Boasting impressive performance, precision engineering, premium craftsmanship and an abundance of upscale features, the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is an exceptional choice for the midsize SUV segment. Another popular midsize SUV is the Toyota RAV4. Let's see how they measure up in this 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2017 Toyota RAV4 comparison.
The Tiguan and RAV4 are similarly priced, but the Tiguan separates from the two with its wide array of premium features. Even with the base model, you'll get 16-inch alloy wheels, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated mirrors, heated front seats, automatic headlights and wipers, keyless ignition and entry, rearview camera, leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, 6.3-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, HD radio, satellite radio and Volkswagen's innovative MIB II infotainment system and Car-Net connected vehicle services.
|2017 Volkswagen Tiguan||VS||2017 Toyota RAV4|
|2.4-liter 4-cylinder||Engine||2.5-liter 4-cylinder|
|2,200 lbs.||Max. Towing Capacity||1,500 lbs.|
The 2017 Tiguan has the advantage on the performance front as well. It comes with Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This technically-sophisticated powerplant features double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, direct fuel injection and variable intake timing. Turbocharged and intercooled, the compact four-cylinder engine produces an impressive 200 horsepower. In comparison, the 2017 RAV4 only manages 176 horsepower. To help provide added traction for 2017 Tiguan models, the Volkswagen 4Motion all-wheel-drive system is offered on all trims. Also, the Tiguan has the advantage for towing as well, with a maximum towing capacity of 2,200 lbs., compared to only 1,500 lbs. for the RAV4.
Making the 2017 Tiguan even more appealing is its versatile interior. The rear seat has a 40/20/40 split to fit an owner’s load-carrying needs. Fold down the wide center section and it can accommodate skis, fishing gear or rugs, while still having space for passengers on either side. For the ultimate in cargo space, the available folding front passenger seatback can fold forward and flat to accommodate loads up to 98 inches long. The high-lifting rear door can be opened wide to accommodate large objects. In the cargo area, there are tie-down hooks to help keep stuff in place and a 12-volt outlet to power coolers or air pumps. If you live in Orange County or elsewhere Southern California and you're interested in finding out more information about 2017 Tiguan, then don't hesitate to contact us at Capistrano Volkswagen!