2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2020 Ford Escape

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2020 Ford Escape

Could there be two crossover SUVs more different than the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan and the 2020 Ford Escape? Maybe, but these two vehicles do show two different sides of what a crossover should and shouldn’t be. With a quick look at the exteriors, the design philosophy becomes obvious. The Escape sticks with an early 2000s design with its grille separated from the headlights, and black runners along the bottoms of the doors and around the wheel wells. The Tiguan is a sensible, yet sleek crossover with a linear grille and chrome-trimmed windows and distinct body lines.

Still, a vehicle is worth much more than its looks. Between the doors and under the hood, the two vehicles deliver two distinct crossover experiences. Review the chart and comparison that are included below to see which makes for the best crossover SUV.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan 


2020 Ford Escape 

3-Row Seating Available  Seating Options  2-Row Seating Only 
73.5 cu.ft.  Cargo Space  65.4 cu.ft. 
Traditional Automatic Shift Knob  Transmission Shift Type  Automatic Shift Dial 
Integrated Touchscreen  Infotainment System  Tablet-Style Dashboard Relief Touchscreen

Comparison Analysis


As you can tell by reading through the chart, the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is prepared for versatility in ways that the 2020 Ford Escape isn't. With an available third row of seats, you can either take more people for a ride with you or take advantage of the greater cargo space by folding down both back rows.


Greater cargo space in the Tiguan is available with the 4MOTION® AWD option, otherwise, the cargo space is only slightly larger than what you find in the Escape. Both SUVs have AWD systems, but the Volkswagen 4MOTION® AWD delivers the kind of reliable, intelligent traction system drivers want plus increased cargo space and seating.


The Tiguan looks and feels more modern on the outside, but it uses traditional design inside to preserve quality and a feeling of familiarity. The Tiguan has a normal stick-style shift knob, while the Escape has a dial, which many experienced drivers will dislike.

Infotainment Screen

When it comes to technology, the novelty of touchscreens has turned into an expectation in recent years, and the dashboard-raised screen in the Escape looks flimsy, out-of-place, and obtrusive. The integrated touchscreen in the Tiguan looks and feels more natural without drawing too much attention to itself.