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2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Kia Telluride

The Volkswagen Atlas is the largest and most capable crossover SUV in the automaker’s lineup available at Compass VW. For the new model year, it has returned with several upgrades to the front and rear fascia elements, interior accents and materials as well as a reshuffled technology lineup that really benefits models on the entry-level end of the vehicle’s trim ladder. While all of these are very exciting developments, the rest of the segment isn’t backing off. A comparison of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Kia Telluride will help customers choose the best possible vehicle to meet their needs. There are some key differences between the two vehicles. However, the Atlas offers a few more available options for powertrains while maintaining competitive performance output. 

Compass VW customers can start the pre-ordering process for the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas today by calling, 877-544-8813. 

A side-by-side comparison of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Kia Telluride.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas


2020 Kia Telluride

3.6-L, V-6 Available Engine 3.8-L, V-6
276/266 Horsepower/Torque 291/262
7 people Max. Passenger Space 7 or 8 people
96.8 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 87 cu.-ft.


Performance Specs, Interior Space and Cargo Volume

Volkswagen engineers have made a pair of engine options available for people interested in the 2021 VW Atlas. Base models of the crossover SUV have a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood that will make 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. If that isn’t enough power, the 2021 Atlas can also be equipped with a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter, V-6 engine which produces 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Every 2021 Kia Telluride has a 3.8-liter, V-6 engine that also employs an eight-speed gear-changer. While owners of the 2020 Telluride will have 291 horsepower to work with, both the 2021 Atlas and the Telluride will be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds. 

The 2021 VW Atlas holds seven passengers, and the 2020 Telluride offers seating for seven or eight people, depending on which trim grade they choose to take home. Both vehicles have very similar dimensions for passenger legroom for people in the first and second rows. However, the people sitting in the rear-most row of the 2021 Atlas will have a couple of more inches of legroom than those in the third row of the Telluride. 

Both three-row crossover SUVs are among the class leaders in available cargo volume. In fact, the 20.6 cubic-feet of available cargo volume available behind the third row of the 2021 Atlas is very close to what is offered by the 2020 Telluride. The difference is only a few cubic-inches. However, once the third row of seats is folded down, the 2021 Atlas quickly pulls ahead. Up to 55.5 cubic-feet will be found behind the second row, compared to 46 cubic-feet in the Telluride. When the interior of the 2021 VW Atlas is properly configured, it will have as much as 96.8 cubic-feet of maximum cargo volume; easily eclipsing the 87 cubic-feet offered by the current Telluride.