A side-by-side comparison of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2018 Chevy Trax

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2018 Chevy Trax

The introduction of the all-new and completely redesigned Volkswagen Tiguan has heralded in a new era for Spitzer VW customers looking for the next, or first, crossover SUV. This type of platform has become the most popular category of vehicle in the United States for a few reasons: First, crossover SUVs are much more flexible than sedans offering a useful mix of cargo and passengers space. Second, these vehicles often get the best available technology an automaker has to offer. This is very much the route VW has taken with its crossover SUV lineup. It's also important to note that not all crossover SUVs are the same. A comparison of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2018 Chevy Trax makes for a very vivid illustration of this point. The 2018 VW Tiguan is on the ground and available in large numbers in the Spitzer Volkswagen showroom.

For the current model year, the 2018 Tiguan has undergone a major overhaul. The new Volkswagen crossover SUV is a little more than 10 inches longer than its previous generation. This is led to a sizeable increase in interior volume that is easily adaptable for owners who may have quickly changing needs. When compared to the 2018 Chevy Trax, the all-new Tiguan is more powerful and exhibits a vast advantage in terms of available space. One of the major changes made to the new Tiguan is the addition of an available third-row seat to make seats available for up to seven passengers. The two-row Trax can fit five riders at best. Depending on which trim of the 2018 Tiguan a buyer chooses, more than 73 cubic-feet of cargo space can be used. This figure eclipses the not quite 50 cubic-feet found with the Trax.

2018 VW Tiguan 2018 Chevy Trax
Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl. Engine Turbo., 1.4-L, 4-Cyl.
184/221 Horsepower/Torque 138/148
74.5 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Space 48.4 cu.-ft.
1,500 lbs. Towing N/A

Performance Specs: 2018 Tiguan vs. 2018 Trax

Another area where the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan can clearly outshine the 2018 Chevy Trax is overall performance. Every version of the new Tiguan uses the same powertrain setup. Under the hood of the redesigned Tiguan is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine making 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive is standard, but buyers can choose to add all-wheel-drive if they wish. By comparison, the 2018 Trax has a turbocharged, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine with a peak output of 138 horsepower.

Conventional wisdom would lead some to make the conclusion that the Chevy crossover SUV would demonstrate a major fuel economy advantage over the Tiguan. This would be incorrect. According to estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency, the 2018 VW Tiguan can record more than 20 miles per gallon on the highway. The Trax does have small advantage, but not enough to make up for the rest of the disparities with the 2018 Tiguan.

A front left quarter photo of a white 2018 VW Tiguan R-Line
A right profile photo of a 2018 VW Tiguan parked near a lake.

An interior photo of the 2018 Tiguan showing how passengers can get to the third-row of seats
A photo showing one of the possible configurations of the rear of the 2018 Tiguan.