2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs Honda CR-V
Families on the go love the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan and Honda CR-V, because they combine roomy, supportive comfort with impressive utility. But which is the best choice for your adventurous crew? Check out our comparison guide to learn more.
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Honda CR-V
The Tiguan is our pick for long-haul comfort. Unlike the CR-V, it offers an optional third row, expanding seating to fit seven passengers. We’re also fans of the roomy, supportive seats, which are perfect for anyone with a long commute or a lot of errands to run.
The CR-V is a close second. It might be classified as a compact crossover, but you’d never know it from inside the cabin. The CR-V seats up to five passengers, so it’s not the best choice for a big family, but it does keep you comfortable with its roomy seats.
The Tiguan is our choice for weekend adventure. Every model comes standard with roof rails, so you can load up your surfing or camping gear and head to your favorite hotspots with minimal fuss. This newly redesigned model is about 10 inches longer than the outgoing Tiguan, and much of that space is dedicated to increased cargo space for your weekend bags. Behind the second row, there’s 37.6 cubic feet of space for your family-centric grocery hauls.
The CR-V is also known for its massive cargo capacity. You can fill the 39.2 cubes behind the rear seats with an impressive pile. However, if you need roof rails, you’re going to have to upgrade to the top-trim Touring model.
To make the most of what you spend on gas, look to the Honda CR-V. With its turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, it earns 28 city/34 highway mpg.
Of course, the Tiguan also combines sporty speed with a fuel-efficient ride, earning up to 22/27 mpg.
The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is stocked with all the latest and greatest tech and advanced safety features. All models come standard with complete smartphone integration, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can view apps on your central touchscreen, a feature that makes it safer to place calls while stuck in traffic. High-tech safety aids, such as blind-spot monitoring, are optional on the base model and standard for all others. With them, you’ll be extra vigilant on a busy highway.
In the Honda CR-V, you’ll find all the usual infotainment technology, including a touchscreen interface and convenient voice controls. Although Apple CarPlay and Android Auto isn’t standard equipment, you can get this technology beginning with the mid-grade EX. On the downside, we think Honda’s touchscreen menu system could be a bit friendlier. No one likes to hunt for the app they need as they move through rush-hour traffic.
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Although both of these crossovers offer a powerful, thrifty ride, we think that the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan has the edge. We like its standard utility features and the fact that you can configure the cabin to haul a big family. The Tiguan is also home to an impressive array of tech and safety features, keeping you vigilant even as it keeps you connected.