Two of the most recent additions to the SUV segment are the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2019 Subaru Ascent. While both vehicles come equipped with an abundance of exciting features and provide plenty of horsepower, it’s worth comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs the 2019 Subaru Ascent to determine which SUV is right for you.
Available in five trim levels, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas offers more personalization than the 2019 Subaru Ascent, which is only offered in four trims. The 2018 Atlas is also the more spacious of the two, providing a cargo capacity of 20.6 cubic feet with all seats in place and a maximum cargo capacity of 96.8 cubic feet. In comparison, the 2019 Ascent has a cargo capacity of 17.6 cubic feet and a maximum cargo capacity of 86 cubic feet.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas
2019 Subaru Ascent
|20.6 cubic feet||Standard Cargo Capacity||17.6 cubic feet|
|96.8 cubic feet||Maximum Cargo Capacity||86 cubic feet|
In addition to the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas having more storage space than the 2018 Ascent’s, its engine is more powerful as well. The 2018 Atlas’ engine outputs 276 horsepower while the 2018 Ascent’s engine offers 260 horsepower.
As for fuel economy, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas was rated by the Environmental Protection Agency for 22 miles per gallon in the city, 26 miles per gallon on the highway and a combined efficiency score of 24 miles per gallon. The 2018 Atlas has a city travel range of 409.2 miles and a highway travel range of 483.6 miles.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas safety features include: Cornering lights, turn signal mirrors, daytime running lights, an engine immobilizer, a post-collision safety system, child seat anchors, stability control, emergency braking assistance, a pre-collision safety system, traction control, LED headlamps, a remote anti-theft alarm system and rear door child safety locks.