2015 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

While the Tiguan may not be as stylish, fuel-efficient, or value-oriented as some of the other compact crossovers in its class, its superior fit and finish and brand appeal–as well as its refined performance–provide a nice balance of attributes.

Many of its competitors keep styling on the conservative side, too.

The Toyota RAV4 debuted with a new design in 2013, dropping its hatch-mounted spare tire for a stylish exterior and modern technology inside.

The Honda CR-V was redesigned in 2012, but plays it safe in both look and feel.

The Honda has a clever second-row mechanism, but lacks the VW's performance.

Chevrolet's Equinox is a little larger than the Tiguan, but it also offers good fuel economy and a comfortable ride.

The Ford Escape is one of the more stylish options in the bunch, and it offers several engines with better fuel economy and more in-car technology than most of its competitors.

The Kia Sportage is also a more affordable option than the Tiguan, and includes a lot of standard equipment, although it lacks the VW's refinement.

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Quick Specs
The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan delivers on all of the important small-crossover promises, although it's not as exciting as some other VWs.
The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox is more refined and quiet than many of its competitors, while offering the versatility and value that a budget-conscious family would expect.
With athletic looks and the performance to match, plus a roomy interior and loads of available cabin tech and convenience features, the 2015 Ford Escape is bolder and more exciting than most rivals, without much compromise.
The 2015 Honda CR-V is neither sporty nor particularly quick, but fuel efficiency is excellent and it prioritizes interior space, earnest practicality, and cleverly chosen features in a way that buyers appear to crave.
The 2015 Kia Sportage is nice to look at and good fun to drive when equipped with the turbo engine; it's proof that crossovers don't have to be uninteresting.
The 2015 Toyota RAV4 is a practical crossover with confident handling. Just know that driving enjoyment is not its strong point.
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Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
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2WD 4-Door Automatic SFWD 4-Door LFWD 4-Door S2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door LE (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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