Acura RDX vs. Volkswagen Tiguan
Acura RDX
Volkswagen Tiguan
At a Glance: RDX vs. Tiguan
Acura RDX

Everyday adventures start with the Acura RDX and the Volkswagen Tiguan. These SUVs have get-up-and-go attitudes just like yours. A quick run to the farmer’s market? Count them in. A weekend road trip? They’re ready to ride.

The readiness of these SUVs makes them popular choices for Springfield, Mumford, Highlandville, Ozark, and Cowan, MO drivers, but which one will accommodate your spontaneity? Our Frank Leta Acura of Springfield team has curated the following comparison to aid your decision-making process. Let’s go!



272 HP | 184 HP
RDX vs. Tiguan


42 in | 40.2 in
RDX vs. Tiguan


10.2 in | 6.5 in
RDX vs. Tiguan
Explore the Difference
Select a category below to learn more about how the Acura RDX compares to the Volkswagen Tiguan.
Acura RDX

Do you know what gives your wanderlust a run for its money? The powerful engines of the RDX and the Tiguan. These engines put the power in powertrain, breathing new life into your shopping sprees, camping trips, and routine errands.

Thrill Rides

The Acura and the VW both have a single engine option of the same type: a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine. Does this level the playing field? We’ll let their powertrain outputs do the talking:

  • Acura RDX: 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque
  • VW Tiguan: 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque

The RDX can pull more power from its depths, and it will be noticeable as you drive. With almost 100 more horsepower, the Acura will smoothly accelerate and jet past other drivers—including those in the VW Tiguan!

Ready for Anything

So, these SUVs have the same engine. How does the Acura RDX pull off its heightened abilities? It uses a 10-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters to optimize gear shifts and propel you down the road effortlessly. The VW offers an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Standard Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ plays a factor, too! This drivetrain enhances wheel grip, which makes acceleration more engaging and solidifies your drive during inclement weather. In comparison, the Tiguan comes standard with front-wheel drive and makes 4Motion® all-wheel drive available.

Acura RDX

One of the key differences between the Acura and the RDX is how many seats they provide. The RDX seats up to five riders, while the Tiguan allows for seven passengers. Don’t count out the Acura just yet. This model is here to prove that bigger may not always be better.

Spacious Seating

Is more space guaranteed in the bigger VW Tiguan? We took out the measuring tape to find out!

Acura RDX
Volkswagen Tiguan
Front Headroom 40 inches 39.6 inches
Legroom (front/rear) 42/38 inches 40.2/36.6 inches
Shoulder Room (front/rear) 60/57 inches 57/55.8 inches

After taking a closer look, we’ve found the Tiguan offers less space for its seven passengers, which may leave everyone feeling cramped. However, even with a full house, the RDX leaves plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the ride.

Explore the Cargo Hold

Does the same ring true for cargo space? Actually, when all seats are folded down, the Acura RDX offers more room yet again! You’ll have up to 79.8 cubic feet to fill up with all your getaway gear. Luggage, sleeping bags, coolers, reusable grocery bags, you name it.

The VW Tiguan isn’t far behind, with 65.3 cubic feet when its second and third rows are folded down. However, the extra room in the Acura lets you extend your vacation or overpack all you want.

Acura RDX

As much as you love going off-grid, technology is a huge part of your day-to-day life. Did you hear there was a new restaurant in town? Use your phone to pull up navigation. Need to make a quick purchase before you leave town? You’ve got an app for that. The RDX and the Tiguan come with purposeful technology, so you can disconnect and be present simultaneously.

Mobile Info Hub

Your main information hub in the Acura is a 10.2-inch HD dual-content center display. Its large size will make the screen’s icons easier to click and see! Navigating the screen is easy, too, thanks to the True Touchpad Interface™ located in the center console. Everything you do on your phone is now possible on this helpful hub.

The VW Tiguan opts for a 6.5-inch touchscreen on its base trim. An 8-inch display is available on higher trims; however, it’s still not as large as the RDX’s standard offering.

Hey Alexa! Hey Siri!

So, how can you turn these SUVs’ main displays into an extension of your smartphone? By using any of these integrations:

  • Bluetooth®
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™

The Acura RDX has even more ways to connect! If you’re an Apple user, you can bring Siri on the road with you, thanks to Siri® Eyes Free. If Alexa is a common name in your household, the Acura is also Amazon Alexa capable. Both integrations are unavailable on the VW.

Ready to Choose?
Acura RDX

Wherever your heart leads, the Acura RDX and the Volkswagen Tiguan will follow. However, which one would you prefer as your companion? We believe the Acura’s optimized performance, spacious interior, and advanced technology will bolster your ready-for-anything mentality.

Do you agree? If so, schedule a test drive with Frank Leta Acura of Springfield near Springfield, Mumford, Highlandville, Ozark, or Cowan, MO today!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new RDX for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

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