2020 VW Atlas vs 2020 Kia Telluride Comparison in Cerritos, CA

The new 2020 Kia Telluride is making a big splash in the world of three-row family SUVs -- but is it the smartest buy for Southern California families? We think when you compare it to the bigger, bolder 2020 Volkswagen Atlas, you'll find even more to love. Discover all the advantages of the VW Atlas in the side-by-side comparison below. We'll show you how it gives more in key areas like utility, safety and technology.

Volkswagen Atlas Cutaway

2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Kia Telluride: Size & Utility

The new Kia Telluride is now the biggest SUV option from Kia, but it's still not as mighty as the Volkswagen Atlas. The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas has a longer wheelbase for a smoother ride and it's longer overall so your passengers enjoy generous legroom. Best of all, when you fold down the rear seats, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas gives you a lot more interior cargo space! With nearly 97 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume available, you can take the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas to the furniture place, big box retailer or wholesale warehouse store and load up with even more! You only get up to 87 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume in the 2020 Kia Telluride.

The 2020 VW Atlas even comes standard with roof rails for attaching bike carriers, snow- and surfboard holders and other accessories. Roof rails will cost you extra on the 2020 Kia Telluride as optional extras. And when equipped with a factory tow hitch, both vehicles can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Volkswagen Digital Cockpit

2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Kia Telluride: Comfort & Technology

Both these cars feature similar technology at the entry level, including a touchscreen multimedia system and standard Apple CarPlay™ / Android Auto™. However, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas offers some desirable upgrades you can't get on the 2020 Kia Telluride! These include the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, an all-video gauge cluster. Instead of traditional gauges, the place of the gauge cluster is taken by a customizable video screen. You can even see maps and navigation info in a full-screen view so getting around an unfamiliar area is easier than ever. Available Dynamic Road Sign Display can recognize speed limits, passing restrictions and other signs so you don't have to -- and remain focused on the road ahead. Such features aren't available on the 2020 Kia Telluride at all.

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Volkswagen Atlas In Snow

2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Kia Telluride: Performance & Drive

Whereas the 2020 Kia Telluride offers a single engine choice -- a naturally aspirated V6 engine -- the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine for superior efficiency and responsiveness for getting around town. However, if you want greater towing capacity and horsepower for the next family road trip, you can upgrade to a V6 in the VW Atlas as an option. When you upgrade to the V6, you get even more torque than you get from the 2020 Kia Telluride.

Both cars also offer optional all-wheel drive, but there's even more to the optional 4MOTION system available on the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas. 4MOTION AWD also comes with Active Control driving modes, including an on-road mode, an off-road mode, a custom mode and a snow mode. The AWD system in the 2020 Kia Telluride features a snow mode only -- feature you're not likely to make use of in the Los Angeles area. Instead, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas gives you greater confidence for rural dirt roads and gravel trails.

Volkswagen Atlas Front End

2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Kia Telluride: Safety & Driver Assistance

Crash test results reveal that the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is even better equipped to protect you and your family in the event of an accident. While the 2020 Kia Telluride and 2020 Volkswagen Atlas both got five-star overall safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Administration, take a closer look at the results. The 2020 Kia Telluride earned just 4 starts in the frontal crash category, where the 2020 VW Atlas got five stars in this category! You'll be even better protected in an Atlas.

Best of all, both the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas and 2020 Kia Telluride come standard with the most important driver assistance features. Standard equipment on both models include a blind spot monitor, rear traffic alert, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

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Step Up To German Engineering At McKenna Volkswagen In Cerritos

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas and 2020 Kia Telluride feature almost identical starting prices -- but you get more utility, superior safety and the premium look and powerful performance that comes from German engineering when you choose the VW Atlas. We invite you to take your test drive today at McKenna Cerritos VW. Come see where an Atlas can take you and your family!

2020 Volkswagen Atlas2020 Kia Telluride
$31,545Starting MSRP*$31,890
235Standard Horsepower291
258Standard Torque (lb-ft)262
21 MPG City / 24 MPG HighwayFuel Economy20 MPG City / 26 MPG Highway
96.8 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume87.0 Cubic Feet
5,000 lbsMaximum Towing Capacity5,000 lbs
StandardDual-Zone Automatic Climate ControlAvailable Upgrade
StandardLED HeadlightsAvailable Upgrade
StandardPre-Collision Automatic BrakingStandard
StandardBlind Spot MonitorStandard

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