2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Two of the most popular SUVs in the 2018 production year—the Atlas and Tiguan—are proud members of the Volkswagen family. Like any other siblings under the sun, the Atlas and Tiguan are bound to have their quarrels with one another from time to time. With that, our team at Folsom Lake VW has created this 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan comparison to see what it looks like when these siblings clash.

As you can see in the chart below, both SUVs have their strengths, but they also have their weaknesses to another. For example, the 2018 Tiguan has a much lower base MSRP than the Tiguan. With more than $6,000 standing between, many consumers agree that the 2018 VW Tiguan is more affordable of the two. Is it, however, the better value? That's where things get tricky. Take another look at our comparative chart.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas


2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

$30,750 Base MSRP $24,595
12/4-Cylinder, V6 Configurations/Engine Options 8, 4-Cylinder
96.8 cu. ft. Maximum Cargo Capacity 56.1 cu. ft
Standard Seats 7 People Available Configuration

Main Differences – 2018 Atlas vs Tiguan

When building an Atlas, you'll be able to choose the following: drivetrain, engine, optional features and technology systems, and trim level. First, the Atlas comes with either a standard four-cylinder engine (235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque) or an available V6 engine (276 horsepower 258 pound-feet of torque). Then, you can choose either front-wheel drive or 4MOTION®. After that, you'll get to choose one of its five trim levels: S, SE, SE w/ Technology, SEL, and SEL Premium. Suffice it to say, the 2018 VW Atlas is extremely customizable, as it is available in a grand total of 12 configurations.

Then again, some people prefer simplicity. For such customers, it may help to learn that the Tiguan keeps things relatively simple with only one engine option (184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque) and one less trim – losing the SE w/ Technology model. Like its sibling, however, one can still opt for either front-wheel drive or 4MOTION® in the 2018 VW Tiguan. Between its four trims and two drivetrains, the Tiguan can be built into eight different configurations.

Last but not least, let's take a look at the cargo and seating capacity of each SUV. When it comes to cargo, the Atlas is absolutely cavernous, as it can accommodate up to 96.8 cubic feet of stuff! The Tiguan, meanwhile, offers a commendable total of 56.1 cubic feet, which is very impressive considering its smaller frame. As for passengers, however, the Atlas does have a distinct advantage with standard third-row seating. The Tiguan, on the other hand, is able to match those seven seats but needs an available configuration in order to do so. In other words, both SUVs can seat up to seven people, but it’s a little bit easier for the Atlas.

In short, both cars in the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan comparison are excellent choices. The ultimate question, of course, is, "Which one would suit you and your crew better?" Whichever model you may choose, you can get it right here at Folsom Lake Volkswagen! We hope to hear from you soon!