

Luxury Features

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Q5 Premium
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Tiguan SE 4Motion; not available on the Q5 Premium
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Q5 Premium; the Tiguan SE 4Motion only offers cloth seats

Crash Test Ratings

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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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Tiguan SE 4Motion
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0-60 mph Unknown vs 7.7 seconds
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 137 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 16.7 s @ 86 mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs 128 mph

Practicality

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Q5 Premium
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Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 57.3 ft3 vs 56.1 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 53.9 ft3 vs 51.0 ft3 The Q5 Premium has average-sized front seats, while the Tiguan SE 4Motion is very cramped
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Base payload capacity Unknown vs 1330 lb
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Q5 Premium's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Tiguan SE 4Motion
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Q5 Premium offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Cupholders 8 vs 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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