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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2020 Subaru Forester

The crossover SUV segment is the most densely packed and competitive such classification in the global automotive industry. Volkswagen has something unique to offer in the Tiguan, with its two interior configurations that will allow buyers to focus on passenger space or cargo volume – whichever is most important to them. A comparison of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2020 Subaru Forester will show customers the various differences between the two crossover SUVs and how these choices can affect them down the road, literally and figuratively. The 2020 Tiguan able to find overt and subtle ways to offer advantages over its Subaru rival, including performance and maximum available passenger capacity.  

Compass Volkswagen customers can start the pre-ordering process for the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan today by calling, 877-544-8813. 

A side-by-side comparison of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2020 Subaru Forester.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan


2020 Subaru Forester

Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
184/221 Horsepower/Torque 182/176
73.5 or 65.7 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 76.1 cu.-ft.
5 or 7 people Max. Passenger Capacity 5 people


Performance Specs, Cargo Volume and Passenger Space

Volkswagen employs the same powertrain across the board. A turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood that is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Power can be sent to the front or all of the wheels, depending on which trim grade a Compass VW customer takes home. All models will make 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Owners of the 2020 Subaru Forster will have a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, Boxer-style four-cylinder engine attached to a continuously variable transmission. The 2020 Forster will make 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. Both crossover SUVs have a 1,500-pound towing capacity. 

Compass VW visitors who value passenger space will want to focus versions of the 2020 Tiguan with front-wheel-drive and its three rows of seating that can hold up to seven people. All 2020 Tiguan models with the 4Motion® all-wheel-drive system are equipped with two rows of seats that will hold five people. Subaru only makes two-row, five-passenger configurations available. Every 2020 VW Tiguan and 2020 Subaru Forester model offers similar measurements for passenger legroom, where applicable. 

A three-row version of the 2020 Tiguan will have 12 cubic-feet of cargo volume behind the third row. That space can be expanded to 33 cubic-feet when the rear-most seats are folded down, with a maximum of 65.7 cubic-feet to use when all rear seats are put away. Two-row models of the current Tiguan will have 37.6 cubic-feet behind its rear row and a maximum of 73.5 cubic-feet when the back seat is properly stowed. All 2020 Subaru Forester models will have up to 35.4 cubic-feet available behind the second row with a maximum of 76.1 cubic-feet available. However, these number can drop dramatically if the Forester is equipped with a moonroof.