2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

  • Standard Engine2.0L I4
  • Horsepower184
  • MPG (city/hwy) *22 / 27
  • Transmission8-speed automatic

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

  • Standard Engine2.0L I4
  • Horsepower235
  • MPG (city/hwy) *22 / 26
  • Transmission8-speed automatic

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

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The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan and the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas have proven to be reliable German SUV vehicles. Although they share similar characteristics on most categories, they do differ concerning size and power among other attributes that this review will go over. If one is not familiar with VW SUVs either could even be mistaken for the other vehicle at first glance. Here we are going over the top versions of each car to show the best possible comfort and technology that each of these fantastic SUVs has to offer. After reading our objective comparison, you will most likely not doubt as to which of these two SUVs will suit you best. From here on out we will look at how each SUV measures up in the categories of Engine Performance, Fuel Economy, and Seating and Cargo Space.

Performance

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan in its Turbo SEL Premium trim, features a powerful 2.0 L 4-cylinder, turbo motor, and 2018 Volkswagen Atlas in its SEL Premium trim, features a much larger engine that has 3.6 L 6-cylinder that has greater torque measured at 266 ft-lbs. @ 2750 rpm, while the Tiguan does not trail far behind with torque estimated at 221 ft-lbs. @ 1600 rpm. Regarding total horsepower, the Atlas features even better total horsepower measured 276 hp @ 6200 rpm, which is more beastly than the Tiguan’s top horsepower measured at 184 hp @ 4400 rpm. Both SUVs feature great engines although they are very different under the hood, yet the Atlas takes a slight lead regarding greater power and acceleration.

Fuel Economy

Even though these two full-sized SUV’s have completely different motors with considerable difference in engine displacement, yet comparable engine performance, the Tiguan features considerably better savings on fuel as it is 21% more fuel efficient when comparing both city and highway miles than the Atlas. The Tiguan also has superior driving range whether you consider city miles or even highway miles despite the Tiguan 14% smaller fuel tank. This slight advantage is hardly noticeable since the combined driving range advantage that Tiguan has over the Atlas is less than 3%. Both cars have comparable and respectable driving ranges for a full-sized SUV.

Seating and Cargo Space

Simply put, both the Atlas and the Tiguan can seat up to 7 people. Both SUVs feature second-row folding seats as well as a third row that can be completely folded down to trunk-level. So now, you might be asking yourself how they are different – the core difference is found in the fact that the Atlas is 13.2 inches longer than the Tiguan, which allows for useable cargo space of 20.6 cu. ft. in the Atlas with all seven seats operational. The Tiguan also comfortably seats seven if you bring up the third row, but doing so will leave very little cargo space behind the third row, which will end almost directly behind the fifth door. If the Tiguan uses only five seats, having the third row folded down to trunk floor level, it features an impressive cargo space of 37.6 cu. ft. Both SUVs have identical seating capacity, but the Atlas is roomier in all of its internal space dimensions.

Now that you understand about some of the key performance indicators of the Tiguan and the Atlas, you might have a good idea about which meets your vehicle needs the best. Be sure to visit our Suburban Volkswagen of Troy Dealership and take either the Tiguan or the Atlas for a test-drive to find out for yourself how both VW SUVs feature great motors, respectable fuel economy, and fantastic seating and cargo capabilities. Visit us as we are confident that our team will do our best to see you drive out of here with the very best VW SUV for you!


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