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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Ford Escape

The crossover SUV is quickly becoming the most competitive segment, and it’s not difficult to see why. Families have long been known to seek out extra room not only for their children, but for the wide variety of sports gear and other supplies necessary for the family life. With fuel economy ratings on the rise, it no longer is a poor choice to step into a crossover even for those who haven’t started a family. Outdoor enthusiasts appreciate the extra cargo space and ease of packing up bulky equipment on the roof. The question isn’t why choose a crossover, but which one is best for you? Comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Ford Escape, you’ll find they are offered at a similar price range, but the 2018 VW Tiguan is more powerful to start.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Ford Escape

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan


2018 Ford Escape

2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder Base Engine 2.5-liter 4-cylinder
184hp/221 lb-ft of torque Performance Specs 168hp/170 lb-ft of torque
8-speed automatic Transmission 6-speed automatic
6-year/72,000 miles Warranty 5-year/60,000 miles

Why choose the 2018 VW Tiguan?

You can see that the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan has a much more potent engine, which combines with an eight-speed automatic transmission for a silky smooth and quiet driving experience. The 2018 Ford Escape does have more engine options, but the only one more powerful than the standard in the Tiguan comes at a much higher price point. You’ll see that the advertising for the Ford Escape lists a higher towing figure than the Tiguan, but this is because the specs are listed for this upgraded engine. For those who choose the base model, towing is exactly the same.

Once you look past the performance specs, though these are considered key for many, there is the interior space to consider. One thing to note for the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is that it is a seven-passenger vehicle in all front-wheel drive configurations. The AWD option comes standard with seating for five and available third-row seating. The Ford Escape universally offers seating for five passengers.

Interior space for the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan with five seats is 101.1 cubic feet for passengers and a maximum of 73.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row. The Ford Escape offers 98.7 cubic feet of passenger volume and 68 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the first row.

Clearly, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is hitting the right notes when it comes to performance and roominess. Find out if it’s right for you when you stop by Onion Creek Volkswagen for a test drive.