2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2020 Toyota Rav4

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Safety

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Both the Tiguan and the Rav4 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, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The Tiguan comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Rav4’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Tiguan’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Rav4’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Tiguan’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Rav4’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine

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The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 184) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

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

Tiguan

Rav4

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

16.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Tiguan AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rav4 (15.9 vs. 14.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Tiguan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:

Tiguan

Rav4

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.1 inches

The Tiguan stops much shorter than the Rav4:

Tiguan

Rav4

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rav4 (255/40R20 vs. 235/55R19).

The Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line has standard 20-inch wheels. The Rav4’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Tiguan has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Rav4 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tiguan’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the Rav4 (109.8 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

The Tiguan SEL 4Motion® handles at .82 G’s, while the Rav4 Limited 4WD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Tiguan SEL 4Motion® executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Rav4 Limited (28.1 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Tiguan SEL 4Motion® is quieter than the Rav4 Limited 4WD (73 vs. 77 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Tiguan offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Rav4 can only carry 5.

The Tiguan has 25 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rav4 (123.9 vs. 98.9).

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Tiguan’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rav4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Servicing Ease

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The Tiguan uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Rav4 uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Tiguan’s standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Rav4 LE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium R-Line to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Rav4 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Tiguan’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Rav4’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Tiguan has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Rav4 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Tiguan offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Rav4 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Tiguan’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Toyota charges extra for heated mirrors on the Rav4.

When the Tiguan SEL Premium is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Rav4’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tiguan is less expensive to operate than the Rav4 because typical repairs cost much less on the Tiguan than the Rav4, including $25 less for front brake pads, $33 less for a fuel pump and $471 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its May 2020 issue and they ranked the Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 4Motion® two places higher than the Toyota Rav4 Limited 4WD.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tiguan third among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Rav4 isn’t in the top three.

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