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

Volkswagen brings precision German engineering, elevated comfort, and impressive capability to every single one of its vehicles. While this makes choosing Volkswagen easy, it does make other choices trickier--like choosing which VW SUV to get. On the one hand, you have the VW Tiguan, a capable and remarkably versatile SUV. On the other hand, you have the VW Atlas, a family SUV that's sure to impress. While both are excellent choices, we're here to help you narrow down which one is best suited to your needs. Below, you'll find some key differences between these SUVs, as well as some similarities they share.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Exterior

VW Tiguan vs VW Atlas Size Comparison

Size is one of the key differences between these two SUVs. The 2020 VW Atlas is a midsize SUV with three rows of seating for up to seven occupants. With 153.7 cubic feet of passenger volume, everyone will have the room they need to stretch out and enjoy the ride. What's more, you'll get 20.6 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third row, with a maximum cargo capacity of 96.8 cubic feet when the second and third rows are folded.

The 2020 Tiguan, by comparison, is a distinctively unique vehicle: it comes in both two- and three-row varieties! The two-row Tiguan can seat up to five people in a roomy 101.1 cubic feet of passenger volume, and you'll get 37.6 cubic feet of standard cargo space (up to 73.5 cubic feet with the second row folded). The three-row variety can, like the 2020 Atlas, seat up to seven people. With 123.9 cubic feet of passenger volume and 12 cubic feet of cargo space (which can extend to 65.7 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded), it does have less interior volume than the 2020 VW Atlas. However, it's still roomy, and designed with your comfort in mind.

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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Interior

VW Tiguan vs VW Atlas Interior Comfort & Technology Feature Comparison

Of course, you'll get impressive comfort and technology no matter which SUV you choose--they are both Volkswagen models, after all. You'll get comfortable cloth seating surfaces, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, and a 6-speaker sound system on both. They even offer many of the same available upgrades, including leather seating surfaces, rain-sensing wipers, and heated front seats. But there are some differences. The 2020 VW Tiguan offers available dual-zone Climatronic automatic climate control, but the Atlas offers available 3-zone Climatronic automatic climate control. In addition, the 2020 VW Atlas offers heated rear seats, a feature that you won't find in the 2020 VW Tiguan. And, if you upgrade to a higher trim level in the Atlas, you'll get a 12-speaker Fender Premium Audio System. The most you'll get in the Tiguan is a 9-speaker Fender system (which is still impressive on its own).

VW Tiguan vs VW Atlas: Safety

Both of these SUVs are impressively safe, having received top scores in crashworthiness tests performed by the IIHS. In case of an accident, they're both equipped with an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and an Intelligent Crash Response System, which can unlock the doors, turn on the hazard lights, and turn off the fuel pump if there's an accident where the airbags are deployed. They even have the same standard driver assist features: Front Assist, a Side Assist blind spot monitor, and Rear Traffic Alert. Available features like Lane Assist, Park Distance Control, and Adaptive Cruise Control make these models even safer. The only real difference between the two? The 2020 VW Atlas offers an available Park Assist parking steering assistant, which the 2020 Tiguan lacks. Other than that, these two SUVs are strikingly similar in their dedication to keeping your family safe.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Features

VW Tiguan vs VW Atlas: Performance

The 2020 VW Tiguan comes with just one engine, while the 2020 Atlas offers two. The engine that powers the 2020 Tiguan is a powerful turbocharged I4 that puts out 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque! With up to 29 miles per gallon, this engine combines power with efficiency. The entry-level 2020 VW Atlas also has a turbocharged I4 engine, though it puts out 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Its increased power does mean that it gets lower gas mileage, up to 24 mpg. If you're after even more power, the available V6 puts out 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque!

Both SUVs come standard with front-wheel drive, but offer 4MOTION® all-wheel drive as an available upgrade. The strut-type front and multi-link rear suspension on both vehicles means that you'll have an enjoyable drive whether you're on the road or off of it.

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Which Is Best for You: 2020 VW Tiguan or 2020 VW Atlas?

While both of these SUVs give you an impressive amount of value for your money, it's hard not to notice that the 2020 Atlas has a higher starting MSRP than the 2020 Tiguan. If you need the extra space or want the extra power, the Volkswagen Atlas is an exceptional choice. Otherwise, the Volkswagen Tiguan might be more up your alley. The best way to find out is to take both for a test drive at McKenna Volkswagen Huntington Beach.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan2020 Volkswagen Atlas
7 Occupants (With Available 3rd row)Max Seating Capacity7 Occupants
Up to 123.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Volume153.7 Cubic Feet
65.7 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume96.8 Cubic Feet
184Standard Horsepower235
3,757 PoundsCurb Weight4,222 Pounds
29 Highway - 22 CityFuel Economy (MPG)26 Highway - 20 City
17" AlloyStandard Wheels18" Alloy
AvailableDual-Zone Climate ControlStandard
Available3rd-Row SeatingStandard

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