2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Its Competition

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

Honda and Toyota dominate a segment that is embarrassed by good options.

Both the RAV4 and CR-V have their strong suits: the RAV4 has a hybrid, the CR-V is a wonder of interior packaging.

The Volkswagen Tiguan doesn’t have either, but it is just as comfortable with an available third row.

The Mazda CX-5 is relatively new, and a better crossover to drive, although its interior isn’t as spacious.

The Rogue also offers a short third row, and comfortable seats, although its price can rise quickly.

The Santa Fe Sport can be just as compelling as the rest, although we’re not as sold on its styling.

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Quick Specs
6.8
What it lacks in personality, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan crossover SUV makes up for with its clean approach.
7.0
The 2018 Honda CR-V may be light on personality, but this compact crossover checks off every other box. It’s a very smart choice.
6.5
As long as cargo space isn’t your main reason for buying a compact crossover, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is an excellent, fun-to-drive choice.
6.7
The 2018 Nissan Rogue may not be very exciting, but it checks all the right boxes—and then some—for most family needs.
7.0
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has a lot going for it, including a hybrid model, but you’d be wise to cross-shop its rivals as well.
MSRP From    
$22,250$24,250$24,150$24,800$24,660
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name    
2.0T FWDLX 2WDSport FWDFWD SLE FWD (GS)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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