2011 Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
vs. 2012 Volkswagen
Passat TDI SEL Premium

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium

10.0

starting from

$32,965

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium

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Fantastic range on the highway
796 miles
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
43 mpg
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Fantastic range in the city
574 miles
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
31 mpg
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion

8.8

starting from

$30,990

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion

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OK performance
18.2 lb/hp
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Roof rails
Standard
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Average cargo space
56.1 ft3
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
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Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
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  • Gets more than 60% more miles per gallon in the city, 31 mpg vs 19 mpg
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Very cramped front seats
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Overall 8.8 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

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Tiguan SE 4Motion
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Passat TDI SEL Premium's standard 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 Not Available vs Standard Leather comes standard on the Passat TDI SEL Premium; the Tiguan SE 4Motion only offers cloth seats

Cost

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Tiguan SE 4Motion
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MSRP $30,990 vs $32,965 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 31 mpg The Passat TDI SEL Premium gets great city mileage, and the Tiguan SE 4Motion gets OK mileage
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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

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Tiguan SE 4Motion
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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

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Tiguan SE 4Motion
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0-60 mph 7.7 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.7 s s @ 86.0 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 128 mph vs Unknown

Safety Features

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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 Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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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 200 HP @ 5,100 RPM vs 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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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 18.2 lb/hp vs 24.3 lb/hp The Tiguan SE 4Motion has OK performance while the Passat TDI SEL Premium 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 36.4 ft The Passat TDI SEL Premium can make tight turns, and the Tiguan SE 4Motion is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 420 miles vs 796 miles The Passat TDI SEL Premium gets fantastic distance, but the Tiguan SE 4Motion is very limited
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Cargo space 56.1 ft3 vs 15.9 ft3 The Tiguan SE 4Motion has OK cargo room, while the Passat TDI SEL Premium has very little
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front seats 51.0 ft3 vs 53.5 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The Passat TDI SEL 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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roof rails Standard vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? The Tiguan SE 4Motion's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Passat TDI SEL Premium cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Not Available vs Standard You won't find this in the Tiguan SE 4Motion, but the Passat TDI SEL Premium's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 8 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Number of speakers 8 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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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 Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Passat TDI SEL Premium; no amount of money can buy it on the Tiguan SE 4Motion

Other Vehicles to Consider

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
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium 2011 BMW 328i Passat TDI SEL Premium vs 328i
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium 2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Passat TDI SEL Premium vs S60 T6 R-Design
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium 2012 Audi A3 Premium Passat TDI SEL Premium vs A3 Premium
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium 2011 Volkswagen Golf Passat TDI SEL Premium vs Golf
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Passat TDI SEL Premium vs Jetta TDI

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