2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen lineup is suddenly undergoing some major changes as it expands. The VW brand has built its name on some stellar compact models, but in America shoppers tend to eye up much larger vehicles. Your favorite German automaker is finally looking to throw its hat into the ring with two new SUV options that will appeal to families, but how are they different from one another?

Comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, you’ll immediately note that the Tiguan has optional third-row seating, while it’s a standard in the Atlas. This should let you know that the 2018 VW Atlas will slot in as the larger vehicle offered from the automaker, with the all-new Tiguan coming in as a smaller option. Size isn’t the only difference, and below you’ll find out more information about engine options and features of these two upcoming models.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder or 3.6-liter V6 Engine Options 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder
238hp or 280hp Horsepower 184hp
Optional, V6 only AWD Optional
7 Seating Capacity 5/7

Which 2018 VW SUV is right for you?

If you’re still not sure which of these options is right for you, consider this: The 2018 Tiguan is a long wheelbase version of the 2017 Tiguan. The current model year is considered a crossover and is relatively compact. The new one will be more spacious, but it’s an extension on length more than anything else. The Atlas, in contrast, is a much bigger vehicle overall.

So what purpose are you looking for? The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan promises to be a smart buy for those who what an easy-to-navigate model and either want extra cargo space, or need the seven seats for children. The third row, which is optional, won’t be spacious enough for adults to sit on long trims.

Really planning to put that third row to good use? Then we’d suggest the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. The third-row seating is permanent, and is comfortable enough for the family to enjoy long after then kids have grown.

Interested in the SUV options at Elgin Volkswagen? Contact us to schedule a test drive or learn more about availability.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas Side Design
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Habanero Orange
2018 Volkswagen Atlas Upholstery
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Optional third-row