2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2019 Subaru Ascent

Yellow 2018 Volkswagen Atlas set against a white 2019 Subaru Ascent

For the past couple of decades, sporty 3-row vehicles have been the top choice for families who are always on the go – whether it is between work and school or family road trips. In the tail end of the 2010s decade, 3-row crossovers are more popular than ever before, and more automotive brands are releasing their own version of this type of vehicle. Last year, Volkswagen introduced us to the all-new 2018 Atlas, and it has become a top-seller in the market thanks to its easy handling, spacious interior, and high-tech features. Now, the Atlas has a new competitor: the newly-released 2019 Ascent from Subaru. Let us present a comparison to show you what still makes the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas the top choice. 

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas VS 2019 Subaru Ascent

$30,750 to $48,740

12 trims

Price Range & Number of Trims

$31,995 to $44,695

4 trims

2.0L turbo 4-cylinder

3.6L V6

Engine Options 2.4L turbo SUBARU BOXER 4-cylinder
2,000 to 5,000 pounds Towing Capacity 5,000 pounds

20.6 / 55.5 / 96.8 cubic feet

153.7 cubic feet

Cargo Space & Passenger Volume 153.5 cubic feet

What Makes the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Perfect for a Variety of Families?

One thing that Volkswagen is really good about is that they know that not all families are alike and to accommodate a variety of needs and budgets, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas comes in a dozen different trim options, along with two engine options and two drivetrain options (FWD and 4MOTION AWD). 

If you and your family love the great outdoors and enjoy boating or ATV riding, we recommend going with a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas model outfitted with the 3.6L V6 engine – it is strong enough to pull 5,000 pounds! 

Do you find yourself and your family on the road frequently and visiting far-flung relatives or exploring new cities? The 4-cylinder version of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas provides a smooth riding experience and a great fuel economy! It averages 22 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway! 

No matter which 2018 Volkswagen Atlas model you choose, you will enjoy lots of cargo space that can fit everything from camping gear to large suitcases! And all your passengers will enjoy a comfortable and fun ride thanks to plush seating, high-quality audio systems, the Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect infotainment system with available navigation, and more! 

We would also like to point out that while many Subaru drivers love the AWD on their vehicle, they also complain that the wheels can loosen after regular wheel/tire maintenance – and this can be a real safety hazard! Like all the other vehicles in the Volkswagen lineup, the Atlas is built with the utmost care for safety and quality assurance. 

To learn more about the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, please visit us here at Douglas Volkswagen today! 


2018 Volkswagen Atlas heading towards the city
Interior seating in 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
Front dash of 2018 Volkswagen Atlas with VW Car-Net App-Connect infotainment system
Cargo area of 2018 Volkswagen Atlas with collapsed seats