2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Ford Escape

With many families hoping to avoid the “soccer mom driving a minivan” stereotype, SUVs are quickly becoming the popular choice for family vehicles. We all know how important it is to research and compare similar makes and models when you’re in the market for a new vehicle, and we here at J. Bertolet Volkswagen want to make your car-buying experience as painless as possible.

We decided to compare two similar crossover SUVs, the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan and the 2016 Ford Escape, and see which one of them had the comparative advantage. Both of these vehicles offer standard features like cruise control, electric power steering, interior air filtration and air conditioning, but finding differences between similar vehicles and deciding what best fits your personal needs is very important when car shopping. So what features differ between the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan and the 2016 Ford Escape and set them apart from the rest?

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan


2016 Ford Escape

2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder Engine 2.5L 4-cylinder
200 Horsepower 168
207 pound-feet Torque 170 pound-feet
2200 lbs. Maximum Towing Capacity 1500 lbs.


The 2016 Ford Escape comes available in three trims: the S, SE and Titanium. Standard features of the 2016 Escape include a rear view camera, 60/40 folding rear seats, air conditioning and a 6-speaker audio system. Front-wheel drive comes standard on the S trim, while all-wheel drive is standard on the SE and Titanium trims. Standard safety features include side-curtain airbags, Brake Assist, SOS Post-Crash Alert System, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Remote Keyless Entry and SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System.

The 2016 Tiguan gives you the option to customize as much as you want. The SUV comes available in six trims: the S, S with 4Motion, SE, SEL, R-Line and R-Line with 4Motion. All trims of the 2016 Tiguan come standard with features like Bluetooth connectivity, heated seats, keyless entry and a rear camera. The SE and SEL trim levels even come standard with advanced features like Volkswagen Car-Net, Navigation, power seats and a sunroof. The 2016 Tiguan doesn’t skimp out on safety features either. The 2016 Tiguan comes standard with safety features like the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Intelligent Crash Response System, seven stability-enhancing systems, front and rear crumple zones and high-strength steel exterior body panels.

It’s easy to see why these two SUVs are at the top of their class. Both are affordable and reliable, but we think it’s clear that the 2016 Tiguan just has more of the features drivers are looking for out of a family vehicle. With a more powerful engine and more safety features, the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan really checks all the boxes. If you’re interested in seeing this amazing SUV in person, stop down and see us at J. Bertolet Volkswagen for an obligation-free test drive.

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