2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2021 Subaru Forester Comparison in Columbus, OH

Compact SUVs are great for drivers looking to get a vehicle with some added space but don't want to shell out the extra bucks for a large SUV that'll guzzle gas. Thankfully, drivers have a wealth of options in the compact SUV class to choose from, but which ones really offer everything drivers are looking for? We'll find out by comparing the new 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan with another popular model in its class: the 2021 Subaru Forester.

To find out which compact SUV model is the best combination of total value across all categories, we're going to directly compare the 2021 Tiguan and 2021 Forester in the most important categories drivers care about like performance, interior space, and more. Let's see which compact SUV can rightfully claim to be the best of the best.

front and side profile of 2021 volkswagen tiguan

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan VS 2021 Subaru Forester: Interior

Both of these compact SUVs feature a modern and sensible design with features like 17-Inch wheels, over 7-inches of ground clearance, and roof rails that all converge to give you a compact SUV that can handle all of your needs. However, the 2021 Tiguan offers a special body kit called the R-Line Black that upgrade the tired to 20-inch black rims, and it adds bold trim accents around the exteriors of the vehicle to make it stand-out that much more.

One key factor that separates the 2021 Tiguan apart from its competition like the 2021 Forester is that it's one of the few compact SUV models that offers an available third-row seating. If you want a car that can seat up to seven passengers without being cumbersome or bulky, the 2021 Tiguan is the perfect mix of compact size and large capability. But, if you choose the five-seat configuration, drivers still get 73.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down, virtually matching the 2021 Forester's 76.1 cubic feet of max space. Plus, the 2021 Tiguan still has as many luxurious comfort amenities as any model on the road, like the available V-Tex leatherette seating and Climatronic® dual-zone automatic climate control.


driver's cockpit of 2021 volkswagen tiguan including steering wheel and digital cockpit instrument cluster

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan VS 2021 Subaru Forester: Technology

Drivers have come to expect certain features, such as Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto, to be standard in most models, and both the 2021 Tiguan and 2021 Forester meet those expectations. The 2021 Tiguan, however, is the only model that offers the one-of-a-kind Volkswagen Digital Cockpit which replaces the conventional instrument cluster found in the Forester with a digital, high-resolution screen that can display route-guidance, speed, assistance systems, and more. Also available only through the Tiguan is the Volkswagen Car-Net feature, which grants you comand of your vehicle through an app on your smartphone. It's just another example of Volkswagen being at the head of the pack when it comes to advanced technology.

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rear and side profile of 2021 volkswagen tiguan

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan VS 2021 Subaru Forester: Performance

As far as performance goes, few models can keep up with the 2021 Tiguan. Thanks to its finely-tuned 2.0-liter Turbo standard engine, the 2021 Tiguan can offer drivers 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Forester unfortunately can't keep up and only offers 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque on its standard engine. Plus, both models can offer all-wheel drive with the 2021 Tiguan offering the available 4MOTION® all-wheel drive with Active Control that has four different drive modes drivers can choose from including Snow and Off-Road Custom mode.This improves on the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive w/ X-Mode which only features a mud/deep snow setting.


aerial profile of 2021 volkswagen tiguan with park distance control

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan VS 2021 Subaru Forester: Safety

Safety is always the top priority, and both models show that they have a commitment to your safety with their impressive crash-test ratings and scores. Both the 2021 Tiguan and 2021 Forester were named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, proving that they're in the elite when it comes to automotive safety. Both models also have some of the latest driver-assist technologies to offer like forward-collision warning and adaptive cruise control; however, only the 2021 Tiguan has the blind-spot monitoring system and intelligent crash response system standard on all-models. In the 2021 Tiguan, you've always got another set of eyes watching your blind spot.

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2021 Volkswagen Tiguan VS 2021 Subaru Forester: Price & Value

Finally, we come to the all-important price category. The 2021 Tiguan, with its starting MSRP of $25,245 is about the same as the 2021 Forester and its starting MSRP of $24,795. However, it quickly becomes clear that what you get for the money is not the same. Just consider the added capabilities and versatility of the 2021 Tiguan with its third-row seating option as well as its wealth of standard features and eye-popping performance. There's no doubt that the compact SUV from Volkswagen has the most value to offer drivers.

When it's time to experience the 2021 Tiguan first-hand for yourself, contact our staff at Byers Volkswagen in Columbus, Ohio, to learn more or to schedule a test drive, today.

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan 2021 Subaru Forester
$25,245Starting MSRP*$24,795
184 HPStandard Horsepower182 HP
221 lb-ftStandard Torque172 lb-ft
7 PassengersMax Seating Capacity5 Passengers
73.5 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Capacity76.1 Cubic Feet
StandardApple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™Standard
6.5-inch Color TouchscreenInfotainment System6.5-inch Color Touchscreen
AvailableDigital Instrument ClusterNot Available
StandardForward Collision WarningStandard
StandardBlind Spot MonitorAvailable
AvailableAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

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