2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Subaru Forester

side by side images of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan and 2018 Subaru Forester

When it comes to finding the right crossover for a busy individual and family, it can be valuable to have plenty of power and versatility. Both of the models in this 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Subaru Forester comparison can offer confident driving. However, the freshly redesigned Tiguan offers many advantages starting with its unique and confident good looks, and including its premium standard features.

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan offers fractionally less cargo space than the 2018 Subaru Forester (coming in at a maximum cargo space of 73.5 cubic feet compared to the 74.7 cubic feet in the Subaru model) but it balances out that difference with more passenger and cargo versatility. The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is available with up to seven-passenger seating, while its rival offers seating for just five passengers. Given this difference, their very close maximum cargo space with all seats folded down is almost more impressive.

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Subaru Forester

Starting MSRP

5 - 7 Seating Capacity 5
2,200 pounds Towing Capacity 1,500 pounds
2.0-L 4-cylinder (184 hp) Base Engine 2.5-L 4-cylinder (170 hp)

Powertrain and Hauling on the 2018 VW Tiguan

In addition to multiple cargo and passenger configurations, the VW midsize crossover in this 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Subaru Forester comparison also offers bold power. The 2018 Subaru Forester comes standard with a 2.5-liter engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission rated for just 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. In contrast, all models of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission rated for a bold 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. While these standard powertrains offer different outputs, they actually fall very close in fuel economy.

The 2018 Subaru Forester is available with an optional powertrain with more engine output, but even with that engine the 2018 Forester offers only 1,500 pounds of towing. Drivers who are looking for significantly more towing potential may find their match with the 2,200 pounds available with the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan.

Other attractive available features that drivers can enjoy on the midsize 2018 Tiguan include a unique R-Line Appearance Package, a remote power liftgate, a panoramic sunroof. If you are interested in learning more about this bold model in the Mobile AL area, contact a representative at Team Gunther Volkswagen in Daphne AL today!


rear seat of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
bright orange 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan with a background of mountains
close front view of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan grille
spacious cargo area of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan