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Hyundai ix35, Mazda CX-5, VW Tiguan in the test: new heir to the throne?

Arturo Rivas
Hyundai ix35, Mazda CX-5 and VW Tiguan in the test
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N next attempt, new luck: The VW Tiguan must finally be crackable. Whether before or after its recent facelift, the Volkswagen is at the top. Regardless of whether in comparison tests or in the registration statistics - the compact SUV leads the booming segment. The rest of the scrambling competition follows like lemmings behind them.

Now a newcomer with a blunt nose and a personable look decides the drive chapter for himself at the first meeting. What a success for the Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactive D AWD, whose 2.2 liter diesel only the Hyundai ix35 2.0 CRDi 4WD can, to some extent, compete. The spontaneous and balanced direct injection of the Mazda CX-5 rushes ahead, not only growls pleasantly cautious, but also harmonizes perfectly with the perfect start-stop system. When it comes to fuel consumption, the Japanese holds back: Both on the consumption lap (5.2 L /100km) and the test average (7.4 liters), the Mazda is the most economical.

Hyundai ix35 crude and blaring

The Hyundai sniffs just one more nose water ix35 2.0 CRDi 4WD in its crude and blaring four-cylinder, which is also noticeable with a tough response and pronounced unwillingness to turn. A practical remedy could be to reach for the gearshift lever more often, but its operation is more similar to stirring with a large plastic spoon in tough yeast dough.

How it can go through a six-speed gearbox precisely, crisply and over short distances the Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactive D AWD. The gearshift of the VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI BMT 4Motion does not offer such a joystick character, but the gear knob is looser and easier to flick through the precisely defined alleys. However, the fine transmission cannot do much to change the sad mood that the 140 hp diesel creates in the VW. Objectively, the performance is okay, subjectively, the two-liter Blue Motion Technology looks limp and unmotivated. It cannot be due to the rigorous skimp on fuel, as the VW still approves a little more than Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai ix35.

But the running culture in Lower Saxony has its own Origin. For a diesel, the engine of the VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI purrs like a tame kitten, it doesn't even know vibrations from hearsay. The industry leader is a quiet step with a very gentle step. Nowhere else do short bumps or long waves sand up more fluffy than in its shock absorbers. Now one might suspect a technical advantage due to the adaptive chassis of the test car - it should, but the 1,070 euros extra charge is reflected in the cost section. They are always a good investment, even if the sporting position in a vehicle of this category is simply nonsense.

VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI without superimposed actionism

Speaking of sporty: the VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI fulfills Agility requests factually correct, without superimposed actionism. Steering commands result in a change of direction in a sufficiently direct manner, and as long as the steering responds evenly, it also reports back to the driver. This guy responds to extreme areas calmly, correctly and manageably.

In the Hyundai ix35 2.0 CRDi you don't really want to get that far. Apparently the dough in the gearbox has spread further into the imprecise and synthetic steering. The spongy chassis in conjunction with balloon-like tires give the Hyundai ix35 a dynamic that is not unlike that of a steamer that sways in rough seas. So it's understandable that the soft seats in the Hyundai don't offer great lateral support. But it's a shame that they still lack long-distance comfort in view of the soft padding. You sit very high. And somehow in the Hyundai ix35 you get the latent feeling of sitting more on the car than in the car.

The position in the Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactive D AWD integrates the driver into the system very well. Tighter seats with significantly more pronounced side bolsters grip and support with the right dose. Well, the VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI adds a bit more in terms of comfort and seating area - with the sports seats that are standard in the Sport & Style package, mind you. In general, the inner values ​​of the VW Tiguan are very difficult to understand. The feeling of space, all-round visibility, operation - apart from the not quite optimal navigation system - as well as the quality impression are simply exemplary. Luggage space and maximum possible load also fit into the picture, the high loading sill and the large step in the trunk floor when the rear seat is folded down less.

Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactive D is just missing a touch

Although the Mazda CX-5 has excellent systems, it has to admit defeat in the body chapter. Not much is missing, at most a little more material quality, a little more airiness on the back seat. As far as the trunk volume is concerned, the Japanese stands outHyundai ix35 and the VW Tiguan. And not only that: Its rear seat can be folded down into three parts, also from the trunk, by a loose pull on practically positioned handles. The Japanese developers seem to have underestimated the size of a normal Central European, which would at least explain the insufficient opening angle of the tailgate.

The great operation of the Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactive D AWD, however, works by itself Turn-push control, you can easily navigate through the simple hi-fi, but tricky navigation menu. In the plausible Hyundai navigation system, the route and destination are always easier to find. The plastics used have one or the other unsightly burr. On the other hand, the more spacious shelves, with which the Mazda is a little stingy, are practical.

On the subject of money: As a Style variant with useful equipment features, the Hyundai ix35 2.0 CRDi 4WD Style is clearly the cheapest, the VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI BMT 4Motion Sport & Style over 3,000 euros more expensive. The Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactive D AWD Center Line leaves only a few options open and still remains below the 30,000 euro hurdle. Thus, the high-quality Mazda can leave the VW behind in terms of costs.

Rear section with a life of its own

In the overall standings, however, a slight six points are missing to knock the VW Tiguan from the throne. The Mazda CX-5 leaves seven points in terms of driving safety - because when the load changes in the limit range, the crisp rear end suddenly feels the urge to have a life of its own. The Mazda buckles at the front and lifts out at the rear. The ESP has made a great effort to prevent worse. The chassis would have been expected to have more reserves given the dry set-up. Especially on short bumps it responds relatively awkwardly and lacks comfort. It gives the Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactive D AWD a light-footed agility that is more reminiscent of the talents of a sporty compact than of an all-terrain SUV.

Nevertheless, the Mazda CX-5 also knows Moving SUV paths. As is the case with the VW Tiguan and Hyundai ix35, the all-wheel drive variant primarily pulls its way as a front-wheel drive, a multi-disc clutch regulates the flow of power to the rear as required. The trio of off-road talents is unanimous in the way the drive trains work and the provision of hill descent assistants.

Only the Hyundai ix35 2.0 CRDi 4WD still has the function of manually closing the multi-plate clutch at the push of a button. Which the VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI BMT 4Motion is no longer of interest. It doesn't drive secretly, but convincingly, quietly and quietly, to the next class win


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