2017 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2017 Volkswagen Touareg

What are the differences between the VW Tiguan and Touareg?

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2017 Volkswagen Touareg

Currently, Volkswagen is offering up just two SUVs for shoppers, and both are on the premium side of the non-luxury market. Rumor has it that this might all change as early as next model year, but for those looking for a new model now, you’re left deciding between the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2017 Volkswagen Touareg. If you’ve done any research at all, you’ll note one of the major differences between these two SUVs is the price tag, with the Touareg coming in at nearly twice the cost. What else do you need to know about the SUVs in the VW lineup?

How much bigger is the Touareg compared to the Tiguan?

When it comes to their segments, the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan slots in as a compact SUV, while the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is considered a midsize luxury SUV.

Dimensions Touareg Tiguan
Wheelbase 113.9” 102.5”
Width 76.4” 71.2”
Length 188.8” 174.5”
Height 68.2” 67.1”
Passenger Volume 103.6 cu ft 95.4 cu ft
Cargo Volume 32.1 cu ft 23.8 cu ft

As you can see, the Touareg is significantly larger in most ways, although not much higher or wider than the Tiguan.

Silver Touareg

Features and Performance of the Tiguan vs Touareg

If size is no issue, though it normally is, the next thing you might consider is whether the Touareg is worth more, when you can almost get a matching pair of Tiguan models for a similar price. This largely depends on the what sort of features you are looking for and what you intend to do with the model.

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg has a 280-horsepower V6 engine that is paired with a silky-smooth eight-speed automatic and the 4Motion AWD system comes standard. When it comes to capability, the model can tow up to 7,716 pounds.

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In comparison, the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan has a 200-horsepower turbo four-cylinder engine that offers up a 2,200 max towing capacity, and comes standard with front-wheel drive, but has a 4Motion upgrade for each trim. Paired with the engine is a standard six-speed automatic.

Tiguan Pacific Blue Metallic

With more power comes more fuel consumption, but the difference is only significant if you happen to be a commuter. The Touareg gets an EPA-estimated 17 city and 23 highway mpg rating, while the Tiguan is rated at 20 city and 24 highway for FWD models.

What about standard features? The Touareg comes in three trim levels, while the Tiguan comes in four trims in either FWD or AWD configurations. The base option for the Touareg is the Sport w/Technology and standard features include the hands-free easy open liftgate, park distance control, Bi-Xenon headlights, 18-inch Arica wheels, touchscreen navigation, adaptive cruise control, a heated multi-function steering wheel, keyless access with push-button start, heated front seats and lane change assistant.

The base trim for the Tiguan is the S and standard features include heated side mirrors, Bluetooth with audio, a rearview camera system, VW App-Connect, a touchscreen sound system, keyless access with push-button start, V-Tex leatherette upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats.

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