A comparison between the 2019 VW Atlas & Subaru Ascent

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Have you been deliberating between the 2019 VW Atlas and the 2019 Subaru Ascent in your new vehicle research? If so, our VW experts have pitted these two top SUVs against each other in our helpful Volkswagen Atlas vs. Subaru Ascent comparison guide. For the purposes of this comparison, we will be analyzing the 2019 VW Atlas V6 SEL, starting at $41,395 MSRP, and the 2019 Subaru Ascent Limited, starting at $38,995 MSRP.

Use this guide to determine if the Atlas is right for you, then browse our Rochester Hills, MI, Atlas inventory and our Fox VW special offers to view to secure a great value on a new Atlas. Please get in touch with a Fox VW representative online or at (248) 731-0113 if you have any questions.

Performance Specs

While the Atlas and the Ascent may share similar performance figures in the table below, the Atlas is regarded as one of the best handling SUVs on the road today. Whether it's the extremely responsive steering, smooth shifting, or even the dampening of road noise, the Atlas has you covered.

2019 VW Atlas V6 SEL


2019 Subaru Ascent Limited

3.6L VR6


2.4L Turbocharged I4

276 HP


260 HP

266 lb.-ft.


277 lb.-ft.

5,000 lbs.

Towing Capacity

5,000 lbs.

A person using Android Auto in their 2019 Atlas

Interior Comfort

Both the Atlas and the Ascent are outfitted with premium interior trimmings, 3rd row seating, and plenty of accessories, aiming to keep you and your family content and comfortable every step of the way. However, you'll only find these inventive features on the VW Atlas:

  • Discover Media touchscreen navigation system with 8-in. color display, proximity sensor, AM/FM/HD radio, and voice control
  • Volkswagen Car-Net® Guide & Inform
  • Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect
  • Climatronic® 3-zone automatic climate control
  • V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces
  • Heated front seats
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver seat with lumbar support and memory
  • 60/40 split folding 2nd row, 3rd-row easy entry, and 50/50-split folding 3rd row
The seating arrangement int he 2019 Volkswagen Atlas

Cargo Space

Designed to spaciously accommodate the whole family, the 2019 VW Atlas beats the Ascent by a large margin. When you need that extra bit of cargo space for a weekend trip or while hauling the kids to practice, you can count on the Atlas to fit it all. Compare Atlas and Ascent storage specs in the list below.

VW Atlas

  • 98.6 cu.-ft. total
  • 20.6 cu.-ft. in rear

Subaru Ascent

  • 86.5 cu.-ft. total
  • 17.8 cu.-ft. in rear

Test Drive a Volkswagen Atlas

Are you ready to experience the bold design and versatile nature of the 2019 VW Atlas? Then head to our Fox VW new inventory to find your favorite trim, then match it with out Atlas special offers. Once you've done that, schedule a test drive at our Rochester Hills, MI, location and our team will have your selection ready and waiting for your arrival. Please contact a Fox VW team member online or at (248) 731-0113 for any further questions.

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