November 28, 2021

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Here’s How The 2021 BMW X4 Compares With The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

The SUV market segment is growing at an astounding rate. Every now and again, we see a new fleet in the market and on the roads. SUVs are quickly becoming every car enthusiast’s staple – maybe that would explain why we love to talk about them so much. Sports and luxury car brands such as Lamborghini and BMW have added an amazing fleet of SUVs to the auto industry as well. In this comparison piece, we are looking at two of the latest, most popular, and reasonably priced SUVs in the market right now: the 2021 BMW X4 and the Volkswagen Tiguan.

The BMW X4 is a luxury SUV that almost has it all: a beautiful interior that boasts elegance, awesome handling complemented by a 248 horsepower engine, and a great exterior styling that puts a Honda CR-V to shame. Its minor setbacks are the lack of third-row seats and less interior space. The X4’s features are inspired by its closest cousin, the BMW X3.

Alternatively, the Volkswagen Tiguan SUV has a third row of seats, an above-average cargo capacity, and a plethora of standard technology, connectivity, and smartphone features. From last year’s version, Volkswagen has brought the Tiguan back with the same 184 hp, 8-speed automatic transmission, and other continued features. The 2021 VW Tiguan is the best SUV for families and one of the best-selling SUVs in the US.

The BMW X4 is famous for its stimulating drive, and the Volkswagen Tiguan stands out for its functionality. Both SUVs have a sophisticated design and advanced safety features. But which SUV trumps the other? Let’s take a closer look.

The BMW X4’s Engine Churns Out More Power

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Via: BMW Blog

The BMW X4 xDrive30i is equipped with a standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine which makes 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine produces 184 hp with 221 lb-ft of torque. Also, the hybrid version of the X4 that runs on a 3.0-liter turbo 6-cylinder engine makes 198 more horsepower than the Tiguan.

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The Tiguan’s Standard Third Row Of Seats Gets The Message Across

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The Volkswagen has a third row of seats, which means it can haul up to seven passengers, while the BMW X4 can only carry four. This makes the Tiguan more suitable for family trips. While the X4 doesn’t have a third row of seats, it makes up for it by offering 0.5 inches more legroom for the driver and front passenger, as well as 0.1 and 0.2 inches more in turn for the rear and front shoulder room.

In terms of the cargo capacity, the Tiguan gives you 12 cubic feet of room behind the third row for hauling jobs. This cargo area expands to 33 cubic feet when the third seats are folded and up to 65.7 cubic feet with the second row folded. The BMW X4 offers 23.7 cubic feet behind the second row and a total of 50.5 cubic feet behind the front row, which is still less when compared to the space offered by the BMW X3.

The Tiguan only seems to have a larger space when seats if you have fewer passengers. But if all seats were in use in both SUVs, the X4 would obviously haul more cargo. Plus, the X4 gets other smaller compartments while the Tiguan doesn’t.

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The BMW X4 Offers More Tech And Safety Features

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As far as safety, both crossovers offer a plethora of standard features, including 4-wheel antilock brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, blind-spot warning systems, front side-impact airbags, crash mitigating brakes, frontal airbags for all occupants, plastic fuel tanks, electronic stability systems, traction control, and rearview cameras, and a few others.

The BMW X4 takes on the reliability of its predecessor by offering a standard active dead restraint, pre-crash front seatbelts, driver and front passenger-side knee airbags, and a driver alert monitoring system.

Both cars have a beautiful interior and a standard 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster with a crisp display. The VW Tiguan has a 6.5-inch touch screen, which can only increase by 2 inches if you can add a few extra bucks.

This is accompanied by a 9-speaker audio system, smartphone integration, and multiple phone charging ports for maximum convenience. That is nothing compared to the X4’s 10.3-inch touch screen, 12-speaker stereo, and other counterparts. One thing that you won’t find in the X4, though, is a Wi-Fi hotspot – a feature that is standard in the VW Tiguan.

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Design Cues Of The X4 And Tiguan

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Via: BMW Blog

The BMW X4 has a fresh design that is complemented by its perfectly contoured body and sloping roofline. The BMW X4 maintains its iconic large grille and gets a stylish tail-end.

The Tiguan has a great front end that pays homage to the VW identity. The exterior appearance boats confidence and practicality. Taking everything into account, the 2021 Tiguan is designed more for functionality rather than pleasure. While there aren’t any notable changes from the last version, the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan is expected to get a lot of new styling cues and newer technology.

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Drivetrain And Handling

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Via: BMW Blog

The Volkswagen Tiguan uses an 8-speed automatic transmission to drive the front wheels. The X4 uses the same 8-speed automatic but sends power to all wheels. A four-wheel drive is also offered on the Tiguan as an optional feature.

The BMW X4 comes with a responsive steering wheel, which makes it a lot of fun to drive, thanks to its traction control and larger tires. The Tiguan does offer a great driving performance but has an average acceleration and really doesn’t give much in terms of an engaging drive. On the Car and Driver’s road test, the X4 went from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The Tiguan’s slow acceleration makes it reach a 60 mph mark in 8.3 seconds.

Also, the X4 gets better handling and stability from its impeccable 50.1{ff73e94827869dd2b5714d793ef449233b8f00ed743c91e1b3a181dbbd187443} to 49.9{ff73e94827869dd2b5714d793ef449233b8f00ed743c91e1b3a181dbbd187443} weight distribution, making it more appealing than the Tiguan’s 50.1{ff73e94827869dd2b5714d793ef449233b8f00ed743c91e1b3a181dbbd187443} to 49.9{ff73e94827869dd2b5714d793ef449233b8f00ed743c91e1b3a181dbbd187443} distribution.

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Fuel Economy And Range

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Via: BMW Blog

According to the EPA test cycle, the X4 has better mileage than the Volkswagen Tiguan. With the 4motion system, the Tiguan has a 21 city and a 27 highway rating, while the BMW X4 has a 23 city and 29 highway rating.

Thanks to the 17.2-gallon fuel tank capacity, the BMW X4 has a longer driving range than the Tiguan, which has a 15.9 gallons capacity, requiring more fill-ups.

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Final Thoughts On The 2021 BMW X4 And The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

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The X4 is a clear winner. When it comes to comparing the two, the 2021 BMW X4 offers a lot more appealing tech and safety features, a powerful engine, and a swifter performance than the Tiguan. However, the X4 does have less interior space, can only haul five occupants at a time, and you won’t enjoy a WiFi function, but it is a fair trade.

All things considered, the BMW X4 and the Volkswagen Tiguan are different. The BMW is built for driving thrills, while the Tiguan is made to be functional and practical for everyday use, and both do the best of what they were created to do.


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