The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is a small SUV with fresh styling, a quiet and attractive cabin and user-friendly technology features. The folks at the San Joaquin car dealerships tell us that customers enjoy the sporty exterior styling and larger wheels that come with the Tiguan SE R-Line Black model.
The 2020 Toyota RAV4 is a competing compact crossover. Some buyers who are considering buying or leasing the VW Tiguan may also be looking at the RAV4. We’ll compare both models to determine which one comes out on top.
Cars represent a sizable investment, so most buyers must consider a vehicle’s price before deciding whether it’s the right model. Buyers who select the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan won’t have to reach as deeply into their wallets as those who choose the 2020 Toyota RAV4. The Tiguan’s Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts at $24,945. Compare this with the RAV4, which has a starting MSRP of $25,950. RAV4 buyers will have to spend about $1,000 more for their ride. We should note that the MSRP isn’t the selling price you’ll find when you visit car dealers in the San Joaquin Valley. We use this figure to compare the relative costs of the two vehicles.
Most buyers will want an engine that provides the most power. The Volkswagen Tiguan’s powerplant bests the engine under the hood of the Toyota RAV4. The Tiguan is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. The RAV4’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder block develops 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. While the RAV4’s four-cylinder engine produces slightly more horsepower, torque is the more important number because it measures the power the engine sends to the wheels. Additionally, the RAV4’s engine isn’t turbocharged.
Buyers who need to carry seven passengers can take advantage of the VW Tiguan’s optional third-row seat. The RAV4 only seats five passengers.
Utility is important to SUV buyers. Many auto shoppers choose these larger vehicles because they can carry more cargo than sedans and hatchbacks. If you’re looking for more room for cargo, you’ll select the Tiguan, which has 73.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The RAV4 only provides 69.8 cubic feet.
Technology features are important to today’s consumers. The 2020 Tiguan features a state-of-the-art infotainment system with a fast response time and clean graphics. In contrast, the RAV4 uses Toyota’s Entune system, which is slow and difficult to use.
Drivers love the 2020 VW Tiguan’s available digital cockpit. This high-resolution display simulates an analog speedometer and tachometer, as well as providing data for the audio system and the navigation system’s map. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 doesn’t have a digital cockpit.
A long warranty demonstrates that an automaker is willing to stand behind its vehicle lineup. Tiguan owners will enjoy a longer bumper-to-bumper warranty than RAV4 drivers. The VW Tiguan comes with a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, while the Toyota RAV4’s basic warranty is only good for 3-years/36,000-miles.
In the End
The 2020 Toyota RAV4 is a nice vehicle, but when you compare it with the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan, it falls short in several important categories. The Tiguan has a lower starting MSRP, an engine that delivers more torque, a higher seating capacity, more cargo space, exclusive technology features, and a longer basic warranty. Game, set and match.