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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Toyota RAV4 Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan


  184 hp

Engine Torque

  221 ft-lbs

2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Toyota RAV4


  176 hp

Engine Torque

  172 ft-lbs

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

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The compact crossover market has become more competitive than ever, with automaker vying for customers eager to get an affordable ride that blends the utility of SUVs with the efficiency of sedans. One of the automakers to do so in the mid-2000s—just as more and more people were buying crossover SUVs—is Volkswagen, which debuted its Tiguan vehicle in 2007. By contrast, the Toyota RAV4, which began production in 1994, is often cited as the vehicle that kicked off the compact crossover segment in the first place. For 2018, the Tiguan is redesigned for its second generation of production, while the RAV4 is in the middle of its fourth—content with introducing an additional trim (Adventure) and increasing maximum towing capacity. While the RAV4 has been a formidable choice for more than two decades, it has steadily lost ground to newer, sprightlier entries like the Tiguan.


One of the strengths of the compact crossover is the presence of small yet efficient workhorses. And entries like the 2018 Toyota RAV4 and the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan are no exception. Powering the RAV4 is a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4), which provides 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. On the Tiguan, it gets better: a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4, which produces 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. That's 8 more horsepower and 49 less lb-ft of torque than what the RAV4 offers. So, if you need to make a pick between the RAV4 and Tiguan regarding acceleration or merging into traffic, your wiser choice would be the latter.


Compact crossover SUVs like the 2018 Toyota RAV4 and the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan are usually designed as two-row vehicles, which means that they can seat up to five people. However, the 2018 model year marks the first time that Volkswagen offers the possibility of getting a third row. With this option, you'd get two captain's seats behind the second row, thus expanding maximum occupancy from five to seven people. A third-row option is not offered on the Toyota RAV4.


Hooked up to the engine of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is a 6-speed automatic transmission for ultimate convenience of gear shifting. The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan also has its engine hitched to an automatic gearbox—albeit with two additional gears. With an 8-speed automatic transmission, the Tiguan has less space between gears, thus reducing shift shock and making driving smoother than if it was a six-speed. In fact, smooth ride quality is often cited as one of the 2018 Tiguan's major strengths. Also, the energy spent shifting from gear to gear is reduced with the lessened space, thus contributing to better gas mileage.

Can't wait to get started on the 2018 Volkswagen as your ideal compact SUV choice, rather than the Toyota RAV4? You can pay us a visit at Elkins, West Virginia. With several units to choose from and our commitment to providing excellent customer service, we are the ideal Volkswagen dealership in the region to come to for your next purchase and pick the Tiguan that meets your specifications or has your preferred features. Schedule an appointment with one of our specialists today—and get ready for your next automotive adventure.

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