2017 Kia Sportage vs. 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

If you haven't noticed all the crossovers on the road today, then you need to drive more. This class of small SUVs is gaining traction – in both sales and on the road – thanks to versatile features and wallet-friendly fuel economy. We'll look at two competitors, the 2017 Kia Sportage vs. 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan, and see which one is the better crossover.

The first thing that jumps out is the price: You can get a 2017 Kia Sportage for prices starting around $19,515 with the Friendly Kia VIP Price, while the competitor's 2016 VW Tiguan models start at nearly $24,000. Another aspect you will notice right away is the exterior design. The redesigned 2017 Kia Sportage has a fresh look, with a nicely-sculpted exterior that is increasingly streamlined and bold yet stands out from the pack with a stronger stance. This redesign for the 2017 model year is a nice enhancement to the 2016 Kia Sportage, which was named the "Highest Ranked Small SUV in Initial Quality" by J.D. Power in its 2016 Initial Quality Study*. Expect more of the same dominance from the 2017 Sportage, which was also named an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

The 2017 Sportage has a clear advantage in fuel economy over the 2016 Tiguan, with 23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway that easily tops the 2016 Tiguan's 21 city, 26 highway. And that's not all the 2017 Sportage has in store, as its improved cargo space means you have 60.1 cubic feet to load up your gear and take off for parts known and unknown. The 2016 Tiguan lags behind with 56.1 cubic feet for cargo.

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2017 Kia Sportage Vs. 2016 VW Tiguan
$19,515 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price $23,705 (The Competition)
23 city, 30 highway MPG 21 city, 26 highway
240 Top HP 200
60.1 Cargo Room (cubic feet) 56.1
Available for all models Fog Lights? Available in one model option
Yes (5 out of 5) 2016 model "Highest Ranked Small SUV in Initial Quality" by J.D. Power? No (4 out of 5)
34.8 Turning Circle (feet) 39.0
10-yr/100k-mile powertrain, 5-yr/60k-mile bumper-to-bumper Warranty Coverage 5-yr/60k-mile powertrain, 3-yr/36k-mile bumper-to-bumper

Take Control of Every Driving Situation with the Kia Sportage

So far we've seen the 2017 Kia Sportage provides more savings and space, but it also beats the 2016 VW Tiguan in grace, as the 2017 Sportage can perform a curb-to-curb turn in 34.8 feet, over 10 percent quicker than the 2016 Tiguan's plodding 39 feet. And did we forget to mention performance? The 2017 Sportage has a peak power output of 20 percent more than the 2016 Tiguan with 240 HP in top-line models to the 2016 Tiguan's 200 HP.

And you'll also have the newest and best audio tech a crossover has to offer with the 2017 Sportage with the next-generation UVO3 eServices package, providing you with plenty of space to store your favorite songs (8 GB) and access to cool available apps like Android Auto and voice-command navigation.

Power, savings, looks – the 2017 Kia Sportage has the edge in every category, making it one versatile crossover. We have the Kia Sportage on the lot at Friendly Kia, which is located at 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Trinity, Tarpon Springs and Spring Hill. Call us at 877-544-6706 or come visit us to take a 2017 Sportage for a test drive today. If you plan on purchasing a new or used car, please take advantage of our trade-in policy and our exclusive partnership with Kelley Blue Book KBB.com's Trade-In Marketplace/Buying Center.

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*Disclaimer: The Kia Sportage received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among small SUVs in the J.D. Power 2016 Initial Quality Study, based on 80,157 total responses, evaluating 245 models, and measures the opinions of new 2016 vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership, surveyed in February-May 2016. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com

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