2018 VW Tiguan vs 2018 Audi Q3

Orange Volkswagen Tiguan positioned next to white Audi Q3 in comparison image

The more expensive option isn't always the best value. Don't let SUVs like the Audi Q3 fool you; they may have a big price tag, but that doesn't mean that they're worth all of that extra money. As we've outlined in our 2018 VW Tiguan vs 2018 Audi Q3 comparative chart below, a car's value can't be measured by its base price alone.

When customers see that the Tiguan is nearly $10,000 more affordable, the natural reaction is to ask why and what it's sacrificing in exchange for that affordability. The answers are in our chart below, and—as you'll see—the Tiguan certainly isn't lacking. Rather, it offers its customers more than the Audi Q3; and for nearly $10,000 less, too!

2018 VW Tiguan  


2018 Audi Q3 

$24,595  Base MSRP  $32,900 
22/27/24 mpg  Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined)  20/28/23 mpg 
7 Seating Capacity  5
36.5 in.  Rear Legroom  31.1 in. 

Main Differences – 2018 Tiguan vs Audi Q3

As estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency, both cars earn similar fuel economy ratings, but the Tiguan has an overall advantage in this regard. With 24 combined-mpg, the 2018 Tiguan is literally a mile ahead of the Q3. In other words, those who choose the Tiguan will save on the base price tag as well as everywhere they go afterwards. A little extra pocket change never hurts, right?

Next, every model of the 2018 Tiguan comes with standard three-row seating of up to seven people at a time. The Audi Q3, on the other hand, is only able to accommodate up to five passengers. As a result of its additional row seating, the VW Tiguan appeals to many more families than the Audi Q3. Furthermore, the families who choose the Tiguan will also have a much more comfortable driving experience, as it provides its passengers with significantly more interior space, such as rear legroom, shoulder room, etc.

In short—with an extremely more affordable base price, better fuel economy ratings, a larger seating capacity, and more passenger space—as outlined above, the VW Tiguan is simply a much more well-rounded SUV than the Audi Q3, and it appeals to far more families for quite a few reasons. Suffice it to say, the 2018 VW Tiguan vs 2018 Audi Q3 comparison ends with a big win for the Tiguan.