Volkswagen Tiguan vs Subaru Forester

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T S SUV2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i SUV for sale in Salt Lake City

  Volkswagen Tiguan (2.0T S)
 Subaru Forester (2.5i)
 Total MSRP
$25,495 (AT)
$23,710 (CVT)
 City / HWY Fuel Economy
22 / 2722 / 28
 All-Wheel Drive
Available (+$1,300)
Standard
 Headroom / Legroom (Front)
39.6 / 40.241.4 / 43.0
* CVT = Continuously Variable Transmission

The 2018 Subaru Forester vs 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan: Midsize SUVs Hash It Out

When Salt Lake City drivers start out on a search for the right new SUV, most folks actually start online. Gone are the days of loading everybody up into the old station wagon and heading down to the dealership to poke around-and here at Mark Miller Subaru Midtown, we say, "Good!"

 Subaru Forester Driving 2018 VW Tiguan

Performance & Capability

If you know Subaru, you probably already know the 2018 Subaru Forester arrives with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD). The fact that it's standard puts the 2018 Forester a touch above the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, which only offers an available - and pricy! - all-wheel drive system. But Subaru's AWD system is special in and of itself, too; unlike some automakers' systems, the Forester's is an always-on AWD system, so it's ready to respond immediately. Other systems often operate as front-wheel drive (FWD) until slippage or loss of traction happens, then the system switches over to AWD-if you ask us, we'd rather have a preventative system than a reactive one!

One way to experience the power and performance of the 2018 Forester is by coming in for a test drive, but the numbers do paint an impressive picture: the 2018 Subaru Forester XT sports an impressive turbocharged inline-four, rated at 250 horsepower-the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan doesn't have an engine that can answer that kind of power.

Advanced Safety Features

When it comes to the  safety of your family, few things are more important. That's one of the reasons South Salt Lake, UT drivers prefer the 2018 Subaru Forester. Again and again, it earns top safety marks from industry leaders, with the 2018 Forester earning an IIHS Top Safety Pick designation when equipped with available Subaru EyeSight® technology and available LED Headlights. While the 2018 Tiguan earned a Top Safety Pick designation with its own optional equipment, we think a few features tip the scales in favor of the 2018 Forester-namely, standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD), the advantages of a SUBARU BOXER® flat-four engine, and the available Subaru EyeSight® Technology.


2018 Subaru Forester Interior2018 VW Tiguan Interior

Interior Comfort & Technology

While both these SUVs start with cloth upholstery, if you make your way up the trim tree, you'll find leather upholstery on the Forester Limited and Touring trims; if you're looking for leather in the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan on any trim besides the pricy, top-tier SEL Premium trim, don't bother-even if it looks and feels like leather, unless you opt for the most expensive trim, you'll be riding on synthetic.

If you're someone who spends a lot of time commuting in to SLC from Park City or West Valley City, UT, the comfort of your vehicle is important, but so are its infotainment and connectivity abilities. This is one area where there aren't many hairs to split, with both these SUVs offering standard touchscreen infotainment systems, support for Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, rearview cameras, and Bluetooth® connectivity. When you start climbing up the trims, however, things get a little different. The 2018 Forester Premium trim offers a power moonroof, a bigger, 7.0-inch touchscreen, and new wheels; on the other hand, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SE runs nearly $2,000 more for comparable features - though it does include emergency braking, which is part of a package for the 2018 Forester.

Price & Value

Of course, when you tally everything up, price still plays a big role in any new-car decision. While it's not the most important factor, drivers in the STL area will probably appreciate that the 2018 Subaru Forester starts more than $2K under the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan's starting MSRP, with the Forester starting at $22,795 and the Tiguan at $25,195. To put that value even further into context, of all the Subaru models sold in the last ten years, 98%% are still on the road, which speaks to their longevity; not only does the 2018 Subaru Forester offer you more features for less money, but you can expect your Forester to last quite a long time.


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Feel free to schedule your test drive of the 2018 Subaru Forester in Salt Lake City by calling our sales team, and we'll get you in the driver's seat as soon as you're ready. See you soon!


2018 Subaru Forester in Snow
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