2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Mazda CX-5

Who says cars are the only vehicles that can be sporty? Naturally you’ve heard of “sports cars” but the expression “sports SUVs” hasn’t really caught on yet. That isn’t to say, that SUVs can’t offer the dynamic handling and sports-driven performance that some cars are able to deliver. The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Mazda CX-5 are two of the more athletic and fun-to-drive small scale crossovers currently on the market.

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan and Mazda CX-5 both come standard as front-wheel drive vehicles, although there is the option of an all-wheel drive model depending on the region and type of driving done most often. Another commonality shared among the two is their engine size but, the key difference is that the Tiguan’s is turbocharged. The base level CX-5’s engine lacks life and luster while casually pushing out 155 HP. Able to accelerate 0-60 in 7.5 seconds, the VW Tiguan produces 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque, giving it a peppy edge.

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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Mazda CX-5
Turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder Base Engine 2.0L 4-cylinder
Yes All-Wheel Drive Available Yes
Yes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto No




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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan: Fun-to-Drive and Full of Finesse

If you’ve ever been behind the wheel of a dull vehicle, one that lacked any energy while accelerating and had a borning or cheap-looking interior to match, that’s something you won’t have to worry about here. Neither the 2016 Tiguan and CX-5 are going to disappoint. And while Mazda’s CX-5 carries the reputation as being one of the sportiest compact crossovers to drive, if its a boost in performance and agility you crave, the Tiguan R-Line trim is sure to deliver.

The 2016 Tiguan is available in four trim levels: S, R-Line, SE, and SEL. While the Tiguan already is an athletic vehicle that handles with ease and agility, to step its game up another level, the R-Line adds a sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, a sport-tuned suspension, and bumps up to 19-inch wheels.

What really drives the two vehicles apart though is the exquisite German craftsmanship and engineering of the Volkswagen Tiguan. From front to back, the cabin of the Volkswagen Tiguan is finished with soft-touch materials and tastefully placed chrome accents. The center console and dashboard technology all are cleanly laid out, easily within reach. The evidence is clear as soon as you sit in the Volkswagen Tiguan, which we would like to invite all interested drivers to come and take for a test drive. Any questions are welcomed and we hope to see you soon at Donaldsons VW!

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