As part of a detailed test, you can determine the strengths and weaknesses of two mid-size crossovers.
Volkswagen Tiguan entered the Russian market more than 5 years ago, while the GAC GS8 is, in fact, only an ambitious debutant who will either find his audience or fail in sales, becoming the next Chinese crossover that he couldn’t. Assessing the prospects of the GS8 against the backdrop of Tiguan is not only a big advance for an SUV from the Middle Kingdom, but also the opportunity for a well-deserved “German” to test his own strengths.
For starters, you need to compare both cars “on paper”. In terms of overall dimensions, that Volkswagen Tiguan, that the GAC GS8 belong to the segment of mid-size crossovers, but the Chinese SUV is longer by an impressive 40 cm, and also slightly wider and higher, which already implies a larger supply of free space for passengers. However, because of this, the GAC GS8 has a mass of more than 500 kg, and this will affect the consumption and off-road capabilities.
The trunk volume of the Volkswagen Tiguan is 615 liters, for the GAC GS8 this figure is lower by 20-25 liters, but at the same time, the loading area is higher in the crossover from the Celestial Empire. In terms of fuel consumption, both cars can not be called “voracious”, but the “Tigi” average consumption is 6.8 liters per 100 km against 8.7 liters per “hundred” in the GS8. However, the “Chinese” can be refueled with 92nd gasoline, while the “German” is recommended to “feed” exclusively AI-95.
At a price of up to 2 million rubles, Volkswagen Tiguan will be equipped with a 2-liter 180-horsepower engine with a DSG robotic gearbox and all-wheel drive, which the GAC GS8 lacks in any design. At the same time, the Chinese “novelty” in any configuration gets a 2.0-liter engine producing 190 horsepower, as well as an “honest” automatic transmission, which looks like an advantage over the DSG, because Russian motorists treat it very ambiguously.
The speed characteristics of the GAC GS8 are worse than the Volkswagen Tiguan due to the larger mass, but interestingly, both crossovers accelerate to “hundreds” in less than 10 seconds – 7.7 seconds for “Tigi” and 9.8 for “Chinese” “. As for prices, the basic configuration of the GAC GS8 starts in Russia from 1.8 million rubles, while the Tiguan – from 1.6 million, but if we talk about versions for 2 million, both cars are similar in equipment: there are enough “luxury” ones options, and high-quality finishing materials, and original solutions for ergonomics.
In this comparison, the German “braid” found a Chinese “stone”: if you evaluate the numbers, then the GAC GS8 is more suitable for family people who are primarily interested in a roomy cabin and the ability to carry bulky loads in the trunk, and Volkswagen Tiguan, as before, more focused on youth audiences.