However, that was then – and this is now – and today many Americans are leaving the family sedan for the compact crossover SUV. The best selling models are the Toyota rav4 and the Honda CRV. Those are the king of sales in the segment, but today I brought too much more intriguing options to help differentiate you from your neighbors CRV and rav4 on my left. The all new 2020 Subaru Outback, a midsize lifted up station wagon, with cladding that promises off road capability and on my right, the all new second generation – 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan, now much more sporty or looking with the addition of an airline sport package. Arguably, I think this might be one of the better looking non luxury compact crossovers in the segment. So, if you're in the market for a new family vehicle, should you be looking at a lifted up, midsize station wagon or the more classic compact SUV, that's order to find out Music? So on paper, the Subaru Outback in volkswagen tiguan have similar missions. However, when you start looking at the cars in the real world, they couldn't be more different, especially when you look at the exterior design. One of them tries to stand out in a much more sporty or more youthful way, with its Arline sport appearance package and black accents. Well, the other one tries to resemble more of a hiking boot, at least that's. What Subaru likes to say with all of this big black plastic cladding, now, of course, being family cars, design, isn't necessarily going to be the most important factor, but it's one that people also really like to consider as well.
After all, if design wasn't important, everybody would just buy a minivan and, as you guys know here in America, that is simply not the case. Let'S first start with the all new Outback and, of course, you're gon na have to squint very hard at this car. To actually tell this is a new version. It'S based off of the 6th generation model, now it's riding on an all new platform. It looks essentially like the previous generation model, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I think Subaru could have taken a little bit more risk here with the design. There are a couple things that I like about this generation full LED headlights are now standard. This Touring XT version has adaptive steerable headlights. You also have LED fog lights here at the lower fascia LED daytime running lights, but an incandescent turn signal. The front of this particular one here also has a camera, so it gives you a 180 degree view of the front fascia when you guys have it in Drive and the Subaru eyesight driver assistance technology does come standard on this card standard on every version of the Outback so that's a very good safety factor when you're considering a family car now, in contrast, the Volkswagen. This is the second generation of the Tiguan, which was introduced back in 2018 and Volkswagen finally added some spiciness to the design when they introduced an R line. Sport package last year, this one here is the top trim SEL premium, as you can see, the front end has a very much Volkswagen Block, ish.
Look to it. This car in general has always kind of been like the GTI of crossovers it's, now riding on the MQB platform, which is the same as the GTI. This SEL premium model comes with full LED headlights. These are LED low and high beams, just like the Subaru. They also have an LED daytime running light, but you also have LED turn signals now. The Astra here is that the Volkswagen forces you to buy the top trim level of this car. You have to go for the fully loaded SEL premium to get the LEDs. All the other lower trims will just have a halogen headlight, which looks extremely cheap compared to this tickler model. Here down here, you have fog lights, but they're, just a halogen fog way, as opposed to the LED so technicality. The Subaru has a much more modern. Looking lighting system and you'd also don't have to buy the top trim to get that feature in terms of safety, tech. The Volkswagen also has the company's automatic emergency braking blind spot monitoring Lane Departure alert. But if you do want adaptive cruise control, you have to go for at least an SEL trim. So again, the Subaru technically gives you more safety features as standard, but some of you may argue that the Volkswagen just has a much sporty er youthful, look to it compared to the kind of old mannish looks of the super booth so from the side profile again.
One of these is a lifted up midsize station wagon, while the other one is a compact crossover. However, your eyes may be deceiving you because it looks like the Volkswagen is actually the bigger car because of the way the rear end is designed. In reality, the Subaru is actually the longer car at 191 inches long. This is about six inches longer versus the Tiguan it's wool base is actually an inch shorter at around 108 inches long. Remember. The Outback is supposed to be more like a midsize car. This competes with things like a Hyundai, Santa Fe or a forward edge or a Jeep Grand Cherokee. But the beauty about this car is the fact that it's midsize, but it also doesn't, look quite as big or feel quite as cumbersome to drive as some of the other competing vehicles. Because remember this is a car that's been jacked up? It has eight point: seven inches of ground clearance. The Subaru again tries to show off its rugged capabilities with the ground clearance, with all the additional cladding that you get with these 18 inch wheels that have big sidewall protections. Wrapped in 225, 60 series tires. It makes the car look a little bit more plain jane, because a lot of you know the trends nowadays are big wheels and tires, but some of you may really appreciate the rugged capability of this car. You could have essentially go up, curbs hit a pothole. Take this thing off roading and not be terribly worried about scraping the actual vehicle.
Now, as you can see here, Subaru goes a much more traditional sense with the actual roof racks. These are standard equipment on every outback and the media about them. Is they have this cool little thing feature where you can actually release this, and you can actually swing this over and create the crossbars? This is a very much unique Outback feature that a lot of owners like and it's kind of really cool how Subaru built it in and see the actual roof rails. These are the ones that you get from the factory, so there's no need to add. You know an expensive dealer accessory, like all the other competitors charge you, the one cool thing about the Outback is even though this car is a wagon it's, actually taller than the Volkswagen and it's about 0.8 inches taller versus the Volkswagen in height, as you can see At five foot, seven I actually can't reach over to the roof of this vehicle, which in cars I usually can so again. This is where the Subaru kind of gives you that SUV versatility. Now, in contrast, the Volkswagen Tiguan is a lot bigger versus the first generation model. It has a slightly longer wheelbase than the Subaru at 110 inches long and 185 inches long. This is also a pretty big vehicle, it's, actually big enough to the fact that Volkswagen offers a third row seat in this car. If you guys go for a front drive vehicle, a third row seat is going to be standard, so you kept seating for up to seven.
This all wheel, drive model actually deletes the third row, but you can add it back in for six hundred bucks, which is a really weird. You know way that Volkswagen does things or their options the wheels on this particular one here are 20 inch wheels. Now this one here with the Arline package of course, gives you these extra big wheels and tires they look fantastic. Actually, this might be one of the best looking wheel that I've seen in the mainstream segment and they're wrapped in two 5540 with tires. But again I would probably not want to take this thing off roading, because it's got these big wheels and tires ground clearance is around just over 8 inches, so about 0.7 inches lower versus the Subaru. But, as you can see here, VW has a more kind of aerodynamic, look to the roof rails and the one thing that BW does offer is this massive panoramic sunroof, which I wish Subaru would offer as well. It really kind of helps let in a lot more light, but again it doesn't have those swinging crossbars that you would have to add as a dealer option, if you guys actually plan to put things on the roof. So looking at the rear of the Outback and the Tiguan you can see both of them have their own unique design, language that corresponds to each manufacturers, current design theme, but let's first start with the Volkswagen Tiguan. As you guys know, this car is based off of the MQB platform.
It has a lot of the traditional Volkswagens styling elements here, but I will say that I do think the front of this car looks a lot more stylish versus the rear. I just think the rear is a little bit boring. Looking. I don't like the fact that this car has the Arline package but there's, not a single airline badge on this car, and I do think that if they stuck an online badge back here, it might clutter up the backend. I just don't think the SEL badge there is necessary. This one here is for motion, of course, to give you show you the fact that it has all wheel, drive the taillights are kind of a incandescent LED combination, then down here now these fake looking exhaust tips which actually only been connected to the actual pipe Volkswagen Audi have been very much guilty of that there's, a little bit more chrome trim here and some black accents now. In contrast, the Subarus design – actually, I think, is the better looking option between the two it's, a very subtle of evolution from the pre refresh models. The toilets are kind of an incandescent LED combination as well, just like the VW and the Subaru is actually the wider car. This car is about point. Six inches are wider versus the soup, the Volkswagen and a little over 73 inches wide that's around seventy two and a half inches wide over here on the rear. Bumper, you can see Subaru again continues as more of that cladding, which is cut, which is good, if you're planning to take this car off roading.
And then I also like the fact that Subaru didn't bother to do anything with the exhaust they didn't do with the fake exhaust and the VW gave you. I would much rather have this set up versus the fake exhaust system of the Volkswagen, which really just kind of annoys me now looking at the trunk capacity. Obviously these are family cars, so let's take a look at that. Both of them come with the power liftgate and both of them actually do have a form where, if you have a bunch of stuff in your hands, they will essentially open up the lid for you, the Subaru. You have to wave your hand over the emblem and it'll open up the lift gate for you now. Looking at the cargo hold, the subaru actually offers a little bit less space versus the volkswagen it around 33 cubic feet of cargo space is still very generous. You very much competes head on with a lot of other compact SUVs in the second remember: there is no third row option in this car, so if you want that super will happily sell you a Subaru ascent. Well, the seats also fold down in a 60 40 manner. You can do that by just pulling on this little lever here the seats will drop down, which reveals about 73 0.9 cubic feet of space, so that again is one of the tops in the segment pretty much on par with something like a Subaru Forester, a Honda Crv a Toyota, rav4, etc.
So this offers plenty of space, which is one of the reasons why the Outback does very well it's, a very practical midsize station wagon. Now, in contrast, the Volkswagen Tiguan also offers a pretty good amount of space. Now keep in mind this one here does not have the third row, so you get around 38 cubic feet of space, so it's about five more than what you get in the outback. I also am noticing the fact that the actual space is a little bit taller. There'S a little bit more actual floor to ceiling space in this car, but if you guys get the third row option, it's gon na drop the capacity to around 31 cubic feet of space. So keep that in mind! If you want to fold the seats down which PW also lets you do by pulling on these, although you actually have to go in there and you have to actually slam it down, which then doesn't really reveal a completely flat floor like floor, like what you get In the Subaru, but when you do that Volkswagen says you get around seventy three point: five cubic feet of space, so a little bit less maximum space versus what you get in the outback, but there's. No denying the fact that both are very practical. Both have tops in the segment's in terms of the cargo carrying capacity, so these are family cars. We can talk about the exterior design until we're blue in the face, but everyone's gon na be wanting to know what's the interior like now.
First things. First, I want to get into the Volkswagen shut the door. It has a really solid sounding funk now that's pretty much what I expect with a lot of European cars. A lot of German cars they're always very much over engineered. Now. This particular one here is the SEL premium. It has this really attractive, looking light grey interior, which i think is actually a really nice contrast to the actual grey on the outside. I also like the black piping that you got here some of the contrasting stitching. These are unique to the Arline package, the seats themselves they're adjustable in like 12 different ways. They offer a 3 person memory on my side, but they're only heated. You cannot get cooled seats in this car, which is a huge omission. Considering the fact you can get cooled seats on a Jetta, I just don't understand what Volkswagen was doing here now. I'Ll turn the vehicle on really quick, let's. Briefly talk about this interior. If you guys are looking to watch a full review, make sure to click on the link in below, where I basically show you guys a complete overview of this interior. Really. I just want to talk about some of the differences in the tech versus this car and the Subaru, and, of course, VW gives you two screens in here. You have their digital cockpit display here an eight inch incarnate, touchscreen display over here, which all looks relatively nice.
The VW system is pretty easy to use, it's got a factory GPS; it includes apple carplay under Auto. Just keep in mind. This is the upgraded 8 inch display, if you guys go for the baser trims. It'Ll have a smaller, 6 or 12 inch display without Android. Auto and apple carplay in terms of the materials VW has always been kind of the leader in this segment and really they've fallen behind to just being kind of average. The dashboard here has a soft touch plastic, but there's. Nothing in here. That feels very special to me when I'm sitting in this car, it doesn't feel like I'm sitting in a miniature outie and that's kind of where VW has fallen a little bit there, where they're trying to pursue a little bit more sales. The steering was you can see here is definitely the sporty or looking option with the flat bottom, but this is also a pretty old steering. Well, VW has a new design with their new emblem in the 2021 Atlas and the Atlas cross sport above me there's. This massive panoramic sunroof that lets in a lot of light, which is nice because you can't get something like that and the Subaru. So overall the Volkswagen cabin feels airy and open. There is a pretty high here, so the visibility is not as good, but let me hop up to the backseat there right now and show you guys what the space is like there.
Now the rear seat of the Tiguan is actually one of the most spacious rear seats in the segment, because when VW super sized this car and made it 185 inches long, they basically put it all in the backseat, because Americans remember, we want a lot of legroom And there's around thirty eight point: nine inches of legroom back here, which is pretty generous for the segment it's one of the biggest in this segment. The floor here is not all it's not completely flat, but you do have a USB port here, there's a vents back here and then I also really like how the seats they slide forward and back. That is because this car offers a third row, so you need to be able to slide this up to get. There go seat, passengers more space, especially if you guys actually plan to put people back there, it's a really small third row, there's. Also, a nice armors hair that folds down and then the panoramic sunroof continues to let in a lot of natural light. Unfortunately, the materials back here also a lot cheaper, so be they did kind of cheap out on the materials. So, overall, the cabin of the VW is nice, it's, just no longer class leading nice, so in contrast to the Volkswagen let's hop into the interior of the Subaru, now first things: first, let me shut the door, it doesn't sound, quite as solid as the Volkswagen and German cars typically are good at that so I'm gon na give that point to the Volkswagen now starting the car up.
The one thing that Subarus have been known for in the past are relatively cheap interiors and, as you can see, on the inside of this touring version, the company has really rectified that this has kind of that luxury warmth feel that I expected from the Volkswagen and It'S here in this Subaru, this nappa brown leather comes standard on the touring trim. You actually have genuine stitching here across the dash across this part of the its soft touch here on this upper portion here, although this is a hard touch, plastic trim, but this is also kind of housing. The sensor here, the camera for the driver focus feature, but overall, this cabin feels especially luxurious it's, a little bit more, volvo like which I think Subaru did a really good job with the overall cabin quality. The other thing that's really gon na stand out. Is this massive touchscreen it's an 11.6 inch vertically oriented touchscreen display? This is actually going to be standard on every trim except the base version. The base version of the Outback will have two seven inch. Two displays it'll kind of we'll break it up. I'Ve actually never been able to show you guys that, because it's literally a base model, but every Outback will come standard with Android, auto and apple carplay, so that's better than what volkswagen does, whereas you have to upgrade to the eight inch display to get that feature. Now, in terms of the seats, these are the premium nappa leather seats that I've mentioned before they are heated and cooled and they offer a 2 person.
Memory on my side and this seat on the passenger side offers an eight way power so which is one up again versus the Volkswagen. They are very comfortable and supportive seat, although if you guys are looking for a lighter interior option, you have to downgrade for the Touring, and the brown seat is the only option here on the touring grade in terms of the rest of the interior. Here you can see, there is a little bit less in terms of storage space. I am noticing that the Volkswagen had a little bit more storage. The VW also had a wireless phone charger which this Subaru does not have. Although you can't add it as a factory option for about 300 bucks, if you guys want the wireless charger, I am noticing the visibility and the Subaru is also a little bit better. The dashboard is lower. The sight lines are better there's, a little bit less in terms of blind spots, because the pillars here are a little bit slimmer, which is nice, but the tech here in front of the infotainment are the driver information system. You only have a very small screen here in traditional gauges versus the full display that VW gives you so again, it's gon na kind of give and take some things like the bigger screen here and the Subaru is nicer. Although I do find that the Subarus infotainment system can be a little bit slow to boot up, whereas the VW was a little bit nicer in that regard above me, just a standard size, sunroof Subaru does not offer a panel roof which they do offer on the Forester so it's a little bit frustrating to see that missing, but let's hop into the back seat, really quick and check out the space.
Now. One of the reasons why the Outback is so successful for Subaru is because this is a midsize car and they do offer a pretty good amount of space back here super says you get a little over ' inches of legroom, which is a little bit more than What you get in the Volkswagen, although getting back here, I am saying I am basically noticing they're pretty similar but there's, something about the VW's cabin. That feels slightly more airy to me, it's, probably because of the fact that you have that big panoramic sunroof this, as you can see here, eats up into the Headroom, and it also makes the cabin feel a little bit dark so again adding more light into the Cabin can really make the interior feel a lot more spacious. The Subaru also gives you an armrest here that folds down, but if you're looking for seats that slide forward and back you can see, they do not offer that in the Outback, but they do offer the ability to kind of slightly recline the seat back. Just a little bit, if you guys want to get a little bit more comfortable back here, but overall back seats are pretty comparable but because of the panel sunroof I'd have to give it to the Volkswagen. It feels a little bit more Airy. So, of course, they are very different looking on the outside, but what about underneath the hood now, the one thing I do want to mention: the VW has these hood struts, so you don't actually have to use a cheap prop rod like you do on the Subaru And they actually both sport turbocharged engines.
Now the Volkswagen only comes with one engine option, so let's start with the VW first. This is the company's 2 liter turbocharged direct injection, four cylinder that's with TSI stance stands for. This is part of the EA triple eight family. Now it is an updated motor versus the previous generation Tiguan and the motor that you find in something like the Volkswagen GTI and this car. It makes 184 horsepower, which is actually down about 16 horsepower compared to the previous generation Tiguan. It is around the same power figures is what you're gon na get in something like a Toyota rav4 or a Honda CRV. It does also make 221 pound feet of torque. So torque is necessarily the more important figure here when you're talking about a family vehicle. It all goes out through an 8 speed, automatic transmission front wheel, drive will be standard. This one here has the company's 4motion all wheel drive for about 1300 extra. Now this one here is also one of the heavier entries in the segment at just over 4000 pounds. This weighs roughly 300 pounds more than something like a rav4 or CRV, and fuel economy is rated at 21 in the city 27 on the highway, Oh got one in peachy better. If you guys go for the front, drive models, all tigue ones, where the towing package will tell a maximum of around 1500 pounds now. In contrast, the Subaru of course likes to do things a little bit different Subaru is a very quirky company.
You'Ll actually have a choice of two different powertrains in the outback. The base engine will be a 2.5 liter flat 4 with 182 horsepower, which is actually matching up quite nicely to the engine and motika one. This, however, is an upgraded motor. That'S been new for the 2020 model year, it's, a smaller 2.4 liter boxer, flat 4 cylinder engine with direct injection. It has a turbocharger attached to it. As you can see, it's got a big top mounted intercooler and this makes considerably more power one of the highest power, of course, in the compact midsize SUV segment at 260 horsepower and 277 pound feet of torque. Your only transmission option on the Subaru is a linear, tronic CVT it's, a high torque CVT, designed to cope with the extra torque versus the 8 speed, Auto that's in the Volkswagen. Of course, a lot of enthusiasts are probably complaining that this uses a CVT, but you can't argue with the fuel economy. This gets better. Gas mileage arose from the VW at 23 in the city 30 on the highway. Both these engines are ready to use regular gas. The Subaru actually is the lighter vehicle, despite it being a little bit bigger. This weighs around thirty nine hundred pounds then up that much lighter, but you can also tow a lot more. This will tell a maximum of thirty five hundred pounds if you guys go for the turbo engine, so starting off this comparison between the Outback in the Tiguan I'm going to first start in the Tiguan, which is the traditional SUV.
This is what people in America really wants. Compact SUVs have again replaced mid sized sedans as the vehicle of choice here in the States. The best selling model now is the Toyota rav4 with 450000 sales last year. The CRV is right behind it. At 380000 sales. Now, Volkswagen with the Tiguan they did about a hundred and ten thousand last year, which is very much a lot less than the mainstream ones. But this is quadruple the number of sales that vino you did in the past for the Tiguan, so obviously they're doing something right now for this all new generation model, Volkswagen super sized everything with this car it's, definitely much more Americanized feeling, which can be a good Thing or a bad thing, the ride quality is incredibly soft. The steering is no longer the quickest, you know ratio and the close segment it used to feel like I was piloting a GTI, and now it doesn't feel that weight anymore. The noise levels in here are good. It has very little road wind noise, a little bit of engine noise when you start pushing it. The seats are also pretty comfortable. They don't really hold you in place during. You know, corner carving but that's, not the mission of a car like this, but it essentially gives you all the things that you want: smooth ride, quiet, interior, lots of tech, good visibility. You have a great view out of the front, you know decent sized side mirrors.
All the driver system stuff is standard, especially when you guys go for this top end trim. That includes everything but really there's something about this car that feels a little bit stale it's. A little dull, like it's, it's kind of not memorable when I Drive this Tiguan, especially when you have so many other vehicles in the segment to choose from and compared with the Outback which we're gon na get into the outback afterwards. The engine in this car is up as a 2 liter turbo it's a turbocharged engine, but I'm literally sitting here going where the hell is the turbo. Even and you know you put it into its sport. Setting here put my foot down it's, just so sluggish feeling – and I am again I am sitting here at sea level. I have nobody else in the car, but myself, but you feel the cars 4000 pounds of weight because it's just an underpowered engine with only 184 horsepower on tap now. This also has a conventional 8 speed automatic and a lot of you are probably gon na say this is the superior transmission. I will have this over a CVT any day, so let's try another acceleration running from a stop here. I'M. Just gon na leave it in Drive and just put my foot down Music and the 8 speed in this car goes about its business with very little drama. It'S smooth shifting it's been geared a little bit wide for my taste.
I kind of wanted it to be shifting more to keep the engine in the meat of its power Ben I'm noticing, as it shifts the engine kind of falls out of the torque curve. And you have to wait for as the revs build up past 3000. To feel the turbo sort of kick in and it's a perfectly fine transmission, I just think the VW could have used their 7 speed. Dual clutch that's, you know in the GTI or in the GLI. So if you guys are looking for a basically a car that doesn't feel like it has a turbo with a traditional stepped automatic, the Tiguan is going to deliver that because it's, you know it has that traditional driving feel compared to the CVT, which will hop into The Subaru in just a moment and we'll talk about the powertrain that, because the Subaru has almost 100 more horsepower than this, which is significant and they cost the same now in terms of the interiors. You know tech in this car. I think that the two screens look good. I like the fact that you've got a big digital display here in the center. This is Volkswagens digital cockpit. This is an 8 inch in carnet display the infotainment system in the VW. I actually want to say works better than the one in the Subaru, even though the Subarus got the bigger screen, and the reason being is because this is just a quicker responding system, it works a lot faster.
I do wish that there was a dedicated home button on this car that takes me back to the home screen. It actually does have you know: proximity sensors there, but to go back to the home screen. You have to hit menu here, and this is essentially your home screen, although it could be a prettier looking home screen. Subaru has a much better looking layout there. When you pull up the car play, I like how it takes up the entire screen versus the Subaru. So this has a lot of the modern tech, but I am missing things like cool seats. I don't have cooled seats which would be nice to have. There are memory seats in this car, but I really like the the driver recognition system in the Subaru where you get in the car, and you have your face. You know set in the recognition. It knows that overall I'm left feeling like the Tiguan is a little boring to drive, which is not the case that I used to feel with Volkswagens they've. Also they've always stood out in the segment is offering a unique drive, interesting, powertrains, good handling. You know decent tech, but the tech is good. Vw has improved the tech, because this car has a 360 camera like the Subaru it's got a big panoramic sunroof, which you can't get in the Subaru either, but it also has a ride quality. That is, you know, it's comfortable, but it's a little bit more firm, especially when you guys get the ones with the 20 inch wheels like this Arline, which really helped to improve the look of this car.
So really we want something that has the Arline package, because it gives you that much sportier look which helps this car stand out in this segment, but let's hop into the Subaru because I'm curious to see how it drives after just hopping in and driving the Tiguan. So having just hopped out of the twenty20 Tiguan and into the outback I'm noticing that one thing immediately and that's the fact that the Outback actually feels like the smaller car, even though this car is about six inches longer overall, you wouldn't know it from behind the Wheel, because it is a slightly narrower feeling, car you feel like you're, just driving, essentially just a car that's been lifted up remember this is a station wagon. Essentially, that has more ground clearance, but you still get that high seating position that a lot of buyers love when they purchase an SUV. So I think that's important, but the visibility in this car is just better versus the Tiguan. You can see out of the front very well. The side mirrors are large, there's, very much an open and airy feel and that's what Subarus are known for it's. One of the reasons why people love or owners are so loyal to Subaru, because of you know the quirky features that they offer the quirky styling the quirky feel. But when you get in this car you can kind of get in it and easily drive it. Now, of course, the elephant in the room is the fact that the Outback is available with an engine that just doesn't have the same sleepy factor that the Volkswagens engine has.
I mean the 2 liter turbo and the Tiguan feels like the turbo is missing. To be honest versus this, car has a surprisingly good amount Lag, but it's a 2.4 liter engine. So remember this is the optional engine really the base 2.5 is the one. You could probably compare because they're more identical in terms of the 0 to 60 performance, but for the same money as that take one you can get this turbo version of the Outback and I highly recommend it because, with 260 horsepower and 277 pound feet of torque, This makes it one of the most powerful. You know: midsize SUVs in the segment, even though it's technically a wagon and what's. Really appreciative is when you put your foot down and you feel that turbo kick in this thing is actually pretty quick. It'Ll startle you, when you first do it because you're not really expecting it. This is a boring looking station wagon on the outside, especially painted in this poop brown. Color they're, just you know, increases the stigma of old person car, but I love the fact that it's very much a sleeper you'll get to 60 in around 6.3 seconds, with the turbocharged engine just immensely faster in the real world and whenever you're looking for passing power And on numbers versus the Tiguan, I think that's going to really impress a lot of people when they first drive this thing Music. So the other elephant in the room is the fact that the Outback comes standard with a Lineartronic CVT.
Now this one does have the high torque Lineartronic CVT, so it's been designed, it's been beefed up to handle the extra torque this engine produces, and you know what a lot of you have a lot of hatred for CVTs and that's um that's, okay, it's understandable. I don't love CVT s. Cd T's in general, are not the enthusiasts choice when it comes to transmissions. I mean come on every time you put your foot down, they just kind of have this like lag to it. There'S, just it's just building up the revs and all you hear is just the engine whining and droning. However, Subaru has really been trying to address that in this particular powertrain. You know it mimics shifts, which is nice, because it doesn't feel like a traditional autumn CVT at those times. It feels more like a traditional automatic and it's, also a very responsive, CVT and that's, really what's important, because the old CV T's of the past we're super laggy and they felt like they were slipping. This one here puts your foot down and it just quickly will drop down. It'S ratios. Remember, it has an infinite amount of ratios and it puts the engine right into the meat of its power band, puts it right into the fat juicy part of the torque curve. So it just has so much pull, which is basically what the Tiguan is lacking and it's. One of the reasons why I'm so happy that Subaru decided to put a turbo back in the outback it's been needing one for so long.
This has more power versus the old 6 cylinder that it was replacing and it gets better fuel economy to boot and if you guys really want there's, also a paddles on the wheel which the Tiguan doesn't have and it'll basically mimic. Eight gears, like an 8 speed automatic – I can go to second here, even go to first here now. The fake shifting definitely feels fake and sounds fake. It feels synthesized. It basically has these predetermined ratios that adjust the ratio spread to give you the feel of an 8 speed. Automatic don't use the paddles. As my recommendation just put your foot down, let the transmission do go about its business, because it's been programmed extremely well Subaru. Who actually does a pretty good CVT they've been doing cvts since the fourth generation out back, and it definitely shows the CVT s and their cars really put the engine right in the meat of its power band? Basically, shoves you back in the seat, and this thing is plenty fast. Sleeper fast really go for the turbo. If you're considering one of these cars go for the turbo cuz, it is just so good. The rest of the car in general, the Subaru driver assistance eyesight, is actually one of the better ones in the mainstream segment. It does get a little bit too paranoid at times and it's constantly beeping and whining at you and telling you to pay attention to the road because remember the driver focus is looking at your face, so what I'm not paying attention to the road? It knows, and it tells you to pay attention, but that driver focus does a really great job when you have multiple drivers with this car, you get in its gains your face and it changes all your presets automatically to your setting.
As long as you told the system to do so, although the Subaru, I believe they make blind spot monitoring optional wears in the Volkswagen is standard. But you do get the adaptive cruise control, which is standard. You have to go, go for an option package or a higher trim when you want that in the Tiguan, so there's look kind of like a give and take. The other thing I like to talk about is the seats in this car. I find them to be extremely comfortable, so this is the nappa leather, they're heated and cooled, which is nice, they're super soft and supportive I've jakie. Taking this car along, you know to our road trip: didn't have any complaints with the seats whatsoever. They also actually hold you in place relatively well. It has an adjustable thigh extender here, so these seats are plush, really how I commend these seats if you guys go for like a lower trim of the Outback, I tested the Onyx edition with the startx. That was also pretty nice, but the star text is not how for ventilation. You have to go for this touring trim, of course, to get the ventilation Music. Now, when it comes to handling, I will say that the Tiguan is the one that actually feels a little bit sporty er. The Outback has been tuned for comfort, that's, pretty noticeable. It has a softer ride versus the take one which is fine. This is what people in the segment kind of expect.
They expect a more comfortable ride, you're gon na credit – that, of course, to the softer suspension. Remember this is the more off road capable model and the wheels and tires are an 18 inch wheel. On 60 series tires versus the 40 series on 20s that the Tiguan is on now. Of course, this doesn't really help the Outback in terms of looks, but it helps it in the real world with driving, and these tires are gon na be less expensive to replace and you're. Not gon na have to worry about potholes as much in this car versus the Tiguan, with its skinny low profile tires. So obviously the Outback has less of a cool less of a sexy factor, although you could factor in that, this is more quirky because it's a lifted station wagon – and you know I've – seen people with their Outbacks modify these they've lifted them. They put all terrain tires on them and you can make this car look surprisingly cool and quirky just out of the gate from the factory, especially in this doodoo brown color. It doesn't look particularly good. This is my least favorite color in the entire outback. You know portfolio of color palettes. The infotainment system in this car also needs a little bit of work. It does look more impressive than the Volkswagen at 11.6 inches the diameter, but, as you can see, the car play is pathetic. How it only takes up this little itty, bitty portion of the screen – and this right here is completely useless.
Super also uses two processors for the infotainment system, one for the climate and one for the actual mean of the infotainment system. I think the one for the climate needs to be beefed up, because when I touch it, as you can see, there is a noticeable delay, delay and lag, which is super frustrating and also when you first start, the car up. The system has to completely boot up and that's the one that probably takes the longest it's the most infuriating. The VW's is a little bit quicker. I also think the interface in the Volkswagen is slightly easier to use, although I do like the home screen, and the Outback word shows you all these different widgets and you can kind of customize this if you'd like you, can also customise this screen. So surprisingly, Subaru takes the cake for a more impressive looking interior or more luxurious feeling interior with the stitching everywhere, which is typically always been a Volkswagen realm, but it's pretty easy to see why so many people fall in love with the Outback it's, just a really Quirky cool car and it's a speed demon when you guys go for the the turbocharged engine fuel economy also they're pretty much right on top of each other 23 in the city, 30 on the highway I've been averaging around 23 mpg in this car about 22 and The TIG one remember: I have more of a lead foot. If you guys are a little bit more, you know, conservative! You should be able to get better gas mods, basically because the Tiguan is so sluggish you're constantly having to dip into the throttle.
Where is this car you don't have to? Because it has plenty of low end, torque and power off the line, so after spending some time with a midsize lifted up station wagon, which Subaru by the way doesn't want you to call it a station wagon or a more traditional compact cross service. Suv. I want to go back to the question that I asked at the beginning of this video, which one of these two family cars is the actual better one. Now let me first talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the Volkswagen because, as you guys saw, this is one stylish looking SUV that will definitely stand. They stand out in your neighborhood when it's full of Si RVs and rav4s. I especially like the Arline Sport Package. The Volkswagen is done with the 20 inch wheels. The look of the front headlights, although I will say I don't like how you have to buy the SEL premium, the top of the line model, to give you basically this premium. Look that I like about this car. I also like the interior it's, very spacious, it's, very roomy, it's, full of a lot of tech, but it's also kind of lacking in terms of that luxury. You know how do you like feel that v Davies had in the past it really my biggest problem with the Tiguan? This current generation model is the engine underneath this hood it's just really slow 184 horsepower is not enough power.
Is there 216 around nine seconds eight and a half to nine seconds it's just way too lethargic C, RVs and rav4s will be smoking you off the line. This is about as slow as the current generation Nissan Road, which is why I simply cannot pick the Tiguan as the winner, because I was expecting this car to feel more like the GTI of crossovers, where it doesn't. The Subaru Outback, of course, is probably the less sexier option versus a Volkswagen. Now, of course, some of you may disagree with you all meet me on that, because this particular one here is kind of the more rugged adventure seeking model it's got. You know all the cladding it's got the ground clearance. It'S got the you know bigger wheels and tires, so you can basically go up, curbs and go off roading in this thing, where you can't do that in the Volkswagen. A lot of you also like the practicality aspect. The roof rails are cool, it's got basically the same interior space, although the VW's panoramic sunroof makes it feel a lot more area inside the cabin, but really where the Outback excels is the fact that Subaru brought back the XT badge in this car, the turbocharged engine 260 horsepower 0 to 60 in six seconds. This makes it one of the quicker entries in the segment and the beauty about the outback is the fact that it's kind of a sleeper this looks like your grandmother's or grandfather's car, especially painted in this shade of cinnamon brown metallic, but it's super quick off the Line it'll actually scare a lot of people who expect this thing to be slow and really, if you go with the turbocharged engine, it makes the outback and appealing entry an appealing alternative to a lot of SUVs in the segment.
And when you look at the pricing, the Outback technically is the one that's a little bit more expensive versus the VW. It starts at a little over twenty six thousand six hundred bucks. The Volkswagen starts at around just under twenty five thousand dollars. Both these cars in general sticker for around forty thousand dollars for their fully loaded trims, which makes them an intriguing option because for forty thousand dollars do you want a traditional compact crossover or do you want a lifted up mid size station wagon me? I think the station wagon is cool, but until the VW actually puts a real motor, the GTI is motor and that thing I'm gon na easily give my money to the twenty twenty Subaru Outback, which which I just did, which my spouse just did. Anyways yes, but I'm, not biased don't worry! So can we clean clean up our um on the city? Okay, but all that said, I hope you guys have enjoyed this interesting comparison between a wagon and a compact SUV. If you're also looking to see the latest cars, I'm testing be sure to follow me on instagram at red line, underscore views like us on Facebook and as always guys, please keep subscribing to the red line, reviews YouTube channel for all the latest reviews. Thank you.