Which 2-Row SUV is Best: Volkswagen Tiguan or Subaru Outback?

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2022 Subaru Outback Comparison in Columbus, OH

It seems like the car market is flooded with mid-size SUV options from small, hatchback cars sitting on big wheels to industry stalwarts from Volkswagen and Subaru. So, how do you know which one is right for you? Well, we'd like to give you a head start with the following comparison between the new 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan and Subaru Outback. They're similarly priced, but that doesn't mean you're getting the same value for your money. Once you have an idea of what each model has to offer, we invite you to get better acquainted with the new 2022 VW Tiguan in Columbus, OH at Byers Volkswagen.

Side profile of 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan

Design & Features

The new Volkswagen Tiguan presents a sleek and sophisticated look that speaks well of its German engineering, but looks aren't everything. The Subaru Outback looks good too, as it does share some standard exterior features with the VW Tiguan such as LED headlights, roof rails, and seventeen-inch alloy wheels. However, the new Volkswagen takes things a bit further with standard heated mirrors and keyless access with push-button start -- both features that will cost more as upgrades on the new Subaru Outback. What's more, you'll also get heated windshield washer nozzles on the VW Tiguan, which aren't at all available on the new Subaru Outback.

Inside, you'll find even more differences between the new VW Tiguan and Subaru Outback. Perhaps the most noticeable distinction is the available third row of seating in the new VW Tiguan. It's the perfect solution for those who need a bit more seating but would rather avoid the larger three-row SUV options. For the record, the Subaru Outback is only available with two rows of seats. You'll also find a host of standard features inside the new Volkswagen Tiguan, like heated seats, that will cost more as upgrades in the new Subaru Outback.

VW Tiguan display screen

Advanced Technology To Keep You Connected

Staying connected is easier than ever before in today's modern SUVs. The new Volkswagen Tiguan and Subaru Outback are no exceptions. The new Subaru Outback starts out with two different center touchscreens, so you'll have to keep track of which controls are on which screen. The new Volkswagen Tiguan is equipped with one center touchscreen. An even bigger difference is found when you look at the gauge cluster. The new Subaru Outback has a traditional set of analog gauges while the new VW Tiguan is equipped standard with the impressive Volkswagen Digital Cockpit that presents customizable information on a large digital screen. When you see it in person, we think you'll agree that the new VW Tiguan offers a better suite of technology than the Subaru Outback.

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2022 Volkswagen Tiguan parked off road

Performance That You Can Count On

When you first look at the horsepower offered by these SUVs, it looks like they're about equal, but what really matters is the amount of torque that each vehicle generates. Where the new Subaru Outback starts out with a naturally-aspirated engine that turns out 176 lb/ft of torque, the turbocharged Volkswagen Tiguan engine unleashes 221 lb/ft of torque when you put the pedal down. So, what does that extra torque mean? It means quicker acceleration from a stop, easier merging onto the freeway, and an easier time getting around that slow-moving camper on a short, uphill passing lane. And, unlike the AWD Subaru Outback, you'll have your choice between a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive Volkswagen Tiguan.

VW Tiguan display with illustration of pre-collision detection

Confidence & Safety

The new Volkswagen Tiguan and Subaru Outback are among the safest SUVs available today. Both have earned top safety recognition from independent industry experts, and they're both equipped standard with advanced driver assistance technology like automatic pre-collision braking. However, the new VW Tiguan takes things a bit further with additional standard features that will cost more as upgrades on the two-row SUV from Subaru. These include blind spot detection, rear traffic alert, and keyless access with push-button start for when you're in a parking lot that doesn't feel right. These will all cost extra as upgrades on the new Subaru Outback.

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2022 Volkswagen Tiguan vs Subaru Outback: Summary

If you're looking for one of the most affordable new three-row SUVs available, the new Volkswagen Tiguan is the clear option with a starting MSRP* of just $25,995. That's even more affordable than the new Subaru Outback that starts with an MSRP of $26,945. Whether you choose the two-row or three-row version of the VW Tiguan, you're clearly getting a lot more for your money. Come see us to find out just how easy it is to take home your next new ride from Byers Volkswagen!

Feature2022 Volkswagen Tiguan2022 Subaru Outback
Starting MSRP*$25,995$26,945
Max Cargo Capacity73.4 Cubic Feet75.7 Cubic Feet
Passenger Volume124 Cubic Feet109 Cubic Feet
Seating Capacity7 Passengers5 Passengers
Fuel Economy (MPG)30 Highway - 23 City33 Highway - 26 City
Heated Windshield Washer NozzlesStandardNot Available
Heated MirrorsStandardAvailable Upgrade
Heated Front SeatsStandardAvailable Upgrade
Blind Spot MonitorStandardAvailable Upgrade
Keyless Access With Push-Button StartStandardAvailable Upgrade

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