Cartelligent clients love Volkswagon SUVs for there great reliability, good looks, and their abundance of technology. We’ve compiled the details for the redesigned Tiguan and the all-new Atlas.

Tiguan vs. Atlas?

In this article, we’ve configured a sample vehicle for each car and then examined some of the key differentiating factors. We’ve based our sample models on popular choices among Cartelligent clients.

  • 2018 Tiguan SEL Premium 4Motion: Our sample Tiguan includes adaptive cruise control, a panoramic roof, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, VW digital cockpit, leather seats, Fender premium audio and all-wheel drive MSRP, as configured, is $34,310.
  • 2018 Atlas V6 SEL Premium with 4Motion: Our sample Atlas includes all-wheel drive, leather seats adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, VW digital cockpit, 3-row seating, Fender surround sound, and a panoramic roof. MSRP, as configured, is $50,760.

Vehicle Comparison

We’ll look at the features of each vehicle side-by-side.

Tiguan Atlas
Model Type 2018 Tiguan SEL Premium with 4Motion 2018 Atlas SEL Premium V6 with 4Motion
MSRP $34,310 $50,760

Engine and Fuel Economy

Tiguan Atlas
Engine 2.0t I4 3.6L V6
Horsepower 235 276
City mpg 22 18
Highway mpg 26 25

The Atlas has the more powerful engine, but the Tiguan offers better fuel economy.


Tiguan Atlas
Seating 5 7
Cargo volume (behind seats) 33 ft3 21 ft3
Cargo volume (rear seats folded) 66 ft3 96.8 ft3

When all the rows are folded down the Atlas has much more storage room; the Tiguan can seat 5 comfortably while the Atlas can seat 7.

Cost to purchase: Tiguan vs. Atlas

First, we’ll examine the cost of each when purchased. All payments represent pricing based on market conditions at the time of writing but are subject to change.

Tiguan Atlas
MSRP $34,310 $50,760
Down payment $2,500 $2,500
Monthly payment (inc. tax) $595 $895
Total of payments over five years $37,605 $55,305

The Tiguan is around $300/month less than the Atlas and saves about $17,500 in payments over the course of five years.

Cost to lease: Tiguan vs. Atlas

Next, we’ll compare the three vehicles on a three-year, 12,000 mile/year lease.

Tiguan Atlas
MSRP $34,310 $50,760
Down payment $2,500 $2,500
Monthly payment (inc. tax) $395 $795
Lease disposition fee $350 $350
Total of payments over three years $16,675 $30,675


The Tiguan is again the lowest cost option, saving around $400/month and $14,000 over the course of the lease.

Which to buy: Tiguan or Atlas?

Both vehicles can be fantastic options depending on your personal circumstances. Your Cartelligent agent can talk you through the pros and cons of each vehicle (as well as any other brands) to help you make an educated decision.

Whether you want a new Volkswagen SUV or any other new car, Cartelligent can help you get a great deal on exactly what you want. Call our team of car-buying experts at 888-427-4270 or get started today.