2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4

The compact crossover SUV segment of the automotive industry is one of the most contested in several years. Each model produced by a manufacturer has something to offer, making the improvements to the latest version of the Volkswagen Tiguan all the more impressive. To illustrate the stiff competition in this class, Schworer Volkswagen has directly compared the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4. In deference to the RAV4, it remains a strong option in a portion of the industry with many great vehicles. However, the long list of improvements made to the 2018 Tiguan should allow it to match, if not overtake, the current Toyota RAV4.

There is no hiding the fact that the Toyota RAV4 has all but ruled the compact crossover SUV class for years. Volkswagen is keenly aware of this fact and has done everything in its power to improve the 2018 Tiguan to have what it needs to rise to the top of the segment. The VW engineering and design teams working on the new Tiguan increased the overall length of its wheelbase by more than 10 inches, resulting in a 58 percent increase in cargo space. This has resulted in the 2018 Tiguan to offer more cargo volume than the RAV4, which was touted for its versatility in the automotive press. Some 2018 Tiguan models will even have space for a third-row of seats.

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 Tiguan vs. 2018 RAV4: Performance

The second most important change to the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is its improved performance. VW turned to a familiar, reliable and high-performing engine, dubbed the EA888. The new powerplant, previously used for the Volkswagen CC sedan, is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with a peak power output of 184 horsepower and an incredible 221 pound-feet of torque. Turbocharging allows Volkswagen to use smaller engines, saving fuel and avoiding any compromising of performance. By comparison, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 will still use the same engine it has used for several years. The Toyota RAV4's naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine makes about 175 horsepower. 

Towing isn't something compact crossover SUVs are known for. However, the more than 220 pound-feet of torque made by the new engine allows a properly equipped 2018 Tiguan to pull loads up to 1,500 pounds.

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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