If you’ve got a lot of people to transport, whether that be family or the neighborhood soccer team, you need a big vehicle; a three-row SUV can fill that need and then some. For both humans and cargo, ample room will be found inside the doors of these lumbering behemoths.
The Volkswagen Atlas has been making waves across the automotive industry since its debut for the 2018 model year. The 2019 model carries forward what we loved, with juicy new optimizations such as the standardization of a whole slew of driver-assistance features. With its spacious three rows, cavernous cargo room, intuitive tech and responsive handling, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas checks all the boxes of what a three-row SUV should be.
Kia has recently debuted its own big three-row SUV, the 2020 Kia Telluride. As always when a fresh challenger enters the field, this vehicle seems eager to make a name for itself. But can it stand up to the might of the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas?
2019 Volkswagen Atlas
2020 Kia Telluride
|Up to 22 city / 26 highway||Fuel Economy||Up to 20 city / 26 highway|
|5,000 pounds||Towing Capacity||5,000 pounds|
|20.6 cubic feet, 96.8 with seat area||Cargo Volume||21 cubic feet, 87 with seat area|
|198” L x 78” W x 70” H||Dimensions||197” L x 78” W x 69” H|
Not apparent on this list is the fact that the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is noted to have tighter, more responsive handling than the 2020 Kia Telluride. Its lively maneuverability allows it to swing corners with comparative zest and imparts a lot to the driving experience.
Despite these ten extra cubic feet of room, the 2019 Atlas is only one inch longer and taller than the 2020 Telluride. Now that’s expert engineering in action.