German precision or Japanese practicality?
One of the first popular crossovers in the Russian market, which, one might say, started the race in this segment, is Volkswagen Tiguan and Toyota RAV4, and it was they who instilled in domestic buyers a love of crossovers. Even after so many years, between them there is a “battle on the secondary” – which is better than “Tiguan” or “Ravik”?
Technical characteristics of the cars are approximately similar, the difference in power is + -10 horsepower, but here are the key differences in the gearboxes. Both crossovers have mechanical and automatic transmissions, but the most common are the “robot” from the “German” and the variator from the “Japanese”.
Russian buyers do not trust both transmissions very much, as they have their weaknesses and are not particularly reliable, however, the DSG “robot” is much more pleasant and works better than the Toyota CVT. In terms of economy, both crossovers show roughly the same performance.
The interior of the “German” is unconditionally better than that of the “Japanese”, since even the current generation of Toyota RAV4 does not have any design that could make the stay in the cabin pleasant for the owner: an unpleasant multimedia system, outdated buttons and switches. In Tiguan, the opposite is true: the multimedia system is intuitive, and the design itself is pleasing to the eye.
Last but not least important factors are handling and comfort. Here the situation is ambiguous, since the Volkswagen Tiguan has much clearer steering and steering response, and in general the “German” holds the road more confidently, but the “Japanese” is more comfortable, as he swallows bumps on the road more softly. The price may become decisive, since the average market value of Toyota RAV4 is 1 200 000 rubles, and for “Tiguan” they will ask for 400 thousand less. For the amount saved, you can even bring a “tired German” to proper condition and even remain on accessories, so VW Tiguan is the preferred choice.