VW Tiguan vs premium SUV: Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA

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Will the Volkswagen Tiguan at the height today premium SUV? Always reference between generalists, since he announced his new generation we asked the question. So nothing better than to take advantage our International Test Drive we have held all magazines Motorpresse group in Rome to find out. There we brought together all the time best compact SUV taking advantage of the launch of the Tiguan and if the other day I offered the duel between VW and Kia Sportage, now it was time to answer that first question.

There's no doubt, with SUV, We are living longer a small car reinvention and that brings very different approaches. not worth the classic "choose the one you like" more mature segments, but each brand decides how they want you to see how much space is enough and what dose of dynamism you would expect from a car that many choose their characteristics functionality and family use in mind. This is especially noticeable among classic premium brands and Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA, against which we see the Volkswagen Tiguan also plays with practicality.

Value your carVolkswagen Tiguan: the new

We will not stop again much in the Volkswagen Tiguan. We told you the other day what it was like and what interests us today is to see their direct duels against the premium SUV, with all the measurements that you will see in each confrontation. To summarize, availability and reminding that all confrontations are with gasoline engines between 180 and 211 hp, you say that the Tiguan has not disappointed, far from it. Is a SUV driving easy, smooth, comfortable and very uniform always analyze you analyze section.

The motor 2.0 TSI 180 hp Volkswagen Tiguan power offers a very good level of performance and consumption certainly content to be a mechanic style. Sum high quality materials, It is very big inside, provides holes on all sides, slide back row as a minivan and a large trunk. Surely it is a SUV of the most familiar, also it offered in this new generation security systems, more technology, different programs traction and driving modes, a very high suspension comfort and sound, plus a good agility is enhanced with adaptive damping. ¿All enough to be better than a premium SUV? Lets go see it.

VW TiguanAudi Q3: veteran

We started in alphabetical order with the Audi Q3. Here you can serve him that the veteran is a degree. Audi takes so much time looking after the presentation, enrases parts, the disappearance of the output gap, the feel of the materials that others can catch as much. They put the bar in that the haptic characteristics, how it feels to turn a button, the click sounds when activated, drag same on each switch. That was and is still in the Audi Q3.

This does not prevent that, unnoticed by most buyers is yes the Audi Q3 the oldest of the lot. Its "cousin" Volkswagen Tiguan has just been added to the MQB platform, the modular construction, interchangeable, allowing all kinds exploit synergies and best available engineering each department use. That has not yet entered this Q3 -yes its equivalent Audi A3- what is felt that, despite the price and good presentation, It is not the last in the VW group in terms of multimedia and possibilities Infotainment (While still higher than most). Nor recent advances in safety electronics newcomer Tiguan are in the Q3.

Instead, again, the classic concept of the Audi Q3 has some strengths, such as behavior. Audi boasts sportsmanship, a little more driving this Q3 and boasts of it. It will be because he wore the wider tires of comparative, on 19-inch wheels or the set own car, but the reality is that the Q3 responds with great precision driving and also supports the game with the throttle to change the attitude or sub Oversteer car. That was more common before, in recent releases (and Euro 6 certainly also has to do with it), and more SUVs with higher center of gravity, it is something that disappears. its 2.0 TFSI engine good for 180 hp.

Audi Q3The Audi Q3 is shown not only very fast in agility drills, it is revealed as a car for those who like driving. The change supports reductions and high returns even in this setting all-wheel drive, sit off the curves how torque to the rear axle passes to round off the corners. If you like driving, it's still your car. Yes, the new batch, looking for that car to be everything for everyone, leave the Q3 in a situation of improved interior space.

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BENEFITS

VW Tiguan 2.0 TSI

Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI

Acel. 0-100 km / h

8.10 s

7.90 s

Braking at 140 km / h

70 m

71 m

Sonority to 130 km / h

67 dBA

67 dBA

Adel.80-120 km / h in D

6.2 s

5.9 s

urban consumption

9,3 l / 100 km

9,5 l / 100 km

Consumption Highway

6.9 l / 100 km

7.1 l / 100 km

Weight

1,656 kg

1,625 kg

BEHAVIOR

Eslalon 18 meters with ESP

61 km / h

65 km / h

ESP and TC eslalon off

61.1 km / h

65.4 km / h

Lane Change

126.5 km / h

132.4 km / h

Lane Change ESP and TC off

126.9 km / h

133.3 km / h

SPACE

Length

4,49 m

4.39 m

Battle

2,68 m

2.60 m

Del./del interior width.

152/149 cm

149/142 cm

front./back height.

106/98 cm

103/97 cm

space rear legs

77 cm

68 cm

Trunk

520 liters

460 liters

BMW X1: the "reinvented"

What more can like about it is what can displease fans of BMW ever. Sacrilegio, have been removed in this new BMW X1 longitudinal engine and have since cross. Y there is no rear-wheel drive. And who cares if, as in this case, I want xDrive all-wheel drive, capable of carrying all the usable torque to the rear axle? With this arrangement the BMW X1 engine is in an antagonistic position to the Audi Q3, with both interior space so that someone can think what offers actually X3. That was precisely BMW bring all those who did not see practical and this brother Serie 2 Active Tourer exudes practicality.

Anyone who had doubts about the sensations of driving the BMW X1 can dissipate because direction is so quick and direct that looks like the Mini SUV. Of course, the Mini and it was developed with engineers elbow to elbow. This will do wonders in the day, splurging sensations in urban traffic and in slow corners, responding to the slogan "Do you like driving?". He eight-speed automatic transmission is very fast It's a model and that is not double clutch-but do not let you know it: if you come from the Anatomic gear knob other BMW, the electromechanical seems inspired by Gaudi, the new will seem a throwback. If you get carried away by these dynamic qualities will verify road you have to be very careful even in a straight line, you have to drive all the time, the motor "pulls" address, also potholes and if you dare ESP attend your help more often (even) than usually these SUV.

BMW X1Pedals and better prepared than in the saloons of the mark (no a huge transmission tunnel), the fine motor with twin-scroll turbo, the system Infotainment demonstrating that takes years ahead of the rest ... the BMW BMW X1 is a man, not the usual BMW. The Tiguan, yes, it gets difficult, very difficult, precisely what few could think ahead. Practical aspects, the variability of its rear seats ... the X1 gets closer to the Tiguan in these respects than other rivals even the more generalist! Then comes the ride comfort with the suspension of the outstanding to finish things take place Tiguan, but only just. Word.

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BENEFITS

VW Tiguan 2.0 TSI

BMW X1 20i

Acel. 0-100 km / h

8.10 s

7.50 s

Braking at 140 km / h

70 m

70 m

Sonority to 130 km / h

67 dBA

71 dBA

Adel.80-120 km / h in D

6.2 s

5.30 s

urban consumption

9,3 l / 100 km

9,1 l / 100 km

Consumption Highway

6.9 l / 100 km

6.7 l / 100 km

Weight

1,656 kg

1,616 kg

BEHAVIOR

Eslalon 18 meters with ESP

61 km / h

62.1 km / h

ESP and TC eslalon off

61.1 km / h

63.5 km / h

Lane Change

126.5 km / h

130.3 km / h

Lane Change ESP and TC off

126.9 km / h

131.1 km / h

SPACE

Length

4,49 m

4.44 m

Battle

2,68 m

2.67 m

Del./del interior width.

152/149 cm

145/145 cm

front./back height.

106/98 cm

107/102 cm

space rear legs

77 cm

75 cm

Trunk

520 liters

505 liters

Mercedes GLA: Is it an SUV?

If the BMW X1 is atypical as BMW, Mercedes GLA is atypical as SUV. ¿What's SUV a car with a ground clearance like an ordinary compact, a height of 1.50 meters? The third of the Premium German classics playing in their own league. Nobody tells you how to do your car, and if the public likes ... The GLA is a Class A, with body slightly (6 cm), with an aesthetic that reinforces its higher proportion of sheet glass that feeling of strength ... would lack almost 7 cm to have height MPV Class B. Come on, that the GLA breaks the rules and play their own league.

The wheel of the Mercedes GLA will have to swear you're in an SUV, with good posture, almost lying, if you wish. Behind there legroom, with the wheelbase of 2.70 meters, higher than that of its competitors. However, behind the occupants are not high, stately, dominating the view, but sausages, with front bucket seats, with integrated headrests, covering it all. The acronym SUV has the Sport Vehicle and a acronym SV also used Lamborghini. This is the bull GLA Group. Has the most powerful engine, long, with a low center of gravity, asphalt tires very high performance, hard suspensions (we have a unit equipped with AMG finish), drilled brakes and minimal body roll.

Mercedes GLAIn consecuense, the Mercedes GLA behaves like a true sports, capable of many compact blush, leaving everyone in any exercise. Especially on wet roads, where the team accompanied by a balanced tire and direction, seeks driving sensations in a world apart, away from the inertia and weight characteristic of the SUV. Yes, because here too It is the only low (Long) 1,600 kilos weight. As one of our German colleagues smiling at the end of one of the laps says, "forget that the "utility": The Mercedes GLA does not want to use, what you like is to curves". So run, that something is the most powerful of the appointment the 250 version of 211 hp and only the BMW X1 is able to follow closely with its 192 hp. The limited versatility, the difficult accessibility or that smaller lot trunk, hurt in SUV rated, but what if just looking for "a different car," more noise filtering and rounder than the Tiguan engine?

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BENEFITS

VW Tiguan 2.0 TSI

Mercedes GLA 250

Acel. 0-100 km / h

8.10 s

6.70 s

Braking at 140 km / h

70 m

70 m

Sonority to 130 km / h

67 dBA

71 dBA

Adel.80-120 km / h in D

6.2 s

4.70 s

urban consumption

9,3 l / 100 km

9,4 l / 100 km

Consumption Highway

6.9 l / 100 km

6,8 l / 100 km

Weight

1,656 kg

1,549 kg

BEHAVIOR

Eslalon 18 meters with ESP

61 km / h

63.8 km / h

ESP and TC eslalon off

61.1 km / h

64.2 km / h

Lane Change

126.5 km / h

131.6 km / h

Lane Change ESP and TC off

126.9 km / h

132 km / h

SPACE

Length

4,49 m

4.42 m

Battle

2,68 m

2.67 m

Del./del interior width.

152/149 cm

143/140 cm

front./back height.

106/98 cm

99/96 cm

space rear legs

77 cm

69 cm

Trunk

520 liters

421 liters

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