2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4

Even though the completely redesigned version of the Volkswagen Tiguan has only recently arrived in the Team Gunther VW showroom and it has already caused quite a stir among visitors to the dealership. For the new model year, Volkswagen has reimagined the compact crossover SUV from the ground up using its award-winning global architecture platform. With just about more of everything to offer, the vehicle is more than ready to take on the most popular models in its class. To show how the extensive changes made to the new VW crossover SUV have vastly improved its capability, our sales team has put together a direct comparison of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4..

Using almost any of the common vehicle comparison metrics, the 2018 VW Tiguan out performs, has more cargo space and higher potential seating capacity than the 2018 Toyota RAV4. Sharply observant Team Gunther Volkswagen customers have noticed that the new Tiguan is larger than the previous generation. The automaker's engineering team has extended the wheelbase of the 2018 Tiguan by more than 10.5 inches. This change has had two very special effects. First, the maximum available cargo space has been expanded by 58 percent to 73.5 cubic-feet. Second, some models come with a third row of seating. The 2018 RAV4 won't keep pace with these improvements when it arrives to dealers.

2018 VW Tiguan 2018 Toyota RAV4
Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-cyl. Engine 2.5-liter, Four-Cylinder
184/221 Horsepower/Torque 176/172
1,500 lbs. Towing N/A
73.5 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Capacity 73.3 cu.-ft.

2018 VW Tiguan vs. 2018 RAV4: Overall Performance

Many, if not most, of the new VW vehicles available at Team Gunther Volkswagen offer smallefficient, but powerful, turbocharged engines. The manufacturer has decided to go in this direction because using a turbocharger on a low-displacement engine strikes a very attractive balance between performance and fuel economy. Each of the available trim grades for the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan use the same turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine making 184 horsepower (at 4,400 rpm) and 221 pound-feet of torque (at 4,300 rpm). As for the 2018 RAV4, Toyota has chosen to stick with the same naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine it has used for years. 

The performance advantage held by the 2018 Volkswagen over the 2018 Toyota RAV4 also extends to the towing capability of the two vehicles. When properly equipped, the new Tiguan can pull up to 1,500 pounds. Information about how much the new RAV4 will be able to tow is not available yet.

The 2018 Tiguan is larger and more powerful than the previous generation
2018 Tiguan is 10 inches longer than the 2017 model

Almost all of the latest VW tech is available with the 2018 VW Tiguan
The 2018 Tiguan has more cargo space than the 2018 RAV4

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