2019 Volkwagen Tiguan Vs. 2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan drives down a city street. Exterior front and side view.

The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is the perfect compact SUV to get if you’re looking for a combination of voluminous cargo room, tranquil ride quality, and the security of the long Volkswagen warranty. It’s one of the few vehicles in its class that offers a third row of seats, making it excellent for transporting the family or tossing some more kids in the back row.

Another worthy compact SUV is the 2019 Subaru Forester. It comes up hard against the 2019 Tiguan, having the exact same starting MSRP. So without the benefit of a cheaper price to point the way, how to choose between the two rides? To help out, we’ve compiled another of our trademark in-depth model comparisons. Let’s take look.

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan


2019 Subaru Forester

$24,295 Starting MSRP $24,295
$38,885 Ending MSRP $34,295
7 Seating Capacity 5-7
1,500 lbs Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs
Deep Tinted Windows Not Available
184 hp Horsepower 182 hp
6 years/72,000 miles Bumper to Bumper Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
72 months/72,000 miles Powertrain Warranty 60 months/60,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles Roadside Assistance 36 months/36,000 miles

Two Main Benefits of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan – Seating and Warranty

The main difference to take into account is the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan’s three rows of seating. This is an easy way to make the decision- if you need more human capacity in your compact SUV, the 2019 Tiguan is the way to go.

The 2019 Tiguan does come in a two-row, five seat variation as well, however. So if you’re still trying to decide, let’s look on.

The other area in which the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan shines is its long warranty. The incredible Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty from Volkswagen doubles that of the 2019 Subaru Forester. This kind of protection is not to be underestimated, showing the confidence Volkswagen has in the reliability of their creations.

Unique Features of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

Beyond the factors mentioned above, things become more of a tit-for-tat situation. The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan boasts a Blind-Spot Monitoring system, which is not available on the 2019 Subaru Forester. On the other hand, the 2019 Forester does have Lane-Departure Warning, which is not available on the 2019 Tiguan.

Some cool features unique to the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan are its fully automatic exterior light control, delay-off headlights, and even headlight washer. It also has a theft-deterrent radio, which the 2019 Subaru Forester does not. Is this a radio that loudly shouts at thieves to get out of the vehicle, “or else?” Not exactly- it just means there’s a special code that needs to be entered to get the radio to work if it ever loses power.