2019 Volkswagen Atlas Vs. 2020 Kia Telluride

2019 Volkswagen Atlas and 2020 Kia Telluride, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo.

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

$30,895 Starting MSRP $31,690
Up to 22 city / 26 highway Fuel Economy Up to 20 city / 26 highway
Two Engine Options One
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

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New SUV near Milwaukee, WI The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas stands out for boasting both a lower starting price and superior fuel economy to the 2020 Kia Telluride, two factors that will save drivers money in both the short- and long-term. It also offers two engine options as opposed to the Telluride’s one, granting the consumer greater flexibility.

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.

Cargo Space in the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas

Both vehicles return massive cargo space numbers, and when you get up this high, it might not be initially apparent that the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas has nearly a full ten cubic feet more cargo space than the 2020 Kia Telluride. Such an amount can certainly make a difference in this highly important large SUV category.

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.