Compare 2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Subaru Forester
2020 Volkswagen Tiguan
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CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forester CVT 26 33 $23,099 $24,495
Forester Limited CVT 26 33 $29,062 $31,095
Forester Premium CVT 26 33 $25,753 $27,395
Forester Sport CVT 26 33 $27,224 $28,995
Forester Touring CVT 26 33 $32,266 $34,595
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2.0T S 4MOTION
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tiguan 2.0T S 4MOTION 20 27 $25,195 $26,245
Tiguan 2.0T S FWD 22 29 $23,947 $24,945
Tiguan 2.0T SE 4MOTION 20 27 $27,259 $28,395
Tiguan 2.0T SE FWD 22 29 $26,011 $27,095
Tiguan 2.0T SE R-Line Black 4MOTION 20 27 $30,331 $31,595
Tiguan 2.0T SE R-Line Black FWD 22 29 $29,083 $30,295
Tiguan 2.0T SEL 4MOTION 20 27 $32,203 $33,545
Tiguan 2.0T SEL FWD 22 29 $30,955 $32,245
Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 20 27 $37,243 $38,795

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2020 Subaru Forester: Compare Crossover SUVs

Just like every culture has a distinct take on a stuffed dough ball—empanada, pierogi, panzarotti—every automaker has a distinct take on a compact crossover. The 2020 Subaru Forester is the steamed bun of this analogy, and the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is the lesser known bierocks. 

Both are distinct, both are boxy, both have good standard features, but the Forester stands out a bit more. On our menu, it earns a TCC Rating of 6.8 compared to the Tiguan’s 6.0. This score partly reflects the relative freshness of the Forester, which was overhauled for 2019 and won our Best Car To Buy 2019 award. A refreshed Tiguan is planned for 2021, yet it’s not without its charms, which we outline in detail below. 


 

Pricing

Invoice Price

$23,099
$25,195

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$24,495
$26,245

Monthly Payment Estimate

$408 / month
$437 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

6.8
6.0

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2020 Subaru Forester is an incredible value among compact crossovers and a former Best Car To Buy winner. The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is a well-rounded crossover SUV, just don’t expect to use its third row for anyone bigger than the family dog.

TCC Likes

TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

26 mpg 20 mpg

Highway

33 mpg 27 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 3847

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 23

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

33 27

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

26 20

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 VJ

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 7.7

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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