Volkswagen Atlas Vs. Tiguan Comparison

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If you have a family with kids, then you know all about sibling rivalry. In our Volkswagen family, dinner time can get noisy with the Atlas vs. Tiguan debate. Both of these vehicles are stylish SUVs from VW. You'll find a lot of crossover (pun intended) between the two of them, with just a few defining traits that might make you lean towards one over the other. Read below for our side-by-side comparison and check out our complete inventory of new VW Tiguan SUVs, here.

So Many Similarities

Our Atlas vs. Tiguan page is designed to point out key features to help you decide which one is right for you and yours. So let's take a look at how both of these SUVs are similar. Both are from the brand you love. So, das ist gut. Both vehicles offer FWD, a 2.0L engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission, ADAS safety, touchscreen infotainment, VW Car-Net, and full-length roof rails, standard. Both vehicles offer seating for seven with a third-row. However, the third-row is an option on the Tiguan. You can also find each of them in many of the same colors. Both offer you a lot of the same upgrades and options. From 30K feet, they are almost identical twins. But that said, you don't need to be their mommy to tell them apart.

Born To Stand Out

With size being the obvious variable, let's call out the elephant in the room. The VW Atlas is, of course, bigger than the VW Tiguan. By how much exactly? The Atlas measures 200" in overall length. Which is about 15" longer than the Tiguan. The Atlas also stands 4" taller than the Tiguan at 70". How does this translate into passenger room? You've got 155 cubic feet of passenger volume in the Atlas and 124 cubic feet in the Tiguan. With size comes a little more strength, and the Atlas allows for an optional 276hp V6. The overall length and power in an upgraded Atlas will allow you to tow 5,000lbs, whereas the Tiguan can pull along 1,500lbs (in other words, a trailer with small watercraft). Another key difference is that the Atlas allows for two more trim options, totaling seven. This little Volkswagen Atlas comparison section illustrates that the Atlas isn't so little!

The Atlas vs. Tiguan: Price

Another key factor that might drive your decision with the Atlas vs. Tiguan is the price. The entry point on the Tiguan starts at about $26,440, while the Atlas opens its doors starting at $32,565.1 Each model bumps up by about $2,200 at each trim level with a near-exact price intersection between the VW Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line & VW Atlas SE R-Line. At about $40K1 the Tiguan includes 4Motion AWD, adaptive LED lighting, a panoramic glass roof, Vienna leather seating, upgraded Fender Acoustics, and the full suite of ADAS features, including lane-keep assistance and adaptive cruise control. Two distinct features missing from the Atlas at that price are leather seats and adaptive LED headlights. So, in this case, the VW Tiguan comparison of value is a little greater with its feature-rich spec sheet. That and the Tiguan also offers the R-Line Black package, whereas the Atlas does not.

Contact Us in Atlanta To Buy Your New VW SUV

Jim Ellis VW Kennesaw has a seat at the dinner table for both of these impressive SUVs. As you can see, both of them are similar; after all, they share the same DNA. However, the final genetic expression is always unique. A lot of our customers come to us asking which model is "better." In case you've been wondering the same thing, let us share our favorite answer: neither is better. But one is merely better for you.

So how do you make that determination? You can look at either one of these SUVs and have confidence knowing that they are both equipped with the latest driving conveniences right from the start. Both of them have sculpted modern lines and a purposeful interior that is designed to carry you and yours to every destination in total comfort. As we've said, size will be the big difference between the two, so ask yourself which might suit your lifestyle better. Perhaps living in a more urban environment calls for the Tiguan as it's better suited to tighter indoor parking structures. But then again, if you're a little further out and need more space in your mobile backpack, then one of our Atlas SUVs for sale could be the way to go.

Either way, our VW SUV team has more combined experience and product knowledge than any other dealer in the area. As a proud member of the Jim Ellis Auto Group, we're a big family with small-town values. We'll know who you are when you come in to see us, we'll make sure we've spent some time listening to what matters most to you, and we'll present as many options as necessary for you to make the right choice. Thanks for spending a minute with us, and we trust that you've found some value in our Volkswagen Atlas vs. Tiguan comparison page. If you know anyone else who's thinking about these two SUVs, don't forget to share this page with them. See you soon!

1Prices exclude transportation, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges.


2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE

2021 VW Atlas SEView 2021 Atlas Inventory

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan SE

2021 VW Tiguan SEView 2021 Tiguan Inventory
PriceStarting MSRP $34,905Starting MSRP $27,395
MPGEstimated 21 city / 24 highway23 city / 29 highway
PowerSE 2.0L Turbo 8-speed Auto with TiptronicSE 2.0L Turbo 8-speed automatic
Horsepower235 hp184 hp
DrivetrainFWDFWD
# of seats7 passenger5-7 passenger
Towing Capacity5,000 lbs1,500 lbs
Cargo Volume20.6 cu ft12.0 cu ft
Technology
       
  • Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert
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  • Forward-Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist)
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  • Optional infotainment system (MIB3)
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  • Preparation for a navigation system with media and internet package
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  • SiriusXM® All Access with a three-month trial subscription
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  • Volkswagen Car-Net®
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  • Wired & Wireless App-Connect
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  • Wireless smartphone charger
       
  • Two front USB-C data ports and one rear USB-C charging port
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  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
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  • App-Connect with wireless capabilities
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  • Blind Spot Monitor (Side Assist), Rear Traffic Alert
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  • Composition Media touchscreen sound system with 8 color display, proximity sensor, AM/FM/HD radio and voice control
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  • Forward-Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist)
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  • Keyless access with push-button start
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  • Pedestrian Monitoring (included in Front Assist)
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  • Premium color Multifunction Display (MFD)
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  • SiriusXM® with 360L with three-month trial subscription
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  • Volkswagen Car-Net® Remote Access with five-years standard
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  • Wireless smartphone charger and Bluetooth® technology with audio streaming for compatible devices
Interior
       
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat
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  • 60/40 split-folding second row, third-row easy entry, and 50/50-split folding third row
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  • Auto-dimming interior rearview mirror
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  • Climatronic and additional heater HVAC unit
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  • Heated front seats
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  • Power-adjustable lumbar support for driver's seat
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  • Premium color Multifunction Display (MFD)
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  • V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces
       
  • 10-way power driver's seat including power-adjustable lumbar support
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  • 12V power outlets: one in the front console, one in the rear console, and one in the cargo area
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  • Seven-seat configuration with third-row seating and 40/20/40-split folding second row
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  • Carpeted cargo area with tie-down hooks
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  • Climatronic® dual-zone automatic climate control with second-row air vent
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  • Heated front seats
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  • Leatherette-wrapped, multi-function steering wheel
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  • V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces
Exterior
       
  • 18 alloy wheels
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  • Automatic headlights with Coming/Leaving Home feature
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  • Black roof rails
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  • LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
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  • Power-operated, heated side mirrors
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  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
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  • Remote opening and closing power liftgate with closing assist
       
  • 17 wide multi-spoke two-tone machined and gloss black alloy wheels
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  • Automatic headlights with Coming/Leaving Home feature
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  • Black roof rails
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  • Heated windshield washer nozzles
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  • LED taillights
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  • Power-operated, heated side mirrors
Safety
       
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Pressure Distribution (EBD), and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
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  • Driver and front passenger, front and side thorax airbag supplemental restraint system
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  • Front safety belts, height-adjustable, with pretensioners and load limiters
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  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child seat anchor points
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  • Rear View Camera System
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  • Side Curtain Protection® head airbags, front, and rear
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  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
       
  • Driver and front passenger, front and side thorax airbag supplemental restraint system
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  • Electronic Stability Control, Anti-Slip Regulation, Electronic Differential Lock, and Engine Brake Assist
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  • Front safety belts, height-adjustable, with pretensioners and load limiters
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  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child seat anchor points
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  • Rear View Camera System
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  • Side Curtain Protection® head airbags, front and rear
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  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)