Which Volkswagen SUV is Right for You? Comparing the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Volkswagen Atlas

Interested in getting behind the wheel of a Volkswagen SUV, but can't decide between our top models? Here at Momentum Volkswagen in Houston, we want to help our customers get into the right vehicle for their lifestyles. Both the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Volkswagen Atlas are popular SUVs in our new inventory with great capabilities and luxurious interiors, but each is right for a different type of driver. Let's examine both models today, and when you've made up your mind, you can explore our extensive new inventory in the heart of Houston.

Cargo and Seating Capacity


To kick things off, one of the major distinctions between these two SUVs is seating capacity. The Volkswagen Atlas comes standard with three rows of seating, which allows seven passengers to climb aboard, while the Volkswagen Tiguan is a standard five-seater, though it offers a seven-seat option on higher trims. Regardless, you'll find it stands with a slightly smaller frame than that of the Atlas.

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In terms of cargo capacity, with all seats upright, the Volkswagen Atlas offers 20.6-cubic-feet or 96.8-cubic-feet with the second and third rows folded. In the Volkswagen Tiguan, Houston families can expect up to 37.6-cubic-feet of space with all seats upright, and up to 73.5-cubic-feet with rear seats folded, if you opt for the five-seat option.

Engine Options and Performance Numbers

VW Atlas


The Volkswagen Atlas offers two different engine options for drivers to choose from both paired with an eight-speed transmission and both available with 4MOTIONĀ® all-wheel drive. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder configuration producing 245-horsepower and 258-pound-feet of torque. For more power, enjoy the 3.6-liter V6 engine capable of 276-horsepower and 266-pound-feet of torque. With the right trailer hitch, the Volkswagen Atlas can tow up to 5,000-pounds of whatever you need on your next adventure.

VW Tiguan


The Volkswagen Tiguan features one engine configuration that consists of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 184-horsepower. Every model in the lineup offers available 4MOTIONĀ® all-wheel drive and the reliability and agility of a standard eight-speed transmission. Expect a 1,500-pound towing capacity.

Technology and Safety Features


Both models offer an incredible suite of standard safety and technology features for you and your family's peace of mind and entertainment. Both offer standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking Systems, as well as an available suite of driver's assistance systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control, a Blind Spot Monitor, Light Assist, Lane Assist, and more.

In terms of infotainment, enjoy a standard eight-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration, as well as an available digital cockpit that sits behind the steering wheel for the driver to personalize.

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Summing it Up


When it comes to deciding between these two highly capable and impressive SUVs, the main distinction lies in seating and space. If you want three rows from the standard model in the frame of larger SUV, go with the Volkswagen Atlas. For those that want the ease of a compact model that can accommodate three rows of seating if need be, the Tiguan may be the wiser choice. You'll get more horsepower and engine options with the Atlas, but the Tiguan offers the get-up-and-go of a turbocharged configuration. Regardless of which you choose, you won't have to make any compromises on technology or safety.

Take Your Favorite Volkswagen SUV for a Test Drive Today


Ready to drive home in the perfect Volkswagen SUV for your lifestyle? Get started by browsing our new inventory of Volkswagen Atlas and Volkswagen Tiguan models. There are plenty to go around here at Momentum Volkswagen. Our fantastic experts only treat you with top-notch customer service and straightforward pricing from start to finish. Start shopping today.