2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

orange 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan and a gold 2018 Volkswagen Atlas side by side in a comparison image

Individuals and families looking for premium space in an attractive Volkswagen crossover have two great options for the 2018 model year. Both of the crossover SUVs in this 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Volkswagen Atlas comparison are new for the model year. The 2018 Tiguan received several bold updates, while the Volkswagen Atlas is an all-new model. The Tiguan is considered a compact crossover, while the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a midsize crossover.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas comes standard with three rows of seating and a seven passenger capacity. The smaller 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan offers either five seats or seven seats depending on whether or not car shoppers opt for the third row. Because it is smaller, the 2018 Tiguan is less expensive, but for larger families the generous maximum cargo space of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas may be very appealing.

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2018 VW Tiguan vs 2018 VW Atlas
$24,595 Starting MSRP $30,750
2.0-L turbo 4-cylinder (184 hp) Base Engine 2.0-L turbo 4-cylinder (235 hp)
65.7 cubic feet Max. Cargo Space 96.8 cubic feet
22/27 mpg Starting Fuel Economy (city/highway) 22/26 mpg

Engine Options on the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan and Atlas

Both of the models in this 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Volkswagen Atlas comparison offer engaging driving. The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is available with a single engine option. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine offers 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. It has, by a slim margine, the best mileage rating in this comparison. In contrast, the 2018 VW Atlas also comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This engine, however, is rated for 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It drops one mile-per-gallon in  highway fuel efficiency when compared to the Tiguan base engine.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is also available with an elite 3.6-liter V-6 engine that cranks out 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. When equipped with this more powerful engine option on upper trims, the Atlas drops in efficiency and can offer only 18 mpg in city driving and 25 mpg on the highway. With this engine, the 2018 VW Atlas is also available with 4MOTION all-wheel drive, which is available on all trim levels of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan.

Either of the models in this comparison can offer attractive driving for families or individuals. For vehicle shoppers in the Topeka KS area, we recommend visiting the New Volkswagen of Topeka to take a test drive and see which of these models really does fit your vehicle needs.


side view of an orange 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan with clouds and mountains in the background
side view of a gold 2018 Volkswagen Atlas park in front of white walls
front seats and second row of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
front two rows of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas in white