VW Tiguan R vs. Touareg R: two power SUVs in comparison

Can this go well? A luxury tower of the five-meter league suits you SUV the compact class opposite to. Prestige bomber meets everyone’s SUV – something like that. You could also compare the bare numbers: 2510 kilograms unladen weight against 1727 kilograms of mass. Or: 462 PS line up against 320 PS. Is such a sloping How To Cars comparison useful? And fair? Definitely!

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The Touareg R and Tiguan R each offer maximum fun in their respective leagues. And we wanted to know: how fat does it really have to be? We’ll start with the Touareg. According to the package insert, it doesn’t sound sporty at all. Plug-in-Hybrid can be read on it. This usually stands for cars with an ecological approach or types with a fussy company car image. But saving technology in an R model? VW thinks it’s okay. At least the bare numbers suggest a well-trained model.

The drive duo of the Touareg has steam

After all, an electric motor and a supercharged V6 petrol engine work closely together here. VW gives the system performance of the Touareg R as 462 PS at. The two units should have a maximum system torque of 700 Newton meters. This extreme force is not “forever”.

VW Touareg R
Power pack: six-cylinder and electric motor supply the Touareg R with a full 700 Nm of system torque.

The 14.3 kWh battery pack under the trunk floor requires opportunity charging in order to withstand the greatest possible power distribution. According to our measurements, the Touareg still delivers good driving values. He completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds. The car needs 18.6 seconds to reach 200 km/h.

Curves are not necessarily the Touareg

The big things can happen on the Contidrom handling course SUV implement this acceleration or pulling power appropriately. In curves, the mighty VW does not move as much. The heavy car struggles for cornering. It’s good to hear how the tires suffer from the centrifugal forces. It goes around the corners with an astonishingly restrained body roll.
VW Touareg R
Fast heavyweight: The Touareg is kept on course by ESP and completes the handling course with astonishingly little body roll.

Strong from ESP regulated, fast laps become an unspectacular but also safe driving affair. The brakes don’t work quite as perfectly, almost 36 meters from 100 km/h (with a warm system, cold 37.2 meters) can definitely be improved.

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Even after several laps, the effect of the standard perforated discs (on the front axle) does not diminish. As a result, the Touareg flies reasonably quickly around the course. But so much in advance: the Tiguan seems worlds faster on our test track. This is already evident in the sprint of the “small” SUV. We determined 4.8 seconds for the standard sprint exercise to 100 km/h. The Tiguan can also be shooed into corners with more momentum. And tackles the tighter radii with less tendency to understeer.


  • 6.0 l S + 17.1 kWh/100 km*
  • 7.2 l S + 17.1 kWh/100 km*
  • *60% Hybrid/40% E share
  • 630 km + 35 km electric

The Tiguan is almost 800 kilos lighter

In addition, the Tiguan feels a lot lighter than the almost 800 (!) kilograms difference in weight would suggest. The compact SUV conveys the same feeling when braking. In any case, the system has plenty of reserves with the 357 millimeter discs and blue painted two-piston brake calipers. Even when the system has been driven hot, the Tiguan decelerates with the same amount of force. In numbers: the SUV is still 34.2 meters (cold 35.2 meters) from 100 km/h even after the tenth attempt.
VW Tiguan R
Sporty: In the front of the Tiguan R is the two-liter TSI from the Golf R – and it suits the SUV very well.

In the turbo four-cylinder is more sport

In addition, the smaller VW offers subjective advantages: The engine of the Tiguan sounds sportier, it hangs more lively on the gas and can be turned more willingly up to the red area of ​​the rev counter. The 2.0 TSI four-cylinder with turbocharging is also used in the Golf R. This technical relationship is really good for the Tiguan. Ultimately, this means that the much more dynamic heart beats under its hood. In terms of driving experience, the powerful mix of electric motor and V6 in the Touareg cannot keep up.
The transmission of the Tiguan R works quickly and without loss when shifting through, but occasionally has a badly delayed response. If the driver presses the accelerator fully while coasting, it feels like too long a time before the kickdown command actually converts into dramatic forward thrust. The Touareg manages this more confidently thanks to its combination of a powerful drive unit and a faster-acting eight-speed automatic transmission. In the end, however, the Tiguan wins the race. So everything went well for the little brother.

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