Subaru Ascent vs Volkswagen Atlas SUV Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

Picking the right vehicle for your family is an important choice, especially if you're in the market for a practical family SUV. You can get all the size, space and features you're looking for at an affordable price when you choose the 2020 Subaru Ascent! It's the biggest Subaru yet with comfortable seating for up to eight people. It offers you so much more than rivals in this segment like the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas. To prove it, we've compared both models below in five key areas. Ascend to the top of the SUV heap at McKenna Subaru in Huntington Beach! See why the 2020 Subaru Ascent is the better choice, then stop by for your test drive.

Subaru Ascent With Surfboards

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Volkswagen Atlas: Size & Design

The Volkswagen Atlas is the biggest VW model ever offered on the US market, but it's still only got seating for up to seven passengers. The family-ready 2020 Subaru Ascent offers a standard eight passenger configuration for California's biggest families! Or, get the optional second-row captain's chairs for easy rear seat access. Furthermore, there's greater legroom for the first two rows in the Subaru Ascent. The second- and third-row seats in the 2020 Subaru Ascent even recline for extra comfort. The seatbacks of the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas are fixed in place.

The 2020 Subaru Ascent also comes with greater ground clearance, so it's a better choice for taking on dirt trails and gravel roads. More on that later...


Subaru Ascent STARLINK Multimedia

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Volkswagen Atlas: Technology

Standard tri-zone automatic climate controls allow you to set individual temperature settings as easily as dialing in your desired temperature. Manual climate controls at the entry level in the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas mean you'll be fiddling with the old-school temperature dial to get everyone comfortable.

And while both vehicles provide a touchscreen multimedia system, the 2020 Subaru Ascent features standard HD Radio®and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. You don't get these high-fidelity audio experiences on the 2020 VW Atlas until you upgrade to an even more costly trim level.

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Subaru Ascent In Rain

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Volkswagen Atlas: Performance

There's an optional all-wheel drive system available on the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas, but it'll cost you an extra $1,400 as an option. Furthermore, it's not an available option at all on the entry-level model, inflating the cost even more! By contrast, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is a standard feature on every 2020 Subaru Ascent, for more confidence in poor weather and on unpaved surfaces.

You also get better fuel efficiency from the 2020 Subaru Ascent compared to the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas when equipped with all-wheel drive. Plus, increased ground clearance, standard X-MODE® technology, Hill Descent Control and Active Torque Vectoring give you even more control when asking your Subaru Ascent to go beyond the pavement. On the road or off, the 2020 Subaru Ascent is more versatile than the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas.


Subaru Ascent Blind Spot Indicator

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Volkswagen Atlas: Safety Scores

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2020 Subaru Ascent its highest-possible safety grades in all crash test areas, and in the effectiveness of its collision avoidance systems, child seat anchors and available headlights. That's why it took home a 2020 Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS! The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas didn't earn such an award, and received a score of "Marginal" for its available headlights and child seat anchors. The experts agree that it's easier to safely secure a child seat in the 2020 Subaru Ascent.


Subaru Ascent Adaptive Cruise Control

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Volkswagen Atlas: Driver Assistance

With standard forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking, both of these cars can help you avoid a forward collision, but the 2020 Subaru Ascent comes with even more standard driver assistance! Subaru EyeSight® provides these features as well as lane departure warning, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. These features don't arrive on the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas until you climb up to the SE w/ Technology trim level costing thousands more than the base model! But you don't have to pay extra for class-leading safety technology from Subaru.

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Why Subaru Is The Best Value!

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas has a starting MSRP of $30,545, which is a little bit less than the 2020 Subaru Ascent. However, the Subaru Ascent gives you more features at the entry level, as well as superior performance! Choose the Subaru Ascent to get the most capability, comfort and capacity for you and your family. The 2020 Subaru Ascent has a starting MSRP of $31,995.

2020 Subaru Ascent2020 Volkswagen Atlas
$31,995Starting MSRP*$30,545
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
27 Highway / 21 CityStandard Fuel Economy (MPG)24 Highway / 20 City
260Standard Horsepower235
8.7 InchesGround Clearance8 Inches
277 lb-ftStandard Torque258 lb-ft
8 OccupantsMax Seating Capacity7 Occupants
StandardLED Brake LightsAvailable Upgrade
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade
StandardReclining Rear SeatsNot Available

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.