2023 Ford Escape vs. 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

Picture of the 2023 Ford Escape

2023 Ford
Escape

MSRP*: $28,000 to $39,460
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Picture of the 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan

2024 Volkswagen
Tiguan

MSRP*: $28,880 to $38,880
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MPG - City 26 - 42 MPG 22 - 23 MPG
MPG - Hwy 32 - 36 MPG 29 - 30 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 - 7 seats
Cargo Space 60.8 - 65.4 ft3 65.3 - 73.4 ft3
Engine
  • 163-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gas/Electric Hybrid)
  • 180-hp, 1.5-liter, 3 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 192-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gas/Electric Hybrid)
  • 250-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 184-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Automatic, Continuously Variable Automatic
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 180 - 192 hp 184 hp
Towing Capacity 1,500 - 2,000 lbs 1,500 lbs
Exterior Length 180.5 - 181.2 in 186.1 in
Exterior Width 74.1 in 72.4 in
Leg Room Front 42.4 in
Rear 38.9 - 40.7 in
Front 40.2 in
Rear 36.6 - 38.7 in
Head Room Front 40.0 in
Rear 39.3 in
Front 38.2 - 39.6 in
Rear 37.7 - 39.1 in

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Ford Escape than in the Volkswagen Tiguan. The Ford Escape will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Ford Escape as you will with the Volkswagen Tiguan, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Ford Escape or the Volkswagen Tiguan, it's going to cost you about the same.

Dimensions
Since the Ford Escape is much wider than the Volkswagen Tiguan, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. The Ford Escape is slightly shorter than the Volkswagen Tiguan, which may make it easier to park.

Handling
The Ford Escape has the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Tiguan, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Ford Escape is clearly the choice over the Volkswagen Tiguan for pulling heavy loads. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Ford Escape and the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Powertrain
With its lower torque engine, the Ford Escape doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Ford Escape and the Volkswagen Tiguan. The Ford Escape has less cargo space than the Volkswagen Tiguan, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.