2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan in Habanero Orange vs 2018 Honda CR-V in red metallic

When it comes right down to it, the SUV is the top choice for modern families. The ride height, comfort, features and roominess all make it the perfect segment for a growing crew. Midsize options are ideal because they balance maneuverability and fuel economy with enough space to comfortably seat everyone. At the same time, there are more than a few single drivers who enjoy these models for their versatility, as a smaller sedan is just not equipped for active outdoor lifestyles.

It may not be difficult to decide what kind of vehicle to purchase, but how do you narrow down your options? Comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Honda CR-V, it’s clear that VW has made some major improvements to the Tiguan that extend far beyond a longer wheelbase. Although, it does help. This model is one that is meant to be fun for everyday driving, but also has a surprisingly refined feel despite its rugged outward appearance.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan


2018 Honda CR-V

2.0-liter Turbo 4-cylinder Engine 2.4-liter 4-cylinder
184hp; 221 lb-ft of torque Performance 184hp; 180 lb-ft of torque
123.9 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 105.9 cu. ft.
8-speed automatic Transmission CVT

2018 VW Tiguan wins on performance

At first glance, the 2018 Honda CR-V likely looks like it offers the same power as the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan. In fact, you might even think it’s more powerful if you don’t know much about modern engine technology. The CR-V has a 2.4-liter engine, but it is naturally-aspirated, while the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan makes use of a turbocharger to help improve power despite a smaller engine displacement. Now, it’s true that both models offer identical horsepower, but you’ll notice that the 2018 VW Tiguan offers quite a bit more torque. As a result, the Tiguan offers noticeably more of a punch when it comes to highway driving.

Another key thing to consider? Your transmission options. Though continuously variable transmissions are more efficient, they are still not a popular option for many. The reason is that they can often feel like there is a lag in shifting, despite the concept that you shouldn’t feel shifts at all. Volkswagen has always been a brand that is a favorite among enthusiasts, so naturally the Tiguan retains an automatic transmission, albeit an impressive eight-speed automatic. It’s smooth and efficient, while still providing the feedback that many drivers prefer.

Then there’s the one key factor that many families are most concerned about: Interior space. The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan has considerably more passenger space because, unlike the 2018 Honda CR-V, it can seat up to seven passengers. The base model, and all front-wheel drive options, has third row seating. The CR-V doesn’t have this option. For those who don’t want that third row? All-wheel drive Tiguan models come without the third row, though it is available as a package.

Still not sure if the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is the better choice? Stop by First Team Volkswagen of Roanoke VA for a test drive.

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