2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2020 Honda CR-V SUV Comparison in Cerritos, CA

If you've been on the market for a small SUV, chances are you've come across the Honda CR-V. And for good reason: it's a quality SUV. But there's an SUV that offers more, and at a lower starting MSRP: the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan. We think that you'll find the VW Tiguan is much better suited to your needs, and we have the facts to back it up. On this comparison page, you'll see just how these two SUVs stack up against each other.

Second-row seat in a 2020 VW Tiguan folding down to provide access to the third row

VW Tiguan vs Honda CR-V: Space & Capabilities Comparison

The 2020 Honda CR-V is a two-row SUV with 105.9 cubic feet of passenger space. By comparison the 2020 VW Tiguan gives you choices. The two-wheel drive Tiguan is a three-row SUV that can seat up to seven people with 123.9 cubic feet of passenger space. If you choose the all-wheel drive Tiguan, you'll get two standard rows with 105.9 cubic feet of passenger volume.

The standard three rows of seating in the VW Tiguan give you a measure of versatility you simply won't find in the Honda CR-V: either take extra passengers along for the ride, or fold down the rear seats to have extra space. Despite its larger interior, the the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is only 3 inches longer than the 2020 Honda CR-V--and it's even a little narrower. To get the same three-row versatility in a Honda, you'd have to choose the much more expensive Honda Pilot, which sacrifices maneuverability by being over 11 inches longer and 6 inches wider than the VW Tiguan.


2020 VW Tiguan touchscreen

VW Tiguan vs Honda CR-V: Technology

When it comes to technology, Volkswagen has the clear advantage. At the entry level, the 2020 VW Tiguan is outfitted with a 6.5-inch color touchscreen; higher trim levels upgrade to an 8-inch touchscreen. By comparison, the entry-level 2020 Honda CR-V comes with a 5-inch LCD screen. This means that you have to choose a higher trim level to get a touchscreen at all! The 2020 Tiguan also offers the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, a customizable, high-resolution display that replaces the instrument cluster and lets you personalize the information you see.

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Volkswagen Tiguan on a city street

VW Tiguan vs Honda CR-V: Performance

The engines in the VW Tiguan and the Honda CR-V generate similar horsepower, but the Tiguan has much more torque: 221 pound-feet, compared to the 179 pound-feet in the CR-V. In practical terms, more torque means faster acceleration, more power at slower speeds, and a more engaging driving experience. Both of these SUVs offer available all-wheel drive, but the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan goes even further. Its 4MOTION® all-wheel drive comes with several selectable driving modes: Snow Mode, On-Road Mode, Off-Road Mode, and Off-Road Custom. This last one lets you customize your off-road settings to match your driving style. You won't get this level of customization in the Honda CR-V.


VW Tiguan driving in the rain

VW Tiguan vs Honda CR-V: Safety Ratings

Both Honda and Volkswagen are dedicated to your safety, and it shows. Both of them received top crashworthiness scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. But between the two, only the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan earned the 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award from IIHS. The 2020 Honda CR-V, on the other hand, earned no IIHS awards at all.

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VW Tiguan vs Honda CR-V: Value

Not only does the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan provide all of these advantages, but it does so at a lower price. To fully appreciate the difference that precision German engineering makes, we recommend experiencing the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan for yourself. Head to the dealership for a test drive and you just might drive away with a new Tiguan.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan 2020 Honda CR-V
$24,945 Starting MSRP* $25,050
184 Horsepower 190
221 lb-ft Torque 179 lb-ft
22 City MPG / 29 Highway MPG Gas Mileage (2WD) 28 City MPG / 34 Highway MPG
1,500 lbs Maximum Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs
Standard Roof Rails Available Upgrade
123.9 cu. ft. (7-Passenger) | 101.1 cu. ft. (5-Passenger) Passenger Volume 105.9 cu. ft.
12 cu. ft. (7-Passenger) / 37.6 cu. ft. (5-Passenger) Cargo Capacity (All Seats in Place) 39.2 cu. ft.
73.5 cu. ft. (5-Passenger) / 65.7 cu. ft. (7-Passenger) Maximum Cargo Capacity 75.8 cu. ft.
2019 Top Safety Pick+ IIHS Safety Award None

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.