Toyota RAV4 vs Volkswagen Tiguan

Zack and Andrea at Motormouth have done a couples’ car comparison of the Toyota RAV4 vs the Volkswagen Tiguan.

“This is a Motormouth couple car comparison of the Toyota RAV4 and VW Tiguan compact SUVs. The Toyota RAV4 comes with three powertrains, a gas model, hybrid and PHEV.

In this comparison, we are focusing on the 2.5L 4-cylinder gas engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. FWD and AWD options are available. The Tiguan has a 2L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission, 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. Standard AWD in Canada and in the US both FWD and AWD are offered.

The RAV4 gets 8.4” of ground clearance compared to the Tiguan at 7.6”. The VW is 4.5” longer but it’s the Toyota that has almost an inch more front legroom. Second row legroom goes to the Tiguan with close to an inch extra and cargo capacity behind the second row is about the same.

The Tiguan offers more overall cargo capacity, 3.6 cubic feet more space. The Tiguan also has the option of a 3rd row, but it is very tight and best for small children. The Tiguan has a higher starting price but it offers more standard features like a heated steering wheel and a digital cockpit with an 8” instrument cluster, optional 10.25” The RAV4 does come standard with a larger 7” touchscreen compared to the Tiguan at 6.5”. Both have an available 8” touchscreen, power liftgate, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, wireless charger, a moonroof for the RAV4 and a panoramic sunroof for the Tiguan. The VW offers wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto and a passenger seat with a height adjustment, the RAV4 does not offer these features.

The Toyota gets better fuel economy at 9.4L/100km, 27 MPG city and 7.1L/100km, 33 MPG highway. The VW gets 10.6L/100km, 22 MPG city and 8L/100 km, 29 MPG highway. The RAV4 has a bit of a utilitarian interior with large knobs and buttons but it is very versatile, well organized and offers plenty of storage. It comes standard with cloth seats, heated front seats, a 4.2” multi information display, a 7” touchscreen, Apple Carplay and Android Auto and a 6 speaker sound system. One up from the base model comes standard with a heated leather wrapped steering wheel. Standard on the top two trims is an 8” touchscreen, a 7” information display, Softex seats and ventilated front seats. On the top Limited trim is where all the extra features are including, an 11 speaker JBL sound system, heated rear seats, a wireless charger and mixed leather and Softex seats. The RAV4 does not come with wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto or the option of leather upholstery.

The Tiguan interior also got a refresh with upgraded materials, new interior colour options with available two-tone leather and a third row for $800 CAD. In the US, the 3rd row is standard on FWD models, optional on AWD. This VW comes with quite a few standard features like a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, cloth upholstery, a Volkswagen digital cockpit with an 8-inch instrument cluster, a 6.5” touchscreen and Apple Carplay and Android Auto. One up from the base model Tigaun, the Comfortline trim in Canada and the SE in the US have the larger 8” touchscreen, a 10.25” instrument cluster, wireless charger, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, 8-way power driver’s seat, leatherette seating surfaces and door inserts.

The Comfort R-Line Black Edition comes standard with front and rear parking sensors and 30 colour ambient lighting. The top Highline R-Line model and SEL R-Line in the US have all the extra features like an 8-speaker Fender audio system, driver seat memory, heated rear outer seats, leather seating surfaces, a power passenger seat and ventilated front seats.

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