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2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Kia Sorento

One of the fastest-growing segments in the crossover SUV class is the one that contains three-row models like the Volkswagen Atlas. For the new model year, VW designers made some subtle changes to the front and rear fascia elements of the latest Atlas models. Additionally, the interior of the Atlas has also been upgraded for the 2021 model year. A comparison of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Kia Sorento will definitely illustrate just how quickly differences can add up to make the decision very difficult for customers. The 2021 Atlas offers more standard and available performance as well as more interior cargo volume. In fact, the interior space available with the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas ranks among the most popular reason independent reviews praised the vehicle. Customers can start the pre-ordering process for the 2021 VW Atlas today by calling, 855-660-8226.

Customers who just briefly glance at the specs for the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas or 2020 Kia Sorento may think that these are two evenly matched crossover SUVs just because they each offer three rows of seats that can each hold seven passengers. However, that comparison will just barely scratch the surface. A three-row crossover SUV that doesn’t make its third-row easy to use isn’t much good to anyone. The 2021 VW Atlas is one of the only models in its class that draws praise for its comfortable third row that can fit adults — if needed. Passengers sitting in the furthest rear row can have up to 33.7 inches of legroom, a full two inches more than what can be found in the 2020 Sorento. Additionally, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas can make up 96.8 cubic-feet of cargo volume available, easily eclipsing the maximum 73 cubic-feet offered by the 2020 Sorento.


2020 VW Atlas


2020 Sorento

Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl. Base Engine 2.4-L, 4-Cyl.
235/258 Horsepower/Torque 185/178
7 passengers Max. Avail. Seating 7 passengers
96.8 cu.-ft. Max. Avail. Cargo Volume 73 cu.-ft.


Performance Specs

The 2021 VW Atlas can be equipped with two engine options. Buyers interested in the base setup will have a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood that will make 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Team Gunther VW customers who need more performance can choose the naturally aspirated 3.6-liter, V-6 engine that will produce up to 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Both VW power plants will be attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission and can be equipped with front- or 4Motion® all-wheel-drive.

On the other hand, the 2020 Kia Sorento also offers two engine options, a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine making up to 185 horsepower and a 3.3-liter, V-6 that will produce 290 horsepower. While the V-6 engine used the 2020 Sorento makes a bit more power than the one employed by the 2021 Atlas, both crossover SUVs have a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds when the vehicles are properly equipped.



A photo of the front seats in the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas.
A photo of the driver's cockpit in the 2021 VW Atlas.
A photo of the second and third rows in the 2021 VW Atlas.
A photo of the cargo area in the 2021 VW Atlas.