2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs Volkswagen Atlas

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Two of the best SUVs currently on the market are the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan. At first glance, they may even seem like the same or similar vehicles, however, there are significant differences between the two models. By knowing more about these two SUVs, you can better choose the one that’s right for you. Below, we’ll highlight some of the key differences and similarities between Volkswagen’s two excellent SUV models. To test drive each of the Volkswagen SUVs, contact our team and we’ll be happy to schedule a convenient time for you to visit our dealership.


Volkswagen Tiguan


Volkswagen Atlas


Starting MSRP


Standard Seating

235 @ 4500


184 @ 4400
16-21 City / 22-24 Hwy

EPA-Estimated MPG

20-22 City / 27-29 Hwy
Max. 96.8 cubic feet

Interior Cargo Space

Max. 65.7 cubic feet

Tiguan vs Atlas: Performance Specs and MPG

Let’s start our comparison by looking at the performance specs of these two SUVs. Both vehicles have an automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, but where they begin to differ is the engine. The VW Atlas has an intercooled turbo premium unleaded I-4 engine, while the Tiguan has an intercooled turbo regular unleaded I-4 engine. This results in the Atlas producing 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque while the Tiguan produces 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque.

Another difference is fuel efficiency. The Atlas provides an EPA-estimated 16-21 MPG in the city and 22-24 MPG on the highway, depending on your trim. For the Tiguan MPG ratings, you can expect an estimated 20-22 MPG in the city and 27-29 MPG on the highway, making the Tiguan the more fuel-efficient SUV.

Interior Dimensions & Cabin Measurements

Next, there’s the interior space. Both SUVs can comfortably seat 7 passengers. However, in terms of space, the Atlas is larger inside. With the Atlas, you’ll get 153.7 cubic feet of passenger space, while in the Tiguan interior, you’ll get 123.9 cubic feet. You’ll notice the difference most in the third row seating, where the Atlas has 33.7 inches of legroom while the Tiguan has 27.9 inches. Therefore if you regularly have tall passengers or lots of children with you, you may prefer the Volkswagen Atlas.

In terms of storage space, the Volkswagen Atlas has more space to offer than the Volkswagen Tiguan. With all of the seats up, the Atlas comes with 20.6 cubic feet of space in the cargo area, while the Tiguan has 12 cubic feet. If you put all the seats down for maximum space, the Atlas has 96.8 cubic feet of storage, while the Tiguan has 65.7 cubic feet. This makes the Atlas the better option for interior space if you need a lot of storage capabilities.

Convenience and Entertainment Features

The Volkswagen Atlas and the Volkswagen Tiguan have many of the same convenience and entertainment features. In addition, on both models, the following features come standard:

  • Back-Up Camera
  • Cruise Control
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Keyless Entry
  • WiFi Hotspot
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Hands-free Communication System
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Power Steering

While both models offer plenty of features, the Atlas does offer a few more. For example, the Atlas comes standard with rain-sensing wipers, an anti-theft system, and fog lamps. If you’re looking for a vehicle with the most available features, you may prefer the Atlas, however, both vehicles offer plenty of features.

Tiguan vs Atlas: Safety Features

Finally, there are the safety features. Once again, both models come with a lot of the same safety features, such as driver, passenger, front head, rear head, and front side airbags. Some other safety features included standard with both vehicles include:

  • Electronic stability control
  • Integrated turn signal mirrors
  • Blindspot monitor
  • Brake assist
  • Daytime running lights
  • Cross-traffic alert

If you’re looking for a vehicle that comes with plenty of safety features, you really can’t go wrong with either the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas or the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan.

Compare The Volkswagen SUV Lineup in Streetsboro, Ohio

Choosing between the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan isn’t an easy choice. It primarily comes down to how much you want to spend on your desired features. The Atlas typically has more features and comes with more interior space. However, it also comes with a higher MSRP. You’ll need to think about how much space you want, or if you want a more powerful engine, and whether that’s worth the increase in cost.

If you need help deciding, Volkswagen of Streetsboro is here to assist you. Our expert sales staff can answer all your questions about these two models and set you up with a test drive. That way, you can see first-hand which model you prefer. To get started, contact us today or browse through our current inventory online.

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