Volkswagen Tiguan vs. the Competition

Learn How the VW Tiguan SUV Compares to its Traverse City Rivals

When you're looking for an SUV that offers the right size for navigating traffic, but also delivers the seating and cargo capability you need, you're best off looking at compact SUVs. There are plenty of options out there for you to consider, but we've found that our customers tend to prefer SUVs that deliver a balance of performance, features, and value. That's why we decided to take a look at how the Volkswagen Tiguan, our leading candidate, fares in head-to-head matchups with two worthy competitors.

When you look at the Tiguan, it's sometimes hard to consider it as a compact SUV. Blessed with ample interior space, the Tiguan takes advantage of its 2018 remodel to deliver European styling and performance to Michigan drivers. How does it compare, though, to the popular Honda CR-V and Hyundai Santa Fe? Read on to find out.

Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Honda CR-V

Performance

Kalkaska drivers need to be able to count on their SUV when it comes to getting around town or on the highway. While the Honda CR-V offers two engines that vary depending on the trim level you choose, every version of the VW Tiguan is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine that makes 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Neither of the CR-V's engines makes nearly as much torque, so they take longer to get going from a dead stop.

Both SUVs come with front-wheel drive standard, but offer available all-wheel drive. One significant difference between the two AWD systems, though, is the fact that the version in the Tiguan features a variety of driver-selectable modes that include On-Road, Snow, Off-Road, and Custom Off-Road settings to customize your drive for the outside conditions.

Safety

Introductory models of each SUV come with a standard backup camera, with advanced safety features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, lane departure alert, and pedestrian detection available. The Tiguan does offer the assurance of automatic crash notification and Family Guardian, which allows parents to take advantage of remote speed and boundary alerts when their teen is borrowing the SUV.

Interior Space

The Tiguan seats seven across three rows, while the CR-V can only carry five people in two rows of seats. Both offer Kingsley MI drivers cargo capacity that's above average for the class, making them great options for road trips and afternoon shopping trips alike.

Features

Modern SUVs are equipped with more and more of the state-of-the-art features today's drivers want, but it's noteworthy that even the introductory Tiguan model delivers the convenience offered by Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration. To get those features with the CR-V, you have to pay more to move up in trim levels.

Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Hyundai Santa Fe

Performance

The Tiguan is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine that creates 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, besting the Santa Fe's standard 2.4-liter inline-four and its output of 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are estimated by the EPA to deliver 22 mpg in the city, with 29 mpg on the highway.

The Santa Fe does have a more powerful engine available as an option, but it already costs more than the Tiguan when equipped with standard features. You'll want to consider your budget if you want more power from your Hyundai for your Interlochen commute.

Interior Space

The standard Santa Fe offers two rows of seats for five people, while the Tiguan accommodates seven across three rows. Both offer ample cargo space, but there are some slight differences between the two vehicles. For instance, the Tiguan has second-row seats that slide and recline, adding to your passengers' comfort level.

Features

While both SUVs offer the convenience of Bluetooth® audio streaming and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, the Tiguan controls that through a touchscreen infotainment system. The display screen on the Santa Fe requires that you use the knobs and buttons, requiring you to take your eyes off the road for a longer period of time while driving in Grawn.

Safety

The two SUVs are similarly equipped when it comes to safety features, though the Santa Fe doesn't offer parents the ability to remotely monitor their teen's driving.

Explore the Volkswagen Tiguan in Traverse City

We think you'll agree that the Tiguan is the SUV best equipped to meet your family's needs. When you're ready to take a closer look at one of the models in our inventory, feel free to drop by and meet with one of our team members. We're happy to answer any questions you might have, go over features in more detail, and set up you for a test drive on the local streets. Then we'll help you arrange for the loan or VW lease that works best for you and your budget, so you can head back to Suttons Bay in command of your exciting new VW. We look forward to seeing you soon!