2011 BMW
X3 xDrive28i
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion

2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i

9.7

starting from

$37,625
"The X3 looks fresh in its new duds...understated good looks"
caranddriver.com | talking about the X3's external styling
"The cabin is much nicer than before, although it is bereft of its own personality"
caranddriver.com | talking about the X3's interior quality

Reasons to buy the BMW X3 xDrive28i

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8"
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Average power
240 HP @ 6,600 RPM
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion

9.4

starting from

$30,990

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion

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Average cargo space
56.1 ft3
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Power outlets
Standard
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Comparable towing weight
1,330 lb
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.1
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Winner: X3 xDrive28i
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  • The X3 xDrive28i's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The X3 xDrive28i has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 12 vs 8
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Winner: X3 xDrive28i
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  • Almost the same
Practicality 9.0 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Winner: Tiguan SE 4Motion
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  • Almost the same
  • Room for more than 2x more stuff, 56.1 ft3 vs 27.6 ft3
  • The Tiguan SE 4Motion can carry around 50% more weight, 1,330 lb vs 904 lb
Safety Features 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Winner: Tiguan SE 4Motion
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  • The Tiguan SE 4Motion has 1 more airbag (including Side), 5 vs 4
Performance 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Winner: X3 xDrive28i
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  • The X3 xDrive28i has 2 more gears, which can improve performance, 8 vs 6
  • 20% more powerful, 240 HP @ 6,600 RPM vs 200 HP @ 5,100 RPM
  • The X3 xDrive28i's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 17.1 lb/hp vs 18.2 lb/hp
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Winner: X3 xDrive28i
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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
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Overall 9.7 vs 9.4

Entertainment System

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X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Number of speakers 12 vs 8 The X3 xDrive28i has an extraordinary amount of speakers, and the Tiguan SE 4Motion is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Tiguan SE 4Motion's satellite radio; in the X3 xDrive28i, too, but it'll cost
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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 X3 xDrive28i 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

Luxury Features

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X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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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 Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the X3 xDrive28i

Practicality

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 27.6 ft3 vs 56.1 ft3 The Tiguan SE 4Motion has OK cargo room, while the X3 xDrive28i has very little
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front seats 53.8 ft3 vs 51.0 ft3 The X3 xDrive28i has average-sized front seats, while the Tiguan SE 4Motion is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 904 lb vs 1,330 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The X3 xDrive28i's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Tiguan SE 4Motion
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The Tiguan SE 4Motion's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the X3 xDrive28i
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The X3 xDrive28i 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

Safety Features

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X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
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 4 vs 5 The Tiguan SE 4Motion has an OK number of airbags while the X3 xDrive28i has very few (missing 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 BMW Assist vs None

Performance

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X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Horsepower 240 HP @ 6,600 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 X3 xDrive28i 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 None vs Turbocharger The Tiguan SE 4Motion's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.1 lb/hp vs 18.2 lb/hp Both have OK 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 39.0 ft vs 39.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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MSRP $37,625 vs $30,990 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 19 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 X3 xDrive28i'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 X3 xDrive28i's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Tiguan SE 4Motion's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

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X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 4 stars
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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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X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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0-60 mph 6.7 seconds vs 7.7 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 129 ft vs 137 ft The X3 xDrive28i has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Tiguan SE 4Motion is just OK
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 16.7 s s @ 86.0 mph mph
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Lateral acceleration 0.84 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 150 mph vs 128 mph The X3 xDrive28i can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, but the Tiguan SE 4Motion is just OK

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2011 Honda CR-V X3 xDrive28i vs CR-V
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X X3 xDrive28i vs Forester 2.5X
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i X3 xDrive28i vs X5 xDrive35i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 X3 xDrive28i vs GLK350
2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI X3 xDrive35i vs Touareg TDI
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Tiguan SE 4Motion vs Touareg TDI
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Tiguan SE 4Motion vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Tiguan SE 4Motion vs Rogue SV
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Tiguan SE 4Motion vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion 2011 Volkswagen Golf Tiguan SE 4Motion vs Golf

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