2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Vs. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Red 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan driving down a highway and red 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe driving through a city, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo.

If you’re looking for a more economical (a term which applies to fuel-economy, size, and price alike) variant on the typically huge SUV, a compact SUV is the way to go. This vehicle combines the benefits of an SUV while not quite going all the way with a huge price tag or gigantic body. Two premium examples of the modern compact SUV are the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan and 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe.

One notable difference right off the bat between these two vehicles is seating capacity- the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan offers the choice of a third row, which can bring capacity for humans inside up from five to seven. The 2019 Santa Fe is only available in the two-row format, and if you want three, you’re going to have to switch over to the separate 2019 Santa Fe XL, a model which has not been redesigned for this model year and is likely in the process of being killed off.

But back to the matter at hand. Though seating possibilities differ between the two, sizes are similar, so let’s pit the two vehicles head to head. How do the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan and 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe compare?

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan


2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

$24,295 Starting MSRP $25,750
Up to 22 city / 29 highway Fuel Economy Up to 22 city / 29 highway
5 - 7 Seating Capacity 5
1,500 pounds Towing Capacity 500 to 1,138 pounds
12 to 37.6 cubic feet Cargo Room (with seats up) 35.9 cubic feet
65.7 to 73.5 cubic feet Cargo Room (with seat area) 71.3 cubic feet
185” L 72” W x 66” H Dimensions 188” L x 74” W x 66-67” H
123.9 cubic feet Max Passenger Volume 110.7 cubic feet

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Cargo Volume and Towing Capacity of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan boasts a lower starting MSRP, but still manages to outdo the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe in two key SUV categories: towing capacity and cargo room. With the additional capability provided by the 2019 Tiguan, drivers will be able to increase the quality and possibility of their adventures, no matter what they’re using the sizable transport abilities for. Put simply, the 2019 Tiguan is a vehicle that can move a lot of matter, whether human or object, from one place to another.

Compact Design of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

Despite having both higher cargo volume numbers and the ability to transport more people when properly configured, the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is actually smaller than the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. This brilliant engineering allows it to be maneuvered and parked more easily, showcasing the streamlined nature of its excellent design.