2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2021 Toyota RAV4: Discover their advantages.


Looking for your next compact SUV? You’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of options in this category! But with so many models on the market, how can you find the best one? And not only in terms of quality and reliability, but also in terms of capability and versatility. Your Sherbrooke Toyota dealer, near Magog, we’ve created this 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2021 Toyota RAV4 2021 comparison to help you decide.

Tiguan vs RAV4 : General Information

The Toyota RAV4 first hit the road in 1994, and from day 1 it has been a favourite among buyers looking for a versatile SUV full of features and perks. It quickly became the best-selling vehicle in its class and has kept that title for several years now. The Volkswagen Tiguan, on the other hand, launched much more recently, about 15 years ago in 2007.

Available in 4 versions, the 2021 VW Tiguan is offered at a price range of $32,310 to $42,710, which is more than the 2021 Toyota RAV4, whose base price is only $30,929. What’s more, the RAV4 is available in 6 different versions, not to mention 4 hybrid models and 2 plug-in hybrids. Note that these options are not offered on the Tiguan.

lateral rear view of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 on a mountain trail

Exterior features and size

With an all-new muscular design for the 2019 model year, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 easily stood out on the road! With wheels up to 19 inches, this Toyota SUV also features, depending on the model and equipment chosen, LED daytime running lights, projector-type headlights and chrome roof rails. Even better, Toyota offers its customers a wide selection of attractive body colours.

The 2021 Tiguan‘s silhouette is considerably more tamed. While elegant, it’s much less spectacular than its Japanese rival.

In terms of dimensions, the RAV4 is slightly more imposing. It is wider and taller than the Tiguan:

  • Length: 4596 mm (vs 4702 mm for the VW)
  • Width: 1854 mm (vs 1839 mm)
  • Height : 1702 mm (vs 1685 mm)
lateral front view of the 2021 Toyota RAV4

Engines: The RAV4 is good.

If we compare their engines, it’s clear that the 2021 RAV4 has nothing to envy the competition. In fact, it leaves them far behind! You will be spoiled for choice with a selection of 6 gasoline engines, hybrids and 2 plug-in hybrids (RAV4 Prime) (2). By comparison, only one engine is offered for the Tiguan. If you opt for a gasoline engine, your RAV4 will be equipped with a 203 horsepower 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine. By comparison, the Volkswagen SUV’s 4-cylinder only generates 184 horsepower.

The RAV4 Hybrid, in turn, features a 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine paired to Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system. This powertrain generates 219 horsepower, while the plug-in version is good for a remarkable 302 horsepower.

Its towing capacity ranges from 1,500 to 3,500 pounds depending on the model chosen, far superior to the 1,500 pounds offered by all models of the Tiguan. The RAV4 also has the edge on its rival in terms of fuel efficiency, with city/highway ratings ranging from 8.5/6.8 to 9.4/7.1 L/100 km, compared to Volkswagen’s 10.4/8.1 L/100 km.

frontal view of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 as it rounds a corner on a dirt road

The interior: a point for the 2021 RAV4

The interior of the 2021 RAV4 is very spacious, and can comfortably seat up to 5 passengers. It offers a cargo volume ranging from 1,059 liters to 1,779 liters, depending on whether the rear seat is folded or not. Front passengers will also have generous headroom and legroom (957-992 mm and 1040 mm for the legs, respectively), and 1002-1015 mm for the head in the 2nd row and 960 mm for the legs.

As for the Tiguan, there is only 988 mm of headroom and 1021 mm of legroom in the front, slightly less than the RAV4.

interior view with the central dashboard and steering wheel inside the 2021 Toyota RAV4

Safety technologies: the Toyota SUV pulls ahead

The 2021 RAV4 also enjoys several advantages over the Tiguan in terms of onboard equipment. For example, all versions of the Toyota SUV come standard with safety features like pre-collision system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure alert, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control, while they’re all optional on the Tiguan.

What’s more, technology is also onboard with features like a 7-, 8-, or 9-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, navigation, and much more.

To learn more about our RAV4 vs Tiguan comparison, stop by for a visit at Sherbrooke Toyota, near Magog!

three quarter front view of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 parked in the city