If you’re looking for a new SUV and you’ve narrowed down your choice to the 2018 VW Tiguan or the 2018 VW Atlas, you’ve come to a good place. The hard part is deciding which of these Volkswagen SUVs is right for you. Both vehicles offer room for up to seven people, available all-wheel drive, and designs that stand out among the competition.

When it’s time to pick out a VW for you and your family, it all comes down to your performance, fuel economy, and passenger/cargo space needs. Below, we discuss these critical features so you can make an informed decision when it’s time to buy or lease your next VW.

Comparing the 2018 VW Tiguan and 2018 VW Atlas


Let’s talk performance. The 2018 VW Tiguan comes standard with a turbocharged engine that generates 184 horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque. When properly equipped, this compact SUV can tow up to 1,500 pounds, which is great for towing lighter gear that might not fit in the back or on top.

If your family goes camping or boating every weekend, the VW Atlas may suit your needs better. With the available V6, which delivers 276 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque, and the optional trailer hitch, you can haul up to 5,000 pounds, just what you need for small travel trailers and some recreational boats.

Fuel Economy

Tired of spending time at the pump? The Atlas offers an EPA-estimated 22 city mpg and 26 highway mpg when equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

While their mpg ratings are similar, the Tiguan gives a bit more bang for your buck. It offers an EPA-estimated 22 city mpg and 27 highway mpg. Either way you slice it, both SUVs offer impressive fuel economy and even more impressive power.


Choosing between these two models, you need to think about how likely you are to use the third row seating. The 2018 VW Atlas has a wheelbase of 117.3 inches, while the 2018 VW Tiguan measures 109.9 inches. The extra room of the VW Atlas means more leg room for big families.

If you only plan to use the third row on occasion for carrying extra friends, the compact Tiguan with the available third row may be a better fit.

The VW Atlas also offers more cargo room with the second and third rows folded down. So if you plan to transport bulky gear, the Atlas may be better suited to your needs.

Compare VW Models at Volkswagen of Asheville

There are other intangibles worth considering if you’re trying to decide between these two cars, and you should take the time to see both of them in person at our dealership. A member of our sales team can help you suss out everything you want to know about your next SUV.

If you’re eager to learn more about the 2018 VW Atlas or 2018 VW Tiguan, we welcome you to browse our new Volkswagen inventory. Then contact Volkswagen of Asheville, North Carolina, to schedule a test drive.