The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan got a reboot, adding cargo room and performance to a crossover that had been lapped by the competition for years. But it still doesn’t measure up to the 2018 Kia Sportage, which offers superior performance, design and technology, among other advantages. See how these two small SUVs compare in our side-by-side!
To begin with, you want fine fuel economy in a crossover, and the 2018 Sportage averages a superior 23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway in its base trim, edging the 2018 Tiguan’s 22 mpg city, 27 mpg highway. The 2018 Sportage has an easy victory in the performance category, however, with 240 horsepower maximum to the 2018 Tiguan’s 184 horsepower across its trims. The Sportage also has a price that will save you potentially thousands, with an MSRP that is nearly two thousand dollars less than the 2018 Tiguan’s!
2018 Kia Sportage
2018 VW Tiguan
|$23,500 MSRP||Price||$25,345 MSRP|
|23, 30||MPG (city, highway)||22, 27|
|34.8||Turning Circle (feet)||37.7|
|2,000||Towing Capacity (lbs.)||1,500|
|Yes||Available Apple CarPlay?||No|
|Yes||2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick?||No|
|Yes||2017 model - Cars.com "Best New Compact SUV"?||No|
|Yes||2017 model - KBB.com "Best Buy" - Small SUV?||No|
Crossover vehicles are great for fuel economy and nice power with sedan-like handling, and the 2018 Kia Sportage fills the bill with a 34.8-foot turning circle. Or do they? The 2018 VW Tiguan has a glacial 37.7-foot turning circle, and it also lags behind with a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds, while the 2018 Sportage can handle 33 percent more with its 2,000-pound towing capacity.
The 2018 Sportage also gives you access to Kia UVO eServices, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, available voice-command navigation, and a 7-inch touchscreen in its base trim, while the 2018 Tiguan has a 6.5-inch screen in its base trim. Both have an 8-inch screen in their top trim option, but only the Sportage comes with the Kia-exclusive UVO eServices package, which includes room for 8GB of music, among other benefits.
Superior power, better handling, towing ability, fuel economy and tech – these are all advantages of the 2018 Kia Sportage. We look forward to showing you more of this class-leading crossover at Friendly Kia, 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Brooksville, Trinity, Tarpon Springs and Spring Hill. Please call us at (877) 544-6706 or visit us on the lot so we can set you up with 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.