2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Toyota RAV4
Your needs are simple, and you don’t think they are too much to ask for. You’re looking for a roomy vehicle that will comfortably seat your family, it must have enough cargo space to easily pack camping gear, sports equipment or bulk purchases, and you’d like for it to maneuver as easily through city traffic as it does on the highway. These requests are pretty basic, and the introduction of crossovers into the automotive world has made it clear that you’re not the only one looking for a mix of all the best qualities a vehicle can offer. Two popular models within the crossover segment are fairly different in appearance, but when comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Toyota RAV4, these models prove to be similar in key ways. Both vehicles are relatively similar when it comes to pricing and fuel economy, they both come standard as front-wheel drive but each trim level is available with AWD, and a six-speed automatic is the standard drivetrain.
|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.|
How are the 2016 VW Tiguan and Toyota RAV4 different?
It may seem like all the key elements of these two vehicles are the same, but this is before even touching on the engine options. This is where things get a bit tricky. Toyota does have a solid reputation and its design leans a bit more toward car than SUV, while Volkswagen takes the opposite approach. When it comes to brand favoritism and design features, opinions really will vary from person to person. What can’t be argued is the fact that the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan offers a more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Numbers don’t lie, and it will easily outpace and outperform the Toyota RAV4 and its 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine that puts out just 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque.
One reason to drive a CUV is that these models offer some of the performance features of an SUV, but to a lesser degree thanks to their smaller sizes. Towing is a convenience that is nice to have whether you only need it for emergencies, or you have a small boat you’d like to take to the lake with ease. The Tiguan excels over the RAV4 with its ability to tow up to 2,200 pounds compared to just 1,500 pounds.
The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan comes in a total of four trim levels, each of which can be upgraded with the 4Motion all-wheel drive system. Base features include Bluetooth with audio streaming, heated side mirrors, a rearview camera system, keyless access with push-button start, V-Tex leatherette seating and heated front seats. To learn more about this model and see if it’s the right one for you, stop by Napleton Volkswagen Springfield to take it for a test drive.