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16 Jan 2013 | Text by Nicholas Low, Photos by Julian Kho

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Urban Tug of War

The Tiguan aims to steal the limelight with its smaller 1.4-litre engine. Pit against the Mazda CX-5, we find out if there is replacement for displacement.


The charm of SUVs can be hard to negate, especially when you have fallen for the commanding stance, purposeful looks, and bird's eye view from the helm's seat. 

However these off roaders can be physically challenging to drive, proving a tad too cumbersome for city driving. Naturally, automakers found a way around it and started making a slew of cars on stilts in various sizes to suit various needs.

From the way our roads are filled with these compact SUVs (alternatively dubbed CUVs), we knew they have become an integral member of the automotive family - joining the age-old sedan and hatchback bodystyles.

Exterior

Despite targeting a similar group of audience, the CX-5 and Tiguan 1.4 boast very different flavours. Both test cars we have here are fitted with optional kits - consisting of skyroofs, larger alloys, navigation systems and bi-xenon headlamps.

Each will no doubt attract their own base of fans - but the CX-5 feels more charming with its sweeping curves

Tall, stylish and sporty, the Mazda CX-5 embodies the firm's modern design cues (dubbed KODO - Soul of Motion). Blessed with a taller dimension compared to the Tiguan, the CX-5 feels more commanding. And with adorning stylish sweeping lines throughout the metal, it is certainly the more appealing one of the duo.  

Both CUVs come with optional HIDs, but it is the Tiguan's daytime running LED that gives off a more distinctive look

On the other hand, the Tiguan is the more 'grown up' one of the two. Put next to the CX-5, it looks better behaved, prim and proper - like a more mature, experienced member of the family.

Working with the new family signature, the Tiguan puts on an array of squarish raked LEDs, giving off a distinctive hue which is instantly recognisable as a Volkswagen.

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Car Information

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinders in-line 16-valves DOHC SkyActiv

Engine Cap

:

1998cc

Horsepower

:

153 bhp / 6000 rpm

Torque

:

200 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

:

6-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

9.5sec

Top Speed

:

187km/h

Price

: $163,300

Engine Type

:

4-cylinders in-line Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1390cc

Horsepower

:

158 bhp / 5800 rpm

Torque

:

240 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

:

6-speed (A) DSG

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

8.9sec

Top Speed

:

198km/h

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