Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan VS 2018 Subaru Forester Near Washington, NC

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2018 Subaru Forester

Safety Comparison

The Tiguan has standard post collision braking, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Forester doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Tiguan SEL Premium has a standard Overhead View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Forester only offers a rear monitor.

Compared to metal, the Tiguan’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Subaru Forester has a metal gas tank.

Both the Tiguan and the Forester have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Tiguan comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The Forester’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 3 years and 36,000 miles sooner.

The Tiguan’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Forester’s (10 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

The Volkswagen Tiguan’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Forester’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (184 vs. 170) and 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 174) than the Forester 2.5i’s standard 2.5 SOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Tiguan’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Forester doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Tiguan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Forester:

 

Tiguan

Forester 2.5i

Forester 2.0XT

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

11.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

10.8 inches

10.9 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Tiguan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Forester (255/45R19 vs. 225/60R17).

The Tiguan SEL Premium’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Forester 2.5i Touring/2.0XT’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tiguan SEL Premium offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Forester’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tiguan’s wheelbase is 6 inches longer than on the Forester (109.9 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tiguan is 1.3 inches wider in the front and .7 inches wider in the rear than on the Forester.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Tiguan offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Forester can only carry 5.

The Tiguan has 15.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Forester (123.9 vs. 108.3).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Tiguan’s cargo area provides more volume than the Forester.

 

Tiguan

Forester

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

34.4 cubic feet

The Tiguan’s cargo area is larger than the Forester’s in almost every dimension:

 

Tiguan

Forester

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

39.7”/74.5”

34.3”/71.3”

Max Width

55”

51.5”

Min Width

39.8”

42.2”

Height

33.5”

34.8”

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tiguan SEL Premium’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Forester doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Tiguan’s standard front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Forester’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches. With the Forester’s optional power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

The Tiguan SEL Premium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Forester’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Forester doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Tiguan has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Forester has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Limited/Touring/2.0XT.

The Tiguan’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Forester and aren’t offered on the Forester Base.

When the Tiguan SEL Premium is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Forester’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Tiguan has a standard center folding armrest for the middle row passengers. A center armrest helps make middle row passengers more comfortable. The Forester Base doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the Tiguan and the Forester offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Tiguan has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Forester doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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