2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

Choosing to get a Volkswagen SUV is a good decision, but now the tricky part comes in: which one is better suited to your needs? Is the versatile VW Tiguan the right choice for your family, or is the all-new Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport a better fit? We're here to help you make the right decision. Below, we've taken a close look at just what these two SUVs have to offer. Once you have an idea of what to expect, stop by our friendly VW dealership for a test drive.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Exterior

2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs 2020 VW Tiguan: Design & Configurations

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is a stylish and versatile SUV. It comes standard as a three-row model, but is also available with two rows of seating. The three-row VW Tiguan can seat up to seven people, with 123.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. The five-passenger two-row configuration is still roomy, with 101.1 cubic feet. But when it comes to two-row roominess, the new Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is hard to beat. It can seat up to five people in two rows, and you'll find a roomy 112 cubic feet of passenger space! The VW Atlas Cross Sport also comes with 40.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row; fold that down and you'll get up to 77.8 cubic feet. This is more than you'll get in either Tiguan configuration.

In addition, the exterior of the 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport is more dynamic, featuring a raked roofline that gives it an almost coupe-like look. The VW Tiguan is an attractive SUV, as well, with a more traditional SUV design. You'll also get standard LED headlights on the 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport; these are an available upgrade only in the VW Tiguan.

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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior

2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs 2020 VW Tiguan: Interior Comfort & Convenience Features

You'll find similar interior features at the entry level in these SUVs. Cloth seating, manual climate control, and a manually adjustable driver's seat are all standard, as is a manual liftgate. Additionally, both SUVs offer upgrades like dual-zone Climatronic climate control, leather seating surfaces, a power driver's seat with memory, and a power liftgate with Easy Open. Still, there are a few differences. Ventilated front seats are an option in the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, but not in the Tiguan. And, while both have six-speaker sound systems on the entry level, the 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport offers an available 12-speaker Fender Premium Audio System. In the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan, a 9-speaker Fender Premium Audio System is available.

2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs 2020 VW Tiguan: Performance

Though both of these SUVs perform admirably, performance is yet another area where you'll find real differences. Most notable, perhaps, is that the 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport offers two engine choices, while the 2020 VW Tiguan has only one. Choose the Atlas Cross Sport and you'll get a standard turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. This engine generates 235 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque, and allows the Atlas Cross Sport to get up to 24 miles per gallon! What's more, this engine allows the VW Atlas Cross Sport to tow up to 2,000 pounds. But if it's more power you're after, the available V6 puts out 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, with a maximum towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds!

Choose the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan and you'll get a turbocharged engine that generates 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, with a 1,500-pound maximum towing capacity. It may be less brawny than the engine choices in the VW Atlas Cross Sport, but this engine does help the 2020 VW Tiguan get up to 29 miles per gallon.

Of course, there are also a number of similarities. Both vehicles have available all-wheel drive, similar ground clearance (8 inches on the VW Atlas Cross Sport and 7.9 inches on the Tiguan), and the precision German engineering you've come to expect from Volkswagen.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Features

2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs 2020 VW Tiguan: Driver Assistance Technology

Volkswagen cares about keeping you safe, which is why you'll find a number of standard driver assistance features on these SUVs. No matter which trim level you choose, you'll get protection from Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. They also share available features, including adaptive cruise control, a lane-keeping system, and Park Distance Control. But when you want the most impressive VW safety, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport offers two available features you won't want to miss. Dynamic Road Sign Display makes it easier for you to keep track of things like the speed limit, while Traffic Jam Assist takes some of the stress and fatigue out of rush hours.

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2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs 2020 VW Tiguan: Value

As an all-new SUV, the VW Atlas Cross Sport does include some features that the VW Tiguan does not have. It's also pricier: the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport has a starting MSRP that's $5,600 more than that of the entry-level VW Tiguan. It's well worth the price, but the Tiguan is the more budget-friendly option.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport2020 Volkswagen Tiguan
$30,545Starting MSRP*$24,945
235Horsepower184
258 lb.-ft.Torque221 lb.-ft. 
5,000 lbs. (w/ Available V6)Maximum Towing Capacity1,500 lbs.
5Seating Capacity7 (Standard) / 5 (Available)
112 cu. ft.Passenger Volume123.9 cu. ft. (7-Passenger) / 101.1 cu. ft. (5-Passenger)
40.3 cu. ft.Cargo Space12 cu. ft. (7-Passenger) / 37.6 cu. ft. (5-Passenger)
77.8 cu. ft.Maximum Cargo Space65.7 cu. ft. (7-Passenger) / 73.5 cu. ft. (5-Passenger)
StandardLED HeadlightsAvailable Upgrade
Available UpgradeTraffic Jam AssistNot Available

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.