2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Comparison in Columbus, OH

The small family SUV has taken its place as a staple of American highways and byways. So, it's no surprise to find a wide range of small, crossover, and midsize SUVs crowding the market. Naturally, we think that the world-renowned German engineering behind every Volkswagen car and SUV offers the best value and quality for your money. But which VW SUV is right for your family? We're here to help at Byers Volkswagen in Columbus with detailed comparisons like this one between the new 2021 Atlas Cross Sport and the Tiguan. Once you have an idea of what's waiting for you in each model, let us show you a better dealership experience with a test drive in Columbus, OH at Byers Volkswagen.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Exterior

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs Tiguan: Exterior

When you look at these two SUVs, some eye-catching distinctions reveal themselves. The 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport comes standard with eighteen-inch alloy wheels while the new VW Tiguan enters the market with seventeen-inch alloy wheels. You'll also find LED headlights as standard equipment on the Atlas Cross Sport while similar headlights are an available upgrade on the Tiguan. While you do get a few other advantages on the new VW Atlas Cross Sport, but it also shares a range of impressive standard features with the Tiguan.

Both VW SUVs come standard with power-operated, heated side mirrors, LED taillights, and roof rails. Among the more noticeable differences between the new Atlas Cross Sport and Tiguan is the overall size. The Atlas Cross Sport has a 117.3-inch wheelbase compared to the 109.8-inch wheelbase of the new VW Tiguan. That makes a big difference once you get inside.

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2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs. Volkswagen Tiguan Interior Styles

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs Tiguan: Interior

As you've probably already guessed by now, the new 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport has a distinct advantage over the new VW Tiguan in terms of cargo capacity. With all rear seats folded, you get a cavernous 77.8 cubic feet of space in the new Atlas Cross Sport compared to a still convenient 65.7 cubic feet in the back of the new Tiguan. But did you know that the latest Volkswagen Tiguan is available with a third row of seats? That can be a game changer for growing families -- especially at this price point. In fact, the new Volkswagen Tiguan is one of just two SUVs in this class with an optional third row. If you don't need the additional row of seats and prefer a bit more spacious rear seating area, you'll likely find the larger passenger dimensions in the new Atlas Cross Sport a bit more to your liking.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs Tiguan: Technology

When you upgrade your daily driver to a new Volkswagen, you can count on some of the most advanced automotive technology in the world. The new Tiguan and Atlas Cross Sport both come standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display from which you can control everything from the radio to your phone and select apps with VW App-Connect. Volkswagen Car Net® also comes standard on both models to provide remote access to your vehicle through most modern smartphones or other devices. 12-volt power outlets are found in the front console, rear console, and even in the rear cargo area, and you'll also get a USB-C data port on both models. In the new Atlas Cross Sport, you'll even get two USB-C ports. As these are both renowned VW SUVs, you'll find more similarities in the technology than differences. Come see us for a test drive to learn more.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Features

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs Tiguan: Safety

Safety is an important part of new car shopping, and we're excited to show you why these VW SUVs have both earned excellent safety ratings from independent industry experts. It makes sense with the renowned German engineering behind advanced structures designed to absorb crash forces, airbags that deploy passed on location and severity of an impact, and computer-controlled traction systems that ensures drivers keep control of the vehicle. Of course, it's always better to avoid a collision, and so the folks at Volkswagen have included several advanced driver assistance features and technologies.

The new 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport and Tiguan are both equipped standard with Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking as part of the Front Assist system. This also includes Pedestrian Monitoring, but that's not all. Every new VW Atlas Cross Sport and Tiguan model also comes standard with a Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, and more. When you get here for a test drive, ask us about available safety options like Adaptive Cruise Control, Dynamic Road Sign Display, and High Beam Control.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs Tiguan: Performance

Taking the wheel of a modern Volkswagen SUV isn't like driving any of the other small SUVs in the parking lot at soccer practice. The new VW Tiguan and Atlas Cross Sport come standard with exhilarating turbocharged engines. For the new Tiguan, that means 184 horsepower with 221 lb/ft of torque and the new Atlas Cross Sport provides 235 horsepower with 258 lb/ft of torque. Due to the difference in size and weight, you really don't notice much difference in the acceleration and overall performance of either SUV. If you'd like even more power, you'll want to check out the new VW Atlas Cross Sport equipped with the available V6 engine that makes 276 horsepower.

Both models enter the market with front-wheel drive and the legendary traction of 4MOTION® all-wheel drive is available no matter which model you choose. These VW SUVs are also fuel efficient for their segments with the new Atlas Cross Sport estimated to get up to 24 MPG on the highway and the new Tiguan offers up to 29 MPG on the highway. Either model can be equipped to tow small trailers, and this is just the beginning of the performance you can enjoy from your next new SUV. Come see us for a test drive to discover it all in person at Byers Volkswagen.

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Which VW SUV is Right For You: 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan or Atlas Cross Sport?

The new 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport is a larger and more luxurious two-row SUV that offers unparalleled value at a starting MSRP of just $30,855. Though, you also get an outstanding value in the new Tiguan that gives you the option of adding a third row of seats, advanced technology, and so much more for a starting MSRP of $24,245. Come see us to find out more during test drives at Byers Volkswagen serving central Ohio and beyond.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport2021 Volkswagen Tiguan
$30,855Starting MSRP*$25,245
235Horsepower184
258 lb.-ft.Torque221 lb.-ft.
5,000 lbs. (w/ Available V6)Maximum Towing Capacity1,500 lbs.
5Seating Capacity7 (Standard) / 5 (Available)
112 cu. ft.Passenger Volume123.9 cu. ft. (7-Passenger) / 101.1 cu. ft. (5-Passenger)
40.3 cu. ft.Cargo Space12 cu. ft. (7-Passenger) / 37.6 cu. ft. (5-Passenger)
77.8 cu. ft.Maximum Cargo Space65.7 cu. ft. (7-Passenger) / 73.5 cu. ft. (5-Passenger)
StandardLED HeadlightsAvailable Upgrade
Available UpgradeTraffic Jam AssistNot Available

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.