Volkswagen Atlas vs. Volkswagen Tiguan

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, Automotive Editor - July 30, 2018

Volkswagen has been working on its lineup of crossovers and SUVs, adding new additions like the mid-size Atlas to complete a well thought out and thorough selection of vehicles. Consumers wanting to get into a tall, do-it-all vehicle have a few to choose from if they're looking for something from VW.

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is all-new for the model year. It's the second cheapest and smallest crossover in the lineup, growing in size and features from the previous generation. At the other end of the spectrum sits the Atlas, VW's largest and most expensive SUV.

We've taken a closer look at both models to see which one is the better option.

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What the Tiguan Gets Right

As a compact crossover, the Tiguan is more affordable than the larger Atlas. The Tiguan has a starting price of $25,495, including destination. The Atlas is $6,180 more with a price of $31,675. The large price difference means you can get into the Tiguan SEL for roughly the same amount of money as an entry-level Atlas.

For drivers that enjoy darting in and out of traffic and regularly drive in urban areas, the Tiguan's compact size will prove to beneficial. The Tiguan is 13 inches shorter in length, six inches shorter in width, and four inches shorter in height. Drivers wanting something smaller and more compact will find the Tiguan to be the ideal size.

What the Atlas Gets Right

With its larger body, the Atlas is the more spacious utility vehicle, making it the obvious choice for consumers looking to get into an airy vehicle that can hold loads of cargo. The Atlas has more leg room, head room, and shoulder room in every one of its three rows than the Tiguan. The more spacious interior in the Atlas means that it can hold a maximum of 96.8 cubic feet of cargo, which is 31.1 more than the Tiguan's maximum cargo capacity rating.

The Atlas is the more powerful option, but doesn't sacrifice fuel efficiency for the extra bump in power. Power for the Atlas comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 235 horsepower. The Tiguan also has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but it's rated to produce 221 hp.

Fuel economy figures for the Atlas are impressive, consideirng it's more powerful and larger than the Tiguan. The Atlas is rated by the EPA to get up to 22 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 24 combined. The Tiguan checks in at 22/27/24 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Need Room for Seven?

Both the Atlas and the Tiguan can seat up to seven passengers. The Atlas comes with a seven-passenger layout as standard, while the three-row setup is optional on the Tiguan. If you expect to have seven passengers in your SUV on a regular basis, the Atlas is the winner. Its spacious interior and larger size make it the better option for consumers needing extra space.

The Verdict: Volkswagen Tiguan

If you don't mind squeezing seven passengers into an SUV every now and then, the Volkswagen Tiguan is the better option. It may be a compact, but the Tiguan has the ability to act as a mid-size crossover with its available third row. Plus, its lower price tag is much more attractive than the Atlas'.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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