If you’re searching for a reliable, capable, and versatile SUV in the Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, or Newport Beach areas, you may be thinking about the VW Tiguan or the Toyota RAV4. Both are impressive vehicles, but which one is right for you?

Our team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine wrote this 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4 comparison for you, the fun and adventure-seeking driver. Read all about the similarities and differences between these vehicles below, and contact us if you have any questions.

VW Tiguan vs Toyota RAV4 Interior

The 2018 VW Tiguan can seat seven in the available three rows of seats, which benefits you if you have a larger family or need to drive around your friends or co-workers. The 2018 Toyota RAV4, unfortunately, can only seat five.

The Tiguan interior offers plenty of comfort with its available leather seating surfaces and 10-way power driver’s seat with power-adjustable lumbar support. While the RAV4 also offers a power-adjustable driver’s seat, it can only be adjusted eight ways, which means you may not find that sweet spot behind the wheel like you could in the Tiguan.

To enjoy your commutes, you’ll have impressive entertainment technology features in the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Toyota RAV4. The Tiguan has an available Discover Media system with an 8-inch touchscreen, voice command, HD Radio™, and navigation. There’s also a 3-month trial subscription to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, which gives you over 100 channels of music, sports, and news.

While the RAV4 has an equally impressive infotainment system, the screen is only seven inches, so you may not be able to see your media options as well as you would in the Tiguan.

Performance in the Tiguan vs RAV4

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan comes standard with a TSI® engine that produces 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, the RAV4’s 2.5L 4-cylinder engine may not have the power you want, as it can only produce 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque.

Both the Tiguan and RAV4 come in all-wheel drive for great traction on any type of road. The control is added even further through the several driving modes that you can select from.

In the Volkswagen Tiguan, choose from Snow, On-Road, Off-Road, or Off-Road Custom modes. These all operate in different ways to maximize control in any driving situation. The Toyota RAV4, on the other hand, only has ECO and Sport modes on the standard model, while the Hybrid model only adds a third EV mode. As a result, the RAV4 may not give you the capability and stability you’re looking for.

Options to Keep You Safe & Secure

If you’re looking for an SUV to give you peace of mind, the VW Tiguan and Toyota RAV4 are both great options. Each come with comprehensive driver-assisting features to help prevent an accident from occurring, like stability and traction controls and Brake Assist.

But if a collision was imminent, the Tiguan is made to protect its passengers through its strong build. The body of the vehicle was made with front and rear crumple zones to help absorb energy from a crash, while the rigid safety cage helps deflect the energy away from everyone inside the car.

In addition, if the airbags in the Tiguan are deployed after a crash, it has an Intelligent Crash Response System that can turn off the fuel pump, unlock the doors, and activate the hazard lights.

The Toyota RAV4 has many safety features in place. Unfortunately, it wasn’t built with the same structural body as the Volkswagen Tiguan, so it may not protect you as well in a collision. It also doesn’t offer anything like the Intelligent Crash Response System found in the Tiguan.

2018 VW Tiguan vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

While the Toyota RAV4 is a noteworthy SUV, the VW Tiguan has more convenient interior features, a more powerful performance, and a more sound structure.

But to determine if it’s the right SUV for you to drive around Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach, be sure to contact our team and schedule a test drive at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine today!