Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Juke VS 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Near New Braunfels, TX

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2017 Nissan Juke

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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

Safety Comparison

The Juke has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Nissan Juke has standard full range traction control. The Tiguan’s traction control is for low speeds only. Low traction conditions at higher speeds are more dangerous, making the need for full range traction control important.

The Juke (except S/NISMO) offers an optional Around View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Tiguan only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Juke and the Tiguan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and daytime running lights.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Juke is safer than the Volkswagen Tiguan:







3 Stars

3 Stars




Chest Compression

.7 inches

.9 inches

Neck Stress

243 lbs.

286 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

554/739 lbs.

804/948 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Juke is safer than the Volkswagen Tiguan:





Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars





Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars




Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

61 G’s

Hip Force

790 lbs.

915 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Juke is 1.5% to 3.4% less likely to roll over than the Tiguan.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 64 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Juke’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Juke NISMO RS AWD’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (211 vs. 200) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Juke NISMO RS’ standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 more horsepower (215 vs. 200) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 207) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Juke (base engine) is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan (automatics tested):




Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.9 MPH

85.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Juke gets better fuel mileage than the Tiguan:







1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (188 HP)/6-spd. Manual

27 city/33 hwy




1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (215 HP)/6-spd. Manual

26 city/31 hwy




1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (188 HP)/CVT

28 city/32 hwy

20 city/24 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto


1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (188 HP)/CVT

26 city/30 hwy

20 city/24 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto


1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (211 HP)/CVT

25 city/29 hwy



Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Juke NISMO RS’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Tiguan:




Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

11.1 inches

The Juke NISMO RS’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Tiguan are solid, not vented.

The Juke stops shorter than the Tiguan:





70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

146 feet

156 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Juke’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Tiguan S’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Juke has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Tiguan S.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Juke has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Tiguan’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Juke SV AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Tiguan Sport pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Juke SL AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Tiguan SEL 4Motion® (27.1 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Juke’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (36.4 feet vs. 39 feet). The Juke NISMO’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (36.7 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Juke may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 500 pounds less than the Volkswagen Tiguan.

The Juke is 1 foot shorter than the Tiguan, making the Juke easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Juke has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount. A computer controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Tiguan uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The design of the Nissan Juke amounts to more than styling. The Juke has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the Tiguan (.37). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Juke get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Juke SV AWD is quieter than the Tiguan Sport (41 vs. 44 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Juke has .5 inches more front headroom and 2 inches more front legroom than the Tiguan.

The front step up height for the Juke is 1.7 inches lower than the Tiguan (16.7” vs. 18.4”). The Juke’s rear step up height is 1.4 inches lower than the Tiguan’s (17.1” vs. 18.5”).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Intelligent Key standard on the Juke allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Volkswagen Tiguan’s Keyless Access doesn’t unlock the cargo door.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Juke has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Tiguan only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Juke has standard extendable sun visors. The Tiguan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Juke’s standard steering wheel mounted cruise control is close at hand. The Tiguan’s standard cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

The Juke (except S)’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Tiguan’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With optional voice command, the Juke offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Juke is less expensive to operate than the Tiguan because it costs $108 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Juke than the Tiguan, including $488 less for a water pump, $69 less for an alternator, $29 less for front brake pads, $155 less for a starter, $116 less for fuel injection, $127 less for front struts and $322 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Juke will be $6453 to $6576 less than for the Volkswagen Tiguan.

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