2011 Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
vs. 2012 Ford
Transit Connect Passenger XLT

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion

9.6

starting from

$30,990

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion

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Power steering
Standard
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Average number of airbags
5
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Has 2 rows of seats
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OK brakes
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2012 Ford Transit Connect Passenger XLT

8.6

starting from

$24,260

Reasons to buy the Ford Transit Connect Passenger XLT

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Good cargo space
129.6 ft3
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Spacious front seats
65.2 ft3
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Navigation system
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 7.5
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Winner: Tiguan SE 4Motion
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  • Disc brakes on the Tiguan SE 4Motion can provide better stopping action
  • The Tiguan SE 4Motion has 3 more airbags (including Head / Curtain, Rear Curtain, Side), 5 vs 2
  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Tiguan SE 4Motion; optional upgrade on the Transit Connect Passenger XLT
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Winner: Tiguan SE 4Motion
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Tiguan SE 4Motion's power seats; not available on the Transit Connect Passenger XLT
Performance 10.0 vs 8.0
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Winner: Tiguan SE 4Motion
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  • The Tiguan SE 4Motion's Turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Turbocharger vs None
  • The Tiguan SE 4Motion's power-to-weight ratio is around 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 18.2 lb/hp vs 25.5 lb/hp
  • The Tiguan SE 4Motion's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
Practicality 8.2 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Transit Connect Passenger XLT Winner: Transit Connect Passenger XLT
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  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 30% more room, 65.2 ft3 vs 51.0 ft3
  • The Transit Connect Passenger XLT offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Tiguan SE 4Motion
  • Room for around 2.5x more stuff, 129.6 ft3 vs 56.1 ft3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Winner: Tiguan SE 4Motion
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Tiguan SE 4Motion's satellite radio
  • The Tiguan SE 4Motion has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 8 vs 4
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Transit Connect Passenger XLT Winner: Transit Connect Passenger XLT
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  • The best price we've seen is $6,730 cheaper (more than 20% less), $24,260 vs $30,990
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 19 mpg
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 9.6 vs 8.6

Safety Features

Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion
2012 Ford Transit Connect Passenger XLT Ford
Transit Connect Passenger XLT
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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 5 vs 2 The Tiguan SE 4Motion has an OK number of airbags while the Transit Connect Passenger XLT has very few (missing Head / Curtain, Rear Curtain, Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Tiguan SE 4Motion has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Tiguan SE 4Motion; optional upgrade on the Transit Connect Passenger XLT
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Roadside assistance system None vs Crew Chief

Luxury Features

Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion
2012 Ford Transit Connect Passenger XLT Ford
Transit Connect Passenger XLT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Tiguan SE 4Motion's power seats; not available on the Transit Connect Passenger XLT
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Performance

Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion
2012 Ford Transit Connect Passenger XLT Ford
Transit Connect Passenger XLT
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Horsepower 200 HP @ 5,100 RPM vs 136 HP @ 6,300 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 4 The Tiguan SE 4Motion has an OK number of gears, while the Transit Connect Passenger XLT has very few
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The Tiguan SE 4Motion's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None 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 18.2 lb/hp vs 25.5 lb/hp The Tiguan SE 4Motion has OK performance while the Transit Connect Passenger XLT gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Tiguan SE 4Motion has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.4 ft vs 39.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion
2012 Ford Transit Connect Passenger XLT Ford
Transit Connect Passenger XLT
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Few seats
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Highway driving range 420 miles vs 400 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 56.1 ft3 vs 129.6 ft3 The Transit Connect Passenger XLT has lots of cargo room, but the Tiguan SE 4Motion has very little
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front seats 51.0 ft3 vs 65.2 ft3 The Transit Connect Passenger XLT has roomy front seats, but the Tiguan SE 4Motion is very cramped
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Standard vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? The Tiguan SE 4Motion's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Transit Connect Passenger XLT cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The Transit Connect Passenger XLT offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Cupholders 8 vs 3 The Tiguan SE 4Motion has a good number of cupholders, but the Transit Connect Passenger XLT does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion
2012 Ford Transit Connect Passenger XLT Ford
Transit Connect Passenger XLT
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Number of speakers 8 vs 4 The Tiguan SE 4Motion has an OK number of speakers, while the Transit Connect Passenger XLT has very few
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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 Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Tiguan SE 4Motion's 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 No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Cost

Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion
2012 Ford Transit Connect Passenger XLT Ford
Transit Connect Passenger XLT
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MSRP $30,990 vs $24,260 The Transit Connect Passenger XLT has a great price and the Tiguan SE 4Motion is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 21 mpg The Transit Connect Passenger XLT has great city mileage and the Tiguan SE 4Motion is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion
2012 Ford Transit Connect Passenger XLT Ford
Transit Connect Passenger XLT
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion
2012 Ford Transit Connect Passenger XLT Ford
Transit Connect Passenger XLT
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0-60 mph 7.7 seconds vs 12.5 seconds The Tiguan SE 4Motion's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Transit Connect Passenger XLT is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 135 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.7 s @ 86 mph vs 18.7 s @ 74 mph The Tiguan SE 4Motion's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Transit Connect Passenger XLT's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.75 g
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Top speed 128 mph vs Unknown

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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Placeholder Tiguan SE 4Motion vs Q5 Premium
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI Tiguan SE vs Golf TDI
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 Tiguan SE vs Touareg VR6
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Tiguan SE vs X3 xDrive28i
2012 Ford Transit Connect Passenger XLT 2011 Mercedes-Benz Transit Connect Passenger XLT vs Sprinter 2500 Passenger
2012 Ford Transit Connect Passenger XLT 2012 Nissan NV2500 HD SV (High Roof) Transit Connect Passenger XLT vs NV2500 HD SV (High Roof)
2012 Ford Transit Connect Passenger XLT 2011 Toyota Sienna XLE Transit Connect Passenger XLT vs Sienna XLE
2012 Ford Transit Connect Passenger XLT 2012 Ford Flex Limited Transit Connect Passenger XLT vs Flex Limited
2012 Ford Transit Connect Passenger XLT 2012 Mazda 5 Sport Transit Connect Passenger XLT vs 5 Sport

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