Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan
Richard Blackburn tested on the road and evaluated the Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan with specifications, fuel consumption and judgment.
Mid-size SUV is the long-lasting flavor of the month. A staple of the family takes on promising challenges as cars and wagons fade.
The car is dead, the SUV lives long. In the same week, we said goodbye to Ford Falcon, Holden Commodore – Australia’s favorite car for 15 consecutive years – that was sold by Mazda’s CX-5.
The mid-size SUV is on its way to becoming the most popular vehicle on the mainland and good news for buyers is success to the competition.
The CX-5 has a target on its back. The latest challengers come in the form of Vollkogio Tiguan and Kia Sportage.
One promises a big, other great value drive. With Mazda overdue for an update, this could be a change of guard.
Kia has a strong growth at this time. Sales increased by more than a quarter thanks to the attractive discount for the small car Cerato and the launch of the new Sportage.
It’s easy to see the attraction. Our test car is priced at only $ 33,990 plus on the road and comes with electrically adjustable leather seats, satnav and dual zone air conditioning.
Leather décor not only gives the cabin a richer feel but is also more practical for cleaning up the family’s rampant incidents.
The cabin is said to be the choice of these three, with soft touch surfaces on the dashboard and handrails, a seven-inch color touch screen and modern, high-quality graphics including technical speedo number.
Leather décor not only gives the cabin a richer feel but is also more practical for cleaning up the family’s rampant incidents. The only complaint is that the seat cushion is flat and doesn’t support.
Thoughtful accents include two 12V sockets, a USB port on the front and another port for the rear seats, also with separate vents.
A full size widget is a welcome cover, although it eats into luggage space.
Defeat your opponents here because of value, Sportage lost points in other areas. The engine lacks the grunt of the other two and will have to wrestle with a guild on board. It is also slightly taller in the revving range, although the six-speed auto switches the gear smoothly.
On the road, it is the least assured thing in three corners and on the treacherous urban roads, the ride becomes sharper and busier.
Finally, it lacks the active safety support tools of its competitors here. Blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning are only available on the most expensive Platinum.
However, it earned points back thanks to its industry-leading seven-year warranty.
Mazda will reveal the next generation CX-5 next month. It is worth noting that the current model still tops the pile after four and a half years.
To keep it competitive, Mazda has adjusted the list of latest features and moves to add blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking and standard rear traffic alerts. Our test cars are cheaper than Sportage. It costs 33,490 USD, while metal paint is cheaper than Kia.
Despite being updated, Mazda’s cabin is starting to show its age. The competition pair has a digital reading speed but it works with the same old dial.
There is only one USB port and 12V socket and no rear air conditioner outlet. The back seat is not as spacious as its newer rivals.
It earns back points with standard satnav, electric parking brake and starter button.
It felt like the trio’s best car, sitting straight through bends and taking a dip in mid-corner bends without being confused.
Even with a spare spare under the back floor, the cargo space was down on Sportage.
On the road, Mazda still shines. It felt like the trio’s best car, sitting straight through bends and taking a dip in mid-corner bends without being confused. The steering is accurate and has a good weight and is sturdy but does not collide.
The engine output is similar to the Sportage but its 100kg weight advantage means Mazda feels more uncomfortable.
According to the official statement, it is also about 15% more fuel efficient, thanks to the stop start technology that turns off the engine at the lamp.
Volkswagen has transformed from a niche brand into 10 top contenders in the past decade, thanks to the popularity of the Golf and Polo hatches, but it has struggled to sell SUVs.
The Tiguan is expected to change that and bring the company back to a favorable position after the Dieselgate scandal and reliability issues in recent years.
As with all VW cars, the design of the new model is evolutionary and the cabin layout will be familiar to the person who bought the old model. If it is not broken, though … The Tiguan still feels modern and the inner market. The digital instrument screens are high resolution and the screen is bigger than the competition.
The 1.4-liter turbo engine may be smaller than Mazda and Kia but it exceeds its weight thanks to the more available torque at lower revs.
The seats are comfortable and supportive and have smart cubic spaces on the top of the dash and near the driver’s right knee. The second row is significantly wider than the Mazda and has vents, as well as the power outlet at the back and load area. It has the most cargo space with a comfortable margin, with 615 liters (VDA) compared to 466L of Sportage and Mazda 403L.
Tiguan’s strongest suit is the way it drives. The 1.4-liter turbo engine may be smaller than Mazda and Kia but it exceeds its weight thanks to the more available torque at lower revs. The ultra-smooth change of DSG transmission also helps in performance, although sometimes it’s hesitant in town.
VW feels noticeably more refined. The suspension creates a sense of luxury, not much tire and road noise and the engine doesn’t sound like it’s working hard like others.
It’s not as sporty as the Mazda, leaning more through corners, but it’s predictable, composed and comfortable.
Driving assistance is another strong fit. Automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning are standard and the Tiguan will park automatically.
Unfortunately, two large gremlins appeared on our road test. Air conditioner does not work and stop-start technology refuses to operate.
VW’s test found two cars connected – a hardware error in the aircon controller that turns off the stop.
They say that competition to improve breeds and three is great examples. The CX-5 uses less fuel, better steering and has driver assistance technology not available on Kia, but the Sportage edges in the front with more modern cabins, standard leather and a seven-year warranty.
The Tiguan is a different step from larger cabins, better engines and more sophisticated drives but power problems have claimed the victory in this competition.
It will have the opportunity to redeem in our Car of the Year competition, where it is likely to see Sportage again winning again.