2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Volkswagen Touareg

Right now, Volkswagen has just two SUVs in its lineup, and while this may change soon, the current options won’t leave your head whirling as you weigh the pros and cons list. This isn’t to say that you won’t be left comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Volkswagen Touareg if you’re on the market for a premium SUV, but the models do have a variety of differences that should make it easy to decide between them. Their appearances are very similar, though the Touareg has a more chiseled appearance overall and its front bumper provides a sophisticated appeal. The models fall into two different segments, as the Tiguan qualifies as a compact SUV, while the Touareg is a luxury midsize SUV. What this means to you is that the Touareg is 14.3 inches longer, 1.1 inches higher and 5 inches wider than the Tiguan. It’s obviously the larger option, and this means more cargo space and interior volume.

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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Volkswagen Touareg
$24,890 Starting MSRP $49,705
119.2 cu. ft. Interior Volume 135.7 cu. ft.
2,200 pounds Towing Capacity 7,716 pounds
2.0-liter turbo four; 200hp, 207 lb-ft Engine Specs 3.6-liter V6; 280hp, 266 lb-ft

Picking between 2016 VW SUV options

We’re well-aware that most people probably aren’t having a serious inner struggle about picking between the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan and the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg simply because they appeal to entirely different budgets. The Touareg is a fun choice for those seeking a premium vehicle that doesn’t have the extra cost of a luxury brand, but does have the same benefits. This means it is naturally much pricier than the Tiguan, but that’s because it’s roomier, has a more powerful engine and its towing capabilities triple that of the Tiguan. Standard features for the Touraeg V6 Sport with Technology trim level, which is the lowest trim stocked at dealerships (the Sport is available to order) include the 4Motion AWD system, hands-free easy open liftgate, park distance control, Bi-Xenon headlights, a rearview camera system, premium touchscreen navigation, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, keyless access with push-button start, heated front seats and the lane departure warning system.

Though the Touareg has many things going for it, the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan is a popular option because it is easier on the budget, and it’s a capable vehicle for those looking for something bigger than a sedan, and more stylish than a minivan. The powertrain may not be as potent, but the model is a touch smaller, so it's still plenty lively. The all-wheel drive system is not standard, but it is available on every trim level. The base trim level S is also available at dealerships with standard features that include heated side mirrors, Bluetooth with audio, a rearview camera, the 5-inch MIB II system with resistive touchscreen, keyless access with push-button start and heated front seats.

The differences between these models should now be clear, but if you’re still not sure which is the right option for you, stop by New Century Volkswagen to see them each for yourself.

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior
2016 Volkswagen Touareg Interior
2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Style and Design
2016 Volkswagen Touareg Style and Design

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