2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Chevy Trax

Compact crossovers are so popular that most automakers are permanently shifting their model lineups to align with that intense consumer demand. Volkswagen, in particular, is set to release multiple new crossover options in the next few years. Chevy took a chance with the compact Trax crossover, which is based on its surprisingly popular cousin, the Buick Encore. Both the 2016 Tiguan and 2016 Trax appeal to America's modern taste for the mini SUV.

VW lowered the Tiguan's MSRP for 2016, while adding attractive standard features like heated front seats, vinyl seating materials and keyless entry and ignition. Also added across the VW line is the latest VW Car-Net multimedia interface and emergency telematics software. The Trax is so new that the 2016 model year brings no significant changes to the vehicle.

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan


2016 Chevy Trax

2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder Engine 1.4L Turbo 4-cylinder


Horsepower 138
56.1 cu.ft Max. Cargo Capacity 48.4 cu.ft.
Standard Heated Front Seats Avaialble


The 2016 Trax will make most sense as a family runabout in urban areas, where parking and space are both at a premium. The Trax is simple to maneuver and park, but still provides comparable passenger space to the larger VW Tiguan. Standard Trax features include: 16-inch wheels, automatic headlamps, full power accessories, A/C, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a fold-flat front passenger seat, a 7-inch touchscreen with Chevrolet MyLink, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, OnStar emergency telematics, voice controls, six speakers, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack. Fuel economy is also excellent, but driving engagement and cargo space are both sacrificed for the Trax's frugal character.

The more versatile and premium VW Tiguan offers one of the most enjoyable drives in this vehicle class, with a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. While smaller than some other competitors, it likely hits the sweet spot for drivers also considering the super-compact Trax, with a maneuverable body that can still expand to hold 56.1 cubic feet of cargo. The Tiguan's impressive list of standard features includes: 16-inch wheels, roof rails, heated side mirrors, automatic headlamps and wipers, keyless ignition and entry, cruise control, A/C, heated front seats, a rear seat that slides and reclines, vinyl seating surfaces, a 5-inch touchscreen with a rearview camera, Bluetooth, eight speakers, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.

Contact our sales team today for a free quote and test drive of the attractive VW Tiguan!