Both these brands have big ambitions to be the biggest brand around. Toyota is very much ahead of VW in sales as a stand alone make, strong across the world in all markets.
So which has the better car range? Toyota wins on reliability, quite easily in fact. Many think VWs are good in this area too but they are not. Reliability surveys put the big T well ahead also. VW beats Toyota in driver appeal. Neither have much to offer on the styling front.
Which one would have me parting with my ‘hard earned’? Both brands offer something, their success proving that. Either choice would not be a bad one, it would depend if rock solid build outpoints driving pleasure. I would go with Toyota, but neither marque gets me excited.