Volkswagen Taos Vs. Tiguan Comparison

Volkswagen Taos vs. Tiguan 

If you are shopping for a new Volkswagen SUV, you are undoubtedly trying to compare the Volkswagen Taos vs. Tiguan models. While we believe you can't go wrong with either vehicle, let's look at some of the key differences between the Tiguan and the new VW Taos for sale.

In our VW Taos vs. Tiguan comparison, we'll review performance, trim models, towing capability, safety features, interior benefits, and more. Of course, the best Volkswagen SUV comparison test is a road test. We invite you to visit our local VW dealer and test drive these new cars for sale today.

VW Taos vs. TiguanVW TaosVW Tiguan
  • SE 
  • SEL
  • S
  • SE 
  • SE R-Line Black 
  • SEL R-Line 
Top Safety FeaturesBack-Up Camera, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Parking Sensors, Cruise Control-Steering Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Collision Mitigation Front, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Traffic AlertFront and Rear Parking Sensors, Cruise Control-Steering Assist, VW Car-Net Services Emergency SOS, Left and right side cameras, Lane Assist, Back-Up Camera, Active Side Assist Blind Spot, Collision Mitigation Front, FCW w/ Autonomous Emergency Braking and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Standard EngineTurbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder, 158 hpTurbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 184 hp
Notable Technology Features8-inch touch screen navigation, voice control, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, VW Car-Net Services, Bluetooth®, BeatsAudio®, Wireless inductive charger, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® integration, SiriusXM®, USB-C port 8-inch touchscreen navigation, voice control, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® integration, USB-C port, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, VW Car-Net Services, SiriusXM®
Fuel-efficiencyEPA-estimated 28/36 MPG (city/highway)3EPA-estimated 23/29 (city/highway)2

VW Taos vs. VW Tiguan Engine, Towing, and MPG

The standard engine under the hood of the new VW Taos is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 158 horsepower but is not designed for towing. If you're looking for a VW SUV to help you tow your weekend toys, we suggest the VW Tiguan over the new VW Taos.

In our Volkswagen Taos vs. Tiguan comparison, the new Tiguan boasts a more robust 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces a capable 184 horsepower and offers a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.1

When it comes to fuel economy, the new Tiguan offers an EPA-estimated 23/29 MPG  (city/highway).2 The Taos wins the battle for the pump with an EPA-estimated 28/36 MPG (city/highway).3

If it comes down to Volkswagen Taos vs. Tiguan towing capacity, the new VW Tiguan is the better SUV for you. If fuel economy is more important, then it's the VW Taos.

Top Safety Features: Taos vs. Tiguan

Automotive safety is a top priority when shopping for a new SUV to carry your family. Between the Volkswagen Taos vs. Tiguan, both vehicles offer plenty of driver-assist technologies. Notable safety features that appear on both the new VW Taos and VW Tiguan include:

  • Back-Up Camera
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Cruise Control-Steering Assist
  • Collision Mitigation Front

Compare Taos vs. Tiguan Technology Features

Today's driver wants to stay connected - both to their drive and their world. The new VW Taos SUV and Tiguan for sale are loaded with connected audio technologies that offer seamless integration of your audio device.

Both of these new VW SUVs for sale come with standard Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™ integration and an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation. As calls and text messages come in, you can answer and reply so you never miss a word.

Technology is changing all the time. Not only is VW keeping up with the times, but the brand is also predicting the future by installing USB-C connectivity ports on both the new Taos and Tiguan SUVs, so your new ride isn't quickly outdated.

Tiguan vs. Taos Trim Models and Pricing

The new VW Taos is available in three trim models to compare. Let's note a few of the key standard features to help you narrow down your search even further. The new VW Taos S comes with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, LED headlights/taillights, and the VW Digital Cockpit.

The VW Taos SE adds Front Assist & Blind Spot Monitor, 18-inch alloy wheels, and remote start. The top of the line Taos SEL gives you the VW Digital Cockpit Pro, Beats® Premium Audio, and leather seating surfaces.

VW Tiguan Trim Comparison

Now that we know the exciting features available on the VW Taos, let's look at how the Tiguan compares. The new Tiguan arrives in five trim models:

  • VW Tiguan S
  • VW Tiguan SE
  • VW Tiguan SE R-Line Black
  • VW Tiguan SEL R-Line
  • VW Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line

Volkswagen Taos & Tiguan Lease Specials

Now that you've seen how the Volkswagen Taos vs. Tiguan compare and which new VW SUV has the most towing, you'll want to talk to our finance team about Volkswagen Taos finance specials and new VW Tiguan lease deals.

After you decide on the best new VW SUV for your family, our finance team will help you choose an auto loan with a monthly payment that makes you feel satisfied. If this is your first time leasing a car, here's what you need to know.

When you lease a VW, you cover the depreciation amount over a three-year lease term. You don't need to pay the entire price of the vehicle. When you finance a used Volkswagen Tiguan for sale, you're borrowing enough money to cover the full cost of the car plus interest on the loan.

Our sales team can help you decide if it's better to lease or finance by asking you a few questions about your habits and preferences, then tell you about current Volkswagen Taos vs. Tiguan incentives and lease deals on new cars.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Tiguan and Taos?

If you are comparing these new VW SUVs for sale, only the Tiguan is capable of towing, but the Taos has better fuel efficiency. The choice between a Volkswagen Taos or Tiguan comes down to your priorities. The Tiguan costs more but comes with a turbocharged engine and more top safety features.

Is the Taos smaller than the Tiguan?

Yes, the VW Taos is smaller than the new VW Tiguan. It is shorter in height and length. The VW Taos measures 64.4 inches in height and 175.8 inches in length to create a maximum cargo capacity of 65.9 cubic feet. The Tiguan measures 185-inches long, 72-inches wide, and 66-inches high. Test-drive both VW SUVs for sale at our dealership and see how each model fits you and your family.

Is the VW Taos replacing the Tiguan?

No, the VW Taos is not replacing the Tiguan SUV. Both vehicles are currently for sale at our nearby VW dealer. If you're wondering what replaced the VW Touareg, it is the new VW Atlas SUV with three rows of seating for eight passengers. The VW Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, Tiguan, and Taos are all part of the current VW SUV and crossover lineup.

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1Maximum tow rating when equipped with turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder, engine and factory-installed towing hitch. Vehicle load, other accessories, and options may reduce maximum towing capacity. See vehicle Owner's Manual for details.

223 city/29 highway MPG (2021 VW Tiguan 2.0L, 8-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

328 city/36 highway MPG (2022 VW Taos 1.5L, 8-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.