Volkswagen Tiguan  vs Ford Escape 

Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line

  • $37k
  • 2.0L
  • 21 city 26 hwy
As a lifestyle proposition, though, the Tiguan R-Line is a good one; it's slightly smaller and less frugal, but it's good looking, more powerful, nicer inside and a lot more fun to drive than most of its rivals.
by AutoBlog (Oct, 2013)

Ford Escape SE

  • $26k
  • 1.6L
  • 23 city 32 hwy
Get-noticed styling, great fuel economy and a powerful technology package are three good reasons you might find the Ford Escape is just what you want in a small crossover.
by KBB (May, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of R-Line vs SE


Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

Ford Escape SE 

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Tiguan vs Escape

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Tiguan R-Line
Escape SE

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Tiguan R-Line
Escape SE

Differences What are the advantages of each

Car-autoblog-first view of Volkswagen Tiguan

Reasons to consider the
Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line

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Less energy used per car made 1,790 kWh/vehicle vs 2,449 kWh/vehicle 25% less per car made; less dirty energy used in the manufacturing process benefits everyone
Front view of Ford Escape

Reasons to consider the
Ford Escape SE

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Significantly higher ranked by the EPA for greenhouse emissions 7 vs 5 Measures tailpipe emissions only. 6 and higher is good; 9 and 10 are great.
Reduced total carbon footprint 52 tons vs 63 tons More than 15% less pollution, assuming 150,000 miles over the life of the car
Saves on fuel $2,067 vs $2,368 Around 15% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Significantly less landfill usage 9 kg vs 209 kg 23.2x less waste sent to landfill during manufacture
Cheaper annual cost $7,177 vs $9,744 More than 25% less expensive per year
Lower MSRP $26k vs $37k Around 30% cheaper sticker price
Smaller annual carbon footprint 343 g vs 417 g Around 20% better combined CO2/mile
Higher EPA highway mileage 32 MPG vs 26 MPG Around 25% better on the interstate
Better highway driving range 483 miles vs 436 miles More than 10% further range on the interstate

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$36,880 16.1¢/mile Volkswagen Tiguan
Ford Escape $25,550 14.1¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Ford Escape is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Volkswagen Tiguan Ford Escape
Price $7,376 ($36,880) $5,110 ($25,550)
Fuel $2,414 (3,262 gallons) $2,108 (2,848 gallons)
City 21 MPG 23 MPG
Highway 26 MPG 32 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Tiguan  vs Escape 

Of Ford's five-seat SUVs, the Escape is the smaller one; the five-seat Ford Edge is midsize.
Escape SE

The base 2014 Ford Escape S features a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/Aux sound system, air conditioning, audio and cruise controls on the steering wheel, the parent-friendly MyKey system, and a full complement of airbags and electronic safety features.
Escape SE


7.7 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Tiguan  vs
Brand Volkswagen Ford
Model year 2014 2014
City range 352 miles 347 miles
Highway range 436 miles 483 miles
MSRP $37k $26k
Annual cost $9,744 $7,177

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 4.55 m³ 4.3 m³
CO2 per car made 0.89 metric ton 0.9 metric ton
Energy per car made 1,790 kWh/vehicle 2,449 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 209 kg 9 kg

power & handling

Max torque 207 ft-lb @ 1,700 RPM 184 ft-lb @ 2,500 RPM
Max HP 200 HP @ 5,100 RPM 173 HP @ 5,700 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 17.02 lb/hp 20.24 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 39 feet 38.8 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 9 6
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Standard Standard
Entertainment system N/A N/A


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C N/A N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A Optional, $1,495
Navigation system N/A Optional, $795
Roof rails Optional, $625 N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard


Tiguan  vs
EPA smog score 6 6
EPA GHG score 5 7
Combined CO2/mile 417 g 343 g
Stops the engine instead of idling No No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 63 tons 52 tons

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.0L 1.6L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders I4 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 2WD 6-speed Automatic 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link Trailing arm
Front brakes 12.28 in Ventilated Disc Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.3 in Disc Disc
Front wheel width 255 235
Front wheel diameter 19 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 40 55

safety features

Active head restraints No No
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 71.2 in 72.4 in
Front track width 61.8 in 61.5 in
Height 65.6 in 66.3 in
Ground clearance 6.9 in 7.9 in
Length 174.5 in 178.1 in
Wheelbase 102.5 in 105.9 in
Curb weight 3,404 lb 3,502 lb
GVWR 4,784 4,520
Tow weight 2,200 2,000
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 51 ft³ 56 ft³
Rear seat room 44 ft³ 46 ft³
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