2020 VW Tiguan vs 2020 Subaru Forester SUV Comparison in Cerritos, CA

Some of the best-selling vehicles in America are small SUVs and crossovers, and it's easy to see why. They're perfect for so many Southern California families that need a bit more cargo space and passenger room than the typical sedan or hatchback. But which SUV is right for your family? There's only one way to find out: compare them side-by-side in the areas that matter most to you! We'll compare the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan to the 2020 Subaru Forester below, and show you why VW is the best value.

2020 Tiguan Available 3rd Row

2020 VW Tiguan vs. 2020 Subaru Forester: Design & Dimensions

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan boasts a flexible and spacious cabin that includes an optional third row of seats for up to seven occupants! The 2020 Subaru Forester can only seat five people in two rows. So while it offers a little more maximum cargo space, the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is even more versatile. Choose the seven-seater if you need to move some more kids and car-seats, or choose the two-row model to get up to 73.5 cubic feet of storage space when you fold down the second row!

It's easier to get cargo in the 2020 VW Tiguan, too. With the available Hands-free Easy Open and Easy Close liftgate, a wave of your foot under the rear bumper will open the power liftgate automatically. The 2020 Subaru Forester offers a power rear gate, too, but the kick gesture function is conspicuously absent.

2020 Tiguan Gesture Open Tailgate

2020 VW Tiguan vs. 2020 Subaru Forester: Features & Technology

On the outside, the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan comes standard with roof rails to make it easier to carry bikes, surfboards and more. It also provides standard heated mirrors for those foggy mornings with integrated turn signals for a sharper look. All these features will cost you extra as upgrades on the 2020 Subaru Forester.

Turning to the interior, the 2020 VW Tiguan offers some optional upgrades that you won't find on any Subaru Forester. The available wireless charging pad keeps your devices juiced up with ease while the available Area View camera creates a virtual 360-degree bird's eye view of your vehicle and its surroundings for easy parking in cramped spots. The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit replaces traditional gauges with a slick all-video gauge cluster so you can monitor your speed, get driver assist feedback and get navigation details all in your dashboard. None of this is available on the 2020 Subaru Forester.

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2020 Atlas Digital Cockpit

2020 VW Tiguan vs. 2020 Subaru Forester: Performance

The Volkswagen SUV makes a little bit more horsepower than the 2020 Subaru Forester, but, more importantly, it makes a whole lot more torque. 221 lb-ft of torque under the hood of the 2020 VW Tiguan will provide superior low-end power for more quickness of the line. The engine in the Tiguan is turbocharged for superior power compared to the naturally aspirated Subaru Forester.

Furthermore, the 2020 VW Tiguan has an 8-speed automatic transmission for smooth and efficient highway cruising as well as impressive responsiveness. The continuously-variable transmission in the 2020 Subaru Forester is lauded for its efficiency, but enthusiasts often complain of laggy response and a droning engine noise that just makes the ride less enjoyable.

2020 Tiguan Blind Spot Monitor

2020 VW Tiguan vs. 2020 Subaru Forester: Safety

Both the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan and 2020 Subaru Forester won a 2020 Top Safety Pick honor from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Their crash tests revealed that both models are at the top of their class when it comes to crash-readiness.

But the best crash is one that's avoided instead! That's why both models offer features like forward automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assistance. But for monitoring the traffic that can be lurking behind and beside you, the 2020 VW Tiguan features standard Blind Spot Monitor. Similar technology is only available on more costly trim levels of 2020 Subaru Forester.

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The 2020 Subaru Forester, with a starting MSRP of $24,495, is comparable to the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan in many ways, including price. With a starting MSRP of $24,945, the 2020 VW Tiguan may appear to cost just a little bit more than the 2020 Subaru Forester, but consider what you get for your money! Experience the superior VW Tiguan for yourself during your test drive at McKenna Volkswagen today.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan2020 Subaru Forester
$24,945Starting MSRP*$24,495
221Torque (lb-ft)176
Front-Wheel Drive (AWD Available)DrivetrainAll-Wheel Drive
5 Or 7 OccupantsSeating Capacity5 Occupants
76.1 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume73.5 Cubic Feet (5-Passenger Config)
40-20-40Second-Row Split60-40
StandardHeated Exterior MirrorsAvailable Upgrade
Available UpgradeAll-Digital Gauge ClusterNot Available
Available UpgradeOverhead View CameraNot Available

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.