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