2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen only has two SUVs, and to the untrained eye they can appear similar. This means when it comes to shopping for one, customers naturally compare the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Volkswagen Touareg. While the price tag is the most obvious difference, we’re here to break down the specs and features which differentiate the two models. It isn’t likely anyone in the market for a CUV will really be debating, since the Tiguan is more of an upscale compact SUV option that has plenty of great features, while the Touareg aims to fully make its way into the luxury segment. While the Volkswagen name isn’t entirely known for as a premium brand, it strikes gold with the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg thanks to a solid build that provides a comfortable and refined driving experience.

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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Volkswagen Touareg
$24,890 MSRP $49,705
21/26 MPG 17/23
23.8/56.1 cu. ft. Cargo Space 32.1/64 cu. ft.
95.4 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 103.6 cu. ft.
2.0-liter turbo four, 200hp, 207 lb-ft Engine Specs 3.6-liter VR6, 280hp, 266 lb-ft
Optional AWD Standard
2,200 lbs. Towing 7,716 lbs.

Feature in the 2016 VW Tiguan vs Touareg

One thing is obvious when looking at the specs of the Tiguan vs Touareg and when seeing the models in person: size. The Tiguan is considered a compact SUV, while the Touareg falls more toward the midsize segment. This obviously isn’t enough to nearly double the budget for most shoppers, but it is one difference between the models. More significant differences center on the powertrains of the two models and the standard and available features. As a larger vehicle, the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg has a potent 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 280 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, which is a significant upgrade over the 2.0-liter turbo four found in the Tiguan, which produces 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Both models are paired with an automatic transmission, though the Tiguan comes with a six-speed and the Touareg comes with an eight-speed. AWD is also standard in the Touareg while it’s an upgrade in the Tiguan.

More space and a potent powertrain are important aspects of the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg, but obviously wouldn’t justify the extra cost. When VW means luxury, the automaker truly outfits the vehicle with the best it has to offer. It should be noted that the MSRP listed is for the V6Sport w/Technology trim, as the base Sport trim is available at dealerships by order only. That said, it is fully-loaded with features that include the Easy-Open liftgate, touchscreen navigation, dual zone climate control and a whole host of drivers assistance features such as autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and more. The Tiguan does not have quite so many features, but the ones it has in common with the Touareg include heated front seats and heated windshield washer nozzles, keyless entry with push-button start, Bluetooth with audio, a rearview camera system and automatic headlights.

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior Convenience and Features
Luxury styling of the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg
Cargo space in the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan
Panoramic sunroof in the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg

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