2024 Volkswagen Tiguan vs Kia Telluride

December 20th, 2023 by

Drivers looking to upgrade their current vehicle with a midsize SUV have plenty of options, including the Tiguan and Telluride. Each has advantages, so how do you know which is the best for you and your family? Our Capistrano Volkswagen team invites you to review this guide before you hit the dealership floor. Check out the pricing, features, performance, and more as we compare the 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan 2024 Kia Telluride.

Volkswagen Tiguan vs Kia Telluride

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Pricing

The sticker price is the first thing you’ll notice when weighing up the 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan and 2024 Kia Telluride. The starting MSRP for the Tiguan is $28,505 for the base S trim and $38,505 for the top-of-the-line SEL R-Line. The base trim for the Telluride is the LX, with a starting price of $35,990. Kia’s high-end trim is the SX Prestige X-Pro with an MSRP of $53,185. As you can see, the price of the base trim Telluride is higher than the top trim of the Tiguan, offering significantly more value for your money.

Resale Value

When we compare resale value after five years of depreciation, the Tiguan retains 2.9% more of its value than the Telluride. The Telluride typically loses 47% of its value after five years, while the Tiguan only loses 44.1%. If you want a vehicle that retains its value, the Tiguan is the way to go for a midsize SUV.

Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency can significantly affect your decision when purchasing a new vehicle. Whether you plan to use your new SUV for your daily commute or long family road trips, getting the most out of your gas budget is essential.

The 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan features a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. This engine pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission and powers the front-wheel drive. You can enjoy an EPA-estimated 31 mpg for highway driving, 24 mpg on the city streets, and a combined 27 mpg in the Tiguan. If you opt for the all-wheel-drive version, you lose a little but still get 29 mpg on the highway, 22 in the city, and a combined rating of 25 mpg.

You get a 3.8-liter V-6 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission in the 2024 Kia Telluride. This engine produces 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. With this boost in power, you lose fuel efficiency The Kia Telluride miles per gallon estimates show the base model achieves 26 mpg for highway driving, 20 mpg in the city, and 20 mpg combined. The all-wheel-drive LX gets 24 mpg on the highway, 18 mpg for city driving, and a combined 20 mpg rating. The Tiguan is the clear choice for better fuel economy and will save you more time and money at the pump.

Exterior Features

The 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan offers four trims: the S, SE, SE R-Line Black, and SEL R-Line. Standard features include:

  • Black roof rails.
  • Heated washer nozzles.
  • Rain-sensing wipers.
  • 17-inch wheels.
  • Power-adjustable, foldable side mirrors with heating.

You also get automatic LED headlights, LED taillights, and LED daytime running lights. Higher trims add silver roof rails, a remote power rear liftgate, a power tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof, and 18- or 19-inch wheels.

You can purchase the 2024 Kia Telluride in 10 trims: the LX, S, EX, EX X-Line, SX, SX X-Line, SX X-Pro, SX Prestige, SX Prestige  X-Line, and SX Prestige X-Pro. The base trim has front emergency tow hook attachment points, LED projector beam headlights and positioning lights, and 18-inch wheels. Roof rails, a smart power tailgate with auto close, and upgraded LED lighting are available on higher trims. The Tiguan offers more exterior features for a much lower price than the Telluride.

Interior Design

Slide behind the wheel of the 2024 Tiguan to discover a cabin with everyone’s comfort in mind. The entry-level model features three 12-volt power outlets, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, an illuminated cargo area with tie-downs, keyless entry with push-button start, two front USB-C ports, Bluetooth technology, App-Connect smartphone integration, and a 6.5-inch touch screen. Higher trims offer an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control with second-row vents, ambient lighting, V-Tex leatherette upholstery, a rear USB port, wireless charging, and an 8-inch touch screen.

When you enter the 2024 Telluride, you’ll find an equally pleasing and comfortable interior. Standard features include SynTex seat trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, one front USB-C port, Kia Connect, a 12-volt power outlet, second- and third-row USB ports, Bluetooth, and a 12.3-inch touch screen with navigation. Upgrades include power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, sunroof, leather upholstery, and a premium 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. While the Telluride has more upgrades on the higher trims, a $20,000 jump in price tag comes with it.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Arriving safely at your destination is paramount, and the 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan features many standard and available features to make that happen. Each trim level has an advanced air bag system, anti-theft engine immobilizer, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning and autonomous braking, pedestrian warning, and travel assist with lane and emergency assist. Here are some of the available features:

  • Remote engine start.
  • Front and rear park distance control.
  • Anti-theft alarm system.

The 2024 Kia Telluride also places a high value on safety. The LX has a rollover sensor, a rearview monitor, blind-spot collision warning, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and an advanced air bag system. You also get a driver attention warning, rear occupant alert, safe exit assist, rear park distance warning, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, lane-following assist, smart cruise control, and Highway Driving Assist 1.5. A surround-view monitor, front park distance warning, upgraded blind-spot monitor, and Highway Driving Assist 2.0 enhance your awareness on the road. Each of these SUVs will help keep you and your passengers safer.

Visit Capistrano Volkswagen Today

When you’re ready to see why the Tiguan comes out on top in this comparison, stop by our Capistrano Volkswagen dealership for a test drive. You can find us at 32922 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, California, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. You can also complete our secure online form, call us at 949-493-4511, or explore our Express Car Buying page to start today.

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