We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. You refine the data you’re happy for us to track. By using our site, you agree to our Privacy Policy

Your Privacy

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalised web experience.
Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to allow some types of cookies. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings. However, blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

(Req)
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They do not store any personally identifiable information. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work.

The site needs these cookies

Analytical/Performance Cookies

These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.  All information collect is anonymous unless you provide personal information to us.
If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

Functionality Cookies

These are used to recognise you when you come back to our website so that we can personalise our content for you.

Lexus NX vs Volkswagen Tiguan

Probably the most challenging sector at the moment is the mid-sized crossover, with examples from over 20 brands.

One of the biggest names in the sector is the Volkswagen Tiguan, bringing premium build quality and a desireable badge to the fight. It's a car that the Lexus NX needs to better to make an impact.

At first sight, the NX more than betters the Tiguan. The Lexus - barely changed from the LF-NX Concept car - leaves an instant impression, with bold and recognisable styling. Incorporating the Lexus spindle grille at the front, the NX is styled around the same mix of straight lines and aggressively-angled curves and is virtually unmistakable. It's difficult for most cars to match, so even if the Tiguan wasn't very conservatively-styled - and it is - there'd be no contest.

The first impressions continue to the interior. While the Tiguan's interior is, as is typical, well-built, nicely laid-out and made from good quality materials, it isn't hugely inspiring. The interior of the NX is much more visually impressive, but retains good build quality and high grade materials. The cars are pretty much level-pegging for interior room, with the NX eking out 5 litres more load space with the seats up and 10 litres more with them down.

Power options are significantly different too. The Tiguan has an exclusively diesel line-up, with all cars using the 2.0 TDI with between 108hp and 182hp. There's no diesel in the NX range, with either a 2-litre petrol or a petrol-electric hybrid model. This helps the Lexus to a better fuel economy rating - 54.3mpg  for the NX300h to 53.3mpg for the Tiguan - and better performance too, with the NX200t hitting 60mph in just 7 seconds.

While both cars have the majority of models with four-wheel drive, it's the NX - based on Toyota's RAV4 - that will steal the march if you need to go further from paved roads. Both will do a job in wintry conditions though. In terms of usual use, the Lexus is more hushed at motorway speeds - though the Tiguan isn't far behind - and the cars are well-matched should your thoughts turn to more sporty driving, thanks to the NX's better urgency between the curves.

When it comes to safety, neither car is lacking, though the NX was tested in 2014 under new and more stringent criteria than the Tiguan's 2009 test. Both rate 5 stars from Euro NCAP and have a high level of standard safety equipment.

Ultimately the Volkswagen Tiguan is a very good car that attracts a lot of praise largely through not really doing anything in particular wrong. The Lexus NX moves the game on a step, improving in every department with an extra visual flair missing from the VW.