2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs Atlas SUV Comparison in Cerritos, CA

Small and midsize SUVs are everywhere today, and you'll have no shortage of choices when searching for a new one. Naturally, the renowned German engineering of Volkswagen provides a couple particularly outstanding choices with the latest 2020 VW Tiguan and Atlas. So, what's the difference between these models other than the price? They both provide the sophisticated appearance and generous standard features that are to be expected from Volkswagen. These SUV models even offer third-row seating. However, there are also a variety of differences that will likely determine whether the new 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan or the latest VW Atlas is right for you. Find out more below, then visit us for a better dealership experience at McKenna Volkswagen Cerritos.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs Atlas Exterior

Interior Differences: 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs Atlas

Size is perhaps the most significant difference between the new VW Tiguan and Atlas. The Tiguan is an outstanding small SUV with more features and comfort than the competition in this segment. The new 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is a well-equipped midsize 3-row SUV. While you can get a new VW Tiguan with third-row seating, there's still a noticeable difference in how much room passengers and cargo have in each of these SUVs. The most passenger space you'll find in the smaller Volkswagen Tiguan is 123.9 cubic feet. That's a lot for this segment and price point. For even more room, the new VW Atlas comes standard with the third row of seating to provide 153.7 cubic feet of passenger comfort.

The difference in cargo space is similar with the new 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan offering a generous 65.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity when all the seats are folded down. The larger VW Atlas can take a bit more with an interior cargo capacity reaching up to 96.8 cubic feet. For those times when you need to carry more cargo without folding rear seats down, both Volkswagen SUV models here come standard with roof rails that are ready for a wide range of VW approved cargo accessories.

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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs Atlas Interior

Features & Technology: 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs Atlas

If you're not familiar with the advanced technology found in the latest Volkswagen lineup, you're in for a treat when you take a ride in these new SUVs. On the outside, automatic headlights are standard on both models along with LED exterior lighting. For added convenience, these VW SUVs are also both equipped with the coming/leaving home feature. However, this is just the beginning of value you'll find in a new SUV from Volkswagen.

Step inside either SUV, and you'll find a 6.5" color touchscreen display where it's easy and intuitive to connect most modern smartphones, browse a variety of entertainment options, and so much more. Bluetooth with audio streaming is also standard in the new VW Tiguan and Atlas, and be sure to ask us about the Volkswagen Car-Net® technology.

Naturally, there are a few differences to be aware of. The larger 2020 VW Atlas does come standard with dual-zone climate control, which is an available upgrade in the smaller VW Tiguan. However, you'll find more USB ports in the entry-level Volkswagen Tiguan. This is just a preview of how each VW SUV provides an outstanding value for differing needs. To find out more, we invite you to stop by McKenna Volkswagen Cerritos.

Performance Comparison: 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs Atlas

While the entry-level power numbers between the new VW Tiguan and Atlas differ, so too does their size and weight. The result is that the standard 184 horsepower from the smaller Tiguan will feel quite similar to the standard 235 horsepower in the larger Volkswagen Atlas. Both models also offer great fuel economy for their segments with the VW Tiguan coming in at a combined 25 MPG and the larger VW Atlas 3-row SUV providing an economical 22 combined MPG. Regardless of which model you choose, you'll find impressive control comes with the standard 8-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® and Sport mode. That means you can manually choose your own gears or choose the sport mode for even better throttle response. And, the excellent steering response is another example of advanced German engineering thanks in part to the variable assistance. That means an easy steering wheel at low parking lot speeds and a stiffer, more confident wheel at freeway speeds.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs Atlas Features

Safety Comparison: 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs Atlas

It wouldn't make much sense for one Volkswagen SUV to be safer than another, and you'll find that the new VW Tiguan and Atlas are among the safest vehicles ever made. Aside from prestigious awards form independent industry experts, these SUVs go the extra mile to ensure that you and your family are as safe as possible on today's crowded and unpredictable roads. A host of advanced braking systems ensure that the wheels don't skid out of control while the crash-optimized structures and advanced airbags further protect occupants if a collision is unavoidable. However, it's always safer to avoid an accident if at all possible, and that's another area where the German engineers at Volkswagen have stepped in to provide some of the most advanced standard safety technology on the market.

Driver Assistance Technology: 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs Atlas

You may have heard that driver assistance technology like pre collision braking and lane keep assist is becoming available on today's vehicles. While we certainly think a new Volkswagen is the best choice on the market, we're glad to see so many other brands offering this driver assistance to help keep the roads safer for all of us. However, the new VW Tiguan and Atlas SUVs stand apart from the crowd by making Front Assist with forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking standard in every model no matter what other options you choose. What's more, rear traffic alert, is standard in both models. When you get here, as us about other driver assistance technology like blind spot monitor, pedestrian monitoring, and rear traffic alert.

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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs Atlas Summary

Clearly, you'll find a lot of value in either of these impressive Volkswagen SUVs. So, choosing the best one for you ultimately comes down to your specific needs and desires. If you typically don't need to carry more than five people and find the cargo space of a small SUV to be enough, you might consider saving a few bucks and going with the smaller 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan. However, if you have a larger family where growing siblings would do better during the road trip to grandma's house if they had a little more room, you may prefer the larger 2020 Volkswagen Atlas. Ultimately, we think the best way to know that you're making the right choice for your next new SUV is to come see and experience both models in person at McKenna Volkswagen Cerritos.

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.