Compare The New 2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Models

When it comes to picking out a new compact crossover SUV, there are a bevy of choices on the market to choose from. At Byers Airport Subaru, we want to help you make an informed decision in finding the SUV that best suits your needs. Below is a head-to-head comparison between the Subaru Forester and the Volkswagen Tiguan. While there is much to recommend about both vehicles, the best way to tell the difference is come in and take the Subaru Forester for a test drive.

2021 Subaru Forester Cargo space

2021 Subaru Forester vs Volkswagen Tiguan: Utility & Comfort

While the Subaru Forester is a spacious two-row SUV, the Tiguan offers an available third row of seating on the S and SE trim levels. You may think that means it's bigger and roomier than the Forester but consider this: The Tiguan comes in at a length of 15.4 feet and the Forester just under that at 15.1 feet. That means while you could fit 7 people in the Tiguan, rear passengers aren't likely to be comfortable. The Forester delivers more headroom, legroom, and more max cargo space than the Tiguan.

Both the Forester and the Tiguan come with standard 6-way manually adjustable driver's seats but when you step up trim levels, the Tiguan only offers an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat. In the Forester, you can easily find that comfortable sweet spot with a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat that's standard on all higher trim levels. Both vehicles offer available heated front seats but only the Forester gives you the luxury of a leather-wrapped steering wheel on all trim levels but the base model; for a true leather-wrapped steering wheel on the Tiguan you have to climb several trim levels.

Subaru Forester technology specs

2021 Subaru Forester vs Volkswagen Tiguan: Technology

When it comes to interior technology and connectivity, the Forester and the Tiguan are strikingly similar. They both offer a standard 6.5-inch multimedia display with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability. The higher trim levels on both vehicles have an 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen and the highest trim levels offer standard navigation systems. Both the Forester and the Tiguan deliver an available premium 9-speaker sound system for exciting musical experiences.

Where the Forester takes the obvious technological lead over the Tiguan is in driver assist features. The standard EyeSight® suite delivers Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and High Beam Assist, features that you can only get on higher trim levels of the Tiguan. The Forester also comes standard with the Pre-Collision Braking System, a feature that will apply the brakes to prevent an accident if it senses the vehicle in front of you is too near.

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Subaru Forester performance specs

2021 Subaru Forester vs Volkswagen Tiguan: Performance

The VW Tiguan's 184 horsepower may barely edge out the 182 horsepower delivered by the Subaru Forester, but that's the only area the Tiguan surpasses the Forester when it comes to performance. The Subaru BOXER® engine provides better handling due its low center of gravity and the unique horizontal placement means a smoother drive. The Forester's standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive gives you the confidence to take your vehicle into difficult terrain and the standard X-MODE® optimizes traction when driving on wet or icy roads. To get All-Wheel Drive on the Tiguan you can either choose the top of the line Premium R-Line trim or pay an additional $1,300 to add it to any other trim level. Either way, you're paying a lot more.

Subaru Forester safety features

2021 Subaru Forester vs Volkswagen Tiguan: Safety Features

The Subaru Forester comes standard with LED Steering Responsive Headlights, an innovative feature that lets the lights follow along the direction you're turning instead of staring straight ahead. This means better vision when cornering at night or in low-light situations. The Tiguan comes standard with halogen headlights with the option of standard LED headlights on the top trim level. Fog lights are available on the Tiguan as on the Forester but only SUbaru offers LED fog lights for a better range of view.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2021 Subaru Forester 5 stars and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Forester a 2021 Top Safety Pick+. The VW Tiguan was named a 2021 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS but its headlights received a rating of poor.

Mother and children loading a new Subaru Forester

2021 Subaru Forester vs Volkswagen Tiguan: Features

Both the Forester and the Tiguan have a plethora of standard and available features. They both have available roof rails for more cargo room, a power rear gate for easier entry, and standard dual USB ports in the front for convenient on-the-road device charging. The Forester offers available dual USB ports in the rear so passengers can also keep their devices juiced up on long road trips and four bottle holders for safe storage of drinks. Only the Forester offers a standard cargo-area grocery bag with tie-down hooks to make transporting groceries home easier and neater.

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2021 Subaru Forester vs Volkswagen Tiguan: Value

According to Car and Driver, the Subaru Forester is the best selling Subaru model and there's a good reason why. From award-winning safety to standard All-Wheel Drive, the Forester is the perfect vehicle to shuttle your family around the Columbus area and go on adventures in. All of this for a lower price than the Volkswagen Tiguan. Of course, the best way to decide is to see for yourself. Swing by the showroom at Byers Airport Subaru today for a test drive.

2021 Subaru Forester2021 VW Tiguan
$24,795Starting MSRP*$25,245
33 MPG Highway / 26 MPG City Fuel Economy29 MPG Highway / 22 MPG City
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
76.1 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume73.5 Cubic Feet
43.3" Front / 39.4" RearLegroom40.2" Front / 36.6" Rear
StandardAutomatic Climate ControlAvailable Upgrade
StandardHD Radio ReceiverAvailable Upgrade
Available UpgradeOne-Touch Folding Rear SeatbackNot Available
Available UpgradeDriver Attention MonitorNot Available
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.