Volkswagen Atlas Vs. Kia Telluride

Although being a brand-new model in a segment does include a few drawbacks (lack of nameplate recognition being the most obvious), it can also have some interesting benefits. The most pronounced benefit is that new vehicles get to study the market, carefully analyzing customer preferences and responses to unique features or omissions in existing models.

As one of the youngest models in the increasingly popular third-row SUV segment, the Volkswagen Atlas debuted to a ton of fanfare for its stunning German design and extensive feature set. Today, we’re comparing the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas to one of the newest players in the game, the 2020 Kia Telluride. Let’s see how these rookies fare in a game of one-on-one.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas


2020 Kia Telluride

24 combined MPG

Base fuel economy 23 combined MPG

117.3 inches

Wheelbase 114.2 inches
41.5 inches Front-row legroom 41.4 inches
96.8 cubic feet Maximum cargo space 87 cubic feet
6 years/72,000 miles Limited warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
$30,895 MSRP $31,690


The Showdown for Third-Row SUVs Leans Toward German Ingenuity

Volkswagen is a brand that loves to challenge the status quo and the stately 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is no exception.

Looking at the above chart, it's easy to see why the 2019 VW Atlas became such an instant hit. It’s not only the incredible fuel economy, impressive interior space and smooth ride which comes courtesy of the extended wheelbases. It’s also the incredible value provided by Volkswagen with the 6-year/72,000-mile warranty coverage and ideal MSRP.

Ultimately, the Telluride presents a good choice, but it just can’t match the value of the slightly more senior 2019 Volkswagen Atlas.

If you’re in the market for a family SUV that offers more interior room for passengers and cargo, more confidence courtesy of a longer warranty and doesn’t bow down to tired and staid design trends, you’ll find it in the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas.