2009 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Its Competition

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan competes in a very crowded class of vehicles.

Small crossovers like the Honda CR-V are perennial best-sellers because of their smooth rides, reputation for reliability, and flexible interiors.

The CR-V, like the Tiguan, is only available in four-cylinder trim.

Toyota's RAV4 has grown, though, and now offers a V-6 option as well as a third-row seat.

Saturn's Vue was brand-new for 2008, and it's smaller than the CR-V and RAV4, with no third-row seat, but it can be ordered with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain or a powerful V-6 engine.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan aims for the likes of the Honda CR-V and hits a little higher--in price and sophistication.
8.0
With its available V-6 engine, the 2009 Saturn Vue is a bit more fun to drive than other compact SUVs; otherwise it’s not a standout.
7.8
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
7.6
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From   
$23,200$23,280$20,700$21,500
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
FWD 4-Door Manual SFWD 4-Door I4 XE2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door SUV5 Door4 Door
Transmission   
ManualAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD