2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2020 Toyota RAV4

There’s no doubt that one of the biggest names in SUVs is the Toyota RAV4. Since the 90’s the RAV4 has been one of the most popular, awarded SUVs on the road. The Volkswagen Tiguan, which is also a compact crossover SUV, hasn’t been around fifteen years but is making a big mark on the growing SUV market. As more and more people buy SUVs than they did years ago, you may find yourself asking which to buy. There is no one answer, as Volkswagen and Toyota have different ideas in mind as to how to serve that market. Refer to the table below to see some of the most important differences between the two SUVs.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan 


2020 Toyota RAV4 

2.0L inline 4-cylinder Turbo  Engine  2.5L inline 4-cylinder
22/29/25  Fuel Economy (MPG, city/highway/combined)  28/35/35 
184/221  Horsepower/Torque (lb-ft)  203/184 
$24,945  Starting MSRP  $25,950 

To Turbo or not to Turbo?

The real difference comes from the turbocharged engine in the Tiguan. The Tiguan’s engine is smaller, but the turbo grants a clear advantage in torque over the RAV4 and somehow managing to cost less according to the MSRP. The Tiguan does have less horsepower, but anyone shopping for an all-wheel-drive vehicle should take a serious look at the Tiguan and its peak torque. Snow and off-road conditions demand the best traction and torque.

Seating and Rear Seats

Shoppers looking for a better people carrier will likely decide on the Volkswagen Tiguan over the RAV4. The Volkswagen Tiguan has an optional third-row not found on the RAV4, upping the Tiguan to a maximum seating capacity of 7. While both the RAV4 and Tiguan have folding rear seats, the Tiguan has an available pass-through folding center armrest. When the optional third row of seats in the Tiguan is folded down, the total cargo capacity is 73.5 cu.ft. against the RAV4 and its maximum cargo capacity of 69.8 cu.ft.