The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact SUV that pleases buyers at San Joaquin area car dealers, thanks to its outstanding driving dynamics, smooth ride, and wealth of tech features that come standard. The Tiguan offers drivers a satisfying blend of excellent fuel economy and great performance. The Tiguan is one of the only vehicles in its class that gets an available third-row seat.
Some shoppers looking for a compact crossover may also be considering buying the 2020 Subaru Forester. We’ll look at these two vehicles side by side and see which one offers the most to buyers.
According to the San Joaquin car dealership, Volkswagen of Bakersfield, the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan has a more powerful engine than the 2020 Subaru Forester. Under the hood of the Tiguan sits a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine generating 184 horses and 221 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 Subaru Forester is powered by a 2.5-liter flat-four engine that only puts out 182 hp and 176 lb-ft.
The Tiguan’s four-cylinder block sends power to the wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Forester’s engine is connected to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). While CVTs have made some progress, most automobile aficionados would rather have an automatic gearbox than a CVT.
The VW Tiguan is faster than the Subaru Forester. According to Motor Trend, the Tiguan was able to make the sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds. The Forester took 9.6 seconds to make the same trip.
The Subaru Forester can seat five passengers. The VW Tiguan has room for seven when equipped with the available third-row seat. Tiguan passengers will enjoy 123.9 cubic feet of passenger space, while those in the Forester will have to get by with only 111.9 cubic feet.
The 2020 Tiguan features lots of room to store cargo, with 37.6 cubic feet of space to carry groceries, sports equipment or items from the local home supply store. The 2020 Forester only has 35.4 cubic feet of space for cargo.
The VW Tiguan makes it a breeze to load groceries when your hands are full. The Tiguan’s top-level SEL Premium R-Line trim features a hands-free liftgate that drivers can open and close by kicking a foot beneath the rear bumper. The Forester has a power liftgate, but it’s not hands-free. You’ll have to put down whatever you’re carrying to open it.
The 2020 Tiguan’s standard automatic post-collision braking system helps keep occupants safe by automatically applying the brakes when it detects an imminent collision. This safety system isn’t available in the Forester.
The Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line has a standard overhead view camera. This safety feature lets the driver see objects around the vehicle on a display screen. The Forester has a rear monitor and parking sensors that flash or beep. It doesn’t allow the driver to see objects on the vehicle’s sides.
In the End
While the 2020 Subaru Forester is a nice crossover, when you hold it up to the light against the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan, the Forester is outclassed. The Tiguan gets a more powerful engine, more room for passengers, more cargo space, and safety features that are unavailable in the Forester.