2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

an orange 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan and a silver 2018 Volkswagen Atlas in a side by side comparison image

When it comes to finding the best crossover vehicle, families and individuals have a lot of available models to choose from, each of which offers unique size and pricing advantages. In this 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Volkswagen Atlas comparison, we are going to look at two models that are great for families and those who need plenty of interior space.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a midsize three-row crossover that seats seven passengers as standard. The Atlas saw its debut for the 2018 model year in the United States as the largest crossover ever produced by VW, and it is designed to meet larger transportation needs. It has up to 96.8 cubic feet of space for cargo. The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, in contrast, is a smaller vehicle with either five- or seven-passenger seating. It has up to 65.7 cubic feet for cargo. The 2018 Tiguan has seen significant enhancements for the new model year.

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2018 VW Tiguan vs 2018 VW Atlas
$24,595 Starting MSRP $30,750
Compact (5, or 7 seats) Segment (Seating) Midsize (7 seats)
2.0-L turbo 4-cylinder (184 hp) Engine Options

2.0-L turbocharged 4-cylinder (235 hp)

3.6-L V-6 (276 hp)

65.7 cubic feet Max. Cargo Space 96.8 cubic feet

Engines and Efficiency on 2018 Atlas and Tiguan

Both the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan can offer attractive driving and premium passenger space for a variety of car shoppers, however, different driving needs will determine which is the best fit. The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is available with Volkswagen 4MOTION all-wheel drive on all trims, while the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas requires that buyers upgrade to its available V-6 engine in order to get this advantage. The standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine on the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is rated for just 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, but offers mileage of up to 22 mpg in city driving and 27 mpg on the highway. The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder on the 2018 Atlas can come close to that fuel economy, but the available V-6 drops it considerably. Overall, drivers with larger towing and hauling demands, and regular seven-passenger and serious cargo transportation needs may want to opt for the larger crossover, while smaller families, and those will longer commuts may like the smaller and more affordable 2018 Tiguan.

Both of the models in this 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2018 Volkswagen Atlas comparison come standard with the Volkswagen People First Warranty and attractive practical interior appointments. If you would like to experience one of these models for yourself in the Daphne AL area, Team Gunther Volkswagen is ready to help you find the best model or models to test drive.


side image of an orange 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan on the road
gold 2018 Volkswagen Atlas with a city background
second and third rows of seating in the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan in brown and black
steering wheel and dashboard of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas