2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2021 Subaru Forester

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan


2021 Subaru Forester
$25,245 MSRP

Starting Price

$24,795 MSRP
123.9 cubic feet

Passenger Volume

111.9 cubic feet
Up to 7


Up to 5
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual


7-speed CVT w/OD
221 lb-ft


176 lb-ft
Driver and Passenger

Glove Box Light

Not available

It’s never been a better time to buy a compact SUV in the Vineland area, but there are so many models on the market that it can be hard to know which one is the best. That’s why we here at Volkswagen of Salem County are helping our customers by creating this comparison of the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2021 Subaru Forester! 

Both of these are respectable compact SUVs, but we find that one of them stands above the other. Keep reading to find out how the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan and 2021 Subaru Forester compare when it comes to performance, interior space, and luxury features!

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2021 Subaru Forester: Dimensions

Compact SUVs are the best of both worlds. They come with the SUV spacious interior, without taking up so much space on the road that they become unwieldy to drive. 

For Millville drivers who have families or often drive with large groups, vehicle space can be incredibly important. Here are the specifics of the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2021 Subaru Forester interior dimensions:

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan: 

  • Passenger Volume: 123.9 cubic feet 
  • Seating: Up to 7

2021 Subaru Forester:

  • Passenger Volume: 111.9 cubic feet 
  • Seating: Up to 5

You can see that the interior of the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan is significantly bigger when compared with the Subaru Forester. With two extra seats and 12 cubic feet more space for your passengers, you never have to worry about whether you’ll be able to fit everyone. 

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2021 Subaru Forester: Performance

The performance of an SUV is also very important. Who wants to drive a car that feels sluggish and unresponsive? Washington Township drivers will find that when comparing the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2021 Subaru Forester, the Tiguan is simply a better drive. Here are the specs:

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan: 

  • Engine: 2.0L I-4
  • Torque: 221 lb-ft 
  • Power: 184 hp
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

2021 Subaru Forester:

  • Engine: 2.5-L H-4
  • Torque: 176 lb-ft
  • Power: 182 hp
  • Transmission: 7-speed CVT w/OD

With a transmission with more speeds, higher torque, and higher horsepower, the Tiguan simply has better acceleration and a smoother, cleaner drive when compared to the Subaru Forester. 

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2021 Subaru Forester: Interior Features

The last characteristic of compact SUVs that makes them desirable are their luxurious interiors. Compact SUVs often come packed with features that make driving comfortable and fun. When we compare the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2021 Subaru Forester, we see that there are some features that just aren’t available in the Subaru Forester. See below:

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan: 

  • Starting Price: $25,245 MSRP
  • Compass: Standard
  • Illuminated Vanity Mirrors: Driver and Passenger
  • Glove Box Light: Standard

2021 Subaru Forester:

  • Starting Price: $24,795 MSRP
  • Compass: Available
  • Illuminated Vanity Mirrors: Not available
  • Glove Box Light: Not available

Although the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan is slightly more expensive, it’s improved performance, larger interior space, and exclusive features show you that it’s worth the extra cost. The Forester model’s lack of features like a compass or an illuminated mirror and glovebox can make otherwise unnoticeable tasks difficult and uncomfortable. In the Tiguan, you never have to worry. 

Come to Volkswagen of Salem County and Try the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Yourself!

Now that you know more about how the Volkswagen Tiguan stacks up to the Subaru Forester, don’t just take our word for it. Come try it out for yourself! Contact us to schedule a test drive, and you’ll be able to see what all the fuss is about. Apply for financing online, and you’ll be able to walk off the lot with your new SUV as soon as possible!

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