2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Mazda CX-5
2016 Volkswagen Tiguan 2016 Mazda CX-5
2,200 pounds Towing 2,000 pounds
2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Engine 2.0-liter four-cylinder
200hp Horsepower 155hp
207 lb-ft Torque 150 lb-ft

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Mazda CX-5

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Multi-Function Steering Wheel

Driving a vehicle should be at least as fun as it is practical. It’s an expensive purchasing decision, and many people decide to keep a vehicle for years, if not decades. For this reason, you’ll want to choose a model that has all the features which are difficult to update later down the road, and maybe a touch or two of luxury to keep you entertained. When comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Mazda CX-5, it’s clear one model is the more practical choice for young families, while the other exudes style and elegance, while bringing the best in comfort options to the fold.

The first thing most shoppers look at when considering a vehicle is its price tag, and the Mazda CX-5 appears to come in at a couple thousand dollars less than the Tiguan, but it also comes standard with a manual transmission when the Tiguan has a six-speed automatic. The distinction is not only important because many motorists enjoy the ease of an automatic transmission, but because the base CX-5 is also the only model to come with the 2.0-liter engine, which offers sad powertrain specs for its size. Even the upgrade to the automatic and 2.5-liter engine brings a model that fall far behind the turbocharged engine in the Tiguan, with the Mazda delivering just 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque.

Find style and fun in the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

A slow-driving SUV is likely one of the most frustrating vehicle to drive, because it’s not at all expected. By having a less powerful engine, Mazda is able to give impressive fuel-economy numbers, which will certainly appeal to those who are looking for something that amounts to little more than a spacious car. Those seeking a crossover will enjoy the feeling of driving the Tiguan, and the ability to tow more than the CX-5 can.

Of course, one of the main draws of the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan is the sense of prestige behind the wheel. The exterior has subtle design elements that give it an understated sophisticated, while still having practical elements like standard roof rails for more cargo options. Standard features include Bluetooth with audio, remote keyless access with push-button start, MIB II infotainment and V-Tex leatherette. The CX-5 has many of these features as well, but lack heated side mirrors, steering wheel-mounted controls and a rearview camera. Its stereo system also only includes four speakers, giving it disappointing sound quality for its size.

The best way to find out which model is right for what you are looking for in a car is to take a test drive. Stop by New Century Volkswagen to see if the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan is the right choice for you.

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Exterior Design