2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Vs. 2019 Subaru Outback

Habanero Orange 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan, and silver 2019 Subaru Outback with bicycles on top, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo.

The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan and 2019 Subaru Outback are similar, yet different, vehicles (if you’ll forgive us the cliché.) The 2019 Tiguan is a compact SUV with modern styling, while the 2019 Subaru Outback straddles a strange line between SUV and station wagon.

But they’re close enough that prospective buyers often find themselves wondering what sets them apart. To help out, we’ve compiled this comparison illustrating some key figures of the two rides. Read on and become wiser on the relationship between the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan and the 2019 Subaru Outback.

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan


2019 Subaru Outback

$24,295 Starting MSRP $26,345
184 hp Standard Horsepower 175 hp
37.6 cubic feet Max Cargo Volume (behind seats) 35.5 cubic feet
73.5 cubic feet Max Cargo Volume (with seat area) 73.3 cubic feet
5 – 7 people Seating Capacity 5 people
6-years/72,000 miles Basic Warranty Length 3-years/36,000 miles
10 years Corrosion Warranty Length 5 years

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Right away, we see that the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan starts out at lower price than the 2019 Subaru Outback. Despite this, it also boasts a higher standard horsepower in its base engine. The 2019 Subaru Outback can achieve higher horsepower, but one would have to spend even more for the available engine option.

Maximum cargo specs are about the same, with the 2019 Tiguan getting a few more cubic feet in behind the rear seats. A substantial difference, however, is that the 2019 Tiguan offers a third row, raising the potential seating capacity to seven, an opportunity not afforded by the 2019 Subaru Outback. However, note that having the third row in place does impact the cargo volume of the 2019 Tiguan.

Finally, the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan provides double the warranty length of that of the 2019 Subaru Outback. Volkswagen debuted its latest warranty for the 2018 model year and has since gone near-unchallenged for its generous coverage.