2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen has always been something of a small car company, as it has famously poked fun at itself for the petite Beetle. Times have changed since the popularity of the Bug in the 1960s, and families are more focused than ever on comfortable vehicles that allow them to stretch their legs. As a company that has always put its primary focus on the people, VW is now recognizing the need for a change. Which is why the brand is offering up two new SUV options: The Atlas and the Tiguan. What is the difference between the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan?

The main thing you’ll note is that while the 2018 VW Atlas is entirely new, the 2018 VW Tiguan is an extended version of the compact SUV that already exists. With a longer wheelbase, it won’t be nearly as compact, but this places it as a sort of middle option as shoppers can pick from a third-row configuration, or opt to leave out the seats and enjoy extra cargo space.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder or 3.6-liter V6 Engine Options 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder
238hp or 280hp Horsepower 184hp
Optional, V6 only AWD Optional
7 Seating Capacity 5/7

Which Volkswagen SUV is right for you?

If you haven’t been satisfied with the luxury-focused VW Touareg, and the Tiguan of the past was just too small, you’re likely to be excited by the two new practical options that are heading our way. The only question remains, which one is right for you?

As you can see, both the Tiguan and the Atlas offer all-wheel drive options, although the Atlas only makes it a choice when paired with the V6 engine. When it comes to performance, the Atlas also has both a more potent 4-cylinder and the impressive V6, but as a larger vehicle, it requires the extra oomph to get it going from a stop.

At the end of the day, you’re likely to choose the model that best suits your seating needs, as the Volkswagen Atlas offers a third row that is spacious enough for adults to enjoy, which means it’s perfectly suited to grow with the needs of your family. The 2018 VW Tiguan, on the other hand, is better for those who prefer cargo space, but may need to seat a few more passengers on occasion.

Find out which model you prefer when you stop by Karen Radley Volkswagen, serving Tysons Corner, Vienna, Lorton, Springfield, Manassas and Washington DC.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas Side Design
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Habanero Orange
2018 Volkswagen Atlas Upholstery
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Optional third-row