2023 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan

A view into the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan cargo space
2023 Volkswagen Atlas


2023 Volkswagen Tiguan

Starting MSRP



2.0L 4-cylinder / 235 hp

Base Engine

2.0L turbocharged / 184 hp
96.8 cubic feet

Cargo Space

73.4 cubic feet
154 cubic feet

Passenger Space

101.1 cubic feet
21 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

Fuel Economy

23 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

If you’re looking for a stylish new SUV in the Kansas City area, two of the best models you can find right now are the Volkswagen Atlas and the Volkswagen Tiguan! Both SUVs offer impressive specs, sleek features, and plenty of room inside the cabin, but only one will ultimately best suit your unique driving needs. The team at Volkswagen of Topeka has put together a guide comparing the most important elements of the VW Atlas vs. VW Tiguan, so you can stay informed as you shop for your next ride. 



VW Atlas vs. VW Tiguan: Price & Trims

Price is often one of the very first things that prospective drivers consider when looking for a new car, and right off the bat you’ll see that the smaller Volkswagen Tiguan is offered at a lower starting price than the Atlas. The Atlas comes with five trim levels to the Tiguan’s four, however, and compensates with a larger cabin and more powerful performance specs. Here are the full price lists:

2023 Volkswagen Atlas Trim Levels 

  • SE: MSRP from $34,600*
  • SE with Technology: MSRP from $38,770*
  • SEL: MSRP from $44,390*
  • SEL R-Line Black: MSRP from $48,090*
  • SEL Premium R-Line: MSRP from $51,790*

2023 Volkswagen Tiguan Trim Levels 

  • S: MSRP from $26,590*
  • SE: MSRP from $30,220*
  • SE R-Line Black: MSRP from $32,950*
  • SEL R-Line: MSRP from $37,320*

VW Atlas vs. VW Tiguan: Performance Specs

In terms of performance power, both of these SUVs deliver impressive specs to the Omaha roads. However, the new Volkswagen Atlas takes the lead in terms of engine power, with two options that each outmatch the Tiguan for horsepower. The Tiguan does take the lead when it comes to fuel economy, though, making it a great choice for drivers looking to save at the fuel pump! Here are the relevant performance specs:

2023 Volkswagen Atlas Engine Specs (Base)

  • 2.0L 4-cylinder engine
  • 235 horsepower
  • All-wheel drive capability
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 21 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

2023 Volkswagen Atlas Engine Specs (Upgrade)

  • 3.6L V6 engine
  • 276 horsepower
  • All-wheel drive capability
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 21 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

2023 Volkswagen Tiguan Engine Specs

  • 2.0L turbocharged engine
  • 184 horsepower
  • All-wheel drive capability
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 23 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

VW Atlas vs. VW Tiguan: Interior Dimensions

The VW Atlas and VW Tiguan are both classified as mid-size SUVs, but the Atlas is a larger three-row model while the Tiguan is smaller with two rows. The Atlas is a better choice for drivers who want to maximize their cargo and passenger space on the road, but the Tiguan is ideal for drivers looking for something a bit easier to maneuver around tight corners and into narrow parking spots. Here are the full interior dimensions for both SUVs:

2023 Volkswagen Atlas Interior Dimensions

  • Seats 7 passengers
  • Passenger volume: 154 cubic feet
  • Cargo space (second and third rows folded): 96.8 cubic feet
  • Cargo space (third row folded): 55.5 cubic feet
  • Cargo space (all rows up): 20.6 cubic feet
  • Front headroom/legroom: 41.3 in / 41.7 in
  • Second row headroom/legroom: 40.4 in / 37.6 in
  • Third row headroom/legroom: 38.3 in / 45.1 in

2023 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior Dimensions

  • Seats 5 passengers
  • Passenger volume: 101.1 cubic feet
  • Cargo space (rear seats folded): 73.4 cubic feet
  • Cargo space (rear seats up): 37.6 cubic feet
  • Front headroom/legroom: 39.6 in / 40.2 in
  • Rear headroom/legroom: 38.9 in / 38.7 in

Find Your Next Volkswagen SUV at Volkswagen of Topeka!

Now that we’ve had a chance to compare Volkswagen SUVs on paper, you might be interested in seeing how they handle on the road! Contact our office to see what models we have available, then head to our dealership to set up a test drive near St. Louis. You can also check out our model research for more information on specific models in our VW lineup.

*Price excludes destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.


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