2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Ford Escape
When shoppers look for a new vehicle they usually start with a segment that is most practical for their lifestyle, and then a model they think best suits their aesthetic. When it comes to choosing between crossovers, it can be difficult to pick from among the many options as they are designed with outdoor lifestyles in mind. This means bold stances, wide front grilles and roomy cargo areas. Looks alone may not sway you if you’re comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Ford Escape, but there are a variety of other factors that might. The first thing to consider if your budget, and while the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan may seem more expensive at first, those seeking a smart AWD option will quickly discover it’s the more practical option as AWD isn't available for the base model in the Ford, and even then it’s an upgrade.
|2016 Volkswagen Tiguan||vs||2016 Ford Escape|
|2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder||Base Engine||2.0-liter I-4|
|207 lb-ft||Torque||170 lb-ft|
|2,200 lbs.||Base Towing Capacity||1,500 lbs.|
How do you choose between the Tiguan and Escape?
Those seeking an AWD system will definitely wish to consider the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan as it is available even on the base trim level. Though Ford offers more options overall on the Escape, its base option falls far behind the Tiguan. In addition to denying shoppers the AWD option, the base engine is far weaker than the one found in the Tiguan, and only the largest engine option is able to surpass the Tiguan. Similarly, the Escape has a relatively poor rating for its towing capacity for those who don’t wish to upgrade to higher trim levels. It’s true the Ford Escape does get better fuel economy thanks to its underpowered engine, but it fails to lead the segment when it comes to capability.
Another key area in which the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan shines is in its technology. Ford still has not upgraded its system to include the latest in smartphone connectivity, with only Siri Eyes Free functionality to help drivers stay focused on the road while trying to operate the infotainment system. The new MIB II system in the Tiguan, on the other hand, has the optional App-Connect features which bring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink to the model. This allows the system to work much like your cellphone, making it intuitive from the start and also allowing access to your favorite apps right on your vehicle’s system.
Of course, it’s hard to tell which vehicle will feel right for you once you sit behind the wheel. To learn more about the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan, schedule a test drive online and stop by New Century Volkswagen to see it for yourself.