A side-by-side photo of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4

The compact crossover SUV class of the automotive industry is, arguably, the most competitive we're likely to see for quite some time. Just about every manufacturer has a model in the segment and the majority of them are pretty good. Volkswagen isn't interested in being pretty good, that's why they've completely redesigned the popular Tiguan for the new model year. Comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4 shows just how competitive this class has become. As good as the previous Tiguan model has been, the Toyota RAV4 has always been in one of the most enviable positions in the segment. With the new 2018 Tiguan now available at dealerships like Vic Bailey Volkswagen, look for those perceptions to change.

So many changes have been made to the 2018 VW Tiguan, that it would have been understandable if the automaker had chosen to give it a new name altogether. Overall, the wheelbase of the new Tiguan was significantly lengthened, not only giving potential buyers more room, but also allows for a third row of seats to be added on some trims. Furthermore, the added space found in the 2018 Tiguan puts it ahead of what is offered by the 2018 RAV4. Technology is another area where the new Tiguan has a pretty clear lead. The infotainment system available in the new Tiguan is compatible apps for Apple- and Android-based devices. Owners of the 2018 RAV4 have similar system, but it does not make the same capabilities available.

2018 VW Tiguan 2018 Toyota RAV4
Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
184/221 Horsepower/Torque 176/172
Eight-speed automatic Transmission Six-speed automatic
73.5 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Space 73.4 cu.-ft.

2018 Tiguan vs. 2018 RAV4: Performance Specs

Performance is an easy way to separate the wheat from the chaff in the automotive industry. A comparison of the 2018 VW Tiguan and 2018 Toyota RAV4 would be no different. All four available trims of the 2018 Tiguan use the same powertrain, a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This will give drivers 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque to work with. As for the 2018 RAV4, Toyota hasn't changed the powertrain it uses for the new model which is the same naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine they've used for years. The competing crossover SUV still makes 176 horsepower and uses an aging six-speed automatic transmission. Both vehicles offer the choice between front- and all-wheel-drive.

A 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan in Orange standing alone
A 2018 VW Tiguan with the rear two rows of seats folded down to show how much space is available for cargo

A view of the infortainment system available inside of the 2018 VW Tiguan
A photo of the third row of seats available in the 2018 VW Tiguan

A profile view of the 2018 VW Tiguan wearing orange paint

Volkswagen Tiguan Instagram Photos

When it comes time for you to start your search for a new compact crossover SUV that can offer you the versatility and capability you desire, you’ll find that there are many to choose from. If you want the best one at a price you can afford, the Volkswagen Tiguan is the ideal choice. The Volkswagen Tiguan is also a top pick for drivers who want the latest technology features, comfort options and safety equipment the auto industry has to offer. The following six Instagram photos will help give you a better look at what the new Volkswagen Tiguan has to offer you when it comes to style and looks.

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A rear quarter view of an orange 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Features and Options

In your search for a new three-row crossover SUV you’ve probably come across many vehicles. If you are looking for one that can offer you more than just versatility and capability you’ve come to the right place. The new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan offers drivers an incredible list of technology features and comfort options to choose from so it’s the perfect choice for someone who wants it all at an affordable price. Keep reading to learn more about this new crossover SUV.

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