2019 Toyota Rav4 vs. 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Toyota Rav4 has standard full range traction control. The Tiguan’s traction control is for low speeds only. Low traction conditions at higher speeds are more dangerous, making the need for full range traction control important.

Both the Rav4 and the Tiguan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Rav4 comes with free roadside assistance for 2 years 25000 miles. Toyota will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Tiguan.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Volkswagen doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Tiguan.

There are over 89 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rav4’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 24th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Volkswagen is ranked 16th.

Engine

The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 19 more horsepower (203 vs. 184) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Rav4 is faster than the Volkswagen Tiguan:

 

Rav4

Tiguan

Zero to 60 MPH

8.2 sec

8.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

83.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 gets better fuel mileage than the Tiguan:

 

 

 

MPG

Rav4

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

 

AWD

LE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

Tiguan

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Rav4 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Tiguan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

The Rav4 stops shorter than the Tiguan:

 

Rav4

Tiguan

 

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Rav4 has larger standard tires than the Tiguan (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R17).

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 is .5 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Tiguan.

The Rav4 Adventure handles at .81 G’s, while the Tiguan SEL 4Motion® pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Rav4 Adventure executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Tiguan SEL 4Motion® (27.5 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 LE/XLE’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Tiguan’s (37.4 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rav4 LE/XLE has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tiguan (8.4 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Rav4 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s minimum ground clearance is .7 inch higher than on the Tiguan (8.6 vs. 7.9 inches).

Chassis

The Toyota Rav4 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the Volkswagen Tiguan.

The Rav4 is 4.2 inches shorter than the Tiguan, making the Rav4 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Rav4 Adventure/Limited uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Tiguan doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Rav4 has .8 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tiguan.

Payload and Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Volkswagen Tiguan is limited to 1500 pounds. The Rav4 Adventure offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

The Rav4 has a higher standard payload capacity than the Tiguan (1120 vs. 970 lbs.).

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Rav4 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Tiguan only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Both the Rav4 and the Tiguan offer available heated front seats. The Rav4 Limited also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Tiguan.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Rav4 Adventure/Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Tiguan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Rav4 Adventure has a 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Tiguan doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Volkswagen Tiguan by over four to one during 2018.

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