2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

The 2018 Volkswagen is better than ever after getting a major redesign, with a more spacious and refined cabin, a stylish new look and many advanced multimedia and driver assistance features. One of the 2018 Tiguan's compact SUV competitors is the Toyota RAV4. See how they stack up in this 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Toyota RAV4 comparison.

On the performance front, the 2018 Tiguan has a clear advantage. Its turbocharged and direct-injection 2.0-liter EA888 four-cylinder engine uses an innovative modification to the conventional four-stroke cycle to offer an improved combination of power, efficiency and responsiveness, delivering an impressive 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2018 RAV4 only manages 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. The 2018 Tiguan also offers the available 4Motion all-wheel drive, which is activated before wheelspin occurs to help eliminate traction losses. The 4Motion system also features Active Control, which allows the driver to select specific vehicle profiles based on driving conditions.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan VS 2018 Toyota RAV4
2.0-liter EA888 turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder Engine 2.5-liter four-cylinder
184/221 Horsepower/Torque 176/172
Available Fender Premium Audio System No
Yes Automatic Post-Collision Braking System No

2018 VW Tiguan vs 2018 Toyota RAV4: Which compact SUV is better?

Another advantage of the 2018 Tiguan is its spacious and versatile interior. In front-wheel-drive Tiguan models, three rows of seating are standard, including a second-row bench that can recline, slide seven inches fore and aft, fold down, and be split 40/20/40. The 50/50 split third-row provides seating for two, and also folds down. When configured with Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive technology, the 2018 Tiguan comes standard with two rows and a third row is optional. Also, in the cargo area, tie-down hooks help keep things in place and a 12-volt outlet is included.

While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it's hard not to be impressed with the stylish new design of the 2018 Tiguan. It utilizes Volkswagen's award-winning MQB architecture, which allows for a wider and lower stance than the previous model. The Tiguan’s expanded dimensions give it one of the longest footprints in the segment, although it still remains nimble enough to excel in urban driving. The combination of this with sharper character lines and the vehicle’s LED lighting give the new Tiguan a striking new look. The exterior design of the Tiguan also emphasizes ruggedness, with a 3-degree departure angle and 7.9 inches of ground clearance, along with standard roof rails.

If you live in Orange County, California and would like to get behind the wheel of the 2018 Tiguan, then feel free to get in touch with us at Capistrano Volkswagen!