2011 Subaru
Forester 2.5X
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion

9.8

starting from

$30,990

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion

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Average cargo space
56.1 ft3
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Average power
200 HP @ 5,100 RPM
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Fast 0-60 time
7.7 seconds
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X

9.2

starting from

$21,220

Reasons to buy the Subaru Forester 2.5X

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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
8.7"
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Spacious front seats
58.2 ft3
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Folding rear seats
Standard
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Winner: Tiguan SE 4Motion
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Tiguan SE 4Motion's power seats; not available on the Forester 2.5X
Entertainment System 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Winner: Tiguan SE 4Motion
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Tiguan SE 4Motion's satellite radio
  • The Tiguan SE 4Motion has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 8 vs 4
Safety Features 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Winner: Tiguan SE 4Motion
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  • The Tiguan SE 4Motion has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Performance 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Winner: Forester 2.5X
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  • The Forester 2.5X needs more than 10% less space to turn, 34.4 ft vs 39.4 ft
Cost 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Winner: Forester 2.5X
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  • The best price we've seen is $9,770 cheaper (more than 30% less), $21,220 vs $30,990
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 19 mpg
Practicality 9.9 vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a navigation system
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.2 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Subaru
Forester 2.5X
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Tiguan SE 4Motion's power seats; not available on the Forester 2.5X
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Entertainment System

Subaru
Forester 2.5X
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X
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Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Number of speakers 4 vs 8 The Tiguan SE 4Motion has an OK number of speakers, while the Forester 2.5X has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Tiguan SE 4Motion's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Safety Features

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Forester 2.5X
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 4 vs 5 The Tiguan SE 4Motion has an OK number of airbags while the Forester 2.5X has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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Forester 2.5X
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 200 HP @ 5,100 RPM The Tiguan SE 4Motion is of average power, but the Forester 2.5X is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The Tiguan SE 4Motion has more gears and the Forester 2.5X is OK, too
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Tiguan SE 4Motion's semi-automatic transmission and the Forester 2.5X's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs Turbocharger The Tiguan SE 4Motion's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 19.1 lb/hp vs 18.2 lb/hp The Tiguan SE 4Motion has OK performance while the Forester 2.5X gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.4 ft vs 39.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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Forester 2.5X
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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MSRP $21,220 vs $30,990 The Forester 2.5X has a great price and the Tiguan SE 4Motion is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 19 mpg The Forester 2.5X has great city mileage and the Tiguan SE 4Motion is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Practicality

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Forester 2.5X
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X
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Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 33.5 ft3 vs 56.1 ft3 The Tiguan SE 4Motion has OK cargo room, while the Forester 2.5X has very little
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front seats 58.2 ft3 vs 51.0 ft3 The Forester 2.5X has roomy front seats, but the Tiguan SE 4Motion is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1230 lb vs 1330 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Forester 2.5X's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Tiguan SE 4Motion
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs 8 The Tiguan SE 4Motion has a good number of cupholders, but the Forester 2.5X is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Crash Test Ratings

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Forester 2.5X
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

Subaru
Forester 2.5X
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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0-60 mph 9.1 seconds vs 7.7 seconds The Tiguan SE 4Motion has a good 0-60 time, but the Forester 2.5X is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 137 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 17.0 s @ 82 mph vs 16.7 s @ 86 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 125 mph vs 128 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

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2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X 2011 Toyota Highlander Forester 2.5X vs Highlander
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring 2011 Subaru Tribeca Limited Forester 2.5XT Touring vs Tribeca Limited
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring 2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Forester 2.5XT Touring vs Legacy 2.5GT
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Tiguan SE 4Motion vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Placeholder Tiguan SE 4Motion vs Q5 Premium
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 Tiguan SE vs Touareg VR6
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI Tiguan SE vs Golf TDI
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Tiguan SE vs X3 xDrive28i

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