How does the new Tiguan measure up to the CR-V?
The Tiguan is more compact. That’s the first thing you notice. It’s also got a very smart cabin laid out in the usual logical VW-way, which I like. The ride is very accomplished. And the engine fairly zings along above 2000rpm.
But I won’t be cashing in the CR-V just yet, I told him. The extra space is noticeable, and welcome, while the engine’s hearty pulling power starts much lower down. It means it’s easier to drive; the VW can be a bit flat-footed low down. And the CR-V will be better for towing.
However, the real crunch comes in the running costs. Tiguan economy is 39.2mpg; the CR-V 43.5mpg. That, and the CR-V’s lower CO2 emissions, means it falls into the 24% tax band while the Tiguan languishes three bands higher up.