The excitement of auto lovers, especially the fans of compact crossover SUVs seems to have taken another dimension since the release of the 2019 model of the Toyota RAV4. However, perhaps not so coincidentally, the Volkswagen dropped their own 2019 model of the VW Tiguan, which to most SUV lovers appears to line up the RAV4 Edge very nicely and closely indeed.
In the class of compact SUVs, the new VW Tiguan can surely hold his own. Having earned a high-reliability rating, the VW Tiguan offers enough space in the first two rows, a good cargo space, potential performance, modest off-roading focus and of course, an entertaining ride for the driver. Albeit, a poor engine with lesser fuel efficiency topped by the shortage of some modern feature might place a big question mark on the Volkswagen Tiguan new model.
The newly redesigned Toyota RAV4 surely has earned a top spot for itself in the ratings for compact SUVs; with a more powerful engine and more fuel-efficiency than the outgoing model, and nearly if not all its close rivals, signaling it as a force to contend with in this crowded class. Nevertheless, the RAV4 is no saint as it has its shortcomings too. Well, we will be comparing the two top-notch compact SUVs closely to help you in picking out the best that can serve your cravings in SUVs.
The new Tiguan earned an above-average rating on safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but the body faulted its left driver door due to the fact it could unlock and open in a side-impact crash. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Tiguan a high rating except for its highly road illuminating headlight.
The Toyota Rav4 comes with standard full-range traction control, which helps prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces. The Tiguan likewise comes with traction control, albeit, it works best for low speeds only. The need for full-range traction control is very pertinent, as low traction conditions at higher speeds have proven more dangerous.
the 2019 models of the RAV4 and the Tiguan offers the standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front side-impact airbags, front-wheel drive, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes. Also, both SUVs comes with; adaptive headlights, traction control, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, automatic emergency braking, available all-wheel drive, blind-spot warning systems, surround-view parking sensors, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Toyota’s Safety Sense suite of driver assistance technology encompasses all the features mentioned above with additional features like the traffic sign recognition, and driver drowsiness monitoring, low-speed collision warning, and rear cross-traffic braking.
The new Tiguan offers a sole engine, the 2.0-liter turbo-four that produces 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque; with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. Although, the turbocharged engine does just fine in driving around the City, however, it experiences some difficulty in giving much power needed on the highway. The acceleration rate is so poor as the transmission takes more than enough time to adjust. The VW Tiguan gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
The new model of the RAV4 offers a 203-horsepower four-cylinder engine. Although it may not seem as bouncy and energetic as the close turbocharged engines and may seem too loud at times, it, however, makes it all up by giving a very appreciative power and acceleration whether you’re driving around town or on the highway. The RAV4 earns 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg, beating most of its close competitors.
The test result for speed on both the Tiguan and the RAV4 showed that at Zero to 60 MPH; the Tiguan takes 8.9 seconds against the RAV4 8.2 seconds. Also, at speed in quarter-mile, the new Tiguan gets at 83.8 MPH as against the 87 MPH of the RAV4. Ultimately, the new Toyota RAV4 is faster than the new VW Tiguan.
The EPA test cycle showed that the Rav4 gets better fuel mileage than the Tiguan. In its attempt at making the access of fuel easy and at the most affordable rate, the new RAV4 regular unleaded gasoline. The Tiguan requires premium, which can cost more. Find the best Volkswagen deals in NY.
Cargo Space And Comfort
The Tiguan with an overall length, height and width at 185.1, 72.4 and 66.3 inches respectively, has its three-row seats at 12 cubic feet of space behind the rear, 33 cubic feet behind the second row, and up to 65.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. The two-row has a little more room, with 37.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and a total of 73.5 cubic feet with them folded.
The new RAV4 with an overall length, height and width of 180.9, 67-68.6 and 73.0 inches respectively, slightly smaller cargo space than the outgoing model per se. This new model still gets ahead of most of its competitors. The Rav4 has 0.4 inches more rear headroom, 0.8 inches more front legroom, 0.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and 0.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tiguan.
Both the Rav4 and the Tiguan offer available heated front seats. The Rav4 also provides optional heated rear seats to keep its passengers quite comfortable in the winter. A heated second-row seat is not provided by the Tiguan. Both also come with standard rear wipers with intermittent settings. The RAV4 improved on this by offering the wiper with a full-on position, to constantly keep the rear window clear.
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan offers an ample amount of user-friendly technology, a mouth-watering warranty, an above-average reliability rating, and an unruffled ride. On the other hand, its poor fuel efficiency and low power might be its undoing.
The Toyota RAV4 with all its popularity still provides the much-needed cargo space, passenger capacity, and fuel efficiency to cause most close competitors a cause to worry. This ultimately makes them outstanding in the compact SUVs world!