Compare 2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

2019 Subaru Forester
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan
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2.5i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forester 2.5i 26 33 $22,915 $24,295
Forester 2.5i Limited 26 33 $28,787 $30,795
Forester 2.5i Premium 26 33 $25,110 $26,695
Forester 2.5i Sport 26 33 $27,040 $28,795
Forester 2.5i Touring 26 33 $31,991 $34,295
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2.0T S 4MOTION
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tiguan 2.0T S 4MOTION 21 29 $24,572 $25,595
Tiguan 2.0T S FWD 22 29 $23,323 $24,295
Tiguan 2.0T SE 4MOTION 21 29 $26,875 $27,995
Tiguan 2.0T SE FWD 22 29 $25,627 $26,695
Tiguan 2.0T SEL 4MOTION 21 29 $31,771 $33,095
Tiguan 2.0T SEL FWD 22 29 $30,523 $31,795
Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium 4MOTION 21 29 $35,708 $37,195
Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 21 29 $37,338 $38,895
Tiguan 2.0T SEL R-Line 4MOTION 21 29 $33,547 $34,945
Tiguan 2.0T SEL R-Line Black 4MOTION 21 29 $33,595 $34,995
Tiguan 2.0T SEL R-Line Black FWD 22 29 $32,347 $33,695
Tiguan 2.0T SEL R-Line FWD 22 29 $32,299 $33,645

Pricing

Invoice Price

$22,915
$24,572

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$24,295
$25,595

Monthly Payment Estimate

$405 / month
$427 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

6.8
6.0

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2019 Subaru Forester is a well thought-out crossover SUV with exceptional space, a great ride, and standard AWD without a fuel-economy penalty. The 2019 VW Tiguan has a spacious interior and a comfortable ride, but its price climbs quickly.

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Fuel Economy

City

26 mpg 21 mpg

Highway

33 mpg 29 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Small SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Volume (ft³)

111.9 101.1

Front Hip Room (in)

54.1 -

Second Leg Room (in)

39.4 38.7

Front Head Room (in)

41.2 39.6

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Hip Room (in)

53.6 -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

58.2 57

Second Head Room (in)

39.6 38.9

Second Shoulder Room (in)

57.2 55.8

Front Leg Room (in)

43.3 40.2

Third Leg Room (in)

- NA

Third Head Room (in)

- NA

Third Shoulder Room (in)

- NA

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.8 61.8

Wheelbase (in)

105.1 109.8

Liftover Height (in)

28.4 -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

71.5 72.4

Track Width, Front (in)

61.6 62.2

Min Ground Clearance (in)

8.7 7.9

Length, Overall (in)

182.1 185.1

Height, Overall (in)

67.5 66.3

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

31.1 37.6

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

43.3 -

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

70.3 -

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

31.1 37.6

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

51.2 -

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

34.8 -

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

74.3 73.5

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

35.7 -

Brakes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.2 11.8

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.6 13.4

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

16.6 15.9

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

35.4 37.7

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P225/60HR17 P215/65HR17

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P225/60HR17 P215/65HR17

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1500 1500

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1500 1500

Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)

1500 1500

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

150 150

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

150 150

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3449 3858

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Steel Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7 17 X 7

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Steel Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7 17 X 7

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

176 @ 4400 221 @ 1600

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

2.5 L/152 2.0 L/121

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

182 @ 5800 184 @ 4400

Engine Type

Regular Unleaded H-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4

Fuel System

Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

29 24

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

33 29

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

26 21

Transmission

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.70 3.33

Trans Type

7 8

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.69 3.99

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

0.56 0.81

Trans Description Cont.

CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.60 - 0.75 5.59

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

- 1.95

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 1.21

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

- 3.14

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 1.43

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.67

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 1.00

Summary

Vehicle Name

Subaru Forester Volkswagen Tiguan

Body Style

Sport Utility 4MOTION

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Double Wishbone Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Double Wishbone Multi-Link

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

6.1 7.4

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- 360

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

--

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

--

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

--

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

--

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

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