2021 Subaru Ascent VS 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

When you have a large family, you want a roomy vehicle that's safe, reliable, and powerful. With seating for up to 8, standard All-Wheel Drive, and award-winning safety features, the 2021 Subaru Ascent is your perfect choice. When compared to the competition, like the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas, the new Subaru Ascent proves why it's a better value. In the paragraphs below, we've put together a side-by-side comparison to read before coming in to Nate Wade Subaru and test driving your next Subaru.

Subaru Ascent interior specs

2021 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Volkswagen Atlas: Comfort & Utility

When it comes to size, both vehicles are well matched, with the 2021 Subaru Ascent coming out on top in legroom and with an immense 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, it's just barely behind the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas by half a cubic foot. The Subaru Ascent also seats 8, while the VW Atlas only has room for 7. Both SUVs come standard with a 6-way power adjustable driver's seat, available heated front seats, and available heated steering wheel. The 2021 Ascent offers a standard tri-zone climate control; to get that feature in the 2021 Atlas, you have to pay more money.


Subaru Ascent technology

2021 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Volkswagen Atlas: Technology

The 2021 Subaru Ascent is the clear-cut winner when it comes to technology. With standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, you get a large array of features such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning. To get similar features on the 2021 VW Atlas, you have to upgrade trim levels. Sway warning, standard on the Subaru Ascent, isn't even offered on the VW Atlas. Only the 2021 Ascent provides standard LED Steering Responsive Headlights that turn with the steering wheel for better vision around corners.

When it comes to connectivity, both vehicles are similar with either a standard 6.5-inch multimedia display or the available 8-inch touchscreen with available voice-activated navigation. Both the Subaru Ascent and the VW Atlas offer a standard six-speaker audio system but only the Subaru Ascent has the available 14-speaker Harman Kardon® Quantum Surround Sound Audio System to take your listening experience to a new level. We think you'll agree that it's much better than the upgraded stereo system in the midsize SUV from VW.

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Subaru Ascent performance

2021 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Volkswagen Atlas: Performance

The 2021 Subaru Ascent has a standard 2.4L turbocharged BOXER® engine that generates more horsepower and torque than the standard 2.0L turbo engine of the 2021 VW Atlas. Yes, the Atlas has an engine upgrade available if you're looking for more power, but it severely impacts fuel economy. Speaking of fuel, the Volkswagen Atlas requires premium fuel as opposed to the standard unleaded that the Subaru Ascent needs, which means you're paying more with every fill-up in the VW SUV.


Subaru Ascent safety features

2021 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Volkswagen Atlas: Safety

You know that every time you slide behind the wheel of a Subaru, you and your family are protected by their award-winning safety. While both vehicles received five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2021 VW Atlas only obtained four stars in the frontal crash test while the 2021 Subaru Ascent received five. Additionally, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has named the new Subaru Ascent a 2021 Top Safety Pick+. The 2021 VW Atlas fell short of any award from the IIHS.


Subaru Ascent features

2021 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Volkswagen Atlas:Standard & Available Features

Once again, the 2021 Subaru Ascent comes out on top in terms of features. While both vehicles offer standard roof rails, only the 2021 Ascent has the available option of a crossbar set to increase your cargo-carrying capability. The 2021 VW Atlas may have an available power rear gate on higher trim levels but on the Subaru Ascent, it comes standard. Available LED fog lights on the Subaru Ascent help with better visibility, a feature not found on the 2021 Atlas. The biggest difference of all is the symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that comes standard on the 2021 Subaru Ascent. All-Wheel Drive is available on the 2021 VW Atlas but it will cost you an extra $1,900.

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2021 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Volkswagen Atlas: Value

While the base model of the 2021 Subaru Ascent is a little higher than the 2021 VW Atlas base model, as you climb trim levels, the Atlas is consistently more expensive than the Ascent. When you take into consideration the standard features offered by the Subaru Ascent, it becomes obvious that it is the better value for your money. Come see the difference yourself today and take a test drive at Nate Wade Subaru in Salt Lake City.

2021 Subaru Ascent2021 Volkswagen Atlas
$32,395Starting MSRP* $31,555
21 MPG City / 27 MPG HighwayFuel Economy21 MPG City / 24 MPG Highway
260Standard Horsepower235
277Standard Torque (lb-ft)258
RegularRecommended Fuel GradePremium
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
StandardLED Steering Responsive HeadlightsAvailable Upgrade
StandardTri-Zone Automatic Climate ControlsAvailable Upgrade
StandardPower LiftgateAvailable Upgrade
19CupholdersUp to 17

*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.