2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Vs. 2019 Subaru Forester

Orange 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan and white 2019 Subaru Forester, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo.

When you want to transport both family and cargo in style, it’s time to turn to the compact SUV. This is a vehicle that will navigate the city with ease on a daily basis but won’t flinch at going beyond the walls of modern civilization for a weekend adventure.

The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is a beloved member of the compact SUV class. Dripping with ample power, space, and style, this machine checks all the boxes. With the additional ability to seat up to seven, it gets a leg up on many competitors who limit themselves to only two rows.

One of these competitors is the 2019 Subaru Forester. Let’s pit these two compact SUVs head-to-head and see how they stack up.

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan


2019 Subaru Forester

$24,295 Starting MSRP $24,295
184 hp Horsepower 182 hp
5 - 7 Seating Capacity 5
123.9 cubic feet Passenger Volume 111.9 cubic feet
6-years/72,000 miles Basic Warranty 3-years/36,000 miles
6-year/72,000 miles Powertrain Warranty 5-years/60,000 miles
4/5 J.D. Power Reliability Rating 3.5/5

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An interesting note is the exact equality of starting price between these two vehicles- their manufacturers aren’t afraid to pit them directly against one another. The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan, however, edges out this competition in terms of horsepower, passenger volume, warranty, and reliability.

By allowing the option of three rows, the 2019 Tiguan can seat up to two more passengers than the 2019 Subaru Forester; this alone can seal the deal if you have a bigger family or want to fit some of your kids’ friends in for the ride.

Reliability and Warranty of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen vehicles are overall ranked as being more reliable than those of Subaru. One reason the Tiguan may rank higher in reliability than the Forester is that the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan uses a more durable cast iron block for its engine, whereas the 2019 Forester uses an aluminum block, more prone to warping.

The confidence stemming from this reliability may play into why Volkswagen is not afraid to provide coverage for its vehicles lasting a shockingly long time; the 2019 Tiguan is covered bumper-to-bumper for six years or 72,000 miles. The 2019 Subaru Forester does not get such delightfully long-lasting coverage, with its basic warranty lasting for only half the duration of the Tiguan.