Toyota and Volkswagen, as automakers, have different priorities when it comes to building an SVU. The Toyota RAV4 has always been about fun, practicality, and adaptability, while the Volkswagen Tiguan puts people-carrying high on its list with a second wheelbase to accommodate three rows. The Tiguan also looks like the blend of luxury and understated style you can usually expect from a European vehicle, while the RAV4 tries to stick out with its bright two-tone paint options.
Shopping for a compact crossover SUV gets less and less straightforward when you think about what uses the automakers intended for their models. The internal technology and engine specifications back those engineering decisions as well, so a well-educated decision is best in determining which vehicle you would prefer. Refer to this chart below to see some other ways that the two crossovers compare.
2020 Toyota RAV4
2020 Volkswagen Tiguan
|2.5L Inline 4-Cylinder||Engine||2.0L Inline 4-Cylinder Turbocharged|
|26 MPG City/35 MPG Highway||Fuel Economy||22 MPG City/29 MPG Highway|
|8.4 Inches||Ground Clearance||7.9 Inches|
Each of these vehicles has its purpose or purposes for the modern driver. Unfortunately for the Tiguan, there aren’t as many options for things to do with it. The Toyota RAV4 is a great little vehicle for off-roading and it has the comfort and fuel range necessary for making long car rides. Of course, the Tiguan has an optional third row of seats and that’s something the RAV4 can’t compare with, but it doesn’t need to either. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 simply has more advantages most compact crossover buyers are going to want.
How would you decide between these two compact crossover SUVs? Click here to learn more about the RAV4 and Tiguan and get educated today!