Mazda CX-5 vs Volkswagen Tiguan

Compare the Mazda CX-5 against the Volkswagen Tiguan and Find Out Why the Mazda CX-5 Wins

When looking for a new SUV, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 and its high-performance turbo engine and luxurious interior make it a top option for anyone. In addition, if you are asking for immaculate handling and a particularly high-tech interior in a compact crossover, you will be very likely facing a decision between the 2020 Mazda CX-5 and the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan. See below, the side-by-side comparison on how these two options weigh out and decide on the SUV that’s best for you and your driving needs.

2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan


First of all, finding class and performance in an SUV without paying the price tag of a luxury model can be a difficult task. As a midsize crossover, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 however, doesn’t ask you to compromise, it is primed to offer both in one package.

The Mazda CX-5’s strong engine allows for an enjoyable and sporty drive while its upscale and high-tech interior offers drivers and passengers a superior experience. The 2020 Mazda CX-5 provides a choice of two engines. On the Mazda CX-5 Sport, Touring and Grand Touring models, the 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G engine features cylinder deactivation, which contributes to an impressive fuel economy of up to 25 mpg city, 31 mpg highway. In comparison, the Tiguan model offers only one engine option. The VW Tiguan’s base engine offers more torque, but the base engine inside the 2020 Mazda CX-5 offers better fuel economy and slightly more horsepower. When opting for the SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L Turbo engine option, the Mazda CX-5 performance, with up to 250 horsepower and 320 ft-lbs. worth of torque, not only easily outmatches the 2020 VW Tiguan, but the CX-5 performance is hard to beat in the midsize crossover class in general. 

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 impresses further with its elegant and sophisticated high-tech interior. It features an available Bose® 10-Speaker Audio System which enhances your music or podcast experience and with an available 8-inch full-color touchscreen display, you can easily find information and entertainment. Other tech features enhancing the CX-5 experience include:

  • Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone and Audio Capability
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ Capabilities
  • Active Driving Display
  • Available Genuine Layered Wood Trim
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control with Pollen Filter
  • Caturra Brown Nappa Leather seating
  • Ventilated Front Seats
  • Heated Front and Rear Seats

Mazda CX-5 vs Volkswagen Tiguan: Safety

Safety is a crucial argument for choosing your new family SUV. The 2020 Mazda CX-5 comes packed with safety and security features. Best of all, most of them are standard for every trim level. Both the Mazda CX-5 and the Volkswagen Tiguan come standard with an impressive range of life-saving systems even at the base level. Both models have forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. But only the Mazda CX-5 keeps it going with radar cruise control, lane departure alert, lane-keep assist and automatic high beams.

When looking for standard advanced safety, here’s what the Mazda CX-5 has to offer:

  • Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring – alerts you when a vehicle enters your blind zone.
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert – notifies you of vehicles approaching from the side as you’re backing out of a parking space.
  • Smart City Brake Support – operates between 2 and 18 mph, and warns you when you’re approaching a vehicle too quickly.

Mazda CX-5 vs Subaru Forester: Verdict

Even when compared to an upscale brand such as Volkswagen and its 2020 VW Tiguan, the Mazda CX-5 makes a convincing case for itself.

Experience The New Mazda CX-5 Today at Palm Springs Mazda

If  the Mazda CX-5 is the family SUV of your choice, browse our vast Mazda CX-5 inventory to see what’s available at our dealership in Cathedral City, CA. Don’t forget to check out our monthly Mazda CX-5 lease and finance offers. The best way to experience what the Mazda CX-5 has to offer is by taking your favorite Mazda CX-5 trim for a test drive. To schedule a test drive or learn more, call (760) 328-2102 or contact us.


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