The crossover segment is taking the market by storm, and it’s easy to see why. CUVs represent the perfect mix between the conveniences of both cars and SUVs. A smaller size means the maneuverability isn’t awkward, but they aren’t so small as to lose out on interior space or cargo room. When comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Toyota RAV4, it’s clear that design options can vary greatly even when models share similar benefits, like standard six-speed automatic transmissions and available all-wheel drive. Beauty is, naturally, in the eye of the beholder, but while the Tiguan offers understated styling and the RAV4 attempts a rugged appearance, actual performance specs suggest VW offers the more capable model. Those who enjoy the appearance of the Toyota and are looking for a stylish alternative to a minivan or family sedan will certainly appreciate the slightly better fuel economy, but for drivers who want more benefits, the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan has a lot to offer.
|2016 Volkswagen Tiguan||vs||2016 Toyota RAV4|
|21 city / 26 highway||Base Fuel Economy||23 city / 30 highway|
|200 horsepower, 207 lb. ft.
2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder
|Engine Specs||176 horsepower, 172 lb. ft
2.5-liter naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder
|2,200 lbs.||Towing||1,500 lbs.|
There are, admittedly, a few reasons why shoppers might opt for the 2016 Toyota RAV4. It has a slightly lower starting price and its fuel economy is a hair better. Neither figure will mean great savings over the lifetime of ownership, but they are still factors that draw the eye. Overall, however, the model doesn’t manage to stand out from the crowd of other options on the market right now. Just like the Tiguan, it does have optional AWD, and it offers a hybrid powertrain that the Tiguan does not. When it comes to spaciousness, the RAV4 is also a comfortable model that offers plenty of cargo space, but beyond these points it doesn’t really impress.
One of the most important things to consider is the performance of a vehicle. It’s the feel of driving that will win you over, and the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan feels more powerful and competent thanks to its 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivers 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. The Toyota RAV4 offers a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine that provides just 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque.
Another important thing to consider is the actual capability of the model. If it really is a minivan replacement, you may never need to test the limits of either model’s towing capacity, but you’ll almost certainly be disappointed by the 1,500-pound rating of the RAV4 compared to the 2,200 pounds of the Tiguan if you do need it. Both models come standard with roof rails for those simply seeking a supportive base for bulky sporting goods.
Still not quite sure which model is right for you? Stop by Compass Volkswagen over in Middletown, NY to take the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan for a test drive and see if it’s the right fit.