Subaru Forester vs Volkswagen Tiguan Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

The 2020 Subaru Forester is one of our most popular vehicles, and it's not hard to see why. It gives you the comfortable, spacious cabin Southern California families want along with the style, capability, durability and all-wheel drive tenacity that only comes from Subaru. That makes it an even better value than rivals like the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan. See how the Subaru Forester can do more, carry more, go further and protect better than its rival from Volkswagen in the comparison below.

Subaru Forester Cargo Area

Size & Design: 2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan offers an optional third row of seats, unlike the 2020 Subaru Forester (we've got the three-row Subaru Ascent for that). But we're not sure exactly where they plan to fit everyone in there. After all, the 2020 Subaru Forester offers a roomier cabin and extra space for cargo, too! You get more legroom in both rows of seats and two-and-a-half extra cubic feet of maximum cargo volume in the 2020 Subaru Forester compared to the five-seat 2020 VW Tiguan.

Furthermore, with optional features like a one-touch reclining rear seat back, PIN-code vehicle access and a cargo-area rear gate light, the 2020 Subaru Forester offers even more practicality! You won't find any of these features on the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan.

Subaru Forester Center Stack

Technology: 2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

Both these SUVs come standard with the latest technology for staying in touch with others -- but only one has the technology to stay in touch with its driver...

When it comes to multimedia, the 2020 Subaru Forester and 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan are very similar. Both models come standard with a 6.5" touchscreen with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. On both, an 8" touchscreen with voice-activated navigation is also an optional upgrade.

But the new-for-2020 Subaru DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System keeps track of your driving and can detect if your attention starts to wander. It can alert you so you can grab a cup of coffee, switch drivers or just retrain your eyes on the road ahead. A driver attention monitor isn't available on the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan at all.

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Subaru Forester On Dirt Road

Performance: 2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

Thanks to its efficient BOXER® engine, the 2020 Subaru Forester gets excellent fuel economy -- outperforming the 2020 VW Tiguan by four MPG both in the city and on the highway. Better still, the horizontally opposed pistons of the BOXER® engine promote a smooth ride and allow the engine to be positioned low for a planted handling and a more car-like driving experience.

Furthermore, the fuel efficiency of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan will suffer even more if you add optional all-wheel drive. The 2020 Subaru Forester has all-wheel drive as standard! All-wheel drive will cost you an additional $1,300 as an option on the VW Tiguan.

Family Loading Subaru Forester

Safety: 2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

Both these models earned a 2020 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In fact, both the 2020 Subaru Forester and 2020 VW Tiguan got the best-possible scores in all IIHS crash tests performed. That means we're glad to say that both cars can provide impressive safety in the event of an accident. Better still, they both come with standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking to help you avoid an accident before it happens! But the 2020 Subaru Forester still has a safety advantage over its Volkswagen rival....

Subaru Forester Headlights

Adaptive Cruise Control: 2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

Standard Subaru EyeSight® comes with every 2020 Subaru Forester. Not only does it provide forward emergency braking, it also comes with distance-pacing adaptive cruise control! This feature automatically maintains a safe following distance, even in heavy traffic, from the vehicle ahead of you. This feature is perfect for taking the stress out of Southern California traffic, and it'll cost you more on the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan as an optional extra.

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Why A New Subaru Offers You More Value At McKenna

With just $500 separating these two vehicles in starting MSRP, it's easy to see why the 2020 Subaru Forester is a smarter buy. It comes standard with so much more that'll cost you more on the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan when you add them as options. And since it gets better fuel efficiency too, it'll continue being a smart buy for years to come. Get the small family SUV that's perfect for your Southern California lifestyle at McKenna Subaru.

2020 Subaru Forester2020 VW Tiguan
$24,495Starting MSRP*$24,945
33 MPG Highway / 26 MPG City Fuel Economy29 MPG Highway / 22 MPG City
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
76.1 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume73.5 Cubic Feet
43.3" Front / 39.4" RearLegroom40.2" Front / 36.6" Rear
StandardAutomatic Climate ControlAvailable Upgrade
StandardHD Radio ReceiverAvailable Upgrade
Available UpgradeOne-Touch Folding Rear SeatbackNot Available
Available UpgradeDriver Attention MonitorNot Available
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.