For those of you who remember, years ago, Volkswagen was the world’s leading automaker that set out to create the “people’s car.” From that day forward, Volkswagen has grown its reputation for designing sophisticated and sporty sedans and hatchbacks. For quite some time, sport utility vehicles were unexplored territory, but now the game has since changed and Volkswagen isn’t just looking to compete but to come out on top.
For years now, the Tiguan and Touareg have been the only two Volkswagen crossovers; the Tiguan being the compact option while the was Touareg larger and more luxurious. Neither vehicle was capable of seating seven, but now the tides of turned.
Located on opposite sides of the SUV spectrum, we compare two vehicles designed specifically for modern American shoppers, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan.
|2018 VW Atlas||vs||2018 VW Tiguan|
|2.0L Turbo 3.6L VR6||Engine(s)||2.0L Turbo|
|Yes||Android Auto and Apple CarPlay||Yes|
|Yes||4Motion All-Wheel Drive||Yes|
The newest vehicle to join the Volkswagen lineup, the all-new Atlas, is full-size and fully capable of taking on any adventure. Front wheel drive and all-wheel drive models are available, while the Atlas can also be equipped with two different engines. Its turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is capable of producing 238 horsepower while the 3.6L V6 jumps up to 280 HP. Either way, both engines are mated to an eight-speed transmission to maximize power and fuel efficiency.
Like the all-new Atlas, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan lists front wheel drive and all-wheel drive models. This is a big year for the Tiguan as it enters its second generation of production. Its 2.0L turbo has been tweaked and fine-tuned to be more efficient than years before but still helps the Tiguan to remain more powerful than others in its class. (Capable of towing a maximum of 2,200 lbs, the Tiguan is able to out tow a majority of midsize crossovers as well.)
One of the greatest changes to the Tiguan is its addition of a third row of seating. Never before could it accommodate seven passengers. With a longer and lower wheelbase, the 2018 Tiguan has physically grown, visibly creating more passenger and cargo space. Still, drivers who are looking for something larger and even more accommodating, the 2018 Atlas is going to be a flexible and family-friendly choice.
Drivers interested in learning more about the performance, technology, and trim levels available for the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan and Atlas, we would like to welcome you here to Donaldsons VW. We would be more than happy to answer any questions and encourage you to sign up for a test drive and see first hand how the Tiguan and Atlas handle.