2009 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Its Competition

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan
Martin Padgett Martin 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
The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan aims for the likes of the Honda CR-V and hits a little higher--in price and sophistication.
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.
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
FWD 4-Door Manual S2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door5 Door4 Door
ManualAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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