Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Rogue VS 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Near Boerne, TX

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2017 Nissan Rogue

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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

Safety Comparison

The Rogue SL offers optional Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Tiguan doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Nissan Rogue 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 Rogue SL’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Rogue (except S) 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.

The Rogue SV/SL’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Rogue SV/SL’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Rogue 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

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





4 Stars

3 Stars




4 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

284 lbs.

444 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

135 lbs.




3 Stars

3 Stars




Chest Compression

.7 inches

.9 inches

Neck Stress

235 lbs.

286 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

393/402 lbs.

804/948 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Rogue is safer than the Tiguan:




Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

3 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation



Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

1.9/.2 kN

14.07/.99 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



Tibia index R/L



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 Rogue is safer than the Volkswagen Tiguan:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars





Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars





Into Pole


4 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

15 inches

15 inches

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

61 G’s

Hip Force

784 lbs.

915 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rogue its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Tiguan was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

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 Rogue’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.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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








33 city/35 hwy

20 city/24 hwy




31 city/34 hwy

20 city/24 hwy


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







2.5 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/33 hwy

20 city/24 hwy



2.5 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/32 hwy

20 city/24 hwy


Regenerative brakes improve the Rogue Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Rogue Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Tiguan doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Rogue uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Tiguan requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Rogue’s 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 Rogue stops shorter than the Tiguan:





60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

156 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Rogue has larger tires than the Tiguan (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R16).

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

The Rogue has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Tiguan doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Rogue can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Tiguan doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue’s wheelbase is 4 inches longer than on the Tiguan (106.5 inches vs. 102.5 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Rogue’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (37.6 feet vs. 39 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tiguan (8.2 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Rogue to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Rogue 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 Rogue amounts to more than styling. The Rogue has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Tiguan (.37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Rogue get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Rogue offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Tiguan can only carry 5.

The Rogue has 31.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Tiguan (126.5 vs. 95.4).

The Rogue has 2.5 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tiguan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Rogue’s cargo area provides more volume than the Tiguan.




Third Seat Removed

32 cubic feet

23.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

70 cubic feet

56.1 cubic feet

The Rogue’s cargo area is larger than the Tiguan’s in every dimension:




Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Min Width



To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Rogue’s cargo door can be opened just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Rogue also (except S) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by waving your foot. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Rogue SV/SL has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Intelligent Key standard on the Rogue SV/SL 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 Rogue 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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Rogue SL detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Tiguan doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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

On extremely cold Winter days, the Rogue’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Rogue SL offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Tiguan doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Rogue’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 Rogue (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 available voice command, the Rogue 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 Rogue is less expensive to operate than the Tiguan because typical repairs cost much less on the Rogue than the Tiguan, including $461 less for a water pump, $25 less for front brake pads, $294 less for a starter, $96 less for fuel injection and $216 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Rogue will be $3707 to $7733 less than for the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Rogue and the Volkswagen Tiguan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Volkswagen Tiguan by over six to one during the 2016 model year.

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