2019 Volkswagen Atlas in white

2019 Volkswagen Atlas

2019 Subaru Ascent in dark grey

2019 Subaru Ascent

2019 VW Atlas vs. 2019 Subaru Ascent

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas and 2019 Subaru Ascent are two versatile family SUVs with plenty of power under the hood and features in the cabin. However, when you compare the Volkswagen Atlas vs. Subaru Ascent, it becomes clear that the new Atlas offers greater engine power, city fuel economy, and cargo space. Compare the two below to decide for yourself which is best for your Akron travels.

Atlas vs. Ascent: Prices & Trims

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas has a starting MSRP of $30,895*. It’s also offered in 13 trim levels, giving Cleveland shoppers plenty of options. You can choose from the following configurations:

  • S
  • V6 S with 4MOTION®
  • V6 SE
  • V6 SE with 4MOTION®
  • V6 SE with Technology
  • V6 SE with Tech. with 4MOTION®
  • V6 SE with Technology R-Line
  • V6 SE with Tech. R-Line with 4MOTION®
  • V6 SEL
  • V6 SEL with 4MOTION®
  • V6 SEL R-Line
  • V6 SEL R-Line with 4MOTION®
  • V6 SEL Premium with 4MOTION®

The 2019 Subaru Ascent, on the other hand, starts at $31,995. It’s offered in four trims: Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas in Blue Metallic in home driveway

Atlas vs. Ascent: Performance & Towing

Compare the Volkswagen Atlas vs. Subaru Ascent performance specs below:

  • Engine: The VW Atlas is available with two engines: a 235-hp 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder and a 276-hp 3.6L V6. The Subaru Ascent is offered with one 260-hp 2.4L turbo SUBARU BOXER 4-cylinder engine.
  • Fuel Economy: When you compare the Atlas S vs. Ascent Base, you’ll notice their fuel economy figures are comparable. The Atlas earns an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/26 mpg highway rating, while the Ascent earns 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway.
  • Towing: Both SUVs can tow as much as 5,000 pounds.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas interior three row seating in shetland leather

Atlas vs. Ascent: Interior Dimensions & Cargo Space

The Subaru Ascent seats up to eight people, while the VW Atlas seats up to seven. You might think that makes the Ascent more spacious, but the Atlas offers more passenger volume and cargo room:

2019 Volkswagen Atlas


2019 Subaru Ascent
154 cubic feet

Passenger Volume

153 cubic feet
58.2 inches

Front Hip Room

57.7 inches
58 inches

Rear Hip Room

57.5 inches
20.6 cubic feet

Interior Cargo Volume

17.8 cubic feet
55.5 cubic feet

Max. Cargo Volume

47.5 cubic feet

Test Drive the VW Atlas at Volkswagen of Streetsboro!

Get behind the wheel of the VW Atlas at Volkswagen of Streetsboro! Contact us to schedule a test drive near Cleveland and Aurora, and to learn more about our new vehicle specials.


*Ask your dealer if this vehicle meets the emissions requirements of the state in which you are registering the vehicle. Starting MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price. Specifications, equipment, options, and prices are subject to change without notice. Some items may be unavailable when vehicle is built. Ask your dealer about availability of options and verify that the vehicle includes the equipment you ordered.


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