2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Vs. 2020 Subaru Outback

Blue 2020 Tiguan drives up a highway, and greenish 2020 Subaru Outback, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo.

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is a thoroughly impressive machine. We dig it. We really, really do.

For starters, just check out its voluminous cargo room, overflowing array of standard features, high ratings for predicted reliability, and simply chilled-out ride quality. How can anyone resist? If you have a way, let us know, because our infatuation is getting dangerous.

Some people, however, seem to like the 2020 Subaru Outback. We’re just trying to figure out what it is, exactly. Google classifies the vehicle as an SUV, while U.S. News calls it a wagon but admits it’s one that “competes with compact SUVs.” Whatever its technical designation, the 2020 Outback is longer and slightly taller than our beloved 2020 Tiguan, which enjoys a firm self-knowledge of its position as a compact SUV.

Putting aside this case of identity crisis, read on for more differences between the 2020 Subaru Outback and 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan


2020 Subaru Outback

Compact SUV Body Type Wagon/SUV
$24,945 Starting MSRP $26,645
5 to 7 people Seating Capacity 5 people
184 hp Horsepower 182 to 260 hp
4 years/50,000 miles Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
185” L x 72” W x 66” H Dimensions 191” L x 73” W x 66” H

New Compact SUV in Elgin, IL

Whatever type of vehicle the 2020 Subaru Outback is, the fact remains that it's larger in size than the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan. This results in a few things: the 2020 Outback does have a higher cargo volume and towing capacity than the 2020 Tiguan, but it also starts at a higher price point.

Besides price, another downside of the chonky size of the 2020 Outback is a greater maneuvering and parking difficulty. This is especially true when partaking in tight city driving. We find the 2020 Tiguan to strike a great balance between size, maneuverability, and still-exceptional capability.

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