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2016 VW Tiguan vs 2016 Toyota RAV4 near Baltimore, MD

Which Should Be Your Next Compact Crossover?

The compact crossover segment seems to get more and more crowded every year, all with options claiming to be exactly what you’re looking for. Here at Pohanka VW, we think only one is a true standout within the segment – the Volkswagen Tiguan. We’re so confident in its appeal, we have compared the 2016 VW Tiguan vs the 2016 Toyota RAV4 near Baltimore, MD, so you can see for yourself all the ways it prevails over the competition.

To start this comparison off, we looked at what awaits under the hood of both the 2016 VW Tiguan and the 2016 Toyota RAV4. Both of these compact crossovers are powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, but the similarities stop there. In the Tiguan, you’ll have a thrilling turbocharged performance as it churns out a whopping 200 horsepower1 and 207 lb.-ft. of torque1. When you drive the RAV4, thrills are hard to come by with only 176 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque.

You want more than just power, though, so this 2016 VW Tiguan vs the 2016 Toyota RAV4 near Baltimore, MD, comparison moves on to take a look at their exterior design. Your vision will never be compromised when you drive the Tiguan, thanks to standard heated side mirrors, which are only offered in higher trims of the RAV4. The same can be said during unclear weather conditions, as the Tiguan offers corner-illuminating fog lights. You won’t find such illumination on the RAV4, since fog lights are only offered as an accessory. And, in terms of convenience, keyless entry is standard, so you can unlock your doors with just a grasp of the handle – another feature only in top trims of the RAV4.

There’s even more standard features to love inside the 2016 Tiguan. Never get hit by the winter blues again, since you will be enjoying heated front seats. Your fingers are also treated to the luxurious feel of a leather-wrapped steering wheel. And, when you want to hit the road, just press the engine button to feel all of its power within seconds. You guessed it – you’ll only have all these amenities on top trim levels of the 2016 RAV4.

The list doesn’t end there, either. In the VW Tiguan, you’ll sit back and relax on standard V-Tex leatherette upholstery, while the Toyota RAV4 isn’t as luxurious with standard cloth seats. In terms of giving you more cargo configurations, the rear seats in the Tiguan have a 40/20/40 split-folding feature, but you’ll only have 60/40 split-folding rear seats in the RAV4. When you need some Vitamin D after being in the office all day, you can open the available panoramic sunroof in the Tiguan. The available moonroof in the RAV4 is only regular sized. And, to truly enjoy your tunes, the Tiguan plays them through its standard 8-speaker sound trim. The base level of the RAV4, the LE, only has a 6-speaker sound system.

Now that you’ve reached the end of our 2016 VW Tiguan vs the 2016 Toyota RAV4 near Baltimore, MD, comparison, we know you simply can’t wait to take the Tiguan for a test drive. To do so, stop by your local Volkswagen dealer, Pohanka VW, at 1720 Ritchie Station Court in Capitol Heights, MD. We look forward to your visit!


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1 Performance specifications based on manufacturer's ratings achieved with premium fuel.

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