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Head to Head: 2016 Honda CR-V AWD vs. 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan 4Motion

When you need an SUV that handles the roads well, can stow all your gear and still have room left for the family or friends, and will take even off-roading, then look no further than the 2016 Honda CR-V or the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan 4-Motion.

With competitors such as the Kia Sportage, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Edge, Chevrolet Trax, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Jeep Renegade, Buick Encore, Fiat 500X, Mazda CX-3 or CX-5, Mini Countryman, Nissan Rogue, and other great SUVs, the Tiguan and the CR-V still perform well.

These two small SUVs offer capability, practicality, and start around $24,000. A base model Honda CR-V will MSRP around $23,745* with all-wheel drive variants starting at an MSRP of $25,045*. The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan S trim MSRPs around $24,890* or $26,865* with 4Motion. Join us as we continue to pit the 2016 Honda CR-V AWD vs. 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan 4Motion.


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Exterior Design

Both of these SUVs have great styling, four doors, and plenty of space for everyone.

Honda has given the 2016 CR-V dynamic 16-inch wheels (with 17- and 18-inch wheels on other trims) covered in all-season tires, a remote entry system and alarm, and more. The strong body lines flow rearward from the curvy black and metallic grille and strong-looking headlights toward the push-button automatic liftgate.

Over on Team VW, the 2016 Tiguan offers a more straight-laced styling with curve-less black and metallic grille and body lines heading past 16-inch Portland alloy wheels (other sizes available depending on trim). VW’s Tiguan also has automatic halogen headlights, black roof rails, trailer hitch preparation (bumper, cross bar with mounting plates, and wiring completed), and more. Choose the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line or R-Line 4Motion if you need an injection of inspiring designs, including 19-inch Mallory wheels, the R-Line body kit, and 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat.

The 2016 Honda CR-V has a wheelbase of 103.1 inches, an overall length of 179.4 inches, a width of 71.6 inches, and weighs between 3,358 and 3,592 lbs. (depending on trim, drivetrain, and optional equipment). Volkswagen’s 2016 Tiguan has a wheelbase of 102.5 inches, an overall length of 174.5 inches, a width of 71.2 inches, and a curb weight of 3,591 lbs. for the Tiguan S with 4Motion.


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Interior Style

Interior styling for both is similar with cloth seats as base model equipment and leather-trimmed or leather seats offered on upper model trims.

Standard interior equipment for the 2016 Honda CR-V includes cruise control, tilt and telescopic steering column, cloth seats (leather-trimmed on EX-L and Touring trims), heated front seats (EX and above), and manual seating adjustments in the LX and SE trims and 10-way power in the EX trims and above.

Infotainment offerings include a standard MP3 and WMA playback, and AUX jack and USB port, Bluetooth for audio and hands-free phone, Pandora radio capability, and a 6-speaker, 160-watt audio system with AM and FM, and a CD Player.

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan comes with height-adjustable and telescoping steering column connected to a leather-wrapped wheel. Push button start brings the vehicle to life as you recline in your V-Tex leatherette seats (leather on higher trim models). Heated seats are standard, as is the 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat.

Volkswagen’s standard infotainment system boasts a USB port, 8 speakers, a 5-inch touchscreen allowing access to the AM and FM radio, and CD Player. It also comes standard with a rearview camera, but the VW’s Car-Net app for smartphones is an optional feature.


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The 2016 Honda CR-V comes with a 2.4L, direct injection, 185-horsepower, inline 4-cylinder engine capable of 181-lb.ft. of torque mated to an automatic transmission with Eco Assist for fuel efficiency. Real Time AWD (all-wheel drive) is an optional feature with intelligent control systems that will keep your tires in the grip-zone around even the hairiest of corners or road conditions.

A 2.0L, turbocharged, inline 4-cylinder engine powers the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan, creating 200 horsepower and 207-lb.ft. of torque, and is mated to an automatic transmission. Volkswagen offers their 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive system on the 2016 Tiguan and it performs quite well in application.


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Both the 2016 Honda CR-V and 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan come with capable all-wheel drive, traction and stability control systems, rearview camera system, a slew of airbags, and more latent safety features that you never knew you needed.

Honda Sensing is an optional feature on the 2016 Honda CR-V and includes lane departure warning, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, and more.


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When choosing between the 2016 Honda CR-V AWD vs the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan 4Motion, it’s really mostly about looks. These similarly-sized and optioned vehicles offer either a curvy or straight-laced design with interiors sporting the latest in technology, safety, and comfort!

Please call or stop by your local AutoNation Honda dealership to test drive the 2016 Honda CR-V with or without all-wheel drive. And don’t forget to check out the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan with or without 4Motion all-wheel drive at your local AutoNation Volkswagen dealership, today!


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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