Volkswagen Atlas Vs. Atlas Cross Sport Vs. Tiguan | Cincinnati, OH
We at Joseph Volkswagen of Cincinnati want to help you find the right SUV for your needs. If you’re unsure which model is best for you, we want to provide the information you need to make the right decision for your family. Here is some useful information on three popular Volkswagen SUVs, showing the differences between the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan, 2022 Volkswagen Atlas, and 2022 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.
Comparing Size And Passenger Room
The Tiguan is the smallest SUV of the batch, measuring 185.1 inches in length. The Atlas Cross Sport is slightly longer by about 10 inches. The Atlas is the biggest, measuring over 200 inches long and standing taller than both other VW SUVs.
Although it’s the smallest of the three SUVs, the Tiguan has three rows of seating to accommodate seven passengers. The Atlas also can seat seven people, though it provides more legroom and shoulder room — especially in the third row. The Atlas Cross Sport is designed to transport only five passengers, with the most space for second-row passengers and extra storage space behind those rear seats.
Comparing Cargo Space
Speaking of cargo space, the Atlas offers the most because of its massive length and height. In total, the Atlas has 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row when the other two rows are collapsed. The Atlas Cross Sport offers a bit less, with 77.8 cubic feet behind the first row. The Tiguan offers the least: 65.7 behind the first row.
With all seats occupied, the Tiguan has 12 cubic feet behind the rear row, the Atlas has 20.6 cubic feet behind its rear row, and the Atlas Cross has 40.3 cubic feet behind its rear row — clearly benefitting from having only two rows of seats.
Of all three models, the Tiguan has the weakest base engine, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit that outputs a respectable 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. The Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport share an identical 2.0-liter EA888 four-cylinder engine with horsepower levels boosted to 235 and torque to 258 lb-ft.
The best engine available is the 3.6-liter V6 on the R-Line versions of the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport that yields 276 horsepower.
Comparing Fuel Efficiency
Based on their engine sizes and performance, you can assume that the Tiguan has the most efficient engine under the hood, with an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in combined highway/city driving.  The Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport dip a bit in efficiency in exchange for more power, with an EPA rating of 23 mpg in combined highway/city driving. 
The Tiguan has a fuel tank capable of holding 15.9 gallons. The Atlas Cross Sport fuel tank has an 18.6-gallon capacity, which is the same size as the Atlas tank.
Of the three SUVs, the Tiguan has the lowest starting MSRP, below $26,000. The Atlas Cross Sport is approximately $7,000 more, with a base price just under $33,000.  If you prefer the Atlas over the Atlas Cross Sport, that will cost you only about $1,000 more, as the base-trim Atlas model has an MSRP just above $33,000.
Keep in mind that these are only the manufacturer’s suggested price and not their final price when you shop at Joseph Volkswagen of Cincinnati, and higher trim level models will cost extra beyond these base prices. Speak with one of our sales associates for more information on pricing.
Whether you need a low-priced SUV, a spacious three-row SUV, or a powerful SUV with extra cargo room, we offer all three options here at Joseph Volkswagen of Cincinnati.
 2021 Tiguan 2.0L, 8-speed automatic transmission. EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.
 2022 Atlas 2.0L EA888, 8-speed automatic transmission. EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.
 2022 Atlas Cross Sport 2.0L EA888, 8-speed automatic transmission. EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.
 Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.