Take one look around the roads of Middletown, NY and you’ll probably notice midsize SUVs have taken a strong hold on the market. With our winter weather and sometimes rough terrain, it only makes sense that shoppers are looking for reliable models that balance capability with style. It’s not difficult to land on the CUV segment, but landing on the right one for you may not be so easy. If you’ve found yourself here, you’re curious about the differences between the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2016 Subaru Forester, and it comes down to more than just looks. When it comes right down to it, the Subaru forester is a spacious model that is an affordable option for daily driving, but doesn’t provide as much as it could in the way of comfort and power, while the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan is a capable option that’s loaded with luxuries.
|2016 Volkswagen Tiguan||vs||2017 Honda Pilot|
2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder
|Base Engine||2.0-liter naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder|
|207 lb-ft||Torque||174 lb-ft|
|Available||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Support||Not Available|
If you’re debating between two models, the real question isn’t how they are different, but why you would choose one over the other. Subaru has some fine options when it comes to interior space, and many shoppers love the idea of standard AWD, but its base engine is underpowered for those seeking real capability, and a more potent powertrain is only available in the two highest trim levels, at which point it is much more expensive than the Volkswagen Tiguan.
Unlike the Forester, the Tiguan has AWD as an available option. This may be seen as a downside for those who are looking for this feature, but it does present more options for shoppers. Likewise, the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan offers more in the way of available features. One of the most sought-after features right now is infotainment connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For this model year, Subaru has opted not to offer this in its STARLINK services, while all but the base trim level Tiguan has it as a standard feature. Both models have a touchscreen system with Bluetooth, hands-free phone connectivity and a USB port, but the Subaru Forester has only four speakers compared to the Tiguan’s eight-speaker sound system.
There are many features that are standard or available in the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan that the 2016 Subaru Forester seems to lack, making it the better choice for both those seeking a more aggressive powertrain and improved comfort. If you’re curious about this model, stop by Compass Volkswagen, serving the Middletown, Goshen, Monroe, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Montgomery and Blooming Grove areas.