2013 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Its Competition

2013 Volkswagen Tiguan
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Tiguan isn't the best value, the most fuel-efficient, or the most stylish in its crowded class of compact crossovers, but its brand appeal and superior cabin fit and finish—as well as its refined performance—leave much to like.

And most of its rivals play it safe with respect to styling, too.

The Honda CR-V was redesigned this past year but remains conservative in look and feel—though it has a very clever second-row seat mechanism and better styling, but inferior performance to the VW.

The Toyota RAV4 remains a strong seller, but it's ready for a major makeover, and seems dated inside, with styling, materials, and packaging.

Chevy's Equinox is really a half-size larger, yet it has a comfortable ride and good fuel economy.

The new Ford Escape is the looker of the group; it's also one of the best for fuel economy, with its new turbocharged four-cylinder engines, as well as in-vehicle tech.

One other model worth serious consideration is the Kia Sportage, which is a little more stylish than the VW, and lower-priced, but not quite as well-finished for ride comfort, space, and interior appointments.

2013 Volkswagen Tiguan2013 Volkswagen TiguanBrowse Used Listings2013 Chevrolet Equinox2013 Chevrolet EquinoxBrowse Used Listings2013 Ford Escape FWD 4-door S Angular Front Exterior View2013 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings2013 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX-L w/Navi Angular Rear Exterior View2013 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings2013 Kia Sportage2013 Kia SportageBrowse Used Listings2013 Toyota RAV4 EV FWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2013 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings
Quick Specs
7.8
The 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan is a little conservative in look and feel, but otherwise it has everything that urban crossover shoppers want.
8.0
The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a good, affordable choice for cost-conscious families, but it doesn't skimp on comfort, safety, or the latest connectivity features.
8.0
After eleven years, a change-up: the 2013 Ford Escape drops the faux-SUV pitch and reels off authentically athletic looks and performance.
7.8
The 2013 Honda CR-V hits all the right marks for cost-conscious families—with its interior layout and safety ratings both best-in-class—although it doesn't feel as sprightly as former CR-V models.
7.8
A rakish crossover with a 260-horsepower four on tap, the Kia Sportage reboots its image on a few levels all at once.
7.2
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 excels at mass-market talents like gas mileage and interior room--but for turbocharged fun in a crossover, you'll have to look elsewhere.
MSRP From     
$22,995$24,225$22,470$22,795$19,000$23,300
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door Manual S *Ltd Avail*FWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door S2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door BaseFWD 4-Door LE (SE)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door
Transmission     
ManualAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticManualAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2013 Chevrolet Equinox2013 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2013 Ford Escape2013 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2013 Honda CR-V2013 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2013 Kia Sportage2013 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2013 Toyota RAV4